The regional jury is involved in the semi-final phase, where the teams will be evaluated and trimmed from 20 down to 10. This jury evaluates:

– the documentation developed during the acceleration program
– the pitch of the 20 projects participating in the program

The regional jury will establish the 10 teams which will accede to the final round.

Members of Regional Jury

  • Leandro Bitetti, Lecturer and researcher at Competence centre for management and entrepreneurship SUPSI
  • Thomas Billeter, Consultant, Coach and Angel Investor Partner Impact51, board member SICTIC
  • Gianluca Colombo, Dean Faculty of economic science, EMBA USI Lugano
  • Guy Giuffredi, Investment Director at Swiss Startup Capital
  • Luca Mascaro, Founder and CEO Sketchin
  • Michele Merazzi, Deputy Director at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Canton Ticino, former entrepreneur
  • Giuseppe Perale, Professor of Biomaterials SUPSI, Professor of Regenerative Medicine USI, Executive Vice President and founder of I.B.I. SA
  • Giambattista Ravano, Director for Research and Knowledge Transfer, SUPSI, JURY CHAIRMAN 2021


The national jury is involved in the final phase of the program to decree the five winners. It evaluates:

– the documentation developed during the acceleration program
– the pitch and the answers to their questions

Members of National Jury

  • Christian Brand, BG&P AG
  • Silvia Panigone, COO at NLS Pharmaceutics
  • Stéphane Rousset, board member/chairperson, business angel, member of Business Angels Switzerland
  • Marco Vencato, Deputy Director Gebert Rüf Stiftung
  • Valesko Wild, Head of the economic development of Canton Ticino
  • Gabriele Zanzi, Member of general direction, BancaStato
  • Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier, Managing Director Startup INVEST, JURY CHAIRMAN 2021

PUBLIC JURY (the audience)

During the final ceremony, the public will also be involved and will decree the 6th prize among the 10 finalist teams.