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FUSION, Switzerland’s fintech accelerator, unveils its mentors


FUSION, Switzerland’s fintech accelerator, announces the mentors who will work closely with its 10 startups.



FUSION, launched in February this year, is the creation of Polytech Ventures, a venture capital firm based out of the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne (EPFL). The project brings together a broad group of stakeholders: corporate members such Temenos, Notz Stucki and Swisscard, which provide sponsorship and mentoring; resource partners, such as Capco, Kudelski Security, Arcanys and Interactive Data, which provide technology consulting; law firm id est avocats, which provides corporate and technology law expertise, and academic partners, including IDIAP (independant research institute affiliated with EPFL), which provide access to cutting edge research and facilities.

FUSION’s unique multi-sector and multi-partner approach, which not only gives the opportunity for start-ups to be mentored by leading companies in their field, but also takes no upfront equity stake, has attracted a significant level of interest with more than 60 people applying to mentor the 10 startups selected by FUSION.

From successful fintech entrepreneurs like Simon Kalfon or Marc Torrens, from fintech executives like Christophe Bach or Ben Robinson, to senior bankers like Gréard Fischer or Olivier Collombin, FUSION has gathered a unique set of various personalities to support its startups taking off.

To match startups with mentors, FUSION follows a unique approach of “speed-dating”, where startups book a dozen mentors for one-to-one sessions of 10minutes each. After the meetings, the entrepreneurs will select the top 3 mentors they’d like to work with, and finally, mentors decide which startup(s) they will be mentoring.

Guillaume Dubray, Partner at Polytech Ventures, commented: “We are very happy to have been able to recruit such a good mix of personalities to mentor FUSION’s startups. We are very impressed by their commitment to support the startups we have selected. FUSION plays entirely its leading role of fostering the emergence of a lively, growing fintech ecosystem in Switzerland”.

For a complete description of the mentors, please visit www.fintechfusion.ch/community/mentors

About Fintech FUSION:
FUSION is Switzerland’s first fintech accelerator, based out of Geneva. FUSION capitalises on Switzerland’s position as a global hub for financial services as well as its world-beating reputation for innovation to drive the fintech agenda. Our aim, quite simply, is to fuse the best of Switzerland with the most promising fintech talent to lead innovation in financial services. Our approach is rooted in collaboration. Our corporate members and mentors are drawn from all areas of financial services, such as banking, insurance and commodity trading. We have academic sponsorship from some of world’s top engineering research institutes. We have involvement from venture capital funds, which will syndicate funding. And, we host start-ups from all over the world. This, we believe, is a unique mix promising to produce unique and game-changing results! More information: www.fintechfusion.ch

About Polytech Ventures
Polytech Ventures is an early stage VC firm based in Switzerland and in the USA. The company is strategically located at EPFL in Lausanne, one of the most dynamic and recognized innovation centers in the world, and with a permanent presence in the Silicon Valley. Polytech Ventures focuses on early stage start-ups working on digitizing industry value chains such as financial services. Polytech Ventures believes in the virtuous collaboration between academia, entrepreneurs, investors and corporations.
More information on: www.polytechventures.com

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