The creation of Crypto Valley was inspired by the enormous advantages of global industry clusters — a friendly regulatory environment, network effects, economies of scale, attracting the world’s best talent, building deep pools of capital and a rich ecosystem of resources and know-how for startup companies, nurturing an entrepreneurial culture, infectious energy, and strong trust relationships that make the impossible possible.
The Crypto Valley Association is an independent, government-supported association established to take full advantage of Switzerland’s strengths to build the world’s leading blockchain and cryptographic technologies ecosystem.
We support and connect startups and established enterprises through policy recommendations, projects across verticals, initiating and enabling research, and organizing conferences, hackathons, and other industry events.
With active connections to similar hubs around the world, we also ensure Crypto Valley’s participation in the global efforts to foster blockchain and cryptographic technology innovation.Our Values
Crypto Valley was initiated by Johann Gevers after identifying Switzerland with its decentralized, citizen-controlled political system, its centuries-old culture of individual rights, innovation, and entrepreneurship, its neutrality, stability, and business-friendly environment, and its world-class infrastructure and educational institutions as the ideal environment for building the new generation of decentralized technologies. Gevers moved his cryptofinance startup Monetas to Zug, Switzerland in July 2013, defined the vision for Crypto Valley as a global hub for crypto technologies modeled on the success of Silicon Valley, and started building the Crypto Valley ecosystem in Zug, Switzerland by developing supportive relationships with the authorities, attracting leading crypto startups, helping them setup their operations, developing an ecosystem of expert professional service providers, driving the development of a friendly regulatory environment, and promoting Crypto Valley in the industry and the media.
Through the broad support of numerous individuals, startups, corporates, service providers, industry associations, educational institutions, governments, and regulators — especially the early pioneers Monetas, Ethereum, Bitcoin Suisse, MME Legal, the Digital Finance Compliance Association, the Bitcoin Association of Switzerland, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, the canton and city of Zug, the Greater Zürich Area, Switzerland Global Enterprise, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (Finma), and the Swiss Federal Government — Crypto Valley has grown into one of the world’s leading ecosystems for crypto, blockchain, and distributed ledger technologies, with dozens of companies in this space now calling Crypto Valley home and thriving in its vibrant community.
In January 2017 the Crypto Valley Association was established as a professional organization to coordinate, accelerate, and scale the further development of Crypto Valley into the world’s best ecosystem for crypto technologies and businesses. The founding members included Bitcoin Suisse, Bussmann Advisory, iprotus, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Luxoft, Monetas, and Thomson Reuters.
Introducing the Crypto Valley Board Members
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Oliver Bussmann is a globally recognized technology thought leader and driver of large-scale transformation at multinational organizations. The Founder and Managing Partner of Bussmann Advisory, he advises enterprises, top-tier consultancies, and financial services companies looking to stay ahead of the digital disruption curve. From 2013 to 2016 Oliver was Group Chief Information Officer of UBS. Prior to joining UBS Oliver was Global Chief Information Officer at SAP, and before that CIO for North America & Mexico at Allianz. Previous roles have included executive positions at Deutsche Bank and IBM. Oliver has been named COO/CTO of the year by Financial News/The Wall Street Journal, European CIO of the Year by INSEAD/CIONET, has received the Elite 8 Award, which is given to the most innovative leaders in technology working in capital markets by Wall Street & Technology Magazine, and has more than once been included on the Financial News “Fintech 40” list of innovators shaping the future of finance.
Vasiliy Suvorov is an accomplished technology strategist with more than 20 years of experience in creating and bringing new and emerging software technologies to international markets. As Vice President of Technology Strategy at Luxoft, based in Zug, Mr. Suvorov leads its Global Innovation Labs division which serves as the internal incubator for strategic platforms and technologies. Starting in 2015, he has been driving Luxoft’s strategy and R&D efforts related to the investigation and adoption of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) for the Financial Industry, IoT and Telecom. Throughout his professional career he has held leading technical and management positions in international telecom and hi-tech companies, where he was responsible for defining technical strategy, designing and implementing real-time and mission-critical software systems. Mr. Suvorov actively participates in international conferences and technology alliances helping companies realize business benefits from emerging technologies.
René Hüsler is the Director of the School of Information Technology at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. He earned his PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) in the field of electrical engineering after finishing an apprenticeship in mechanics, a diploma in computer engineering from the University of Applied Science in Brugg/Windisch and a diploma in computer science from the ETH Zürich. During his studies and after his PhD, René Hüsler worked for more than 15 years in several companies as engineer, project leader as well as department and business unit head before he joined the Lucerne School of Engineering&Architecture in 2002. He started developing the research activities in computer engineering and tripled the turnover in 3 years with an increased external funding rate. After 5 years as vice-principal and head of research with outstanding development rates and research results he was appointed as director in 2010 and in 2014 as the founding director of the newly formed department of information technology that opened ist doors in September 2016. René Hüsler is the co-founder of several startups and has a strong background and experience in information security, parallel and distributed computing as well as general management topics.
Founder and CEO of iprotus and inventor of its core technology. Over 25 years of experience in IT and software development, architecture and business development within Internet, financials and pharmaceuticals. Founded and chaired one of Denmark’s first Internet Service Providers and a number of other start-ups. 10+ years of consulting and advising in a wide range of related disciplines, such as hard-core development, systems architecture, feasibility studies, start-up mentoring, entrepreneurship, business development, leading software projects and various technology presentations, workshops and training for techies and non-techies.
Jenna is a programmer with a background in financial markets and experience in asset management. She is the CTO of Melonport, the Zug-based startup building a decentralized protocol for on-chain asset management on the Ethereum blockchain. Prior to joining Melonport, she worked in the hedge fund industry, both in Paris and New York. Her early involvement in the Ethereum ecosystem and passion for decentralization and crypto-economics then led her to start programming and work full-time in the crypto space. Jenna holds a master degree from ESCP Europe where she studied management and financial engineering; she then learnt programming at Fullstack Academy in New York. Jenna aims at strengthening the representation of the crypto startups and technologists community inside the Crypto Valley Association.
Nicolas Schobinger is a Senior Strategist and Executive with 25 years experience of architecting and leading technology-driven Business Transformations worldwide. Over the course of the career, he has worked with hundreds of companies to cope successfully with disruptions like blockchain. Nicolas is the Founder & Chairman of digitaliKa AG, a boutique which advises boards on strategy, innovation, and digitization. Further, he is the co-founder and managing director of FGI Fintech Growth Investment GmbH, a special purpose vehicle to invest into Fintech or Blockchain. Prior to this, Nicolas headed Strategy & Business Development for SAP Services worldwide. Prior joining SAP, Nicolas was a Vice President with Capgemini.
Maria Gómez is a former corporate lawyer. She worked several years in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance practices in Spain and Colombia. Currently she works in ecosystem development at Aragon One, one of the teams working on the Aragon project, an open source project that aims to disintermediate the creation, maintenance and governance of organizational structures by using open blockchain technology. Maria holds a LLB degree from Universidad del Rosario, in Bogotá, Colombia, an LLM. degree in International Business, Trade and Tax Law from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, and an LLM degree In Corporate Finance from ESADE Business & Law School in Barcelona.