Tech4Growth Conference | Lausanne | September 23, 2024

Dive into the world of partnership.
A unique cross-industry conference to explore the crucial role of partnerships in scaling and innovating businesses.

Pioneers, innovators, game-changers, visionaries, disruptors.


A unique mix of innovation challenges and fruitful collaborations.

Tech4Growth Conference 2023 at a glance









“A must-attend event for anyone interested in learning more about the critical role of partnerships in scaling and innovating businesses. I was impressed by the quality of the speakers, the diversity of the audience, and the effectiveness of the matchmaking platform.“

Michael Kiy

Director Innovation Management, Siemens

“It was amazing to see how working in partnership with corporations can drive innovation and start-ups ahead as well as learn about the real challenges these partnerships need to overcome.”


Silja Chouquet

Chief Commercial Officer, ARTIDIS

“I particularly enjoyed the frank and open discussions about what works in partnerships between corporates and start-ups – as well as what does not work. The Tech4Growth Conference is an ideal platform to share experience and best practices.”

Alexander Schlaepfer

Swisscom Ventures


Dive into the World of Partnership Speakers

09:00 – 09:10

Welcome Remarks EPFL Innovation Park Lan Zuo Gillet, Tech4Growth Founder & Program Chair, EPFL Innovation Park

09:10 – 09:20

Welcome Canton Vaud Raphaël Conz, Managing Director, Office of Economic Affairs & Innovation (SPEI)

09:20 – 09:50

Keynote: You can’t buy love - Corporate-Start-up partnership Speaker Tobias Henz, Partner, McKinsey & Company

09:50 – 10:20

Corporate/Start-up synergy: How Romande Energie and Voltiris are driving the energy transition hand in hand | In the pursuit of sustainable solutions, Swiss energy provider Romande Energie joined forces with agrophotovoltaics start-up Voltiris to pilot a groundbreaking technology in a Swiss agricultural greenhouse. This presentation delves into the concept of open innovation, a collaborative approach that fosters partnerships between companies and external entities to drive innovative solutions. Laurent Botaya, Head of Innovation Strategy & Venture Building of Romande Energie, Marie Chenais, Renewable Energy Project Manager, Romande Energie and Nicolas Weber, CEO & Co-Founder, Voltiris

10:20 – 10:50

Experience of Corporate Venture Fund or Investors with start-up TBC

10:50 – 11:20

Networking Coffee Break /

11:20 – 11:50

Growth powered by Corporates and Start-ups Synergies | Corporates and Start-ups are often living hard-to-reconcile realities, both having to cater for different objectives, priorities, and imperatives. Despite this fact, they are intimately connected and are a mutual source of opportunities. This session will look at why Start-ups are such an important ingredient in the innovation value chain of Corporates and will propose steps to take, and conditions to meet, to maximize the probability of successful matchmakings. This will be further illustrated with a concrete partnership case between SICPA and Rayform that led to the development of a breakthrough technology and value proposition in the field of high-value document security. Dr. Aurelien Commeureux, Head of Innovation Management, SICPA and Romain Testuz – Co-Founder & CEO, Rayform - THE RAYY

11:50 – 12:20

CSEM’s Impact: Bridging the Gap from Lab to Fab Bahaa Roustom, VP, CSEM, Michel Antolovic, CEO & Co-Founder, Pi Imaging and Michele Palmieri, Vice President, Micro & Nano Systems Business Unit, CSEM

12:20 – 12:50

Bayer x Aspivix collaborate to reduce pain in Women’s Health procedures Marco Gierten, Lead Women’s Healthcare & Marketing Lead, Bayer Switzerland AG and Mathieu Horras, CEO & Co-Founder, Aspivix

12:50 – 13:00

Key Learnings of the Day Lan Zuo Gillet, Deputy Managing Director, EPFL Innovation Park

13:00 – 14:00

Networking Lunch supported by Cleantech Alps /

14:00 – 16:30

121 Meeting Scheduling


Host & Economic Development Partner

Presenting Partners

Romande Energie

Ecosystem Partners


Head of Venture Engagement (CTO office), Logitech
Head of Venture Engagement (CTO office), Logitech