The ETH Entrepreneur Club

The Entrepreneur Club is a student initiative at ETH Zurich aiming to bring entrepreneurial-minded people together and to foster entrepreneurship among students. Through startup events and our community, we provide a platform to develop ideas, build teams and exchange experience. Find more details in our constitution.

Founded in 2011, the club has consistently enjoyed rapid growth, and currently has over 800 members. Although it specifically targets students of ETH Zurich, the Entrepreneur Club welcomes anyone with entrepreneurial zeal and an interest in creativity and innovation. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay informed about upcoming events or sign up as a member in order to receive our official newsletter by e-mail.

The Executive Committee, pictured on the right, consists of passionate students:

  • Daniel Meile, President
  • Catherine Witteveen, Executive VP
  • Benedikt Kirchgässler, VP of Finance
  • Andreas Steger, VP of Events
  • Melanie Binggeli, VP of Membership
  • Kristina Kakalacheva, VP of Marketing and Communications
  • Pavlos Papadimitriou, VP of External Relations

We are also supported by the following Committee members:

  • Jonathan Müller, IT
  • Yannick Dienst, Cofoundme
  • Jodok Vieli, Print and Design
  • Phillip Ihmor, Life Science
  • Valentin Jacot-Descombes, Startup Speed Dating
  • Peter Page, Communications

Feel free to reach us at FIRSTNAME.LASTNAME[AT]


Our Events

  • ETH Campaign 22. — 23.09.2014 | HG (Fountain)

    Visit us at the main entrance of ETH HG. More details to follow soon... =)

  • General Assembly 23.09.2014 | 19:00 | ieLab LEO B8.1

    At the general assembly of the fall semester 2014, we will elect the new executive committee, discuss and vote on the budget and other club matters, and inform you about our upcoming events!

  • Kick Off with Andy Katz-Mayfield 24.09.2014 | 17:15 | ETH Zentrum, HG E 5

    Do you want to hear the story of a start-up that raised $122.5 million, bought an 93-year old company on a different continent and is setting on fire the well-rehearsed world of the shavers business, where 85% of the market is already controlled by giants like Gillette and Schick?

    Then join us for our Kick Off into the Fall Semester 2014!

    Andy Katz-Mayfield, co-founder of Harry’s is making a detour from New York to fly to Zurich and Kick Off the semester together with the ETH Entrepreneur Club. Coming along will also be the Managing Director and Lead Design Engineer of Feintechnick, the German razor blade company that Harry’s bought.

    You can find more information about Harry’s here:

    Or read the TechCrunch article about them:

    If you have a specific question you would like Andy to talk about, shoot us a message via facebook and we will try our best to get him cover the topic.

    The event is public, and will be followed by an apero sponsored by UBS.

  • Lunch Pitch #1 01.10.2014 | 12:15 | ETH Zentrum, HG D16.2

    Our lunch pitches are an opportunity for students to present their business ideas in an informal setting and to receive valuable feedback.

    Interested in presenting? Write a mail to catherine.witteveen [at]

    At most three people can present their business idea in front of the audience. Each presenter gets five minutes for pitching his or her early stage project, which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session of another five minutes. The presenters have to use slides with the following content:

    • Problem (What is the problem you try to solve?)
    • Solution (How do you solve this problem?)
    • Innovation (Why is your solution better than others?)
    • Business Model (How will you earn money? Who are your customers and partners?)
    • Economic, Socio-political, and Environmental impact (How does your business idea affect our society and the environment)?

  • HackZurich 10. — 12.10.2014 | Technopark

    40 Hours // 300 Hackers // 10-12. Oct 2014

    HackZurich will be the largest hackathon Switzerland has ever seen. A hackathon is an event where motivated people team up to brainstorm an idea and implement it in real software during a 40 hours non-stop hacking marathon. During the hackathon you will have an exciting opportunity to create an innovative web service, mobile app – or whatever else – that is ready to disrupt the market. It’s also a great place to meet the team of your dream if you don’t have one yet: people of different profiles – entrepreneurs, programmers and designers will all be there. What’s more exciting, you will immediately get a real collaboration experience with your new partners.

    Whether you're starting from the basics or exploring the depths of your technical knowledge, HackZurich is a prime time to develop something new, explore that ambitious craving in your head, or just work on something you don't normally work on. If you are as excited as we are, please leave your email address on our website or like our Facebook Page so we can keep you informed. Check our website regularly as we will release more details about the event soon. Contact us via email under if you are interested in co-sponsoring this event. For any other questions you can reach us under

  • Meet the Founders of Numab 21.10.2014 | 18:00 | ETH Hönggerberg, HPL D32/34

    Have you ever wondered what does it take to be a serial entrepreneur in Europe and how does this differ from the US?

    David Urech and Oliver Middendorp, two Swiss-based serial entrepreneurs will share their insights on how to succeed in the European biotech startup scene.

    David and Oliver founded Numab with the aim to discover and develop innovative antibody-based therapeutics. Prior, they were involved in ESBATech, now sold to Novartis.

    Join us to hear their story and learn from their experience. 

    Their talk will be followed by an apero sponsored by ETH Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab (ieLab).

  • EC Lab with Nick Heller from Fractal Labs 23.10.2014 | 18:00 | ieLab LEO B8.1

    EC lab is your opportunity to casually exchange ideas over delicious pizza. But this time we have a special surprise for you! 

    Nick Heller, an ex-Googler, who until recently was heading Google Switzerland’s Initiatives and Product Partnerships, will present to you his new startup. 

    Fractal Labs is a technology company focused on using data to drive economic growth. Fractal Labs connects investors with entrepreneurs and provide analytics tools to help companies make better data-driven decisions.

    Join us and learn more about Nick’s experience and current undertakings. Challenge him with your burning questions or simply get his opinion and advice on your idea.

  • Pitch it like BCG - Pitching Workhop 30.10.2014
  • Startup Speed Dating 05.11.2014 | 17:00

    Join our highlight, the Start-Up Speed Dating Event on 5th November 2014: Explore career opportunities with a start-up or be a start-up recruiting skilled students!

  • From Bench to Biotech: How to Kick Off a Biotech Start-up 17.11.2014 | 17:30 | ETH Hönggerberg, HPL J28

    More details and registration form will follow soon...

  • Ask the Spin-off PROs 19.11.2014

    More details to follow soon...

  • Lunch Pitch #2 26.11.2014


The Executive Committee is supported in its activities by the Advisory Board on one hand and sponsors on the other.

The Advisory Board consists of representatives of ETH Zurich and the startup community, as well as venture capitalists. They assist the Executive Committee with defining the strategic direction of the club.

Prof. Dr. Roland Y. Siegwart

Vice President Research and Corporate Relations ETH Zürich

Dr. Matthias Hölling

ETH Transfer

Dr. Daniel Auerbach

Industry Relations, ETH Zürich Foundation

Lesley Spiegel

Entrepreneur and Start-up Coach

Dr. Alexander Ilic

Founder, CTO, and Chairman of the Board of Dacuda

Mark Schmitz

Partner & General Counsel, Lakestar

Dominik Grolimund



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Entrepreneur Club at ETH Zürich
Rämistrasse 101
Postfach 11
8092 Zurich


Our home is in the ieLab of the ETH Zürich
Building LEO B8.1
Leonhardstrasse 27
8092 Zürich