We want to hatch great business ideas as we often see that the struggle is not the idea but the execution of building the business. Having helped to build innovative projects and companies, we noticed that the process of ideation, foundation and growth can be learned and replicated and made more efficient by sharing know-how, methods and standardizing processes so that more focus and energy can be allocated toward the core business.
Sandborn was hatched from the insight that like a turtle’s migration from birth to shore, an innovation project begins in hope for levering an opportunity despite facing many vigorous obstacles. A turtle’s strength and risk from the beginning of its life is representative of who we are as strong business builders in the Swiss and European markets. With our passion to cultivate, incubate and accelerate, we will continue to endure these hurdles with our businesses so that we do not only learn from them but maintain a relationship of longevity and achievement.
Isabelle has been helping to build up companies across Switzerland since 2014, first for 2 years at Startups.ch as CIO and then with her own company builder Sandborn. She supports entrepreneurs and corporates from various industries in scaling (from idea validation, product/service development, market entry to growth financing), builds companies of her own, and invests in Startups. She was recognized as one of the TOP 100 Businesswomen in Switzerland 2018, 2019, and 2020 and is a Forbes 30 under 30 Alumna (2019), studied Business Innovation at HSG, and majored in Social Entrepreneurship at ESCP Europe. She is a coach at Innosuisse and regularly teaches at various colleges and universities on entrepreneurship topics.
Marco is an experienced VC – currently Investment Director at Redstone Switzerland , previously at Mountain Partners – who not only is our investment committee member but also supports our female founder community through their investment rounds. Marco has invested in more than 50 digital & tech businesses and was responsible for the international expansion of Mountain Partners investment portfolio as well as the transfer of business models to innovative ecosystems like Asia. Having been active in various positions including board and supervisory board mandates, investment committee memberships as well as executive investment positions, he contributes his significant experience to the team.
Solveig is a full-stack software engineer and data scientist. She has a degree in Informatics and economics and is working on her master’s in data science and artificial intelligence. Her focus is on bias in AI systems and utilizing AI for fair decision-making and inclusivity.
The inquisitive woman in the team of Sandborn. Leonie has a passion for creating content, especially with the ulterior motive that it should also appeal to the younger generations. Through her education at the business school and her experience in various sectors, she brings all-rounder knowledge to the team. She is also passionate about engaging with the startup community and facilitating events. She loves learning and producing new things not just at Sandborn but in her everyday life.
Keith is working as a startup coach to help and train startups to grow – he has a great direct way to push the startups to succeed. Prior to coaching he has founded and built a business of his own, Noonee AG, back in 2012 which went international in B2B industrial exoskeletons. He is by training a mechatronic and robotics engineer and enjoys working on hardware startups. Since 2015 his an active Innosuisse Coach where he focuses on B2B Sales and mentors Startups at ETHZ IE Lab Startup Mentor since 2016.