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We build the FinTechs of tomorrow

F10 is a Zurich based FinTech Incubator and Accelerator that supports and guides Startups in transforming their ideas into successful companies, all the while stimulating worldwide collaboration with international finance organizations. The accelerator already has a proven track record of innovation, acceleration and product creation for financial services. F10 is sponsored by SIX, the backbone of the Swiss financial center providing a comprehensive range of services in the areas of securities trading, settlement of securities transactions, financial information processing and cashless payment transactions.

Story

We are dedicated to FinTech

In the summer of 2014 SIX launched a new project to systemize and accelerate existing innovation processes in their own organization. This project slowly grew into F10, with the most important milestones being the formalizing of F10 as a Fintech Startup Incubator / Accelerator in August 2015. Soon thereafter, F10 progressively expanded on technology scouting, organized two international #SIXHackathons, coordinated 15 Innovation Sprints which resulted in 15 FinTech prototypes, and accompanied and supervised a select startup company over a period of six months in the F10 Incubator program.

This was followed by a next, important step: F10 became an association in September 2016 and starting from November 2016, will offer a fully fledged Accelerator Program for startups in cooperation with other Swiss companies in the finance, insurance and consulting sectors. Technologies in the areas FinTech, RegTech and InsureTech are the main focus and F10 intends to promote these ecosystems in Switzerland and link them to the world. Further goals are increasing the efficiency of the Swiss financial and insurance industries by giving them optimal access to technological innovations and helping them put these to use for themselves.

The new associational structure of F10 massively increases the possibilities: With this structure and the primary focus on FinTech, RegTech and InsureTech other companies specializing in these fields can simply join the association to become part of an ecosystem focussed on innovation. Through this the existing know-how is expanded, and SIX as well as future startups supervised by F10 will profit from it. F10 will thus become a communal project of the Swiss finance and insurance sectors and will be able to commit itself entirely to its mandate to innovation thanks to these dedicated resources.  Flat hierarchies will facilitate innovation and faster decision making processes, which in turn will make it easier for association members to bring their newly created products to market faster and in a more profitable way.

Location

Our building provide an exceptional work environment for all members

F10 offers flexible workspaces and an open environment allowing instant exchange of information and know-how across various teams. The “arena” room presents an optimal theatre for events, workshops, presentations, or just for watching football. The “garage” is mostly used for more private meetings and presentations. Several high back sofas give room for one-on-one’s or can be used to work. Our “harbor”, with it’s movable walls, functions as a meeting or lunch table. In total, F10 provides space for up to 40 workplaces. Because we know that after a day of hard work relaxation is important as well, we have foosball, ping-pong, a hammock and our fridge is filled with locally brewed beer. F10’s offices offer a unique working environment for startup companies.

You’ll find our office in the heart of the city.
Stop by for a coffee if you happen to be in the neighbourhood.

Mentors

David Keast

David has a successful track record in Strategic Business Development, founding B2B technology companies, building strategic partnerships, acquiring / growing enterprise customers, and identifying / executing transformative opportunities. Over the past two years he has been bringing his 20 years ofentrepreneurial strategic business development experience to mobile / internet businesses and investment funds (particularly in the payments sector) through Corniche Growth Advisors. Mandates have included introducing mobile payments into the retail fuel sector in Europe and growing a mobile escrow payments service in Europe. During 2008-2014 he was a founding shareholder in Forbes Digital Commerce (a Lotaris SA company), and primarily responsible for the strategic direction and execution in the company. They were a Red Herring Global Top 100 Company - based in Switzerland with subsidiaries in Japan, Singapore and San Francisco - a global mobile payments service provider, providing cloud-based licensing and payment services to both large enterprises (such as Symantec, Sega and Capcom) and smaller mobile app developers. They also executed a global strategic agreement with MasterCard to be their mobile enabler in various industry verticals. He spends a lot of time in Silicon Valley and he is currently based in Singapore for 2 years to build the Asian business. Amongst others, he also co-founded and built Accelon, a satellite-based broadband provider in West Africa, with the backing of Luxembourg-based SES Astra, and Africa Venture Partners (AVP), a private equity advisory company in the TMT sector. He helps startups with international strategic business development, including key customers and partnerships, go to market strategies and fund raising, based on an in-depth understanding of the business and sector. As an entrepreneur, he gets a kick out of working with enthusiastic people with innovative ideas, and find it very satisfying helping to boost new ventures. He is also a mentor with Fintech Fusion, Switzerland's Geneva-based fintech accelerator program, and with the Swiss Finance and Technology Association.

Alex Fries

Alex founded Ecosystem Ventures in January of 2006, to address the pending need for investment and support in European technologies and pre-seed-stage companies. He brings over 20 years of progressive experience in founding, funding, and managing startups that provide technology, products, and services to various Industries. His most recent entrepreneurial experiences include the co-founding of Playspan Inc (e-commerce & mirco-payment platform for online gaming) and sold to VISA International in 2011 , SDK Biotechnologies Inc. (Diagnostics) and PURE SWISS AG (Beverage brand). In 2001 he also co-founded the ETH spin-off SVOX AG, where he led the marketing, business development, and strategic partnerships teams and sold to Nuance Communications Inc in 2011. He currently live in Silicon Valley and he is a General Partner of his second fund called PolytechEcosystem Ventures. You should work with him because he knows the startup world from seed to exit. He knows the funding world and strategies to get funded. Lastly because he has a vast network that can make your company successful. He is working with F10 because they are a powerhouse when it comes to FinTech. Have an experienced team that understand how startups operate, have the network which will support any of their startups take off and have the assets to support startups throughout their lifespan.

Gian Klainguti

Is your branding rock solid, your story captivating and your pitch a ten out of ten? If you can’t say yes to all three or just want a second opinion from a creative entrepreneur with over ten years expertise in branding and storytelling Gian is your man. (or maybe he is your mentor). In 2014, he co-founded Kompost, an award winning creative agency specialised in visual communication. Their clients’ range from tech giants, financial institutions, insurance companies to NGO’s. He is partnering with F10 out of his interest for innovation and technology.

Julien Arnold

Julien is the founder and former CEO of the multi-banking app Numbrs, which became the number one banking app in the German market with over 1 million connected bank accounts. Following this he was named a Partner at Centralway and was responsible for all Business Development related topics at the swiss company builder. As a Member of the Board of Directors of Venture Capital Investor Centralway Ventures, he has invested in several international financial technology companies. Currently, he is starting a new fintech venture called Clinc, an artificial intelligence company, helping users to save and invest money automatically. Furthermore, he was named one of the top ten CEOs who are disrupting finance with Technology by entrepreneur.com. Prior to his career in financial technology he was involved with building up Groupon for the well known international company builder Rocket Internetas a senior manager. He also acted as Chief Revenue Officer at swiss market leader in group buying DeinDeal which got sold to swiss media company Ringier. I have in-depth knowledge about the european Fintech market, especially in B2C business models. He is specialized in retail business models and go to market strategies for user centric businesses in the financial technology sector. He strongly believes that the Switzerland can become one of the main centres for financial technology services in the world. Having a strong history in financial services as well as entrepreneurship, Switzerland is the best market to establish a Fintech company. F10 plays an important role in the swiss Fintech industry by offering not only seed money but strong industry know how paired with the ability to give access to big financial players.

Lars Diener-Kimmich

Born in Switzerland, Lars studied Innovation and Technology Management and Product Design at the ETH Zurich. He has worked at Nokia, at ABB, in a startup, at Swisscom and lived as well in the US, Finland and Mexico. And, he speaks five languages. At Swisscom, he pioneered the Design Thinking / Innovation programme in the B2B segment and later developed and lead the company-wide lean leadership programme, reporting directly to the CEO. In 2015 he founded his own company LUDENSFABER. They enable organizations to run innovation projects like a startup, but in a corporate context. This includes hands-on methods and innovation practices, user-centric innovation space design, output-oriented project management and real-life leadership training – always on specific projects. At F10 he is looking to engage with passionate founders and entrepreneurs. His expertise is in developing a team’s innovation power. He has no expertise in FinTech. You as mentees, might like that he tend to understand quickly what you are up to, and then irritate you with poignant outsider questions to clarify your way forward. You might also like, that he does not want to do your job, but help you excel at it. He gets a kick out of a mentoring session, when his mentees leave with rosy cheeks and a bounce in their step. At times, he is direct and straight to the point (comes with his Finnish DNA). He likes high speed, unknown territory, team play, unconventional approaches, lowest necessary effort for maximum impact, and a good laugh. And, he can easily switch from playful to serious, from naive to rational, from dreams to facts, from north star to next increment – and vice versa. A good day for him, is a day with visible progress (deliverables and / or learnings).

Christian Bucheli

With 25+ years of international experience in Business Development, Marketing, ICT and Strategy Christian Bucheli contributed essentially to the successful internationalization of SIX’s Cards Business seen in the last 7 years. With 25+ years of international experience in Business Development, Marketing, ICT and Strategy Christian Bucheli contributed essentially to the successful internationalization of SIX’s Cards Business seen in the last 7 years. As Head of Strategic Ventures he is in charge for the organic and inorganic growth and technology acquisitions at SIX Payment Services, the Swiss industry reference. SIX covers the entire electronic payments value chain from acquiring and issuing processingto POS solutions as well as on risk acquiring and issuing plus ACH payments. Additionally SIX entered the Swiss Market as leading player in mobile Payments. Before joining SIX Group in 2007 he worked for Aduno SA and Cornèr Bank, two Swiss Payment Card Companies as Head of Products and Services. Prior to this Christian built up a solid track record of professional international experience in the manufacturing and computer industry plus and Business Consulting where his language skills in German, French, Italian, Spanish and English plus his large personal network helped him to succeed. Christian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in International Business Consulting. He successfully concluded the Advanced Strategic Management as well as the Negotiation for Value Creation Program at the IMD in Lausanne 2012 and 2015, an institute with which he is in continuous exchange on topics like digital business transformation. Christian lives in Lugano with his spouse and is like many Swiss addicted to mountain sports all year round.

Cristina Riesen

Cristina's inner fire is fuelled by an insatiable interest in technology, design, education and entrepreneurship. She is an active supporter of the global startup ecosystem and a strong believer in the potential of human creative genius powered by collaboration across spatial, temporal and cultural boundaries. Very much engaged in supporting human advancement initiatives linked to technology and education, she has been mentoring and coaching tech entrepreneurs around the world in a relentless pursuit of making the world a better place, one little step at a time. Enthusiast by nature and lifelong learner by design, she belongs to a growing global movement of people building businesses as a force for good. "Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do" Entrepreneur, startup mentor and lecturer, Cristina Riesen is interested in using the power of technology and entrepreneurship to tackle complex societal challenges. Former General Manager for Evernote in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Cristina is an EMScom graduate and a certified Hasso Plattner d.School design thinking professional with more than 10 years of experience in communications, international business development and entrepreneurship. Prior to Evernote, she was radio editor and worked in public relations for iconic design and architecture brands such as Vitra, Vitra Design Museum and Designers' Saturday. In 2015 she was nominated for the Digital Woman of the Year Award by Meilleur du Web and included in the Top 10 Swiss digital leaders by Handelszeitung and Top 100 Swiss leaders by Bilanz. Cristina has been invited to speak at international conferences and events such as CeBIT Hanover, The Next Web Amsterdam, Creative Mornings Stockholm, Demo Africa, Digital Day Mexico, on topics related to global entrepreneurship, future and emerging technologies, experiential learning, creativity and design thinking.

Marc Maret

Marc Maretis co-founder and CEO at Infocentric. He successfully founded and develops Infocentric since 2007 and grew it to one of the leading consulting & delivery management firms for digital transformation in Switzerland. Infocentric supports clients to unleash the power of internet and intranet to improve business results and right place for digital support in managing relationships or driving employee productivity. The services of Infocentric range from strategy advisory through conceptual and service design to software delivery in selected, leading technologies. He is also investor an non-executive advisor of various companies such as Power-Blox an award-winning Swiss start-up company which has created a revolutionary solar energy system for developing and emerging markets.

Matthias Frieden

After having worked as a business editor for almost five years, Matthias made his MBA at INSEAD in Paris & Singapore and then changed to the insurance industry, where he held positions in underwriting, pricing, strategy and risk management both in Switzerland and the UK. Keen on more entrepreneurial freedom, he quits his last role as Global Head Risk & Technology Office at Zurich Financial Services back in 2012. While still in a corporate role, he had started to work with start-ups and joined the business angel network Go Beyond, whose Zurich group he leds for two years. He is now a business angel and deal leader with Go Beyond, have board positions and he is jury member of the Swiss startup initiative Venture Kick.

Ruediger Petrikowski

Ruediger started his carrier as bank professional. Afterwards he studied in Germany, Sweden and China and holds a Master’s degree in Business Engineering & Management from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany. He has more than 20 years experiences in the telecommunication, media, technology, payment and collection industry as CFO, M&A, Corporate Finance and Business Development professional in senior leadership roles in Germany (Thyssen Telecom) and Switzerland (Swisscom, PubliGroupe/Publicitas). He is experienced in transforming business in different life cycles (start-up, growth and turn around) and advises companies in the digital transformation. Ruediger has a passion for fast-faced, technology business environments, to implement innovations in new business concept and to bring ideas to live. He has a good technical understanding. However, he can support the start-up much better in economics, financials and deal structuring. Building a business plan with financial projection, developing a convincing investment story to materialise funds, being due diligence ready, negotiation with investors and access to investors are key areas of valuable support a start-up should work with Ruediger. Ruediger likes to share his knowledge. He is lecture of Mergers & Acquisitions at the Kalaidos University of applied science in Zurich and mentored students by preparing their empirical final thesis. Driven by his investor focus and finance background he is co-founder of the Fintech Angels as chapter of the Swiss ICT Investment Club and is fascinated to be part to shape the future of the Fintech scene.

Dessy Todorova

Dessy is a seasoned global executive with 18 years of experience in general management, marketing (B2C, B2B), digital, media and communication. She has worked on local, regional, and global levels, handling projects ranging from startups to global business expansion. In her latest corporate assignment Dessy was Brand Development Director at Bata Brands, heading global marketing and communications for 20+ brands in 70+ countries. She has previously managed brands such as Häagen Dazs, KFC, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Currently she is developing two startups in the field of FinTech & InsurTech. She speaks six languages, has an alumna of Harvard Business School (MBA), and holds two more master’s degrees (Finance, Law).

Thomas Ankenbrand

Thomas holds a Master’s degree from the University of St. Gallen and a PhD in AI from the University of Lausanne. He founded several companies and have broad experience as CEO and board member of various companies in the financial industry. He is currently engaged in FinTech research at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. In addition, he is serving as a board member of different companies and as a lecturer at the University of Zurich. Due to his experiences, startups can expect support on the business side and an understanding of the technical issues. He is working with the F10 because it’s great to help to design and implement the future banking system.

William Benattar

William works as part of GreySpark's fintech advisory team. By maintaining a comprehensive view of the fintech arena, William assists GreySpark in helping start-up firms enter the marketplace; advises private equity houses on financial technology due diligence; and advises buyside and sellside clients on the development of strategic and innovative projects. Prior to joining GreySpark, William worked for Kantox in the business and product development team, focusing on strategy developments of FX systems. While being student ambassador for Google, William has spearheaded initiatives aimed at helping SMEs develop and implement their digital strategies. William is an existing mentor at the London-based accelerator program -- Startupbootcamp Fintech --advising start-ups on product development, roadmapping and fundraising avenues

Marc Lussy

Before becoming a partner at IBO, a company who provides investment performance comparison across banks, Marc worked as a trader and in the wealth management for more than a decade. Subsequently he was put in charge of large-scale change-management and IT projects at different banks. Following this he became an independent adviser on banking and digitization. He see himself as a fintech aficionado from day one and have been sharing his insights as a blogger. He is a guest lecturer for banking, leadership and digitization at various universities and contributor to leading Swiss finance magazines. The crucial criteria for all his endeavors: “It must be fun, I want to learn something and want to leave a legacy.

Joel Blom

Joel is a financial executive with over 30 years experience. Since 2000 he has been executive and founder of entrepreneurial financial companies. He was a founder and COO of thinkorswim Group, Inc., online brokerage, money manager, and software developer, which is now owned by TD Ameritrade. He also served as its senior principal as it grew from startup to over $3 billion of customer assets. Recently, he has worked on founding a bank in Malta, an online capital markets portal, and was a founding investor and board member of Plan BFunding in the UK, which consults to banks on liability strategy. He is currently working on a venture to build the first new equity listing exchange in the US since the NASDAQ as well as payment vehicles using blockchains. Prior to thinkorswim, he worked as an executive in National Australia Bank’s US operation for over a decade managing e-commerce, commercial operations, and treasury management. While working for National Australia he served as a board member for NYCE Corporation and Mondex USA. Earlier in his career he worked for IBM and as a strategy consultant. Joel holds both a BA and MBA (with distinction) from the University of Michigan.

Johannes Huebner

Johannes has co-founded two startups in different industries as their CTO. The second company, Numbrs, is a personal finance manager, which gained significant traction in Germany with six-digit app download figures and even more integrated bank accounts. Currently, he is also doing a PhD at ETH Zurich, where he investigates Fintech business models and trends on a global scale. From his educational background and over a decade of experience with online and mobile ventures, he possesses a strong technical background as well as profound knowledge of the latest developments in Fintech, and how to build successful startups (and what should be avoided). In addition, he has mentored multiple startups in various stages over the last years, helping them design and implement early prototypes, develop those prototypes into production-ready products, and set up the right organizational environment and internal tooling to allow for engaging, efficient collaboration and rapid growth.

Cédric Waldburger

Cédric is passionate about technology startups. He’s currently holding different active roles as an investor and founder of early stage companies. His involvements reach from fintech to eCommerce, to social networks and SaaS companies. His goal is to not only help business financially but also help them to grow and scale. He has previously co-founded and worked for various companies around the globe (Zurich, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, London and Berlin) where he held roles on the technology and the business side. This way, he gained a lot of experience in technology and also learned how to run a business from a business perspective. Through his vast experience in successfully founding, growing and running a company, he learned how to connect the dots and think out of the box.

Dejan Juric

Dejan has a background in Computer Science from ETH in Zurich, where he was focusing on distributed systems. After that he moved into strategy consulting at The Boston Consulting Group, where he was working primarily in the financial industry advising banks and insurance companies on growth strategies and digitalization. After founding his own mobile payment startup Klimpr, he moved to SIX Payment Services, where he was responsible for extending Paymit to mobile and online payments. He is now responsible for Value Added Services at TWINT.

Ernesto Paiz

Ernesto is the Vice President of Investments at MicroVentures, an equity based crowdfunding platform, where he works primarily with early stage portfolio companies. Previously, Ernesto was the investment manager at Ecosystem Ventures, a seed stage venture capital firm. Ernesto doubled the size of the firm's portfolio and his investments have led to multiple successful early stage exits for Ecosystem Ventures. Ernesto has led early stage investments across the U.S. and multiple foreign countries. He enjoys working with entrepreneurs on refining and executing their marketing strategies. Ernesto also has hands on experience in holding multiple roles in various startups across industries such as cloud security, e-publishing and consumer goods. Ernesto holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, is a published author and played collegiate baseball.

Ingmar Stein

Ingmar is Chief Technologist at Deloitte Digital Switzerland and hold a PhD in Computer Science from Saarland University. He has more than 15 years of experience in software architecture and engineering with a passion for mobile applications. He has designed and built many mobile banking and payment apps, corresponding APIs, and infrastructures and also contribute to a number of open source projects such as Apple’s Swift compiler. As a mentor, he can help your startup by validating and challenging your system architecture, checking your endeavor for technical feasibility or viability and establishing connections to banks and insurances in Switzerland. F10 is for him a great platform to help ambitious startups with the industry knowledge he has gained in his career and to stay connected to the FinTech scene.

Andreas Sprock

Andreas is originally from Germany, he came to Switzerland for his master thesis in Computer Science, which he extended to a PhD at the ETH. While his studies, he founded an online payment company. In 2014 they got selected to the startupbootcamp fintech in London. Later on he entered into another Start-Up ieffects, a young company for M-Commerce application (LeShop App). Here, he developed the sales and marketing strategy and established the sales processes. Since August of 2016 he works for the Paymit / Twint team in SIX. While working for the Start-Ups, he learned how to build stable business models and how important it is to focus on the go to market. Andreas would like to support F10 on this topics and develop a stable business. As well as a product strategy facing the challenges of a successful go 2 market.

Raphael Bienz

Creativity, data, and analytical forward thinking are the foundation of Raphael Bienz’ digital marketing expertise. Since 2010 he has been at the helm of BlueGlass: an international SEO and content marketing agency with offices in Zurich, London and Tallinn. BlueGlass has been honored with multiple award wins for its digital consulting, SEO, content marketing and digital campaigns. Raphael Bienz’ academic background lies in economics with special emphasis on strategic management and marketing. Following graduation he was Chief Executive Officer at the software development company isonet AG. Today he is a full stack online business developer and experienced across numerous global digital consulting projects. He is a frequent guest lecturer at selected Swiss universities, technical colleges and many renowned international conventions. He is passionate about sharing and driving best practices amongst the digital marketing community to further proficiency within the digital marketing ecosystem.

Aniello Bove

Aniello Bove is Partner and CEO at andrion. January 1, 2013 he joint andrion and developed andrion to a powerful Swiss consulting and project delivery firm within the Swiss financial services industry. andrion empowers their clients in their strategic initiatives to develop new innovative business. Their consultants, project managers and business analysts know Core Banking functions and Digital Banking transformation best, and do understand how to take into account Swiss Banking law. Their capability in analysing, designing, approaching, prioritizing, planning and executing projects make them a reliable partner with an outstanding track record in various banking initiatives. In its past, he spent amongst other things 11 years at UBS and left UBS as management member before he started his entrepreneurship as Partner and COO at INM. As former member of the IBM Rational Advisory Board and Go Beyond investor he supports start-ups and promising business ideas with great passion.

Ralf Huber

Ralf has over 15 years legal and compliance experience within the financial industry. Starting his compliance career at Zürcher Kantonalbank whilst studying law at University of Zurich, Ralf went on to perform a variety of different legal and compliance roles at Credit Suisse between 2005 and 2016, both in Switzerland and abroad. In his last role at Credit Suisse, Ralf managed a team of more than 30 lawyers covering all legal and compliance tasks for the Asset Management and mutual funds business in Switzerland. Today he works for Axiom, supporting clients in all legal and compliance matters. Ralf has always been passionate about standardization, and leveraging technology to simplify the demands of modern legal and compliance work. Ralf works with F10 as he is convinced that only through digitization can the financial industry remain competitive in today’s regulatory jungle.

Alex Stoeckl

Alex is a venture capital investor and part of the investment management team at Creathor Venture, where he strategically supports the founders and management of startups like Knip, HeyJobs, Memorado and Wiredminds to build successful companies. Before joining Creathor Venture, Alex was part of the management team of Gärtnerei, responsible for business development and operations in building the startup from a single restaurant to Switzerland’s leading healthy convenience food chain. Prior to that he worked as a Senior Consultant at Roland Berger’s Zurich office, consulting management of industry & healthcare clients on strategic challenges. Alex is holding an MIB from Grenoble Graduate School of Business and a BBA from European University Barcelona. Of Luxembourgish nationality he’s lived, studied and worked in Germany, Spain, France, Sweden & Switzerland. Besides spending time with tech startups, he loves travelling, doing lots of sports (running, fitness, skiing, basketball) and being outside, around the beautiful Swiss lakes & mountains.

Frederik Gregaard

Frederik is the Head of Digital Transformation Financial Services & Head of Digital Consultancy PWC Experience Center. He has 13+ years’ experience in banking. Digital Transformation, External Asset Management front facing applications & support applications, CRM & Data analytics, Change Management, Sales Management, Innovation & Business Case Development, Performance Metrics Definitions and Implementation, Trading and Trading Infrastructure, Foreign Exchange Execution & Infrastructure, API connectivity & Cross connectivity, High Frequency trading, Algo Trading, DMA pools, OTC trading, Trade settlement, Give Ups, Best execution. Frederik has worked with a larger number of Fintech companies in Switzerland and abroad mostly covering DLT, Robo Advisors, Asset Allocation, Digital Wealth management and KYC automatization. His qualifications are: MsC Management Innovation and Business Development (CBS), Certified Currency Trader, and FinTech Lead and Digital Banking Lead.

Juerg Steiger

Passionate business leader with a strong entrepreneurial mindset and 25+ years of international working experience in the US and Switzerland with UBS and Swiss Re. Areas of responsibilities in Wealth-/Asset Management, Investment Banking, Reinsurance and Startup Investing. Combining strategic thinking with an enthusiasm of cross cultural team work as well as a startup mindset. Holding an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Jan Sedlacek

Jan is co-founder and partner at Stryber, a combined strategy consultancy & digital company builder. In prior roles Jan was CMO at Kuoni, a strategy consultant at Roland Berger as well as a startup founder and entrepreneur. From experiencing both worlds he knows how to bridge corporates and startups. Among other things he created the first hybrid private bank, which seamlessly merged robo advising with a human relationship manager. He is currently also active in InsurTech. Jan is a strong visionary and entirely focussed on customer value creation. He is driven by impact, not buzz words, and by curiosity, which is why he participates in F10. He sticks with two principles: Firstly Einstein's "There is nothing so practical as a good theory". And secondly: Get the shit done.

Partners

Pioneers’ Club PCU

The Pioneers’ Club PCU was founded in 2003 as a non-profit organization in order to promote exchange of experience and expertise between young and established entrepreneurs alike. Focusing on innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, the PCU provides Pioneers with a valuable, international and intersectoral network with above-average potential. This exclusive networking platform gives Pioneers the opportunity to meet each other at events or on the PCU Community Platform. Together with F10 the PCU will organize events where FinTech entrepreneurs can meet and exchange their experiences and entreprenuerial challenges.

Digital Festival

At the first Digital Festival in Zurich, important decision-makers, international companies and the tech world will come together to discuss the digital future in the context of the Swiss economy in Zurich from 15–18 September, 2016. With an eye on the challenges and opportunities for the Swiss economy we found the ideal partner for fintech with F10, which is the crux of the matter for finance in Switzerland. With its track record F10 hast proven to move things forward with a huge impact. We are convinced that together with F10 we can move Switzerland forward in digitization.

TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to «Ideas Worth Spreading». TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TEDxZurich invites the local community of thinkers and shapers located in and around Zurich each year for joining a one day conference for 6 years now. Together with the F10 Accelerator Program as a Main Partner we want to grow and inspire others to think out of the box likewise.

Impact Hub Zurich

Impact Hub Zurich is a community of entrepreneurs, techies and creative people, which supports Startups and connects them with large companies. This collaboration fosters innovation and creates a exchange platform for interdisciplinary actors from education, culture, science, economy and technology.Together with F10, Impact Hub supports FinTech in Zurich and try to connect as many actors as possible by giving them access to optimal infrastructure, network, methods and coaching to bring them up to speed.

Finance 2.0

Finance 2.0 is the biggest Fintech platform of Switzerland. It’s the event of the Fintech ecosystem in Switzerland. Finance 2.0 works closely together with F10, because SIX as the national infrastructure provider, F10 and the SIXHackathon play an important role in fostering the Swiss innovation capacity hands on. This fits perfectly with our philosophy and it is a great enrichment for our Finance 2.0

SICTIC

The Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC) is a Switzerland based association that connects smart money investors to seed and early stage tech startups. SICTIC Fintech Angels is a vertical of SICTIC with angel investors that invest in Swiss Fintech startups. The Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC) works closely with F10 and organizes SICTIC Fintech Investor Days to connect smart money investors to startups in the SIX FinTech Incubator F10 to help that they get easier access to funding as they are about to leave the F10 programme.

Process Brand Evolution

A brand is a valuable asset – a strong brand reinforces a company’s competitive advantage, both on a strategic level and in day-to-day business situations. It inspires and shapes the entire organisation: staff, range of services, the way a company communicates with the world. Process Brand Evolution is an independent branding and design agency based in Zurich, Shanghai and Taipei. We work for clients such as Migros, Credit Suisse, BKW, Edelweiss Air and Marché Mövenpick. We define brands and orchestrate them. Our branding experts’ holistic approach provides valuable support for all business undertakings and our work has won numerous awards. Partnering with F10 is a great opportunity to share our know-how in branding and design with young entrepreneurs. It is a fantastic way for us to boost and inspire innovation and great new ideas.

BlueGlass

BlueGlass Interactive is a remarkable international digital marketing agency. Located in Zurich, London and Tallinn. BlueGlass possesses enormous digital marketing know-how and leads numerous well-known clients to commercial success with their online media. Our mission: “To change the way companies market themselves online with extraordinary strategies, services and software, powered by the best minds in digital marketing.” The BlueGlass range of award winning services contains Digital Strategy Consulting, SEO, Content Marketing, Social Media and Digital Campaigns. The main focus is always on quality and sustainability. The data-driven BlueGlass strategies deliver results that impact the client’s business in a measurable way. BlueGlass Interactive understands the need to be nimble and industrious while moving between services to do what’s best for the client’s brand, and not what fits in a constricting month-to-month, cookie-cutter box.

NOIVA

NOIVA is a non-profit organization, founded in Winterthur in 2010 and currently working mainly in the Middle East, particularly in Jordan. It is dedicated to two things, which are … … humanitarian aid As a nongovernmental organization (NGO) NOIVA offers support on different levels to sections of the population under threat: it organizes emergency aid in crisis areas, yet also aims to implement long-term measures of development aid in places with a lack of jobs, schools, children’s homes etc. NOIVA is of the conviction that it is indispensable to support local economies through initiatives, investment and know-how in order «to help people help themselves» in a sustainable way. At this point in time the following projects are carried out on a regular basis: food provisions, home visits, repair and improvement of housing, advice for women and mothers, programs for children, sport projects, creative workshops and computer classes. … reconciliation work The profound conflicts in the Middle East regions unfortunately keep destroying critical progress. This means for us: material support is important, but does not solve the underlying problem. This is the reason why NOIVA also initiates projects reaching across population groups, nations and borders, for example related to the economy, education and the arts. By creating direct contacts reservations and prejudices are reduced; mutual trust can gradually be developed instead. The basis for this commitment is the conviction that a culture of reconciliation and friendship will be at the core of a renewed interconnectedness in the Middle East. The slogan «Shaping Worlds of Peace» expresses NOIVA’s main goal: to create peace – on all levels and by all means.

Go Beyond

Go Beyond Investing is a leading European FinTech company transforming angel investing into a new scalable asset class for small and large, novice to experienced investors. The company offers a unique deal platform, portfolio tools, syndication/pooling, due diligence, investment monitoring services, training and certified deal leaders across technology, industrial, consumer, internet & mobile and impact sectors. Go Beyond is headquarted in Zurich and has a presence in Basel, Brussels, Florida, Lausanne, Madrid, Malta, Munich, and Paris.

Core Team

Markus Graf

Thomas Landis

Andreas Iten

Ivo Ronner

Deputy Head F10 & Advisor Startups

2 years early stage & seed investment manager, Silicon Valley Business innovation, Design thinking and IT engineering

James Sanders

Joelle Studer

PR, Marketing & Communications

Julia Kuhn