Swiss Blockchain Investor Day 2019

The Swiss Blockchain Investor Day is a matchmaking event where blockchain startups pitch to find experienced investors and supporters. The event language is English. Questions from the audience are also taken in French and German (and translated if necessary).

This event is part of the Crypto Valley Conference on Blockchain Technology, organised by the Crypto Valley Association and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.


13:00 – Registration, Coffee and Networking

13:30 – Welcome and Introduction

13:40 – Session TBA

14:25 – Blockchain Startups Pitch Round I: Later Stage Category (8 min pitch // 7 min Q&A each)

15:30 – Coffee Break

16:00 – Blockchain Startups Pitch Round II: Early Stage Category (8 min pitch // 7 min Q&A each)

17:00 – Session TBA

17:30 – Announcement of Blockchain Challenge Winners

18:00 – Networking Apéro with matchmaking

20:00 – Event ends

Jury Members

Dr. Barbara Lang, Managing Partner at InnoExc GmbH

Dr. Barbara Lang started her career at IBM. She then moved on the consulting and is now Managing Partner at InnoExc GmbH Switzerland, a consulting company focused on innovation in crypto tech and biotech.

Marc P. Bernegger, Serial Technology Entrepreneur & Board Member at Crypto Finance Group

Marc P. Bernegger is a serial entrepreneur and investor focusing on fintech and crypto assets.

In 1999 and aged 20, Marc founded (trade sale to Axel Springer) and he is a founder of amiando (awarded by the World Economic Forum as ‘Global Technology Pioneer’; trade sale to XING).

In 2010 Marc started to move into the fintech and in 2012 into the crypto assets space.

He is an active investor and board member and among others involved in FinLeap, Falcon Private Bank and Crypto Finance Group.

Nicolas Brand, Partner at LAKESTAR

Nicolas Brand is a Partner at LAKESTAR, a global venture capital group that works alongside ambitious founders in early and growth stage companies. Nicolas invests in and builds businesses at the intersection of finance, blockchain and technology. His sector expertise comprises the digitisation of finance and banking, insurtech, digital currency infrastructures and blockchain technology.

Roger Darin, Head Blockchain Advisory at inacta AG

With his first IT startup founded at age 17, Roger Darin has always been enthusiastic about entrepreneurship. While he then pursued a more traditional career in investment banking  which offered the opportunity to work in several major financial centers across Europe and Asia, he continued to nurture his interests in technology.

It is this background in international banking, trading and risk management that he now blends with his affection for technology and an inherent streak of creativity, leading to several speaking and writing engagements about the intersection of those. Roger further combines those passions in his work as a product manager at a Zurich area fintech company and as active contributor in several organisations, including the Swiss Bitcoin Association (BAS), the Swiss Finance & Technology Association (SFTA), and is leveraging his expertise to help grow SICTIC and its Fintech Angels vertical.

Marc Degen, Co-Founder and Board Member at AG

Marc Degen urges to simplify complexity. Inspired in 2015 by some blog posts of Vitalik Buterin he was convinced that Turing complete distributed ledger technologies will dramatically change the digital ecosystem. With his educational background in Computer Science strengthened with an MBA and his start-up and corporate experience he’s striving to explore these opportunities.

The most successful being AG, an IoT/Blockchain startup which entered the enterprise market with SAP in 2018. Prior joining the “parallel entrepreneur” route, Marc Degen was in different management positions at a Swiss Telco and a Digital Agency.

Dr. Daniel Diemers, Partner at PwC Strategy& and Head Blockchain EMEA

Dr. Daniel Diemers is a Strategist with Digital Edge, helping start-ups, corporates and regulators define and implement digital strategies. Interest in Transformation of Society & Economy through Technology.

Focus on Fintech, WealthTech, Blockchain, Crypto, AI, VR/AR. Alumnus HSG St. Gallen, RSM Rotterdam & Singularity U. Member of Federal Task Force on Blockchain, Swiss Blockchain Federation & 

Dr. Thomas Dübendorfer, President at the Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC)

Thomas Dübendorfer holds a Ph.D. and master in computer science with distinction from ETH Zurich. He worked as software engineer in Silicon Valley and seven years as Tech Lead on security and privacy projects at Google in Zürich, receiving three Google OC awards.

As president he shaped the Information Security Society Switzerland ISSS for five years, during which the number of members more than doubled to over a thousand. He is a lecturer at ETH Zürich and has co-founded several Internet technology based product centric startups in Switzerland, among them Spontacts (exit to Scout24 Group), Contovista (big data for finance) and Frontify (collaborative web design).

Ralf Glabischnig, Founder CV VC and Managing Partner inacta

Entrepreneurs,  Invested. Involved. This is the core mindset that Ralf embodies as Co-founder of Lakeside Partners. As Managing Partner at inacta and with more than 20 years of experience as a business and IT consultant, Ralf possesses extensive expertise in transforming the finance and insurance industry, as well as a diverse entrepreneurial background stemming from multiple ventures and advisory board positions.

As initiator of Europe’s largest Blockchain Competition and founding member of the Crypto Valley Association, he is committed to developing the blockchain ecosystem both in Switzerland and worldwide.

Thomas Kern, Board Member at the Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC)

Thomas Kern holds a master in computer science from ETH Zürich and an EMBA from HSG St. Gallen. Thomas is a board member of the Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC) where he helps to grow the investor community by organizing a better deal-flow and events matching selected tech startups with smart money investors.

His objective together with his engagements is to grow and strengthen the fintech, crypto and blockchain ecosystem in Switzerland and globally. In current client relationships Thomas mainly works as senior program manager leading digital transformation initiatives for major financial institutions.

Nicola Fantini, Board Member and Jury President at the Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC)

Nicola Fantini holds a Masters in Business Administration and Computer Science (UZH). Nicola is a Serial Entrepreneur and had two successful exits to US public companies (VMware and Honeywell). Currently Nicola is Co-Founder and active in several ICT companies.

Nicola is active in leading edge research projects (Industry 4.0, H2020) As SICTIC member, Nicola is the head of the SICTIC jury and co-investor in a number of startups. Nicola owns an own software engineering force and is the CEO of ScaleTools.

Vasily Suvorov, VP of Technology at Luxoft

As VP Technology Strategy at Luxoft, based in Zug, Mr. Suvorov manages global CTO organization.

Throughout his 20 year carrier, he has been driving strategy and R&D efforts related to the major emerging technologies supporting Digital Transformation projects in Finance, Automotive, Energy, Healthcare and Logistics.

Mr. Suvorov’s recent focus has been on Native Cloud, including Serverless Architecture, Scalable Data Streaming processing, Edge processing and decentralized technologies.

At the end of 2016, Mr. Suvorov co-founded Swiss non-profit CryptoValley Association, dedicated to fostering and promotion of blockchain technology and de-centralized business models. He served there as Vice President until Jan 2019 helping to establish it as a leading blockchain hub globally. Vasily is a member of the Expert Council at Swiss Blockchain Federation.

Mr. Suvorov has background in Mathematics and Computer Science.  He has studied Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan.


Startup Applications

Startups: If you are a blockchain startup and you want to pitch, please submit the filled-in SICTIC factsheet or your business plan. If accepted to pitch, you will get two free tickets to attend. We encourage startups that fulfill our investment criteria to submit their business case. We offer this service and the pitching at one of our events free of charge to startups. For each SICTIC Investor Day, a jury will select the eight most promising startups for pitching at the event.

Submit your startup pitch

Important: Please select an event location in the submission form.  In case you don’t choose an event location, we will assume you don’t want to pitch at an event but rather just to want share your business case with SICTIC members and investors, and will not include you in the selection process.

Investor Registration

This event is intended primarily for angel investors (also novices). Family offices, fund managers and venture capitalists that want to invest in blockchain startups are also welcome to attend.

Members of the SICTIC Investor Community and invited guests please use your promotion code to get your free ticket.

Investors: You can read the startup business cases before the event by joining our SICTIC Investor Community. You can then attend all SICTIC Investor Days for free and get access to our online deal platform on the web and your mobile phone.

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Freiraum Zug Zählerweg 5/7, , Stage 2, 6300 Zug

Freiraum Zug Zählerweg 5/7, Stage 2, 6300 Zug


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