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With Pedro Bados (Founder/CEO, Nexthink), Laurent Balmelli (Founder/CEO, Strong Codes), Nishta Rao (Head of Innovation, Safra National Bank).
Thu, Feb 29, 2024 @ 06:00 PM   FREE   Safra National Bank, 546 5th Ave, 4th Fl
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Billion dollar valuation startups are rare. EPFL alumni founders will share exclusive insights into the phenomenal growth of their respective startups, from $1.1B valuation Nexthink to Snapchat-acquired Strong Codes.

Join us as we connect to celebrate the launch of the NYC EPFL Alumni Chapter, discuss scaling a company across the Atlantic, & network with important economic actors, alumni, entrepreneurs, & investors.

Thursday February 29th

6 PM - 8 PM

Safra National Bank

546 5th Ave, NY 10036

Entrance on 45th Street

Switzerland is the world leader in innovation & #1 for its highly skilled workforce. With a population of 8 million, the country punches above its weight in academic research, patents, & tech transfer. Technology has a long history across Switzerland - the world wide web was invented along the shores of Lake Geneva.

Hear from -world-class technology entrepreneurs who launched Swiss start-ups with a global reach. Their companies share roots at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) - a top 10 technology & engineering university in Europe.

Learn from these Swiss success stories as they share best practices in international expansion of tech companies, pitfalls to avoid, & opportunities that should never be missed as your story evolves from a local player to a global leader.

Pedro Bados - CEO & co-founder Nexthink

Pedro Bados is an EPFL Alumni & launched Nexthink as an EPFL spin-off in 2004. In 2020, Pedro moved to the US with his wife & 2 young children. In 2021 Nexthink became one of Switzerland's tech unicorns (a startup valued at more than 1 billion dollars), with a presence in 11 countries & nearly 1000 employees. Nexthink is a leader in Digital Employee Experience (DEX) software, giving companies unparalleled visibility into how their employees interact with their IT through issue detection, diagnosis & remediation.

Laurent Balmelli - CEO & co-founder of Strong Codes (acquired by Snapchat in 2016) & Strong Network

Laurent Balmelli launched Strong Codes in 2014 to develop integrated innovative software protection methods, such as obfuscation, in one the most powerful compilation frameworks of the moment (LLVM). The technology made software piracy much more expensive & complicated. Balmelli successfully sold his business to Snapchat in 2016 & became the Director of Snap Switzerland's Cybersecurity Technologies.
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