Start-up Board Academy

22 March
Wednesday 22nd of March From 14:00 to 18:00 CET
Zürcher Kantonalbank Facilities,
Bahnhofstrasse 9,
8001 Zurich, Switzerland
1'250.00 CHF



Day 1 - BACK TO THE BASICS - March 22nd, 11h30 – 17h00 CET
Venue: Zürcher Kantonalbank Atrium, Bahnhofstrasse 9, 8001 Zürich

11h30 – 13h00      Registration & Network Lunch 
13h00 – 17h00      Training 

• What’s so special about start-ups?

• Roles and duties

  • Company bodies (General Assembly, BOD, Auditors)
  • Swiss legal framework
  • Responsibilities of a BOD member
  • Being a BOD member in a start-up

• Principles of good governance

  • Best practices for start-ups
  • Role of the BOD at key stages in the life of a start-up (future rounds, merger, exit, key person resignation)

• Start-up environment

  • Classical risks and pitfalls for BOD members in start-up
  • What questions to ask before joining a BOD?
  • Improving relations between shareholders, BOD and management
  • Building a successful BOD
  • BOD remuneration, what model to apply in start-ups?

• Compliance

  • BOD members liabilities
  • Conflict of interests

• Insurances

Day 2 - FINANCE FOR BOD MEMBERS - April 12th, 13h30 – 18h00
Venue: Zürcher Kantonalbank Atrium, Bahnhofstrasse 9, 8001 Zürich

13h30 – 14h00      Welcome
14h00 – 18h00      Training

• Understanding the Business Model

  • How solid is it?
  • What are the key success factors?
  • Case studies of successful  and failed business models in start-ups

• Financial checklist

  • Key reminders
  • How to monitor the finances of a start-up ?
  • Financial tools
  • Case studies of start-ups financials in good and bad shape

• Overindebtedness (art. 725 CO)

  • Duty of the BOD
  • Risks for the BOD
  • Case studies

• Role & Responsibilities of BOD members in financial management

• Relation with auditors

• Start-up financing and BOD involvement

Day 3 - CRISIS MANAGEMENT - May 2nd, 13h30 - 18h00
Venue: Zürcher Kantonalbank Atrium, Bahnhofstrasse 9, 8001 Zürich

13h30 – 14h00      Welcome
14h00 – 18h00      Training

• Crisis Management in a start-up

  • What are the common causes of start-up crises?
  • How to identify the early signs of a crisis?
  • Crisis response recommandations
  • What actions to take as a BOD member?
  • Communication in the crisis
  • Groups role play

• Insolvency

  • Type of enforcement proceedings
  • Role and responsibility of the BOD
  • When to call the judge?
  • What actions to take ?
  • How to present the case to the judge ?
  • BOD liability in a bankruptcy procedure
  • Groups role play

Day 4 - BOD MEMBERS MEET START-UPS - May 9th, 13h30 - 20h00
Venue: Zürcher Kantonalbank Hard, Neue Hard 9, 8005 Zürich

13h30 – 14h00      Welcome
14h00 – 18h00      Training
18h00 – 20h00      Networking Apéro (sponsored by Zürcher Kantonalbank) 

Real life exercise

  • 4 start-ups, which have already incorporated, are invited to present to participants, acting as potential BOD members
  • At the end of the presentation, each start-up describes its ideal board (skills & personality)
  • 4 groups are created among the participants with the closest match with each of the start-up  requirements
  • Each group, with the support of a trainer, conducts its due diligence as future BOD member, interacting with the start-up management team
  • Each group gives the results of its due diligence to the start-up with a list of recommendations
  • Start-ups give their feedbacks to the due diligence team (how they feel about this experience, lessons learned, communication process, etc..)

This training is supported by CTI and Zürcher Kantonalbank.