Legendary investor Warren Buffett once said: “You only have to do a few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.” When starting a company, this is 100% true. And while both START Global and Forbes are about inspiring and motivating, we’re also here to help with actionable advice. That’s why we’re starting the START Global x Forbes event series, which will help founders on their way to the top. By listening and learning from the most interesting entrepreneurs and investors from the German-speaking region and beyond, we will help everyone in the START Global community get the few important things right – without getting too many things wrong.
These events will not only give an opportunity to listen to those that have already done it, but also a chance to meet people that can help you get your business off the ground. This is a one-time chance to learn from and meet the best. Don’t miss it.
September 26th, 2023
Tuesday, September 26th, 7pm
virtual event on forbes.swiss
“There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas,
what’s missing is the will to execute them.”
– Seth Godin
Together with young and experienced startup founders, we talk about the most important thing when starting a business: The idea. What’s a good idea? What’s a bad one? And how do you get an idea into action?
Potential speaker lineup
Oriol Hernandez i Fajula (Rever)
Donna Leon (?)
Carlo Badini (Pabio)
Fabienne Hartmann-Fritsch und Daniela Marino (Cutiss)
November 21st, 2023
Tuesday, November 21st at 6.00pm
at the Trust Square Paradeplatz
“An entrepreneur without funding is a musician without an instrument.”
– Robert A. Rice Jr.
As soon as you have your idea and business case figured out, you need the money to execute. But how do you get your pitch to the right people? Do cold emails work? And what are investors most interested in in a market that’s flooded with competition?
Oliver is Partner at Lakestar and has been at the firm since its founding more than 10 years ago. Oliver leads Lakestar's Healthcare investment group as well as its US-based investments. He led Lakestar’s investments in companies such as Oscar Health, Cedar Health, Rhino and Public.com, as well as Harry’s, Aetion Health, Accurx and Nelly. He also co-lead Lakestar's investment into Auterion. He has been named Forbes 30 under 30, began his career at Goldman Sachs and studied at Universities of St. Gallen, Harvard and Wharton.
February 27th, 2024
Tuesday, February 27th
Live event at the HSG Square (St. Gallen)
A strong team is at the top of everyone’s list when it comes to startup success. And we know by a million studies that diverse teams perform better. Still, there’s a huge lack of diversity in the leadership of startups. Why? How do you build a high-performing, resilient and successful team? And what do you need to avoid?
Lea is co-founder and CEO of Wo\men Inc, a platform for career-focused women that organizes events around the globe and provides diversity and inclusion advice. She is also a consultant at Russell Reynolds where she specializes in digital businesses as well as media, venture capital, e-commerce and consumer products. In addition, Lea is a member of the firm’s global DE&I practice.
Nielufar Saffari developed her startup Dolmx in the midst of the Covid pandemic. The young company offers a platform solution that enables intercultural interpreting via video. Born in Austria, she started her entrepreneurial journey in Switzerland with just 150,000 CHF in capital, increasing her turnover tenfold in just the second year. Saffari herself grew up bilingual – speaking Farsi and German – and therefore knows what a hurdle language can be. “I see it as my job to give a voice to people who don’t speak the local language.” Dolmx currently offers 57 languages and translations are carried out by a pool of 300 professional interpreters.
Dr. Casas i Klett is a permanent faculty at the University of St.Gallen, the Director of the China Competence Center (CCC) and was the founding Director of the Competence Center for Top Teams, at the Research Institute for International Management (FIM-HSG). Tomas obtained his BSc, at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; his MSc at Fudan University in Shanghai and his PhD in Economics at University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is a visiting professor at universities in China, including the Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management (SEM) in Beijing and he has worked with business schools in Canada, Israel, Russia or Japan.
One of Tomas’ research foci is sustainable value creation; at the macro level with the Elite Quality Reports (EQx2023) and at the firm and new venture level he is developing the Value Creation Rating (VCr). His measurements of value along with his practical frameworks support governance, top management and top entrepreneurial teams. His research often takes global team perspectives (e.g., China team myths). His courses span from Bachelor-level to executive education and include: International Entrepreneurship, International Management, Innovation and Disruption and Sustainable Value Creation and Global Trends and Geopolitics.
With Mybikeplan, Bollhalder allows customers to pay off their e-bike in installments in twelve to 48 months, interest-free. Bollhalder started out as a young entrepreneur and is now CEO of Switzerland’s largest BNPL provider (Buy now, pay later), as he puts it. Immediately after university, Bollhalder took part in two accelerator programmes and launched his first startup. In October 2023, Bollhalder launched a new “My-X-Plan” division with Myhomeplan. Here, too, he is relying on a BNPL model – but for furniture. Over the next few years, further such verticals are to be added; Bollhalder is talking about “Mybabyplan” and “Mysportplan”, for example. By the end of 2024, there should be a total of four such verticals, followed by six or seven in 2025.
May 7th, 2024
May 7th, 2024,
Virtual event on forbes.swiss
You have the idea, you have the money, you have the team – now it’s time to really start
growing. But what does a company in high-growth mode need? What are the challenges
ahead? And how much growth is too much?
Potential speaker lineup:
Georges Kern (Breitling)
Ines Streimelweger (Hedosophia)
Alex Weber (N26)