We want Switzerland to expand its world-leading business competitiveness as a high-tech nation.

Who are we?

High-tech Connect was founded by high-tech business enthusiasts who all have extensive international life and work experiences. 

We experienced the dynamics of Silicon Valley, China and also India and the Middle East first hand.

We believe in the use of technology, and trust in the powers of humans and societies to mostly use it to their benefits.

As such, we want to introduce new high-tech trends and companies early on to Switzerland. We do so mainly through events, executive education, discussions, publications, and lobbying.

High-tech businesses have the power to create many new jobs and while they could pose a threat to static phlegmatic incumbents, they offer many huge business opportunities. Foremost among which are the possibilities for a wealthier, healthier, safer, and fairer world. Technology also allows us to go after the most pressing global challenges. Of course, there are also inherent threats and challenges. However, as was said earlier, we believe in being able to overcome them.

We would like you to join us by attending our activities and also by becoming members and main partners sharing our goals and enthusiasm.

Board and Advisors

Ralf Haller

Electrical engineer, product manager, expert on strategy, high-tech global business development, startup scouting and business implications of emerging technologies such as machine learning and IoT.
Europe, Silicon Valley and China experienced.

Victor Bergonzoli

Sales & business manager, expert on strategy, high-tech global business development, and business implications of emerging technologies such as gamification, AR, use of video technologies.
US, India and Middle East experienced

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What others say

"High-tech jobs are the future and every one of them creates five others in lower tech industries. It is therefore mandatory that Switzerland succeeds here as well. Hightech Connect promotes this idea and makes it public that we must catch up to the world leaders. I support this and hope many are listening."

Aron Braun

High-tech and low-tech Entrepreneur

"I have been visiting various High-tech Connect Events and was inspired.
In particular the initiatives to bring global ecosystems like Israel and Silicon Valley to Switzerland I find highly inspiring and important.
Important because it helps open perspectives and allows us to compare with the leaders in the world.
For Switzerland it is crucial to invest intensively in high-tech and to land some large global business successes. Only then can we compete internationally, create jobs and maintain our high levels of life quality."

Prof. Dr. Sascha Götte

Hochschule Luzern, Professor for Marketing & Strategic Management

"I very much like and support the idea to encourage high-tech innovations in Switzerland. Learning from the world’s leading innovation ecosystems and adapting it to Switzerland’s own needs and circumstances is the way to go. Whether Switzerland will succeed in the future, will depend on this and as history has shown it will happen much faster than anyone can imagine."

Daniel Gutenberg

Angel investor, venture capitalist and unicorn hunter

"Swiss high-tech startups came a long way compared to 10 years ago. Many initiatives have been undertaken to encourage this process. Some with success others with less. The need for high-tech innovations and the creation of high-tech ventures with global success is clear. How and how fast to achieve this remains a challenge and hard work. I wholeheartedly support the idea to accelerate this process and to bring as much high-tech networking and learning to Switzerland as possible."

Lucian Wagner

Transatlantic Entrepreneur and Early-Stage Investor

"High Tech Connect Switzerland is a great initiative to address issues that hinder Switzerland to use its full potential in ICT. While Switzerland is great in developing world class ICT products it’s often failing to deploy these technologies effectively. The High-Tech Connect events and activities will address these issues and contribute to change effectively."

Dr. Dorian Selz

Serial Entrepreneur

"As angel investor and co-founder of the Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC), I help early-stage deep tech startups in Switzerland to take off quickly backed by smart money. Building a stronger network between Swiss entrepreneurs and ambitious international high-tech ventures will be beneficial to everybody involved. High-Tech Connect is contributing important building blocks for growing the Swiss high tech ecosystem faster and to ensure long term success."

Dr. Thomas Dübendorfer

Angel Investor

"From my experience at Nexthink and as an advisor, I know how much speed is crucial for the success of Swiss startups in international expansion . HTCs proposes pragmatic initiatives and events that address both the business and cultural challenges of international growth. I like their approach and fully support it."

Vincent Bieri

Entrepreneur, Silicon Valley experienced, ICT expert

"I am fully supporting this initiative. Switzerland has been economically very successful in the past and reached highest rankings for competiveness. To compete in the future, we need a strong IT high-tech-industry, that will create thousands of new ideas, opportunities and jobs. We need to learn from the leading international high-tech ecosystems and need to partner where appropriate. While digitalisation of existing industries is mandatory it is also mandatory to
create new and large Swiss high-tech success stories. That’s why I’m proud to support High-tech Connect."

Franz Grüter

ICT Entrepreneur, Nationalrat

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