Join this international startup pitchfest today where ten South African startups participating in the venture leaders program pitch against ten Swiss startup who took part in the Startup Essentials Workhop and they will all pitch in front of an esteemed venture investor jury. Don’t miss that and apply now! 


Swiss South African venture leaders is a framework providing motivation, entrepreneurial know-how and support to South African and Swiss scientists while contributing to strengthen the cooperation between industries of South Africa and Switzerland.

It is a 5-day entrepreneur training program in Switzerland for young, ambitious South African and Swiss entrepreneurs, which is organized by venturelab. Sponsored by the Swiss South African Joint Research Program (SSAJRP) this business development program includes visits to start-up companies and workshop sessions on topics such as intellectual property, marketing and start-up financing. Last year the venture leaders from South Africa spent a tremendous week in Switzerland including a high-class pitchbattle at Google. During that week we talked to Karen Eksteen, who is manager in the Innovation Skills Development at the Technology Innovation Agency (a government agency equivalent to the Swiss CTI), about the startup scene in South Africa.

Swiss South African venture leaders is happening this week in Lausanne and Zürich. Check-out the public events and workshops and join the South African team! The pitchfest is the highlight of this year’s Swiss-South African venture leaders program. After the pitchbattle join the networking apéro, where you get to interact with the investors, entrepreneurs and startups. For more information about the Swiss-South African venture leaders programm visit this link. Get straight to the application for the pitchfest here.

The jury consists of:

Penny Schiffer (Swisscom)
Christine Weber (BKW)
Roland Keller (Die Post)
– Glenn Stanley (Biostart Consulting)

The startups will be:

Dawie Diamond ARAMI ICT South Africa
Ipeleng Mathebula Boost Mechanics Energy South Africa
Michael Loretz Bateleur ICT South Africa
Moses M. Kebalepile Asthma Grid Medtech South Africa
Nicole Vorster Agri-extracts Natural Manufacturing South Africa
Pascal Nhlakanpho Ngidi Hlomuka Holdings Medtech South Africa
Roelof Smit AgriPD Agritech South Africa
Siobhan Yvonne Ashmole Bliss Herbals Natural Manufacturing South Africa
Travis Bester Group Connect ICT South Africa
Zuko Mandlakazi Senso ICT South Africa
Simon Bachmann IDUN Health Tech Medtech Switzerland
Luca Hirt nanoleq Medtech Switzerland
Luiza Dobre Komed Health ICT Switzerland
Benedikt Andreas Logistify ICT Switzerland
Aike Festini Lucka Box Logistics Switzerland
Jelena Skorucak Microsleep ICT Switzerland
Peter Nestorov SCAI Lifescience Switzerland
Lukas Bonorand SMT Energy Energy Switzerland
Vlastimil Jirasko VecSyn Lifescience Switzerland
Veronica Piazza ViaMondo ICT Switzerland