Startup Speed Dating

On Thursday night, the ETH Entrepreneur Club welcomed 100 highly motivated students and 30 innovative startups to the Dozentenfoyer at ETH Zurich to find their match at the Startup Speed Dating.

The event kicked off with Startups presenting themselves in 30 second pitches, taking the stage to advertise their ideas and call attention to the diverse group of candidates. They search for genius hackers, computer visionaries, power-sales persons, creative marketing heads, finance experts, crafty engineers and life scientists to bring their startups to the next level. The startups themselves vary from drones to fashion, energy, e-commerce, software, health, mobility systems, fintech and many more.

After the pitch round, the candidates had the chance to seize five Speed Dates with their favorite startups. It requires some persuasive power from the candidates to get the desired interviews, as the slots are limited.

Next, the Speed Dates began. During 12 rounds, the candidates and startups intensively exchanged motivation, expertise and objectives to find their match. Speediness is essential. Each interview just lasts 6 minutes before a gong sounds, requesting the participants to proceed with the next round. Did the students convince the startups to become their next cofounder, full-time employee, intern or master-thesis supporter?

The buzzing and vibrant atmosphere filled the room and enabled yet another great Speed Dating event, connecting entrepreneurial minded enthusiasts and strengthening the startup awareness among students.

The feedback the ETH Entrepreneur Club got for its 9th edtition of the Startup Speed Dating can be summed up with “great quality of candidates”, “super cool startups” and as “extremely well organized”. We are looking forward to celebrate our jubilee of the Startup Speed Dating –the 10th edition – at ETH next spring!

Stay tuned.


Lara Lingelbach – Marketing, ETH Entrepreneur Club

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