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17 May Swiss INSEAD Alumni Tech Entrepreneur Night

/ 18:00 - 19:00

Dear Alumni,
You are invited to the launch of the €40K INSEAD Swiss Alumni MBA Scholarship for Swiss tech entrepreneurs. Swiss INSEAD alumni welcome members of the EPFL/ETHZ alumni community and MBA candidates to this special event.

Swiss INSEAD Alumni Tech Entrepreneur Night     
May 17, 2021
Join us to launch the new the Swiss Tech Entrepreneur Scholarship at an event featuring Henning Piezunka, INSEAD Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, one of INSEAD’s most appreciated teachers. He will present INSEAD as a world-leading business school for future entrepreneurs, followed by a panel of Swiss entrepreneurs, ready to share their experience at INSEAD and beyond. The event is organized and moderated by Roland Mattis, MBA’87D.

The Swiss Scholarship fund, created by the Founding Donors Group and the INSEAD alumni of Switzerland is now offering a second scholarship for the INSEAD MBA programme. Specifically, in addition to the €20K Swiss Scholarship, which has already been granted to four Swiss recipients, there is the €40K Swiss Tech Entrepreneur Scholarship. For more information  see https://www.insead.ch/swiss-tech-scholarship.

Because we are looking to encourage the best potential candidates in Switzerland to apply and enjoy INSEAD, and then succeed in their entrepreneurial careers,  please feel free to share the invitation within your circles.

Henning Piezunka, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise
Henning Piezunka is an Assistant Professor at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.  Before joining INSEAD, he got a PhD at Stanford University, a Master of Science at the London School of Economics (UK), and a Diplom Kaufmann from  the University of Mannheim (Germany). He is an award-winning researcher and teacher. Before joining academia, he was an entrepreneur successfully exiting his company in 2016.

Panel (alphabetical order)

Mathieu Horras, MBA’10D, Co-Founder and CEO, Aspivix SA
After obtaining an MSc. in Mechanical Engineering from Paris Tech in 2000 and another MSc. from IFP School in 2003, Mathieu Horras led engine development teams for Renault in France and Brazil until 2009. An MBA at INSEAD enabled a shift to the medical device industry and new career opportunities. His growing understanding of the field, led him to found Aspivix in 2015, a Lausanne-based women’s health medtech company that is about to launch its first product, and raising a Series-A round.
Kim Ludvigsen, MBA’86D, Co-Founder Interpefy
Kim Ludvigsen lives in Zürich. He graduated in Civil Engineering from the ETH in 1981, followed by an MBA from INSEAD 1986. He worked for Accenture, Apax Partners and Ernst & Young in corporate finance and M&A. Later he went into business development and co-founded several start-ups, including Interprefy in 2014, which today is a business with 200 employees and revenues of CHF 20m
Thomas Seiler,  MBA’85D, CEO and Board Member u-blox
Thomas Seiler is u-blox’ CEO since 2002. He was appointed Member of the Board of Directors of u‑blox AG in 2006. Thomas Seiler holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) and an INSEAD MBA. In 1987 he was appointed Member of the Executive Committee of Melcher Holding AG, Switzerland, and CEO from 1991 to 1998. He served as CEO of Kistler Holding AG, Switzerland from 1999 to 2001. He is a Member of the Board of Artum AG, Switzerland.
Wendy Vanhonacker, MBA’13J, Founder Fit’nTasty
After a completing an MSc. Communications Systems Engineering at EPFL in 2004, Wendy Vanhonacker became an eCommerce consultant/manager for many brands, such as Victoria’s Secret and Orange Communications until 2013. During her MBA at INSEAD, she discovered the entrepreneurial world and made a shift into nutrition and healthy lifestyle, founding Fit ’n’ Tasty, a cold-pressed juice brand, based in Lausanne in 2014.


Roland Mattis, MBA’87D, Lead Swiss Tech Entrepreneur Scholarship, EPFL graduate
Roland is an EPFL Graduate, leading the Swiss Tech Entrepreneur Scholarship project. He is active as a strategical advisor at FinSwiss (FinTech) and Fastree3D (Deeptech); managing the Antenne Israeli (EPFL alumni in Israel initiative), as well as other projects in the field of electronics for the Swiss industry.



Key Facts

When: Monday, May 17, 2021
Where: Zoom at 18:00-19:00
Registration: https://en.xing-events.com/mbascholarship21 
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INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Roland Mattis, MBA’87D, Event Organizer
Leila Ojjeh, MBA’01D, Tech Scholarship Team
Brigitte Reverdin, MBA’81 INSEAD Alumni Fund President, Switzerland


May 17
18:00 - 19:00