Special Event on Start-up and Venture: From R&D to ROI

Date: March 26, 2008

The IOT 2008 hosts a special event on start-up and venture with a focus on the topics related to the "Internet of Things". It bridges the gap between venture capital companies, young entrepreneurs, researchers, and students.

The event opens with expert talks. An entrepreneur will share his experience from foundation to transfer of his enterprise and a venture capital expert will outline important issues on raising funds. In addition, Siemens Venture Capital will reveal how they support innovative companies. In the second part of the event, potential company founders will present their ideas to the audience in an elevator pitch and receive feedback from the expert consortium.

The takeaways for you as a participant will be a clear understanding on the steps to take to transform a brilliant idea into a successful start-up company. You will gather valuable contacts to peer company-founders, prospective employees, and venture capitalists in the adjacent drinks reception.


13:30 - 13:50Welcome and OverviewProf. Dr. Elgar Fleisch
(ETH Zurich / Univ. St.Gallen)
13:50 - 14:10Experiences of a Successful Start-Up CompanyErich Gebhardt
(Media Streams / Microsoft)
14:10 - 14:30Companies for TomorrowDr. Christian Buhl
(McKinsey & Co.)
14:30 - 14:50Corporate Venturing at SiemensAlexander Rietz
(Siemens Venture Capital)
14:50 - 15:00 - BREAK - 
15:00 - 16:30Elevator Pitch: Promising Start-Up IdeasTill Quack (Kooaba)
Alexander Ilic (ScanMouse)
Marc P. Bernegger (Amiando)
Dr. Thomas Schumann (Adhoco)
Carlos Bravo-Sanchez (Publispana)
16:30 - 16:45Wrap-UpFelix Graf von Reischach
(ETH Zurich / SAP AG)
16:45 - 17:30 - DRINK RECEPTION - 

Expert Consortium

  • Dr. Oliver Grabherr (Gamma Capital)
  • Erich Gebhardt (Microsoft)
  • Alexander Rietz (Siemens Venture Capital)
  • Dr. J÷rg Sievers (SAP Venture)

Registration Status

Currently we count 36 participants from start-up companies, venture capital, and research.


Venture capital companies, start-up companies, researchers, students, and other interested entities register for the event by sending the completed registration form to Felix Graf von Reischach.


  • Participation fee: 100 CHF (payment on-site cash)
  • Students participation: free


The event will take place at Swiss˘tel Zurich, Switzerland. For further travel information please see here.

Contact Information

In case of questions or comments, please contact
Felix Graf von Reischach, ETH Zurich and SAP (Schweiz) AG
Email: freischach@ethz.ch
Tel.: +41 (0) 58 871 7842
Fax: +41 (0) 44 632 10 45