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SECA Evening Event: Start-up Accelerators

DateWednesday, 30 January 2019
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Time5.30pm - 7.00pm


Kraftwerk, Selnaustrasse 25, 8001 Zurich

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Meet the European top league of Start-up Accelerators
What they do, how they work, who they are


Important for the ecosystem: In order to help startup companies to grow their businesses, Accelerators design sophisticated acceleration programs that help founders and their teams to “get their project to the next level”. This includes (but is not limited to) finetuning their strategy, training their teams with regard to management and administrative tasks, further develop their products, and last but not least optimize their position vis-à-vis investors and customers.

Important for investors and founders: Looking at accelerators from the investors’ angle, these organisations do not only work for and with founders, but they also play an important role for start-up investors. The results of the work of accelerators are – for the most part – “ready-to-invest” start-ups and teams that are eager to talk to potential investors.

An event for Swiss investors and start-ups: get introduced to a number of Swiss and non-Swiss accelerators and their programs. We therefore invited Kickstart Accelerator, TechFounders, Startupbootcamp, weXelerate, Techstars, Axel Springer APX and Wayra, to present their programs and organizations to us. We will also discuss their experiences with investors and founders, and we plan to discuss between investors and accelerators the strengths and weaknesses of accelerators and their role in the European start-up-ecosystem.


Speakers and their organizations:

  • Ruth Armalé, Kickstart Accelerator (Zurich)
  • Miki Yokoyama, TechFounders (Munich)
  • Lars Buch, Startupbootcamp Digital Health Vertical (Berlin)
  • Viktor Penzinger, weXelerate (Vienna)
  • Sebastian Campos Groth, Techstars (Berlin)
  • Melanie Schröder, Axel Springer APX (Berlin)
  • Christian Lindener, Wayra (Munich)



17.00   Registration
17.30   Kick-off and welcome by SECA
17.35   Seven 7-minutes pitches of Accelerator/Incubators
18.25   Panel discussion between VCs and Accelerators
19.00   Apéro & Networking

Language: English


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