Best Practice on Starting Startup Activities 

Dominik Wensauer

Dominik Wensauer (Switzerland)

Dominik studied political science with law and sinology as minor subjects at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. During his studies Dominik helped to conceptualize digital products for the online presence of Sueddeutsche Zeitung, one of the biggest daily newspapers in Germany. After that he started working for ETH Zurich and the University of St.Gallen. During that time Dominik founded and scaled several startup initiatives such as the Swiss Start-up Monitor or Startup Weekend, a 52 hours “from idea to startup” event. Currently Dominik is working for Startup@UZH ( to help entrepreneurs of the University of Zurich to get to the next level with their ideas. 

Besides that Dominik is also an entrepreneur. His company TechBridge GmbH ( helps business to connect with startups.


This session will consider how the University of Zurich successfully established a ‘startup mindset’. The goal of the session is not only to give an overview of startup activities at the University of Zurich but to show how to get the concept off the ground and attract wide institutional support. Dominik Wensauer will talk about the hurdles that need to be overcome on the way and how to combine a range of initiatives, whether emanating from students or the communications department. Successful startup cases of the University of Zurich will be highlighted to demonstrate how they were supported in their early stages and in their growth phase.