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]entrepreneur-club.org.

Team

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: https://www.harrys.com/

    Or read the TechCrunch article about them: http://goo.gl/Gxg4br

    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] entrepreneur-club.org.

    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 sponsor@hackzurich.com if you are interested in co-sponsoring this event. For any other questions you can reach us under info@hackzurich.com.

  • 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 | 18:00 | ETH Main Building, Dozentenfoyer

    ETH Spin-Off success

    Creating your own company is a tough business. After five years, only one half of all Swiss startups continue to exist. Yet when a startup has spun out of ETH, 90% of all businesses survive past their first five years. What is it that they do differently?

     

    How to start your own Spin-Off

    Use this opportunity to grill our panel of five ETH entrepreneurs from early to mid-stage Spin-Offs on the nitty-gritty details of their success.

     

    Experts to grill

    Felix Mayer from Sensirion AG

    Wulf Glatz from greenTEG AG

    Simon Dössegger from Skybotix AG

    Brian Amberg from faceshift AG

    Oliver Weingart Pioneer Fellowship

     

    Date & Location

    19. November 2014, 18:00

    ETH Main Building, Dozentenfoyer

     

    Registration

    Register here for free admission to the event and the aperó

     

     

     

    Further Information

     

    Sensirion AG

    Sensirion is the leading manufacturer of high-quality sensor solutions for the measurement and control of humidity, and of gas and liquid flows. Founded in 1998 as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, the company is based in Stäfa (Switzerland) and employs people in countries such as the USA, South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan and Germany. The headquarters in Switzerland is responsible for research, development, and production.

    Millions of our sensors are used all over the world, including in the automotive industry, medical technology, and in consumer goods. Sensirion's success is based on the innovative CMOSens® Technology, which combines the sensor and analysis electronics in a single semiconductor chip. This means large unit numbers can be produced at high quality and low cost.

    Dr. Felix Mayer is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of the company.

     

     

    greenTEG AG

    Wulf Glatz is CEO and Co-founder of the ETH Spin-off greenTEG AG. greenTEG provides thermal sensors (gSKIN®) and energy harvesters (gTEG®) for researchers and OEMs. gSKIN® sensors measure conductive and convective heat fluxes as well as thermal radiation with highest precision. They are applied in process and condition monitoring, laser power measurements and for material characterization in buildings & textiles. greenTEG’s thermoelectric energy harvesting technology (gTEG®) enables electricity generation from temperature differences for applications as autonomous energy supply for sensor networks and actuators. Wulf previously worked at IBM Zurich Research Lab. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering from ETH Zurich (PHD 2008) and Technical University Braunschweig (MSc 2002).

     

     

    faceshift AG

    faceshift's was founded in 2012 to take advantage of the rise of consumer grade depth cameras. Our business is face analysis. The core technology of faceshift analyzes the face of the user and outputs muscle activations, eye gaze, and head pose in real time. This infomation is then used to drive avatars in real time communication, create movies, or improve human computer interaction.

    We applied our core technology in a product for the game and movie production market, and are now expanding into the consumer space.

     

     

    Skybotix AG

    Skybotix offers camera-based navigation systems for micro-helicopters. We use image data to replace insufficient GPS-based localization with highly accurate and robust visual localization. By providing software for real-time 3D mapping and collision avoidance, Skybotix offers user-friendly aerial cameras that can be operated by non-pilots in rough industrial environments.

    Simon Dössegger, CEO of Skybotix since 2013, holds an ETH Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering with focus on controlling mobile robotic systems. As co-project leader of a project that developed Rezero, a robot balancing on a sphere, he gained experience in managing robotic projects early. At Skybotix he is responsible for business planning and development as well as product management.

     

     

    Oliver Weingart
    Dr. Oliver Weingart studied Biology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). During his PhD at the ETH Zurich Food Microbiology Group and the Swiss National Institute for NBC-protection (Labor Spiez) he worked on new detection methods for Botulinum Neurotoxin. In 2014 he received an ETH Pioneer Fellowship to transfer an innovative biosensor system a step closer to industrial application. The system allows sensitive detection of medically relevant toxins and offers an alternative to animal experimentation in pharmaceutical production.

  • Startup Tour Colab 27.11.2014 | 16:30 | Zentralstrasse 37, 8003 Zürich, Colab

    Have you always wanted to know the business potential of your idea? Do you already have your business-plan but do not know where to start and where to have your workplace? Do you want to talk to people who just started their companies and ask them about the challenges they faced? 

    Then this is the event for you: The ETH Entrepreneur Club is organising a startup tour at Colab. Colab provides coworking and event space and the possibility for young entrepreneurs to start their businesses. Colab is not just a working space, but also a fun space, where everything is designed for communication between young and dynamic people. 
    Five top Colab startups will share with you their stories of bringing their ideas to reality. The speakers have studied in the same universities as you did and are now tackling the challenges of being an entrepreneur. The event will be followed by a networking apero, generously sponsored by Colab. 

    To register for free admission to the event and the aperó click here:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ScsHbvzw-mwl6MT_N6bxhGpv3D5tdry27PLpc2EHxHs/viewform?usp=send_form

    Space is limited

  • START Summit 2015 – Info Event 28.11.2014 | 10:00 | ieLab LEO B8.1

    by START global:
    "We from START global are visiting the ETH for a short presentation in which we will present our START Summit 2015. We will offer you an insight into our unique event, as well as our vision of making the START Summit the largest student organized entrepreneurship conference in Europe. Our last Summit attracted around 500 participants and this time around we are aiming at 600 participants from all over the world. Seize the opportunity to meet us and to find out all about the plentiful networking opportunities, the inspiring speakers, the exciting workshops, the unique Hackarun and the rest of our extensive program. This year our focus lies on bridging the gap between the Western and Asian StartUp scene. We will therefore also provide some highly interesting Asia insight workshops and speeches at our START Summit 2015. We are looking forward to meeting you all and to inspire you for our exceptional START Summit 2015. #don't be innovative, be disruptive!"

    address: ieLab, LEO B8.1, Leonhardstrasse 27, 8092 Zürich

    more info: www.startsummit.ch

  • EC Lab with Scandit 04.12.2014 | 18:00 | ieLab LEO, Leonhardstrasse 27, LEO B8.1, 8092 Zürich.

    EC lab provides you with the great opportunity to casually exchange ideas over delicious pizza. 

    For this event, Christof Roduner COO and co-founder of Scandit will join us and give an overview of how Scandit grew from a research project at ETH Zurich's Institute for Pervasive Computing (D-INFK) into an international company with offices in Zurich, San Francisco and Boston.

    Scandit is the leading platform to maximize operational performance and drive new revenue streams via enterprise-grade barcode scanning and data capture software for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices (such as Google Glass) across the retail, manufacturing and logistics industries.

    With over 10,000 licensees in over 80 countries, Scandit is the mobile scan platform of choice for many of the world's most prestigious brands including Ahold, Saks 5th Avenue, Capital One, Homeplus (Tesco), Nasa, Bayer and Coop, empowering a wide variety of consumer and employee-facing use cases ranging from self-scanning, mobile shopping and mobile point of sale to inventory management and asset tracking.

    We hope to see many of you for this last EC lab for this semester.

Advisors

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

Entrepreneur

Sponsors

Our sponsors, who share our values and vision, help us financially to achieve our objectives.

Partners

We work together with our partners to reach our goals.

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Address

Entrepreneur Club at ETH Zürich
Rämistrasse 101
Postfach 11
8092 Zurich
Switzerland

info@entrepreneur-club.org

Location

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