Dive into the World of Partnerships  

Date: Thursday, September 12
Location: Rolex Forum, EPFL

Welcome to the immersive world of partnerships. This conference brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, venture funds, and academic researchers from all sectors to explore the crucial role of partnerships in scaling and innovating businesses.

Through captivating pair presentations by start-ups and corporates, gain valuable insights into company strategies, different forms of partnerships, challenges encountered, and successful approaches to implementing win-win alliances.

Why attend?

  • Learn and collaborate: exchange experiences and ideas, gain valuable insights about various strategies and forms of partnership, get practical suggestions to design win-win approaches for a successful implementation.


  • Connect with the most relevant attendees through our 1:1 meeting platform (accessible upon registration), powered by advanced AI matchmaking. Maximize your networking opportunities and forge valuable connections.

  • Discover new opportunities: Identify fresh perspectives, explore potential alliances, and unlock  new avenues for innovation. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to forge meaningful connections, gain insights, and unlock the potential for innovation and growth. Secure your spot at the EPFL Innovation Park 2023 Tech4Growth Partnering and Matchmaking Conference: 

“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,


“The event was an absolute standout! It seamlessly blended innovation and collaboration. Kudos to the team for their remarkable organization. Partnerships between corporates, academia and technology innovation centers are the keys to future success.”
Bahaa Roustom


“Thank you for hosting and organising the very interesting Tech4Growth Conference. I thought it was a big success and I hope that there will be further conferences like this. 😊 “
Katharina Ballani



“Tech4Growth Conference offers a concise agenda to connect the local venture ecosystem with corporates. It was a great introduction to the supportive environment in Vaud and provided me the opportunity to meet some very interesting start-up companies.”
Chris Cobbold


“Thanks a lot for the great organization: since first events, #Tech4Growth is getting a tremendous traction!”
Olivier Chappuis


“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


“It was a pleasure to be there. I had the opportunity to connect with a lot of people at the event and was approached by many after our session.”
Dominique Rey


“Strong and sustainable partnerships are a key success factor for innovation in Switzerland. In that context, the Tech4Growth event is an important platform as it provides practical insights from case studies as well as excellent networking opportunities to foster collaborations across different sectors.”
Aditya Yellepeddi

Swiss Biotech Association

“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

“I was there and it was great to get2know 4 really interesting startups worth to go ahead evaluating potential fields of cooperation. Many more startups were arround .. worth to understand their USPs too.”
Klaus Pilz





Dive into the World of Partnership Speakers

09:00 – 09:10

Welcome Remarks Lan Zuo Gillet, Deputy Managing Director, EPFL Innovation Park

09:10 – 09:20

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

09:20 – 10:00

Logitech - Imverse: Technology partnership Lajla Aganovic, Head of Venture Engagement, Logitech, Brent Milliken, CEO, Imverse and Javier Bello Ruiz, Ex CEO & Co-Founder, Imverse | Moderator: Nicolas Loeillot, Expert, Innosuisse

10:00 – 10:30

Swisscom Ventures-Flyability: Corporate Venture Capital Investment Alexander Schlaepfer, Partner, Swisscom Ventures and Patrick Thevoz, CEO & Co-Founder, Flyability | Moderator: Raphael Rollier, Head of Innovation & Product Management, Swisstopo

10:30 – 11:00

Networking Coffee Break and 121 meetings /

11:00 – 11:30

UBS - Numarics: Commercial partnership for better service to customers Veronica Lange, Head of UBS Next Connect, Yin Yan, Executive Director, UBS Next, Christian Mähr, Transformation Manager and Head Ecosystems & Partnerships, UBS and Dominique Rey, CEO & Co-Founder, Numarics | Moderator: Lan Zuo Gillet, Deputy Managing Director, EPFL Innovation Park

11:30 – 12:00

Insolight’s multiple partnerships with Corporates Luiggino Torrigiani, Head of Marketing & Partnerships, Insolight | Moderator: Nicolas Loeillot, Expert, Innosuisse

12:00 – 12:30

CSS - Longevity Hub: A corporate accelerator for individual partnerships Torsten Butz, CSS and Uliana Shchelgacheva, Co-Founder, Longevity Hub | Moderator: Raphael Rollier, Head of Innovation & Product Management, Swisstopo

12:30 – 13:30

Networking lunch Supported by Cleantech Alps

13:30 – 14:15

Roundtable discussion with alumni of Tech4Growth workshop series: implementation of partnerships in Geneva Airport, Maxon, GSK/Haleon and AELERClotilde Aubertin, External Innovation Direction, Haleon – GSK Consumer Healthcare, Hamidul Huq, Innovation Coach & Innovation Project Manager, Geneva Airport, David Baur, Co-CEO & Co-Founder, AELER and Olivier Chappuis, Innovation Lab Manager, Maxon | Moderator: Lan Zuo Gillet, Deputy Managing Director, EPFL Innovation Park

14:15 – 16:30

Networking Coffee & Drinks and 121 meetings /



Host & Economic Development Partner


Ecosystem Partners



Lan Zuo Gillet

Deputy managing Director EPFL Innovation Park

Program Chair

Simone Theiss

EPFL Innovation Park

Program Manager


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