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29 May 2024 | Kulinarium, Bern

Collective Gathering

We make the Swiss startup and innovation landscape more feminine.

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Collective Gathering 2024

Powerhouse of networking

The Collective Gathering is THE rendezvous for female decision-makers, thought leaders, investors, board members, entrepreneurs, and researchers. It’s not just an event but a powerhouse of networking, knowledge exchange, and trust-building with people who actively shape the Swiss startup ecosystem.

At past events, like the breakfast for female founders & investors before the startup days 2023, there was never enough time to exchange, connect and make plans together. That’s why this year, we decided to put together this Gathering.


The program is dedicated to igniting new ideas, perspectives and connections, for collective impact. You’ll hear from and meet with leading women across various industries.

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Welcome Coffee

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Welcome by Cornelia Gut & Melanie Kovacs, Update from Task Forces

Founding Partner, Lead of Initiative and Task Force Leaders

2:15 – 3:00 pm

Empathy in AI: From Tool to humanized Friend?

Discover the fascinating intersection of technology and empathy during our panel discussion with Marisa Tschopp and Rita Sevastjanova moderated by Isabelle Siegrist. Join us as we delve into how empathy can be infused into AI, to shape the future of innovation.

3:00 – 3:30 pm

Speed Dating

Enhanced Networking with the Female Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Networking Break & Resource Hubs

Resource Hubs by Task Forces for the topics of «Role Models», «Access to Funding» and «Collaboration with Governement Institutions»

4:00 – 4:45 pm

A Life full of Innovation

A personal conversation about a life full of innovation with Ursula Oesterle, Vice President for Innovation at EPFL

4:45 – 5:00 pm

Wrap Up

5:00 – 6:15 pm

Apéro Riche


Rita Sevastjanova

Research Associate, IVIA lab at ETH Zurich

Rita is a research associate in the IVIA lab at ETH Zurich. Her research focuses on developing visual analytics approaches that reveal properties encoded in Large Language Models (LLMs), including diverse linguistic aspects and social and gender-related biases. linkedin Rita Sevastjanova

Marisa Tschopp

Human-AI-Interaction Researcher

Marisa Tschopp is a researcher at scip AG, CRO at Women in AI NPO, and Co-Chair of the IEEE Trust and Agency in AI Systems committee. She researches AI from a psychological perspective and is an international speaker, e.g. TEDx. linkedin Marisa Tschopp

Isabelle Siegrist

Founder, Investor and Author

Isabelle Siegrist has been building and investing in companies across Switzerland since 2016 with her company Sandborn, with a special focus on driving diversity. Currently, she conducts research on the use of AI in VC decision making at ETH Zurich. linkedin Isabelle Siegrist

Ursula Oesterle

Vice President for Innovation at EPFL

Ursula Oesterle holds a PhD in physics from EPFL and a Master’s degree in physics and chemistry from ETH Zurich. Before joining the EPFL, she has been for 20 years the Vice President for Innovation at the Swisscom Innovation outposts in Silicon Valley and Asia. linkedin Ursula Oesterle

Why join?

New Insights

  • Gain new ideas and perspectives from across industries, for your business strategy and impact.
  • Gain inspiration from role models who have paved the way and are actively shaping the future.


  • Meet influential and successful women leaders.
  • Grow your network and make connections that elevate your impact.

Shape the future

  • Contribute to making Switzerland more feminine and innovative.
  • Be part of the Collective movement and shape a future-proof, diverse and inclusive ecosystem.
Kulinarium, Bern

Location | Kulinarium

The Kulinarium is a creative, urban venue and a gourmet destination. The vibrant roof terrace with an enchanting ambiance provides the perfect backdrop for the Collective Gathering. Surrounded by panoramic views, this unique setting promises to elevate networking, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas to new heights.


Freiburgstrasse 453, 3018 Bern
6 minutes from Bern main station by S-Bahn
800 m to the train station Bern Bümpliz Süd
Directly at the bus station: Chueweid

startup days 2024

Nice to know: startup days

On the next day, 30 May 2024, the Swiss startup ecosystem meets to network, exchange know-how, and discuss relevant topics of the startup ecosystem in Bern. Learn more about the Swiss business and networking platform.

BPW Switzerland
FE+MALE Think Tank
Female Founders Initiative
Girls Getting Started
MassChallenge Switzerland
Privilège Ventures
Product Academy
Startup @HSG
Swiss Startup Association
Women in Digital Switzerland
Women in Tech Switzerland
Women who start up - bring your ideas to life