Venture Challenge #1: The story of your startup

20.04.2023 | 17:30 - 19:30
ETH Campus Zentrum, Student Project House, Clausiusstrasse 6/8, 8006 Zürich
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Listen to the astonishing story of an entrepreneur: Martin Eichenhofer, CEO and Co-Founder of 9T Labs.

Martin Eichenhofer is the co-founder and CEO at 9T Labs, a startup making 3D-printed carbon composites for high-volume production. He has an impressive academic background, with one BA, one MA, one MBA and one PhD under his belt.

His university path is actually deeply tied to his entrepreneurial career, since the idea for 9T labs occurred to him during his masters, his MBA was motivated by his desire to build 9T labs, and he got his PhD after realizing he didn't have enough of a scientific foundation for it yet. Martin also met one of his co-founders, Chester, during his PhD.

When commercializing an idea which originated in academic research, the 9T labs team relied heavily on market insights and treated the transition as a very gradual process. They also opted to sell to different industries/application fields, instead of hunkering down on a single one. In their book, it's better to partner up with the champion companies of each industry than to pursue every single company in a given industry.

9T Labs has been voted a TOP 100 Swiss Startup for 5 consecutive years, the company represented the Swiss National Startup Team in Silicon Valley and raised a USD 17 million Series A funding round in early 2022.


Join us to learn:

  • How to start your company

  • Failure and best practices

  • The story of the entrepreneurial journey

Accelerate your startup project with the support of successful founders and industry leaders!
This event belongs to a series of six workshops, based on a mission and challenge approach to enhance the validation and execution of your business case. Our goal is to support the best startup talents in Switzerland in order to build world-class startups the fastest way possible.

Apply if you have an innovative startup project and the ambition to conquer the world. Student, doctoral candidate, postdoc or member of staff at ETH Zurich, or any other Swiss university carrying a solid high-tech startup project are also more than welcome to join. In case of questions, please don't hesitate to contact Raffael:

The Venture Challenge workshops will:
- Inspire your entrepreneurial journey

- Shape your entrepreneurial proposal

- Start networking in the Swiss startup ecosystem