Former Swiss President and Federal CouncillorJohann Schneider-Ammann has joined the Board of Directors of Crypto Valley Venture Capital CV VC. With his entrepreneurial experience and his network, the former Minister of Economics and Science brings unique support to CV VC.
His commitment underscores the importance of Crypto Valley for Switzerland. It also heralds blockchain as one of the great technologies of the future, which inspired him during his eight years in the Federal Council. At the beginning of 2018, then-Federal CouncillorSchneider-Ammann proclaimed an internationally acclaimed goal: “Switzerland should become a crypto nation”.
Two former ministers and entrepreneurs as CV VC board members CV VCBoard will, in fact, benefit from the contributions of two members with substantial entrepreneurial and political acumen. Along with Schneider-Ammann, businesswoman Anne-Catherine Berner, who is also Finland’s former Minister for Transport and Communication, has also been named to the Board of Directors.
Anne-Catherine Berner is the former Finnish Minister for Communications and Transport. During that time, she was actively involved in promoting start-ups and new technologies. The Finnish entrepreneur with Swiss roots ran the family business Vallila Interior. Today she is a member of the Board of Directors of the SEB Group, a bank headquartered in Stockholm.
Crypto Valley supporter from the very beginning Schneider-Ammann recognized the potential of blockchain technology at an early stage. As head of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, he was committed to creating sustainable framework conditions for technology-driven start-ups and thus made a significant contribution to the success of Crypto Valley. Together with Finance Minister Ueli Maurer, he launched the Blockchain Taskforce, which became the Swiss Blockchain Federation. This is a public-private partnership, unique in the world, consisting of representatives from politics, business, and science.
The Fintech industry awarded Schneider-Ammann the title of “Fintech Influencer of the Year” in 2018 for his achievements. It is therefore not surprising that one and a half years after his resignation from government, Schneider-Ammann has decided to take up a seat on the board of an innovative start-up.
“As an ETH engineer, I am fascinated by new technologies like blockchain. As an entrepreneurial thinker, I am also always interested in sustainable solutions with great economic potential that create new jobs. That’s why I am happy to be involved with CV VC and Crypto Valley with its young, promising companies,”
explains Johann Schneider-Ammann.
The corona crisis and the lockdown have given a massive boost to digitization. New digital applications should now penetrate our professional and everyday lives and change our society even more quickly. Major trends include decentralized work, online business, cybersecurity, digital identity, and authentication. They require innovative solutions, business models, and technologies that have been developed in Crypto Valley for years.