Director at Gebert Rüf Stiftung
Pascale Vonmont is since 1999 deputy director and since 2017 managing director of the largest private science and innovation-funding foundation in Switzerland. Heinrich Gebert, an extraordinarily successful entrepreneur of Switzerland who sold the family owned company Geberit, incorporated Gebert Rüf Foundation in 1998.
Pascale manages the operational side of the foundation’s support programs and one focal point of her activity is entrepreneurship more precisely the transfer of science to market. Since its launch in 2007, she has headed the strategy board of the “Venture Kick” program. Venture Kick supports potential entrepreneurs with up to CHF 130,000 in pre-seed capital, know-how of experienced experts and entrepreneurs and access to a national network of investors. She is a member of the jury of the “venture leaders” program. The participants, the Swiss national start-up team, discover and benefit from the exiting entrepreneurial ecosystem in Boston, New York, Shanghai in order to enter global markets. Pascale has been President of the “Startupticker” board of trustees since 2015, the Swiss start-up- and innovation news channel. Since 2016 she is a member of the board of digitalswitzerland a national, cross-industry initiative with the goal to position Switzerland as a leading digital innovation hub in Europe. Her portfolio as board member includes all initiatives and programs in the area venture, growth & investment. A key success factor will be the acceleration of the innovation process through cross-linking initiatives, communities, clusters and partners involved in this process.