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Flashback startup days 2023

25 May 2023 | Kursaal, Bern








1:1 meetings

#SUD23 in a nutshell

On 25 May 2023, 1’500 participants gathered to unlock Switzerland. The national networking and business platform encouraged startups, investors, corporates, and SMEs to learn, network, and address current challenges. The attendees built their own conference program with the choice of 45+ inspiring sessions and 150+ experienced speakers. The marketplace with 30+ exhibitors and the matchmaking area invited everyone to network and find support. At the end of the event, the whole Swiss startup ecosystem voted for this year’s outstanding winner startups.

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Federal Councillor addresses VC lack

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin opened the event with an insightful keynote addressing Switzerland’s boundless potential for groundbreaking ideas. Startups play a crucial role in bridging the gap between research institutions and the market. However, not enough venture capital is available in Switzerland and the Swiss Innovation Fund faces challenges.

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40 startups in the following four verticals pitched for visibility and funding: Sustainable Solutions | Health Solutions | ICT | Autonomous Systems & Industry. At the final eight startups pitched in front of the whole #SUD23 audience. In the end, the audience selected one winner and one runner-up in each vertical.

We proudly present the four winners of the startup pitching battle 2023.

We proudly present the three runner-ups of the startup pitching battle 2023:

The Collective community

The Collective initiative put the female founders and investors at the center point of #SUD23. 100 of the female attendees started the startup days with a fruitful networking breakfast. For the first time, attendees could take advantage of free childcare service. Moreover, the Collective held six sessions with 500 participants. In the panel discussion, Bettina Hein, Patrizia Laeri, Nicole Kleger and Andreas Göldi shared their experiences. The advice: Consider different funding sources, such as non-dilutive funding, crowd-investing and family offices, besides VCs.

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Discover our past speakers

150+ speakers from the Swiss startup ecosystem and around the world enhanced the event with valuable insights.

Christoph Aeschlimann
Christoph Aeschlimann

CEO, Swisscom

Dr. Cornelia Gut-Villa
Dr. Cornelia Gut-Villa

Managing Director, Foundation Startfeld

Guy Parmelin
Guy Parmelin

Swiss Federal Councillor

Patrizia Laeri
Patrizia Laeri

Co-Founder, CEO, elleXX

Smart networking through matchmaking

One of the startup days highlights are the 1:1 meetings. A couple of weeks before the event, the attendees pre-booked 570 1:1 meetings online. The networking platform provided space to build business relationships and foster matchmaking. The startups, investors, corporates and key players met face-to-face during the matchmaking session. In 15 minutes they discussed their ideas and needs.

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Slide through our #SUD23 gallery.

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