Pre-Seed Workshop - New York
Pre-Seed Workshop - New York
Pre-Seed Workshop - New York
"Creating economic growth in today's Knowledge-Based Economy requires that regions find ways to convert local technology assets and intellectual property into revenue producing businesses.  The Pre-Seed Workshop is a perfect vehicle to accomplish this goal."

Jim Senall
High Technology of Rochester

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Claude Florin

Venture Partner at Polytech Ventures

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Lausanne, Switzerland


Claude Florin is an inspiring technology entrepreneur experienced in early-stage launches. He is a partner at Polytech Ventures, a Seed Fund at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is also founder of A3 Angel, an association that has provided mentoring services to over 40 start-ups as well as Business Angel investments.

He co-founded three start-ups: Fastree3D (3D vision) which he leads, Haloya (VoIP), and Ukko Mobile (mobile data). He is also a "hands-on" investor in Lemoptix (MEMS micro projectors), Antlia (drug delivery), Sophia Genetics (genomics diagnostic software), Vivamea (e-health), and Domosafety (home care). He has advised Nebion (genomics), Jemmic (commodity trading software), and Green Motion (electric vehicle infrastructure).

He initiated the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation educational program that has supported close to 400 business angels. He is an advisor to the European Commission Horizon2020 on technology financing initiatives. Previously, he held management positions at Hewlett-Packard's Communications and Media Solutions and HP's Medical Products Group (now Philips Healthcare). He has led six technology business unit launches reaching from $10 million to $100 million annual sales and established ventures in telecoms (Alcatel, Cisco, HP, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, and NEC) and medtech (Bayer, General Electric, Philips, and Siemens).

Claude Florin has a MS degree in Electrical Engineering, a CAS on managing medtech ventures from EPFL, and completed his business education at IMD and Harvard Business School with a focus on managing innovation and venture capital investments.