SICTIC Ambassadors

Tanya Fröhlich

Investor, SICTIC Ambassador

Tanya is an Investor with 18 years of experience in the Tech industry. Her experience covers the full spectrum of the Tech company life cycle from early stage investing and fundraising to exits.

Tanya was COO of SICTIC, prior to that, she held various Director roles and spent 15 years in investment banking, with a niche focus on Tech M&A and Business Development.

She’s an angel investor to a number of Swiss startups in the Gaming, AI and AdTech spaces.

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Françoise Birnholz

Investor, SICTIC Ambassador

Françoise Birnholz is a problem-solving business lawyer with significant international experience in global financial institutions. She is an experienced Business Angel interested in early-stage companies, with a focus on FinTech, Leg- and RegTech, Blockchain infrastructure, AI and FoodTech. Françoise is an active member of SICTIC, acting as a judge for startups, as well as a mentor, advisor, board member, and consultant in the startup ecosystem.

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SICTIC Ambassadors are persons who actively support the SICTIC mission with regards to a specified topic e.g. diversity, fundraising, alumni, AI, social impact, lobbying, .etc. They are typically not part of the board or the operation team and support SICTIC on a pro-bono basis.

SICTIC Ambassadors are brand evangelists that help SICTIC acquire more investors via word of mouth and recommend startups to submit their business case to the SICTIC deal platform.

A maximum of 12 official SICTIC Ambassadors can be active at the same time. When the maximum number is reached, new candidates will be added on a waiting list. Official Ambassadors are seen as VIPs in the SICTIC Network and Community.


SICTIC Ambassadors are:

SICTIC Investors in good standing with at least 1 SICTIC Portfolio startup investment round closed

– Key people with a high profile and a large network

– Aware of SICTIC’s impact and role in the development of the Swiss tech startup ecosystem

– Willing to promote SICTIC to their friends, colleagues, in private, at work and at events


Nominations are submitted via personal recommendation from the SICTIC board, operations team, advisors, or other ambassadors.

SICTIC Volunteers

Pavel Jakovlev

SICTIC Evangelist

Managing Partner at ANCORE Strategy

Passionate about growth and innovation, he has extensive experience of working with start-up and scale-up founders, taking them to the next level. Among his key skills are strategy setting, investor relations and demand generation.
Throughout his career, Pavel has continually pushed himself to be his most creative self, and he loves exploring new frontiers. With excellent communication skills, he has an aptitude for fostering and maintaining meaningful relationships with a wide variety of incredible individuals. As a self-confessed fan of all things tech, Pavel is determined to use his passion for monitoring emerging technology solutions and their practical application in the commercial environment to deliver efficiency, productivity and sustainable growth.
Pavel is the creator and host of The White Spaces Show, an online medium through which he quenches his thirst for technology trends and innovation initiatives.
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Philipp Mao

SICTIC Volunteer

IT Security Analyst at Compass Security

Philipp was a SICTIC Intern in 2018, when he left us to join the Swiss Army as a Cyber Security Analyst. His interest in startups and technology brought him back to the SICTIC team as a volunteer, and he helps us in his free time with various technological improvements of our operations.
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