Events - 22.03.2019 - 00:00 

START Summit 2019: Kilian Wagner is HSG Founder of the Year 2019

During the "START Summit" on Friday, 22 March 2019, Kilian Wagner was selected on behalf of the company VIU as "HSG Founder of the Year 2019". The Werner Jackstädt Foundation award is worth 10,000 Swiss francs.
START Summit 2019

22 March 2019. Kilian Wagner founded VIU in 2013 and set himself the task of revolutionising the glasses market. His VIU glasses are designed in Switzerland and then handmade in an Italian family company in the Dolomites. VIU has since established itself as a pioneer in the field of eyewear. In the 3D printing process, the company also produced the "Archetypes Collection" from polyamide dust. VIU serves over 100,000 clients in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with more than 300 employees. A market presence in Denmark, Sweden and England is planned for 2019.

HSG Founders of the Year 2011 to 2018

Previous years’ winners include:

Valentin Stalf, founder of the Smartphone Bank "N26" (2018)

Lea von Bidder, founder of the fertility bracelet "Ava" (2017)

'on' running shoes founder Caspar Coppetti (2016)

Laura Behrens Wu (2015), founder of the shipping software company "Shippo"

Alexander Graubner-Müller (2014), founder of the mini-credit platform "Kreditech"

"Soma Analytics" founder Johann Huber (2013) with his anti-stress app

"" founder Adrian Locher (2012)

Dr Alexander Ilic (2011), founder of the company "Dacuda", who developed a scanner computer mouse


Members of the jury of the founder competition 2019


Prof. Dietmar Grichnik, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the HSG

Dr Charlotta Sirén, Assistant Professor of Strategic Entrepreneurship at the HSG

Dr Manuel Hess, Head of St.Galler Startup Navigator Lab

Diego Probst, Head of Startup@HSG

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