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18th SECA Conference

DateWednesday, 3 July 2019
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Time09:00 - 17:45 Uhr


SIX ConventionPoint, Pfingstweidstrasse 110, Zurich

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The SECA Conference is one of the biggest conference in Switzerland, which brings together the private equity, venture capital and corporate finance industries. The main topic of this years SECA conference is about Transforming Society through Innovation. Nevertheless, the SECA conference offers again a wide range of different subtopics, that all interests are covered.


Pre-Event: Tuesday, 2 July 2019, 18.15 – 20.00

  • Legal & Tax Meets Private Equity Ecosystem (in German)
    Ziel der Veranstaltung ist es, aktuelle Rechts-, Regulierungs- und Steuerthemen in verschiedenen (Gründungs-)Phasen von Privatmarktunternehmen an-hand von ganz konkreten Praxisfällen zu diskutieren. Es freut uns ausserordentlich, dass wir zu diesem Zweck ausgewählte Vertreter der Unternehmens- und Fondswelt sowie Investorengemeinschaft zur Teilnahme gewinnen konnten. Sie werden über ihre rechtlichen, regulatorischen und steuerlichen Her-ausforderungen u.a. im Zusammenhang mit Finanzierungsrunden, Interessenbindungen von Aktionären und übrigen Stakeholdern, der Überbrückung von Interessengegensätzen zwischen Gründern, Mitarbeitern und Investoren, Herausforderungen beim «go-to market» und Wachstumsstrategien (inkl. M&A) sprechen.

SECA Conference, 3 July 2019, 09.00 - 17.00

  • Morning Session (in English)
    Transforming Society through Innovation
    Join us to hear from world class experts who are driving social transformation by leveraging innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. Mohandas Pai from Manipal Global Education will share how innovation changed the game for global corporations which employ extraordinary talent in India and worldwide.  Michl Binderbauer of TAE Technologies will share how “deep-tech” innovation in nuclear fusion can alter the global energy landscape by harnessing the power of the sun on earth (see photo above). Bernard Moon will share insights into how SparkLabs Group, the global venture capital firm in partnership with ASU/Thunderbird, are supporting innovation from Asia to Silicon Valley. Andreas Thors at Partners Group will help us better understand the trends and impact of deploying private capital into leading innovation players and projects worldwide. To set the stage, Swiss State Secretary of Innovation Martina Hirayama will challenge us to think carefully about how to better transform society through innovation -- in Switzerland and around the world.
  • Lunch Session
    - Bernd Pfister, Chairman SECA, Paros Capital AG
    - Gregor Braun, Head Sales Switzerland & Europe, SIX Swiss Exchange
    - Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund
    - Swiss Future Fund, Roman Gaus und Rolf Kutos
    - Alexander Stoeckel, Partner, btov Partners - presenting Switzerland’s Business Angel of the Year 2019

2 parallel sessions - you can choose - 15.00 - 16.15

  • EU Programs aimed at Swiss VCs and Angel Investors
    Introduction of Initiatives and Accessible Capital Pools

    Unknown to many in Switzerland's start-up ecosystem, the EU has initi-ated a number of investment and support programs that are accessible to Swiss founders and investors. In this Session, we aim to introduce some of these programs and enable networking.
  • Real Estate & Infrastructure
    Opportunities in Today’s Markets

    What is required to turn promising Asian demographic and GDP growth figures into attractive real estate returns? Or should we focus on Europe-an opportunities? In contrary, Swiss investors still shay away from international real estate investments. What are the reasons and are recent commitments from Swiss investors setting a new trend? Experts will discuss those questions and opportunities in today’s markets.

2 parallel sessions - you can choose - 16.25 - 17.30

  • Global Venture Capital
    Startups going International and Corporate Co-Creation

    Lessons learned from Entrepreneurs, Corporates, Stanford and the MIT’s Startup Exchange: Connecting Startups with corporates for innovation, co-creation and their internationalisation.
  • Young SECA
    Urgency of Climate Change: Generation Z calls for tangible Climate Solutions

    The time for action is now – this is the mantra being taken up by Gener-ation Z across the world. Already this year, thousands of high school students across the world have skipped school to protest against the inaction on climate change. This session looks at how institutional inves-tors, innovative asset managers and engaged entrepreneurs can respond to this urgency with concrete solutions and sustainable investments.

After-Conference Networking at SIX


For more information about the program and speakers, please see the Brochure on the left.





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