Venture Briefing Lugano


USI Startup Centre

Data: 10 Novembre 2022 / 11:45 - 13:15

C2.09, USI Startup Centre, 2 piano, Settore C, Campus Est

The Venture Briefing event series is designed to help students with an intent to pursue entrepreneurship take their first steps towards building a successful company.

The event features keynotes by Matteo Vanotti, CEO & Founder xFarm, and Leyla Tawfik, Art Director & Co-Founder Ethafa. The founders will talk about their startup and share details about their journey building a successful company. They will also help answer some of your questions during the Q&A session:

  • How to become an entrepreneur?  
  • How to validate my idea?
  • How to fund my idea?
  • How to find help to bring my idea to life?

You will also be introduced to different support programs available to new entrepreneurs:

  • Venture Kick (up to CHF 150,000 pre-seed capital for business development)
  • InnoBooster (up to CHF 150,000 grant to accelerate market entry)
  • First Ventures (up to CHF 150,000 financial support and tailored coaching program for University of Applied Science students)

More details & registration

Event programme:

11.45 – 12.15 Welcome and networking lunch
12.15 – 12.25 Support programs for new entrepreneurs presented by Venturelab
12.25 – 12.35 Startup testimonial: Matteo Vanotti, CEO & Founder xFarm
12.35 – 12.45 Startup testimonial: Leyla Tawfik, Art Director & Co-Founder Ethafa
12.45 – 13.15 Q&A and networking lunch

About the speakers:

xFarm was born out of founder Matteo Vanotti‘s need to use a digital service to digitally manage the agricultural company that he runs with his brothers in a simple and efficient manner. The platform that was created proved to be so promising that it pushed him to create xFarm together with Salvatore Ferullo, the Company’s CEO, and Martino Poretti, head of Research and Development. xFarm is now used by >110,000 farms worldwide; the company is also a winner of the TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award, and raised CHF 17 million from investors in August 2022.

Leyla is a cross-disciplinary problem-solver, currently based between Switzerland and Qatar. Since 2017, she has been developing an ed-tech project called Ethafa and have previously worked at Arduino, Martel Innovate, Interaction Design Lab SUPSI, Fablab SUPSI. She's currently managing a digital fabrication lab in Scale7 (Doha) whilst working on developing Ethafa. Ethafa won financial support from Venture Kick and First Ventures in 2021.