Partnering for High-Tech Innovation in Finance


Although times may be uncertain, one thing remains true. There’s a simple power in people coming together.

EPFL Innovation Park and Innosuisse bring you Tech4Growth Finance workshop series on August 26th, September 1st and September 2nd, 2022 with a great lineup of speakers and decision makers, connecting start-up founders, corporate innovators as well as academic professors to learn about collaboration models and best practices.

Join the leaders from the Swiss FinTech ecosystem for 2 content packed days where you can hear from key players to share their experience about how to build win-win Start-up-Corporate partnerships to address challenges in digital transformation, personalized banking, regulatory compliance and digital asset management, and to drive the global financial industry forwards.

Whether you are an executive in a bank, a trading company, a founder of fintech start-up or cutting-edge tech player, come and join the Tech4Growth Finance workshop series, where you will build strong business network, learn from your peers, identify new opportunities of innovation, and walk away with suggestions and approaches for your next partnership plan.

This series focuses on the innovation in finance and will cover the following topics of AI, Opening Banking, CBDCs , DeFi, Embedded Finance, Fraud, AML, digital transformation and more!




Thomas Bosshard

Co-Founder and CEO of Adviscent. After his studies in political science he spent 5 years in the media industry working on solutions for content contribution and distribution. 10 years ago he then moved into the financial industry sector making sure investors receive the information they need to make good decisions. Experienced turn-around and program manager.

Thomas Ankenbrand

Thomas holds a Master’s degree from the University of St. Gallen and a PhD from the University of Lausanne. He founded several companies and has broad experience as CEO and board member of various companies in the financial industry. He is currently engaged in FinTech and Investment Management research at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Key areas of focus include the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Decentralized Finance (DeFi) and Quantum Computing in financial markets. He also implements this with his company AVACO.

Riyadh Bhyat

Riyadh is Head of Quantium EMEA, building the EMEA+Asia business of the most exciting data and analytics business in Financial Services, Retail, FMCG, and Health

Alexandru Craciun

CTO of Swissquote Bank, Alexandru has over 20 years of experience in Swiss financial sector

Lucas du Croo de Jongh

His aspiration is to work with start-ups to make cutting edge innovations feasible for businesses.

For that he brings 20-years hands-on experience in banking and insurance and understands the (perceived) value of innovations and how to achieve results. He has built two consulting businesses himself. He has access to a European network of executives in financial services and funding

Abdallah Djedid

Abdallah Djedid is a co-founder of Unit8, an international Business Development professional with a solid experience in winning new business, and developing new markets in the Information Technology and Banking sector.

Lan Zuo Gillet

Deputy Managing Director at EPFL Innovation Park with 30 years of broad management experience in various functional areas: R&D, marketing & business development, operational planning & control, science diplomacy and professional training, both in private and public sectors.

Strategic thinker with a global vision and down-to-earth approach, capable of designing or assessing action plans for effective implementation. Having very good knowledge and network of Swiss innovation ecosystem through 12 years of research and innovation management in the sector and enjoying an extensive nectwork with corporate decision makers, university management, entrepreneurs as well as investors.

Marc Olivier Hauser

Marc has forged a distinguished career in the financial service industry, combining an entrepreneurial background with banking and strategy consulting experience. He has co-founded two startups and supported startups in his role at the Institut für Jungunternehmen. In his most recent position he acted as co-founder, COO and Chief Growth Officer for F10 Alumni Startup advaisor AG. At UBS Wealth Management he held positions across the value chain from product development to sales management and the digital offerings. Prior to his career at UBS, he experienced formative years working in strategy consultancies, such as Roland Berger

Frank Iller

I have 30 years of experience in the financial industry, being close to technology topics and business transformations. I worked for UBS in Switzerland, France and Hong Kong and I am now at SIX Financial Information as Head of Customer Support looking into transforming the customer experience in a B2B environment.

Rani Jabban

Rani Jabban Head of Treasury, Digital Assets and Financial Institutions at Arab bank (Switzerland) Ltd.

Rani is the holder of a Msc. in Economics and a graduate from Magistère Banque Finance – University Paris 2 Pantheon – Assas (1994). In 1995, Rani worked as a Forex and Treasury dealer at BFO London (Credit Agricole group) and joined Credit Agricole (Suisse) S.A as senior manager FX advisory in 2000. Since 2009, he is the Head of Treasury at Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd. Appointed to the Executive Committee in 2014,  he is now in charge of Treasury, Trading, Digital assets, Financial Institutions and Marketing

Pranay Jain

Pranay Jain is the CEO and Co-Founder of Enterprise Bot. He started his first venture at 18 and has been a serial entrepreneur since then. A passionate leader, he is able to build bridges between technology & business and is a true visionary. He was a winner of the US Federal Reserve Monetary Policy challenge and was selected to represent Enterprise Bot as the top 10 Swiss Fintech founders by Venture Lab, Switzerland

Michael Katz

In the last 10 years, Michael has founded his own company and executed a successful venture exit & transfer to an international bank. He later worked for the largest bank in Europe in the areas of Private Banking, Risk and Trade Finance before joining SIX and supporting its innovation and growth endeavours. In this role he built a FinTech Hub in Spain, lead projects in equity and debt capital markets as well as contributed to SIX’s strategy and future foresight thought leadership.

At SDX, he is part of the equity team, with a primary focus on private equity, and is dedicated to enhancing the funding process for private companies and improving the issuance, custody, and transfer of digital securities in SDX’s regulated CSD. He is also responsible for the first-ever tokenization of equity shares in a fully regulated CSD based on Distributed Ledger Technology.

Manfred Köhl

Manfred is an experienced Business Leader, passionate Founder/Entrepreneur, Senior Advisor, Board Member and Investor/Business Angel supporting innovative Startups/Scale-ups in their Growth & Digital Transformation journey. He comes with 20+ years of professional experience, mainly in the international IT outsourcing/services & software/platform solutions business with a main focus on go-to-market strategy for growth & scalability, sales/key account management, new business/market development, consultative selling, marketing and buildup/leadership of high-performance sales teams in a global, multicultural environment, mainly towards the banking, financial services & insurance industry.

Veronica Lange

Experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services and electronics industry. Strong business development skills in Innovation Management, Digital Strategy, Payments, Customer Experience, and Financial Services Ecosystem – with a passion for digital assets, new emerging tech and sustainability.

Stefan Marotta

Stefan has more than 20 years of experience within the banking industry especially within the credit risk area. As a Director he has covered different roles at Credit Suisse (Switzerland) AG and currently he works as Head CRM SB Core & Digital Business. In addition he is responsible for different digitalization and automation projects within Credit Risk Management.

Nicolas Leroux

Nicolas is the founder and CEO of Kalexius, a premier provider of managed legal services with operations in the US, Europe, Israel and Mauritius.

Kalexius combine legal expertise and project management for a holistic approach to high-end, high-volume legal work. We work with a mix of lawyers and paralegals, both onshore and offshore to provide high-quality, cost effective legal delivery to clients

Adriano Lucatelli

Co-Founder & Managing Director at Descartes Finance, Adriano has been active as an entrepreneur in the financial services sector since 2009. Previously, he held senior positions at UBS and Credits Suisse in Switzerland and abroad. The Swiss business magazine “Bilanz” chose him among the top 100 Swiss bankers.

Chris Mathis

Chris has spent his career designing and delivering digital platforms across the Banking and Capital Market value chains, primarily in Europe and the United States at Credit Suisse, Fortis/BNP Paribas and Accenture. He currently leads the Partnerships and Innovation function within Credit Suisse’s CSX Digital Banking franchise

Raphael Müller

Raphael is the Head of Avaloq Wealth Investment Management and responsible for the strategic roadmap and vision of this growing wealth platform. Before joining Avaloq, he developed products and investment processes for a major bank and Fintechs alike. Raphael holds a master degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Zurich and is a CFA charterholder.

Ravina Mutha

Ravina Mutha is the Co-Founder of Enterprise Bot and heads the company’s revenue operations. As a passionate entrepreneur, she excels in understanding clients’ needs and providing suitable and high-quality solutions within a limited time. Due to her profound knowledge in the tech field and charismatic personality, Ravina has succeeded in signing multiple contracts for the company. She draws her experience from founding and leading several successful startups in the past, through which she was able to build a strong network of connections. She was featured on the Forbes list of top women-led startups globally by Women Who Tech, Washington and was one of the finalists for the top 10 women-led startups across Europe in 2018.

Niclas Nilsson

Niclas Nilsson is the Founder & CEO of Capnovum, a pioneer in horizon scanning and regulatory change management consistently recognised as one of the world’s most innovative RegTech companies.

Christine Schmid

Christine is Member of the Executive Board at additiv, additiv is a global financial technology provider.
Additionally she serves on Advisory Board of Meridian Foundation, Advisory Board of Redesigning Financial Services and Board Member of Bitcoin Capital

Andreas Oehninger

Andreas is a passionate executive with an entrepreneurial attitude, dedicated to achieving ambitious goals. Thus empowering and motivating employees to their best performances is one of his major strengths. Naturally, values like authenticity, transparency, sustainability, and commitment are the most important drivers in his business career.

Pierre Romagny

A Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Retail and Business Banking practice, Pierre specializes in digital transformation, front to back organization-wide transformation, disruptive strategies, new business models support, efficiency boosts, and ecosystem strategies and builds. 

It was upon landing a banking job in South Africa in the early 2000s that Pierre became enthralled with the “thrilling dynamics” of the financial sector. Prior to Oliver Wyman, he worked for a British multinational bank, the International Labour Organisation, and the French cooperation in Southern Africa.

Sandra Tobler

Sandra is Co-founder and CEO of Futurae Technologies AG that is focusing on cybersecurity that is improving the customer experience via AI and sound sensors. Sandra is an entrepreneur who worked in the IT space for many years. Sandra is a passionate ecosystem builder.

Luba Schoenig

Co-Founder, UMushroom

  • PHD in Finance University of Zurich
  • 20+ years of banking experience

Tonia Zimmermann

Tonia and her team are on a mission to transform the way people think about money and investing. UMushroom strives to help our users develop their investment knowledge by enabling intuitive decision making and providing financial information in an easy-to-digest way for everyone, regardless of financial education level. We help our private and institutional clients navigate the information jungle with a top-notch search engine alongside our comprehensive investment universe.

“The Tech4Growth Finance conference stood out with a focus on hands-on discussion. I very much liked the openness and interest in what needs to be addressed to make startup-corporate collaboration work. Really enjoyed the format, openness, and discussions!”                                                                                            

Marc Hauser

Head of Europe, F10 accelerator

“Tech4Growth provided us a great opportunity to reconnect with a management contact within one of our banking clients. They facilitated meetings between us that have given new avenues for our collaboration together with a view to significantly advance the current solution and broaden the scope. We are very grateful to Tech4Growth to facilitate this open exchange so we could have some honest and insightful discussions and re-think our partnership! And what a cool event with so many nice insights and open conversations!”

Ravina Mutha

Co-Founder, Enterprise Bot

Was a great occasion to meet with peers in a unique setting, highly enjoyed the informal and inspiring atmosphere 👍! Great presentations and inspiring discussions!

Manfred Kohl

Founder & Managing Partner, International Growth Agency


“Exciting topics were discussed during the sessions, it was awesome to see all that creativity in Switzerland! We learned as much from corporate than passionate, dynamic and agile start-ups.”

Edwige Fiaclou

Head Tech Talent & Methodology, Swissquote

“The leading place to exchange ideas on topics such as WealthTech, Regtech or Blockchain. There is no better place to exchange ideas so informally with key decision makers. The basis for successful business.”

Adriano Lucatelli

Founder & CEO, Descartes-Finance

“I thought it was a great event to have an honest conversation with big corporations. Usually, it is quite complicated to communicate with key people within large organizations, and this event allowed us to do just that.”

David Giron

CEO, Money Masters

This was definitely the most positively surprising event. The organisation was great, the speakers were open, transparent, and thoughtful. Thank you again for this immersive experience in the Swiss Fintech world!

Alexandre Gaillard

CEO, InvestGlass

“The format of Tech4Growth is perfect, smaller but very senior and highly engaged group. For the ones that are fed up with product pitches at events and seek real innovation and open exchange.”

Christine Schmid

additiv, Head of Strategy & Board Member

“Attending Tech4Growth was a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge with fellow professionals in the fintech space and to gain more insights into the bank’s processes when looking at opportunities to collaborate with start-ups or invest in them. I would highly recommend corporates to attend to get exposure to a wide array of technological solutions. Fintech professionals can also count on their peers and on corporate attendees to provide very valuable feedback and food for thought during the workshops.”

Oliver Walker

Business Development Manager, Wecangroup

“Connecting with the ecosystem and rapidly meeting people. It gives a first level of networking and allows to go further from there.”

Veronique Riondel Angebault

Head of Syz Independent Managers, Syz Bank




Lan Zuo Gillet

Deputy managing Director EPFL Innovation Park

Program Chair

Jean-Pierre Therre

Corporate Resilience Advisors Ltd

Lucas du Croo de Jongh


Inna Francis

EPFL Innovation Park

Program Manager

Simone Theiss

EPFL Innovation Park

Program Manager