André Wolke

Co-Founder & CEO, Validity Labs, Founder Biots

André, the captain, has a wide breadth of consulting experience in blockchain technology, process-automation, software development and data-analysis at multiple Fortune-500 firms.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Christian Müntener

Owner, NBD-Consulting

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Christoph Mussenbrock

CO-Founder, Etherisc

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Portfolio Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Risk Management, Banking, and Business Development. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Diplom focused in Mathematik from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München.

Blockchain Competition Role: Coach

Daniel Gasteiger

Founder of Procivis / Valid Creator

Daniel is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of practical managing director level banking experience at Credit Suisse and UBS covering various disciplines in Investment Banking and Corporate Center (trading, sales, product-, project-, programme- and general management/strategic advisory) both out of Zurich and London HQs.

In 2015 he co-founded nexussquared, Switzerland's first dedicated blockchain business and start-up platform. Following that he incorporated Procivis AG in 2016 - with Procivis he develops a digital identity and e-government product leveraging smart phone and blockchain technology. In March 2018, he co-founded Trust Square AG, Switzerland’s pre-eminent blockchain technology start-up and research hub in the heart of Zurch’s financial center.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Dolfi Müller

Mayor, City of Zug

Mayor of Zug since 2007 and City Councillor since 2003, Dolfi Mueller has seen the city gain international attention for its openness to cryptocurrencies and blockchain innovation.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Dr. Beat Speck

Partner, Wenger & Vieli

Leading Expert in the field of Startups, Venture Capital, Private Equity and Private M&A (Trade Sale and IPO).

In this regard, he handles, in particular, the entire life cycle of venture capital and private equity financings. He advises national and international investors on the structuring of funds, accompanies the investment process in the holding companies and is available to them during the holding phase. He also helps all participants achieve a successful exit (IPO, Trade Sale, Dual Track). As attorney at law, notary public of the Canton of Zug and issuer’s representative recognized by the SIX Swiss Exchange, he can efficiently offer the individual processes from one source

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Dr. Carlo Pugnetti

Lecturer Risk & Insurance, ZHAW

Experienced international executive with focus on strategy, risk management, innovation and performance improvement

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Dr. Patrick Mollet

CO-Founder Eqipia/Xing Referral Manager

His recruiting startup BuddyBroker was bought by the business network XING, where he has since been supporting account management in the distribution of the product. In 2004 he founded StudiMedia, an agency specializing in university marketing and employer branding.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Dr. Sebastian Bürgel

Co-Founder & CTO , Validity Labs

Sebastian, our technology virtuoso, is skilled at teaching, software development, microfabrication and electrical engineering from his previous career in academia at ETH Zurich.

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Jens Beba

Head Insurance, inacta AG

As inacta’s head of insurance, Jens Beba is one of the leading strategists at the crossroads of the insurance industry and blockchain technology. He is the initiator of the first edition of the Blockchain Competition and was the first member of the inacta management team dealing with the question of possible application scenarios of blockchain technology in the insurance industry.

Jens’ main focus lies on a balanced view at the new technology, analyzing the chances and possibilities as well as the risks and constraints to give inacta’s customers a realistic impression of promising use cases in their industry.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Lucas Betschart

Bitcoin Association Switzerland

Lucas is the founder of Blockchain Source, a consulting company focused on applying Blockchain technology in digital transformation processes. Since early 2014 he has been organizing talks for our local Bitcoin community with top experts from all around the world, connecting and educating startups, corporates and enthusiasts.

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Lukas André

Venture Partner, Redstone

He is a Venture Partner at Redstone, a Berlin-based Venture Capital firm that manages multiple corporate and institutional venture funds. In his role at Redstone, I is responsible for managing Redstone's activities in Switzerland. Before joining Redstone, was was a Managing Partner at Affentranger Associates, an investment and M&A advisory company focused on the technology sector. He has been a founder multiple times and therefore add deep entrepreneurial experience to his investment and M&A deal track record. He holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Bern

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Markus Popp

Co-Founder, Company Builder

Blockchain Competition Role: Coach

Martin Weber Nisslé

Head of Software Development, PAX

20 years experience within IT environments across different industries. Broad management experience of units and projects. Implementation and modification of global IT organizations including key IT processes. Liaison between business and IT. Managing complex international environments with tight budgets and time constraints. Implementation of global outsourcing activities.

Blockchain Competition Role: Coach

Mathias Ruch

Lakeside Partners

Founder and Managing Partner at Crypto Valley’s leading early-stage investment company Lakeside Partners, Co-Initiator of the Blockchain Competition and Initiator of Crypto Valley Labs. As an entrepreneur and angel investor Mathias Ruch has been involved in the digital startup scene for 20 years. Before turning his focus to blockchain, he built and exited several successful online and media companies such as FaroTV and Europe’s crowdsourcing pioneer Atizo. Today, he is a driving force behind the development of the global blockchain startup ecosystem. He is leading the Blockchain Taskforce, assembled by the Swiss Federal Council.

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror, Coach

Matthäus Beer

Head of Product Management Life Insurance, Baloise

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Matthias Michel

Government Councilor, Canton of Zug

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Mona El Isa

Former star-trader at Goldman Sachs, promoted to Vice President by the age of 26 and made the “top 30 under 30” list in Trader Magazine in 2008 and Forbes Magazine in 2011 after profitably trading the 2008 and 2011 crashes. Moved to Geneva-based macro fund Jabre Capital in 2011, before deciding in 2014 that the future of finance lay in blockchain technology. She studied Economics & Statistics at the University College London.

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Nicolai Krüger

After a digital and international corporate career, most recently as manager of a rapid prototyping team, I have been following my own path since 2018. As a doctoral student and researcher, I deal with the consequences of digitization for organizations and society. I pass on my experience from practice and research as a consultant and lecturer.

Blockchain Competition Role: Coach

Nicolas Bürer

Managing Director, Digitalswitzerland

Managing Director of digitalswitzerland and Vice-President of the Swiss Startup Association, Nicolas Bürer has worked countless hours to connect a wide range of organisations and initiatives in an effort to promote Switzerland as a worldwide digital hub.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Prof. Dr. Bela Gipp

Professor, Universität Konstanz

Bela Gipp (Juniorprofessor Dr.-Ing.) leads the Information Science Group at the University of Konstanz, Germany. His research lies at the intersection of information science and data science, where he focuses on the retrieval, analysis, and visualization of large volumes of data. The implications of blockchain technology – for the benefit of both industry and society – is another research domain Bela is passionate about.

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Christian Huber

Head of ICC, Helsana

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Pascal Bonny

Head of IT Switzerland, Baloise

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Olaf Hannemann

Founder of INTABA Finance AG, Co-founder of nourish me GmbH, Venture Partner at Alpinext Partners.

Prior experience of almost 20 years of corporate and investment banking at JPMorgan/Chase in Switzerland, the UK and Germany. Approx 10 years advising the chemical industry across EMEA, 10 years m&a and corporate finance in Switzerland/Germany, most recently leading the Global Corporate Banking business in Switzerland.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Stephan Karpischek

Co-founder, Etherisc

CEO and Co-Founder of Ethersic, Stephan Karpischek has been involved in digital currencies and blockchain since 2008. After graduating with a PhD from ETH Zürich, Stephan joined the UBS 2.0 Innovation Lab at Level 39 in London and later worked as Managing Director of Disrupt Consulting before launching Etherisc together with his Co-Founder Christoph Mussenbrock.

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Ralf Glabischnig

Founder of Inacta

Entrepreneurs. Invested. Involved. This is the core mindset that Ralf embodies as Co-founder of Lakeside Partners. With more than 20 years of experience as a business and IT consultant, Ralf possesses extensive expertise in transforming the finance and insurance industry, as well as a diverse entrepreneurial background stemming from multiple ventures and advisory board positions. As initiator of Europe’s largest Blockchain Competition and Co-founder of the Crypto Valley Association, he is committed to developing the blockchain ecosystem both in Switzerland and worldwide.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Rolf Günter

Advisory Lawyer,
mareco experts GmBH

Rolf Guenter has a long lasting, proven track record as an advisory lawyer, general manager and board member of SME’s. Additionally he served as director in the insurance industry. Besides his activities in operational management, he has extensive experience from diverse, successfully managed projects.
In addition to his legal and business education and professional experience, he has in depth knowledge in service and information management, enterprise risk management and legal aspects with regard to the digital Transformation, Blockchain, smart contracts and legal tech. Rolf Günter is an Attorney and Master of Business Administration with a degree of the Universities of Rochester (New York) and Bern. Furthermore he has a certificate of the University of St. Gallen in Service Management, Liability and Insurance Law as well as the diploma in “Enterprise Risk Management” of the Insurance Institute of Switzerland.

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Peter Niederhauser

Co-Founder & Chairman, Redalpine Venture partners

Early stage Venture Capital Investments in Technology and Life Science - main focus in Europe

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Frank Marthaler

Multi Board Member, Investor

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Sandro Schmid


Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Helmuth Fuchs

CEO & CO-Owner, Moneycab

Performance and results-driven Swiss Business Executive and entrepreneur with experience impacting global corporate performance by designing, developing and employing strategic business development initiatives within entrepreneurial and corporate enterprise environments.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Søren Fog

CEO & Founder, Iprotus

Founder and CEO of iprotus and inventor of its core technology. Founder and lead of TokenBooster. Co-founder of Crypto Valley Association. Blockchain and Distributed Ledger thought leader and global scale advisor and speaker. Over 25 years of experience in leadership, IT and software development, architecture and business development within Internet, financials and pharmaceuticals. Founded and chaired one of Denmark’s first Internet Service Providers and a number of other start-ups. 10+ years of consulting and advising in a wide range of related disciplines, such as hard-core development, systems architecture, feasibility studies, start-up mentoring, entrepreneurship, business development, leading software projects and various technology presentations, workshops and training for techies and non-techies.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Stefan Klauser

Lead Strategist Digital Society, ETH Zurich

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Stefan Scherrer


Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Thomas Löhrer

Founder, CR Komunkation, Investor

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Vasiliy Suvorov

VP Technology Strategy,

Besides being VP of Technology Strategy at Luxoft, Vasiliy Suvorov is the Vice-President of the Crypto Valley Association and Lead Technical Juror of the Blockchain Competition. He is a graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management and has been involved in top-level technical projects around the world for over 20 years.

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Olga Feldmeier


Olga Feldmeier is CEO of SMART VALOR, a Swiss-based blockchain start-up building a decentralized marketplace for tokenized alternative investments. Olga has extensive experience working in the banking and financial services sector for global brands such as Barclays Capital, UBS Wealth Management and Boston Consulting Group, where she focused on strategy projects at financial institutions such as Deutsche Bank, Unicredit and Commerzbank. Prior to founding SMART VALOR, Olga held the position of Commercial Managing Partner at prominent Silicon Valley Bitcoin startup Xapo.

Olga is a prominent founding member of the Crypto Valley community, and is the producer of the ICO Summit, the first global conference focusing on blockchain crowdfunding in Switzerland. She is also a mentor at the largest European accelerator program, Kickstart Accelerator, and regularly delivers talks at conferences and universities on the regulation of Blockchain industry, the tokenization of assets and the disruption of the banking industry.