Smart money for
smart innovators

Business Angels Switzerland, BAS, is an association of private individuals willing to invest time and money in small, newly–founded companies with innovative projects. We help startups to realize their potential.

What we do

BAS supports young companies and invests to take a minority stake in the companies. Startups can profit from the active role that BAS members take in the company, like unpaid consultants.

Each year BAS organises 20 dinner meetings in Zurich and Lausanne/Geneva where founders can pitch their business proposition.

Most of BAS investments receive mentoring and guidance from BAS members.
Startups benefit from the members' diverse skills across a broad spectrum of industries.
BAS members do not count their time and are happy to share their rich networks.
As a general rule, BAS invests in Swiss based startups with high growth potential. The due diligence process is very straightforward to make investing as uncomplicated as possible for angels and startups. The shortest investment decision yet took us one week.
BAS works well thanks to the exclusive and experienced nature of its members.
BAS members are generally successful founders or executives. They are experienced investors with an interest in mentoring and in investing in high-risk startups.

Who is BAS

What we do and why we do it.

Success Stories

“BAS was super helpful to develop my startup. They didn’t always agree with me but are easy to work with in a constructive sense.”
Nicolas Frey, Dahu Sports
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“BAS have supported us through our journey and I recommend them fully.”
Taha Bawa, Goodwall
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„Startups in an early stage should go to BAS because networking is essential. You can meet experienced experts for various industries who can contribute and give valuable insights.“
Dorina Thiess, Piavita
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“BAS is Switzerland’s leading Business Angels club, and a must for all start-up companies interested to raise local money.”
Dr. Nicolas Durand & Dr. Iwan Märki, Abionic
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Latest Works

Efficiently unleash cross-media information without cross-media value. Quickly maximize timely deliverables for real-time sche.


The ultimate bike safety lights

Dahu Sports

Innovative ski boots / a game changer for the whole industry


Veterinary technology for vital signs monitoring on horses in real time and remotely.


World's fastest allergy diagnosis platform


Goodwall is the professional network for young talent to become the best versions of themselves.


Angel Talk

You want to discuss your business idea informally? You need some coaching before you pitch at BAS? Every second Tuesday you can enjoy a coffee with an experienced business angel. No reservation is needed but you can secure a slot
here @ Café Oskar Kowalski
or here @Tannenbar ETHZ.
Look out for the BAS sign on a table.
Check the calendar to see when the location is at ETH Zurich, together with ETH alumnis from BAS.

dates for Zürich, Café Oskar Kowalski
or 2 weeks later:Tannenbar@ETHZ
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Get in touch with BAS

Frédéric Lauchenauer

MSc Chemistry EPFL, MBA IMD


Tania Lehmkuhl Ador

LLB Bachelor Law Geneva, MBA Harvard


Aron Braun

Dipl El. Ing. ETHZ / Entrepreneur


Henrico Dolfing

M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and B.Ec in Economics

Strong technical background as a software developer and solution architect,


Paul Peyrot

Lawyer, PhD HSG


Barbara Radtke

eMBA (HSG St. Gallen) - Serial Entrepreneur (Healthcare)

Serial entrepreneur


Johann Schlieper

Dr. rer. pol., University of Fribourg

Born 1963, Is CEO of Zollikonsult GmbH, strategy and marketing consulting in Zurich. He invests primarily in technology and durable consumer goods. He is also a lecturer at the University of Lucerne and at the St. Gallen Management Institute. He holds various board positions in Switzerland.


Stephane Rousset

Ing. Dipl. EPFL, M.Sc. University of California

Born 1955 , Ing. Dipl. EPFL, M.Sc. University of California at Berkeley Privately, Stéphane Rousset is business Angel, volunteer mentor, and occasionally also assistant general manager. He focuses on the industries of ICT (information and communication technology), Cleantech and Medtech. His goal is to convey what he has learned as a C-level manager to help Swiss startups develop and succeed. His professional career includes digital (DEC), AT&T, Global One, Oracle, and Fujitsu in EMEA and world-wide roles, with a focus on sales, business administration, and general management. Stéphane is married and has three adult children.


Rene Trauffer

Dr.rer.pol., Universität Basel

Dr. Rer. Pol., University of Basel, Lic. OEC. HSG University of St. Gallen President VR TubePartners AG Zug and Energie Solaire AG Sierre. Many years of international industry experience, including DAETWYLER Group Altdorf – 15 years, member group Management and CEO ROTHRIST Precision Tubes ROTHRIST, VON ROLL group Gerlafingen – among others CEO MONTEFORNO Steel and Rolling mills Bodio. Board member of SWISSMEM Zurich. Seats in the board of Directors of international companies.


Michael Federspiel

dipl Ing. ETH, PMP

Michael Federspiel (Dipl. Ing. ETH, PMP) worked as a management consultant for Bain & Company, Progan Consulting Group and his own company Federspiel Management. Other employers were among others Jamba!, Hilti, Ericsson Hewlett Packard and Swatch Group. He studied at the ETH Zurich (operational and production engineer) and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, he is a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and attended various executive education courses at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the IMD Lausanne.


Luzius von Bidder

Economics, HSG

Luzi Andreas von Bidder was until recently Chairman of the Swiss listed company Acino Holding AG and is currently on the Board of several other private healthcare companies including Ferring and Solvias. Prior to Acino, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Novartis Ophthalmics AG and as a member of the Novartis Pharma Executive Committee and with Ciba-Geigy in various positions. Luzi Andreas von Bidder graduated in Economics from HSG University of St. Gallen.


Caroline Gueissaz

dipl. Ing. ETHZ

Born 1955, Dipl. Ing. EPFZ. Management consultant, partner by A. Vaccani & Partners in Zurich (M&A). Member of the board of directors at SERV (Export risk insurance) and in a some SMEs. She is president of Genilem-Neuchâtel (entrepreneur coaching).


Frank Gerritzen

MA of International Affairs

Born 1962, Master of International Affairs, Columbia University Frank Gerritzen is an active board member at Careerplus Group SA for more than 15 years, a leading Swiss HR recruiter, active throughout Switzerland under different brand names (Contaplus, Conciliat, Wiliam Elliot, Xeetix, Umeo, career World, Interimplus). Prior to that, Frank worked for several companies in the field of import/Export (USA and Switzerland), he was also the founder of the Swiss branch of the wealth peer group, a company in which "high net worth individuals" can meet and negotiate better conditions with suppliers. Frank is married and has two children.


Adrienne Perramond

BSc, Honors in Business Studies

Born 1965 – BSc, Honors in Business Studies, University of Buckingham – Mediator SDM-FSM. Adrienne has worked in marketing in the consumer goods industry and later on in the luxury goods sector of the watchmaking industry. In 1997, the Company "Transfer Solutions", a relocation service agency in Neuchâtel, was founded by her and sold in 2001. After spending thirteen years in local politics she is now active as an angel investor. Adrienne has an international background as she grew up in Basel and the US and studied in England. She has four children and lives in Neuchâtel.


Latest Posts 


Märchen sind immer gleich gestrickt: Ein Held hat eine Prüfung zu bestehen, geht dazu in die Fremde, wächst an seinen Aufgaben und am Abenteuer, besiegt den Gegner, kommt zurück und erhält die Belohnung respektive die Prinzessin zur Frau. Wieso soll das, was bei Märchen seit Generationen Bestand hat im Film nicht auch funktionieren? Ein Geheimrezept für Blockbuster sozusagen. Nur stammt das Rezept heute aus der Küche von Deep Data und Artificial Intelligence. Ob damit Kassenknüller geschaffen werden können, ist auf die Schnelle für Branchenfremde schwer zu beurteilen. Vielleicht bringen die Romantik- oder Actionhelden die Kasse auch über eine andere Branche zum klingen, nämlich über die Werbeindustrie. Denn so banal anmutende Dinge wie Product Placement können in das Strickmuster elegant und wirksam eingearbeitet werden.


Keine langen Erläuterungen über Klimawandel, Wassersparen, Urban farming und hors sol-Gemüse, wenn das Startup die Technik für Etagen-Gemüse verkaufen will. Keine ethischen Ausführungen über Food waste, wenn das Geschäftsmodell mehr Einsparungen auf der Personaloptimierung verspricht. Dafür, dass die Startup die für die BAS-Mitglieder relevanten Faktoren in kürzester Zeit auf den Punkt bringen, sorgt nun der Coach, der einem Startup zur Seite steht. BAS-Mitglieder unterstützen seit Neustem als Coach ein Startup in der Vorbereitung des Pitch, liefern Hinweise, was für die BAS-Mitglieder von Interesse ist, lassen sich die Präsentation vorab zeigen und liefern Feedback. Ausserdem sind sie anschliessend auch für die Follow up-Sitzung und eventuell die Due dilligence die Ansprechperson. Der Gewinn liegt auf beiden Seiten: Die Startup gewinnen in der Präsentation an Sicherheit und können sich zielgerichteter vorbereiten, die BAS-Mitglieder profitieren von auf ihre Interessen zugeschnittenen Präsentationen.


Im Gesundheitswesen sind viele Player aktiv, deren Interessen in die verschiedensten Richtungen weisen. Nicht nur in der Schweiz, sondern international. Ist das Medikament des Pharmamultis wirksam oder nicht? Welcher Preis lässt sich dafür rechtfertigen? Sind die Antworten der Patienten wahrheitsgetreu von den Ärzten wiedergegeben? Die daraus entstehenden Daten haben Einfluss auf finanziellen Gewinn der Pharmaindustrie. Gefahr wie Anreiz genug, Daten zu manipulieren respektive ihnen nicht zu trauen. Wie kann das Vertrauensproblem entschärft oder gar behoben werden? Vielleicht mit Transparenz. Oder mit einer Dezentralisierung. Beides findet sich in der Blockchain-Technologie. Jeder, der in einer Blockchain neue Daten erzeugt oder bestehende Daten verwaltet, verfügt über eine 1:1-Kopie der vollständigen Blockchain. Bei über die Welt verteilten Teilnehmern - wie im Gesundheitswesen zweifellos der Fall - sind auch die identischen Daten weltweit verteilt. Keiner kann nun noch Daten manipulieren. Ist damit jedoch das Vertrauensproblem tatsächlich gelöst? Ist die Blockchain-Technologie – die zur Wahrung der Sicherheit dezentral und transparent gestaltet wurde – wirklich in der Lage, das in der menschlichen Emotion verankerte Problem des Vertrauens zu beheben respektive zu überlisten? Wäre dem wirklich so, so bräuchten wir in der Tat möglichst viele Startups, die mit der Blockchain-Technologie neue Geschäftsfelder abdecken. Leider hilft die Blockchain-Technologie nicht wirklich bei der initialen Datenschnittstelle Mensch-Maschine - hier besteht je nach Wirkungsfeld weiterhin das Problem asymmetrischer Information. Entsprechend lohnt sich der Gedanke, ob der Einsatz von Blockchain-Technologien wirklich eine Steigerung der Informationseffizienz bringt, oder nur eher um der Coolness willen erfolgt.

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