: masterclasses


9 masterclasses

Duration: 60 Min each


10:30 – 11:30

No Bla, Just Do – Design your first Kickbox prototype!

Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telco & ICT company, adapted Adobe Kickbox and further developed it into an award winning “Intrapreneurship-as-a-service” product, that can be implemented as a white label version in organisations in a fast and lean way. It is a mix of a physical innovation box, a digital intrapreneuership platform and a trusted peer community.

In this workshop you will learn more about Swisscom Kickbox and the vision of building an “open innovation ecosystem” that will enable cross-industry collaboration. Further, you will design your first Kickbox prototype that will be tailored to your company and help you to launch your own bottom-up intrapreneurship program. Let’s turn your employees into entrepreneurs: no bla, just do! More infos: www.getkickbox.com

David Hengartner & Ralph Hartmeier



10:30 – 11:30

IPO for high-growth companies

If you meet an American entrepreneur, she/he has an Initial Public Offering as an important past or future milestone in her/his company presentation. That seems to have been forgotten in Europe. Thereby, an IPO can enable many important features for your company, like financing, partial realization, institutionalization, internationalization, increased standing in the public, customer and investor eye, etc. Join the session to understand whether this could be an option for your company, now or in the future. Søren Bjønness



10:30 – 11:30

Using IP to create Value

IP strategy to achieve business plan targets is the new black.

Many startups secure Patents to impress investors – everyone knows that investors will drop you like a hot potato unless you have a patent protecting your technology, right?
While securing Patents just for the sake of investors is fine, having a Patent may not bring you any closer to achieving the targets in your business plan.
You want to protect your technology and know-how in the way that is most suitable for your specific situation. An IP strategy depends on many aspects and there is no “one-size-fits-all”.
We want to teach you how to establish an IP strategy which is suitable for your startup; how to avoid the common pitfalls which startups fall victim to; and most importantly how to use your IP to achieve the targets in your business plan.

Christophe Saam & Claudia Nash


BELLAVISTA V (6th Floor)

10:30 – 11:30

Incentive Plans

Learn more about the structure of incentive plans, their regulation and some important tax and legal issues.

The main objective of this course is to provide you with a sound understanding of the basics surrounding incentive plans from both a legal and a tax perspective.
We will start with a short introduction covering the different elements of total compensation with a main focus on the purpose of long-term incentives (LTI) and the various instruments used in practice. In addition, the Swiss legal framework for compensation and incentive plans in particular will be presented. Building on our insights from the introduction, we will then discuss and analyze different LTI instruments and the challenges when implementing such schemes. This will cover the design, the plan rules, the taxation and special topics start-up companies may face when dealing with LTI plans. The purpose is to tackle the various topics by having a lively discussion. At the end of the course you will know a lot more about key aspects to consider when designing an incentive plan for your startup.

Remo Schmid & Karim Maizar


SZENARIO I (5th Floor)

10:30 – 11:30

10 DO’s & DONT’s for your Venture

  Alexander Fischer



11:30 – 12:30

Traditional equity vs alternative financing

Over the last few years, convertible loans became more and more popular as alternative to traditional financing rounds, particularly for obtaining early stage financing.

In addition, some headache has been created by hybrid financing instruments, such as SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity), which have been imported from common law jurisdictions.

Finally, the hype about ICOs left many founders with a certain level of confusion about the best way to obtain financing.

This masterclass will explain these various instruments, pro’s and con’s compared to traditional equity financing, potential pitfalls and the impact your choice might have on the success of your start-up project.

Alexander Nikitine



11:30 – 12:30

Termsheet for Beginners

A practical workshop on understanding and negotiating a term sheet.

Participants will review and discuss a sample term sheet and prepare 1:1 for a negotiation with VC’s. Jacques Bonvin



11:30 – 12:30


This workshop is designed to give you insights, best practices and lots of case studies and learnings from experiences made from Wenger & Vieli with respect to exiting a venture (in the sense of a trade sale). In the past few years, the speakers were involved in dozens of exits of high-tech/life science companies.

Regardless of whether you are a founder, manager or an investor, the workshop aims to give you a complete oversight of the many ways on how to achieve a successful exit, and shows you deal-stoppers encountered.

The speakers will not only cover the commercial, legal and tax aspects, but also the perspective from directly involved shareholders/managers.

Beat Speck


BELLAVISTA V (6th Floor)

11:30 – 12:30

Due Diligence

What do Investors want to understand? they will only capitalize your company if you are able to convince them that it is the right decision. This means for the entrepreneur to understand the needs and pains of the investor and to anticipate detailed discussions around many topics such as the product, market, strategy and its execution, team, financials, and many more. This Workshop will help you to understand the investors motivations and will prepare you for the Due Diligence process including the Due Diligence process, investor’s needs, Business Strategy, Market Forces, Execution , Team, Terms and Contracts and Formal Due Diligence Patrick Griss