Swiss Blockchain Investor Day 2020 – Online Hybrid Event


The Swiss Blockchain Investor Day is a matchmaking event where blockchain startups pitch to find experienced investors and supporters. Due to the COVID-19 this will be a hybrid event, which means that the panel discussion, as well as the keynote and moderation will be live-streamed from a studio. The link to join the online event will be provided to all signups on the event day.

Every ticket purchase gets a CHF 100.- wine voucher sponsored by Acatena AG, one of the ten pitching startups of the Swiss Blockchain Investor Day 2019.

The event language is English. Questions from the audience are also taken in French and German (and translated if necessary).

Startups on stage

  • AdHash


    An advertising protocol for the open internet.

  • collectID AG


    Authenticity and Transparency through IoT and Blockchain Technology


    Cortex B2B SAAS solutions help you take better decision in the world of digital finance.

  • Relai AG


    Relai is the world's easiest Bitcoin investing App - made in Switzerland.


16:00 – Welcome & Introduction

16:10 – Keynote: “The future of digitization: how to make the best out of this opportunity”

Speaker: Richard Olsen

16:40 – Blockchain Startups Pitch Block I: 3 pitches // 7 min pitch + 5 min Q&A 

17:20 – Break

17:30 – Panel: “The Value of Blockchain During Crisis Recovery”

Panel Guests: Dr. Thomas Bocek, Georgine Roesle, Hubertus Thonhauser

Moderator: Dr. Efi Pylarinou

18:00 – Blockchain Startups Pitch Block II:  3 pitches // 7 min pitch + 5 min Q&A 

18:40 – Closing & Outlook / Virtual Apero

19:00 – Matchmaking Virtual Rooms – Blockchain Startups w/ Investors


Dr. Efi Pylarinou, Founder of Efi Pylarinou Advisory Fintech & Blockchain influencer

Efi Pylarinou is an independent Fintech & Blockchain advisor. She holds a Ph.D. in Finance and is a seasoned Wall Street professional.

She is the No.3 global influencer in the finance sector and No.1 woman influencer, by Refinitiv Global Social Media 2019 and she is included in several other rankings like 2020 Onalytica Top 100 Fintech Influencers & 2019 Onalytica Top 100 Wealth Management Influencer list.

She is the co-founder & author of Daily Fintech with a strong social presence and a contributing author to several books.

Keynote "The future of digitization: how to make the best out of this opportunity"

Richard Olsen, Founder & CEO at Lykke, Visiting Professor at Center of Computational Finance and Economic Agents, University of Essex, England

Richard is a pioneer in high frequency finance with extensive entrepreneurial experience and well known for his academic work. He was a co-founder of OANDA, a currency information company and market maker in foreign exchange. Under Richard’s stewardship as CEO of OANDA the company was a shooting star that launched the first fully automated FX trading platform offering second-by-second interest rate payments and netted 37 Mio of profits in 2007. Already at OANDA, he conceived the first trading platform with second-by-second interest payments. He is visiting professor at the Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents at the University of Essex. His ambition is to transform financial markets into a seamless system without the inefficiencies that we today take for granted.

Panel Discussion "The Value of Blockchain During Crisis Recovery":

Dr. Thomas Bocek Lecturer at HSR, CTO & Co-Founder at Axelra AG

Dr. Thomas Bocek is a lecturer for distributed systems and ledgers at the HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil. He is a blockchain researcher and CTO of Axelra AG, a tech venture building company focusing on digitalization and blockchains. Thomas is interested in building minimum viable products, blockchain, peer-to-peer networks, and communication systems.

Georgine Roesle, Managing Director at Sygnum Bank

Georgine Roesle is a Managing Director at Sygnum Bank where she is responsible for B2B Technology Services. Georgine joined Sygnum as first employee after the founders and contributed to building up the world’s first digital asset bank in various areas. Previously, she held a chief of staff role and headed the Strategic & Corporate Development team at Leonteq, a technology platform for structured investment products and long-term savings solutions.
Earlier, she worked at HSBC in emerging markets fixed income, alternative investments and relationship management across London, Hong Kong, New York and Geneva serving institutional and ultra-high net worth clients globally. Georgine holds an MBA with honors from IE Business School, Madrid, and a Bachelor of Arts in Banking & Finance from the University of Zurich.

Hubertus Thonhauser, Chair of the Tezos Foundation board

Hubertus is founding partner of Enabling Future, a family office backed VC firm. He was an early backer of the Tezos project and joined the Tezos Foundation board in 2018, which is now presiding. Previously Hubertus co-founded Babil Games, MENA regions leading mobile games company, acquired by NASDAQ-listed Stillfront Group in 2016. Prior to 2010 Hubertus held various C-level and board roles in the regulated digital gaming and casino industry.

Blockchain Technology Jury:

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

Marc Bernegger is a serial tech entrepreneur who co-founded the party platform in his 20s (trade sale to Axel Springer Media). He is also a co-founder of amiando, a ticketing platform, which was purchased by Xing and was named “Global Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

After these two exits Marc has been active as a fintech investor and was Partner at NextGFI, Venture Partner at Orange Growth Capital and on the Advisory Board of FinLeap. He explored Bitcoin in 2012.

Marc is a Board Member of Crypto Finance Group, Falcon Private Bank and CfC St. Moritz.

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, Strategist, Startup Coach & Tech Investor

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 & 

Ralf Glabischnig, Founder CV VC and Managing Partner inacta

Entrepreneurs,  Invested. Involved. This is the core mindset that Ralf Glabischnig 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.

Vasily Suvorov, VP of Technology at Luxoft

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

Throughout his 20 year career, 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.

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