The SSUF Female Founder Network initiative aims to build a strong ecosystem for female entrepreneurs in Switzerland.

We connect female founders with each other, open doors to personal mentors and angel investors, and provide ongoing support through our strong and unique network.

Our members commit to providing the tools and resources needed to create a strong environment for aspiring female founders.

Our Mission

Women are founding innovative startups more than ever before, yet only 5% of investor’s money goes to startups founded by women. We want to help women pitch their startups successfully, and get their startups funded.

Investors say that they want to fund more female founders; Female founder want to pitch more investors. We want to help connect the dots and through our network by introducing female founders to high-level investors.

We are actively engaged in finding out exactly where the barriers of entry are for female founders. We are doing so by establishing a panel, which consists of entrepreneurs, experts, and investors who are passionate about this topic. Our aim is to use our findings to increase the number of female founders in the SSUF Accelerator Program by 50% by the end of 2017. Stay tuned for updates!

Female Founder Network President

Lea von Bidder

Co-founder and VP of Marketing at AVA

The initiative is led by Lea von Bidder. Lea is VP of Marketing at Ava, which is developing a smart bracelet that precisely predicts women’s fertile days. Prior to that, she co-founded L’inouï, a premium chocolate production and retail chain in Bangalore, India. As COO, she was key to establishing the L’inouï marketing and operation strategy.

She holds a Master’s degree in global entrepreneurship from EM Lyon in France, Zhejiang University in China and Purdue Krannert University in the USA. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of St.Gallen and HEC Montréal in Canada. In between her studies, Lea worked for the marketing division of Procter & Gamble in Frankfurt and for a strategy-consulting boutique in Paris.



Anna Matzner