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Fondation Botnar appoints Florian Schweitzer to its Board

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Announcement: Fondation Botnar appoints Florian Schweitzer to its Board, 25/02/2019 – Basel, Switzerland.

Fondation Botnar is pleased to welcome Florian Schweitzer to its Board. Mr. Schweitzer is the CEO and co-founder of btov Partners AG and will be the board’s business specialist with a focus on start-ups, effective 22 February 2019. 

Mr. Schweitzer holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland where in 1996, he co-developed START Global, an organisation supporting a younger generation of entrepreneurs to solve society’s challenges by harnessing technological developments. He later went on to found btov Partners AG, a European venture capital firm focusing on early stage investments in digital and industrial technology companies. He has since spent the last two decades shaping btov Partners AG’s now expansive network of private investors and investment businesses where he is one of the Partners in the company’s Digital Tech Fund. From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Schweitzer has served on the Board of the Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association (SECA), Chapter Seed Money & Venture Capital. He is also a Member of Advisory Board of DeepL GmbH, SevenSenders GmbH and the Social Fashion Company GmbH. Past Board commitments include Data Artisans GmbH and SumUp Payments Limited.

Mr. Schweitzer’s efforts have been recognised by Digitalswitzerland, who nominated Mr. Schweitzer as one of 100 Digital Shapers of 2017 and 2018 in the ‘Financers’ category.

“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Florian Schweitzer, an expert in developing businesses in the startup ecosystem to the Board.” says Dr. Peter Lenz, President of the Fondation Botnar Board. “Mr. Schweitzer’s experience with almost 20 years in digital technology investments, will be fundamental in guiding the foundation’s entrepreneurship strategy and investments in emerging innovations to harness early-stage solutions that will benefit children and adolescents around the world.”

“It is with great pleasure that I join Fondation Botnar’s Board, to align its digital-focused investment strategy with global health targets, to specifically impact the health and wellbeing of children and young people in urban contexts,” said Mr. Schweitzer. “We are already witnessing large scale disruption of digital innovations in the health sector that hold tremendous potential to improve access, quality, and the efficiency of healthcare delivery. From mobile e-doctors delivering instant consultations, to wearable technologies that advance disease management, I’m looking forward to working with Fondation Botnar to both identify and harness the latest developments to tackle the world’s largest population health challenges”.


About Fondation Botnar

Fondation Botnar is a Swiss foundation established in 2003 with the core purpose of improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people in growing secondary cities around the world. To achieve this, Fondation Botnar acts as a catalyst, connecting diverse partners and investing in solutions that leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and digital innovation.

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