Our team

Passionate about innovation & startups

Innovating incubation

Fongit’s team levers international best practices to boost our startups’ success.

We continously strive to upgrade our exceptional innovation community, and provide the advice, administration & space entrepreneurs need to thrive.

Our team levers a vast experience from startups, NGOs and corporate product development and incorporates our values of proximity, diversity and excellence. We’re motivated by knowing we help make good new things happen.

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Startup Coach
  • Emmanuel de Watteville
    Senior Business Advisor
    Emmanuel has worked for large multinational companies, holding various line- and general management positions. He has experience as an entrepreneur of a startup and has coached more than forty companies. Emmanuel is trained as an IT engineer and holds a MBA from INSEAD. His expertise is in the field of Finance, Marketing and General Management. Emmanuel joined Fongit in 2004.
  • Dr. Evelyne Schmid
    Operations & Communications
    Evelyne is an international technology communications specialist. An engineer by training with a PhD from EPFL, she conducted research in the inter-disciplinary field of Biophysical Chemistry for many years. Driven by the need to express technical advances to the international public, she has held communications roles in Europe and Asia, transforming ideas into published scientific papers, articles, events, workshops, and funding. Evelyne heads Fongit’s Operations & Marcom team.
  • Caroline Coquerel
    Startup coach
    Holding a degree in agronomy & spatial information, Caroline has been working in geographical information systems (GIS), optimization of organizations & sustainability in 10+ countries. She recovered a start-up, supported over 100 entrepreneurs and coached 20+ startups for periods of 1 to 5+ years. As a startup coach at Fongit & Innosuisse, Caroline specializes in product-market fit, business & brand development, and organization & finance.
  • Aline Rochat
    Aline manages the administration of Fongit’s incubator and of our incubated startups. She is responsible for: accounting, invoicing, payroll and administration. Previously, she set up and ran her own business for 25 years. She has also managed the administration and accounting for a startup that IPO-ed.
  • Dr. James H. Miners
    Senior Business Advisor
    James is an international entrepreneur and innovator. He has set-up and managed four technology startups in Cleantech, Nano-materials and Transportation, including High Power Lithium, which was successfully exited to the Dow Chemical Company. Passionate about transforming technology into product, James brings a unique experience of leading value creation and innovation in startups as well as fortune 100 companies. He has 20+ scientific publications and patents and holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and a PED from IMD.
  • Antonio Gambardella
    Antonio joined Fongit in 2014. He was previously the founding partner of a venture capital fund investing in technology, with headquarters in Switzerland, Italy and California. During this experience, he managed incubator activities for seed startups. Later, he made direct investments in innovative small-medium companies in Europe, with active roles in management and board of directors. Antonio holds a degree in Economics at Bocconi University in Milan (Italy) and he attended Singularity University in California.
  • Ingeborg Albert
    Community & Innovation Manager at Geneus.ch
    Ingeborg holds an MSc in Industrial Design Engineering from the Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands) with a specialization in innovation management. She has launched and managed new products in a spectrum of industries including FMCG, sports and digital. Ingeborg’s international career spans startups and large organisations. At Geneus, she focuses on initiating life science innovations in a world-class environment.
  • John Elbing
    Startup Coach
    John has a technical background as a software developer (EPFL) and went back for a financial MBA at Carnegie Mellon when he turned 40. John has launched several startups and he now coaches entrepreneurs, notably in the Lean Startup methodology and Design Thinking, at Standpoint. He also transposes these methods to innovation management for established companies. Leveraging his 20 years of experience in digital projects, he teaches at HEG, Venturelab and the EU Business School and offers strategic digital coaching for SMEs. John is a coach for Innosuisse and Fongit.
  • Pierre Strubin
    Pierre  joined Fongit in June 2000 and was our Director for 13 years. Pierre formerly worked at ABB, IEC and LEM, where he was the general manager for the Component Division. Pierre holds a degree in electrical engineering, has a MA in Finance and a MBA in Management. His expertise is the field of Finance, Administration, Project and General Management. He is a board member of more than ten companies and is the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at Fongit Seed Invest (FSI).
  • Emanuele Cordioli
    Emanuele provides the administration services for Fongit and our incubated companies. She also manages Fongit’s front desk & coordinates our events. With a background in office and event management, she helps build our Swiss startup spirit and ensures that our incubator operates to the highest standards.
  • Victor Martin
    Startup coach
    Victor developed his first website in the 1990s at age 11. Since then, he hasn’t stopped: from building e-commerce sites, to managing professional platforms for 3D printing, to crowdfunded campaigns. In his current venture, he combines his experience in fine art dealership and his digital marketing skills to serve acclaimed visual artists. Victor also has a formal business background in international trade.
  • Bolko Hohaus
    Startup Coach
    Bolko is a data scientist and economist by education. He has more than twenty years of investment experience in leading positions at companies including Lombard Odier Investment Managers and Allianz Global Investors, focussing on cutting edge technologies. Bolko is founder and CEO of HCP, an innovative Swiss asset manager based in the Geneva region. He is also active as business angel and a board member in the Swiss tech business angel club SICTIC. Bolko is a fintech coach for CTI Startup, based at Fongit.

Interested in working for Fongit? See our open positions.

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