Life experience meets startups.

Be part of the 2nd Start Up Speeddating in Zurich! This is where founders and startups meet successful doers over 60. Benefit from the priceless life experience of our retired specialists and managers - this is how you put your startup on the road to success!

Talk to former CEOs, coaches and other top-class experts from areas such as finance/VC, online platforms, real estate, retail, marketing, sales, HR and ask them all the questions you always wanted to ask an experienced person. Maybe you will even find an advisor or mentor?

So register now! ATTENTION: Places are limited to 10 startups 

Selection of retired specialists and executives

Heinz M. Schwyter

former CEO of

As the former CEO of the largest Swiss real estate portal, Heinz M. Schwyter is an expert in digitization processes, PropTechs and start-ups in general. 
Today he advises companies and organizations from the real estate and healthcare sectors (Spitex) on their way to the digital future. He also supports PropTechs in their development and writes the blog 
He also runs the platform with friends and a school in India with almost 200 students. 
He has trained as a Lego® Serious Play® facilitator and is also on the municipal council of his home town of Turbenthal.

Ferdinand Hirsig

former CEO Volg, former VRP Landi

Ferdinand Hirsig took on various specialist and managerial positions in retail companies at home and abroad at an early stage. Across Switzerland, his name is closely associated with the Volg Group, of which he was Managing Director for almost 20 years. 
For many years he was also a member of the executive board of Fenaco, where he developed the group's most important retailers – Volg, Landi and TopShop – into important players in Switzerland. 
Today, Ferdinand Hirsig holds numerous board of directors mandates in the food and retail sectors, as well as in the social sector (Caritas markets, “Intakt” association).   

Guy Lachappelle 2

Guy Lachappelle

former CEO Basler Kantonalbank

As a member of the Management Board of various banks, Guy Lachappelle was responsible for sales, risk and logistics areas before heading the Basler Kantonalbank as CEO for 5 years. He has also served on the board of directors and foundation board as well as a board member of organizations in the finance, medtech, real estate and healthcare sectors. 
With his wife, he has been running two retirement homes in Germany as an entrepreneur for many years and is involved in start-ups and various projects for the training and further education of executives and board members. Another matter close to my heart is the presidency of a professional symphony orchestra in Basel.


Iris Lentjes

HR Expert, GL Weka Business Media

As a longtime Human Resources Manager
and board member in companies of various industries, sizes and cultures such as Livit (Uto Albis), MSC, Bombardier and Weka Business Media, Iris Lentjes is a renowned sparring partner for executives. 

In addition, she has been self-employed as a leadership coach and HR consultant for many years. Her specialty is SMEs, for which she offers the entire range of HR topics, from recruiting to diplomas. 

True to the motto "always close to people", she is a solution-oriented service provider that focuses on the personal development of managers. 

Peter Waser bearbeitet

Peter Waser

former GL Microsoft Switzerland

For many years, Peter Waser was head of Switzerland and head of Microsoft for Europe. Under his leadership, the US company became the market leader in this country. He then took on the CEO role at Starmind, a Zurich AI-based start-up, where he is still a non-executive board member. 
He is also active as an advisor or board member in various organizations, such as the Aero Club Zurich, a school in India, and the Bern University of Applied Sciences, where he is also a guest lecturer.
Before joining Microsoft, he was a manager at companies such as IBM and Swisscom for around 20 years.


Peter Wyss

PWP - Start Up / SME support

As the founder of PWP management consultancy, Peter Wyss is still active and has been supporting & coaching young companies and founders in this role since 1985. 

Equally important were his duties as CEO / managing director at Venture Capital Finance AG, which deals with financing, company valuation and direct investments for Start Ups and SMEs employed.

Peter Wyss was also a team member at the start-up funding agency KTI. 



Juerg Hofer

former GL Nokia, Start Up & Gamification

After many years of management experience in the ICT sector, Jürg Hofer has been an entrepreneur himself for a good 20 years. 
He is focused on founding and growing start-ups in the e-learning space, where he has held various business development, sales and leadership roles with a focus on Europe and North America. 
Today he is CEO of an e-learning consulting firm and owner of a company specializing in gamification and micro-learning.

Hermann Willaredt

Herman Willaredt
Bank expert and management consultant

Hermann Willaredt has 28 years of experience in banking at Deutsche Bank with corporate and private customers (branch management, head of corporate customers) and 19 years in advising SMEs, start-ups and the self-employed. As a commercial all-rounder and long-standing consultant, he supports his customers in all matters relating to finance and banking, as well as in founding, business development and marketing of SMEs and start-ups. 

He is also a proven real estate expert with broad experience.

Erica Maurer

Eric Maurer
former Head of Human Resources WorldVision CH

Erica Maurer is an accomplished HR all-rounder. Thanks to decades of experience as Head of HR at WorldVision Switzerland and Liechtenstein, a non-profit organization for children and their development, she has excellent knowledge of human nature and is a proven recruiting expert. You also focus on team building and team development issues. In addition, she has broad experience and in-depth knowledge of social security and payrolling.

Today she is self-employed as a personnel expert and jumps in hands-on at companies at short notice.

Marianne Hoegstedt

Marianne Högstedt

former GL Skyguide, HR consultant

Marianne Högstedt has many years of professional experience as a freelance manager and consultant for Organizational and management development at Swissair with various major projects in the areas of strategy, organizational development, team building and management courses. Before that she was Head of Human Resources and member of the Skyguide Executive Board in times of profound change. Today she offers Consulting in the areas of: strategy and organizational development, leadership and team development, human resources, coaching and career planning. The focus is on individually tailored, concrete support for your clients. 

She is also involved in aid projects in Africa.

Andre Schmid bearbeitet

Andrew Schmid
Sales & Business Development, IT/IS

Andre Schmid has many years of experience in the IT/digital world and has worked in sales for well-known IT/IS providers and digital players such as Unisys, Bluewin and Namics for over 30 years. He is an expert in all aspects of sales management (eg On and Expansion and management of sales organization, own sales activities and support of key accounts), marketing and business development in the digital world. As the founder of his own start-up, he knows the challenges of young entrepreneurs. 

He has been taking on strategic and operational tasks and responsibilities with a GL role for 25 years.

Register now and reserve one of 10 places

When: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m

Where: Coworking Lounge Tessinerplatz, Tessinerplatz 7, 8002 Zurich (at the Enge train station)

Price: for free

Questions? write to us [email protected]

Registration online event