Ecosystem builder, sales enthusiast and gym lover

Hi, I’m Silvan, an entrepreneur and podcast host based in Zurich, Switzerland. I love to put ideas into action with great teams and hit goals we didn’t think were possible. 

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Silvan Krähenbühl, Ecosystem builder, sales enthusiast and podcast host
"I’m grateful to have stumbled onto entrepreneurship as a career choice. Being passionate for what you do means waking up feeling energized and excited, and entrepreneurship allows me to choose how and where I work. That's why I would like to inspire people to consider it as a career path."

Passion for Entrepreneurship

Already as a teenager, I discovered my passion for entrepreneurship and started my first company during high school. I love the process of creating something out of nothing, growing an idea into a real business and making plans with a skilled team which actually work out.

I also like to help others to start and grow their companies: on one hand, by releasing weekly podcasts episodes with Switzerland’s most talented founders and innovators through the Swisspreneur podcast; and, on the other hand, as a startup coach for be-advanced, Impact Hub and other organizations.

Silvan Krähenbühl, podcast host and entrepreneur based in Switzerland

Sales Enthusiast

Sales was definitely not my passion when I started. It was difficult, uncomfortable and frustrating. Thanks to some small first wins, I didn’t give up and got better at it. Today, sales feels like a beautiful and very rewarding craft. I love to think about new ways of closing a deal, generating more leads or optimizing an already existing sales process. Whatever your challenges are, “sales cures it all” (Marc Cuban).

Silvan Krähenbühl, sales enthusiast and gym lover



Building Ecosystems

I am driven by efficiency and want to connect the right people with each other to generate more value for everyone. A strong community, especially for founders, is crucial to make this happen. That’s why we try to contribute by hosting regular events and an online community for founders: to connect, learn and support each other.

Swisspreneur founders dinner a productive exchange amongst successful Swiss startup entrepreneurs

1993 - Emmental

My parents run a veterinary practice together, so entrepreneurship was a topic familiar to me. But I had neither the interest nor the talent to become a veterinarian myself.

2010 - First Venture

The Young Enterprise Switzerland program I participated in during highschool changed my life.  I got the startup virus and found my passion (I know this sounds cheesy :)).

2013 - YEC

Became president of the Young Entrepreneurs Club with the goal to position entrepreneurship as career path. Got to know a lot of people and fancy startup terms.

2015 - Gymhopper

Walked the talk and started Gymhopper right after university. Made a lot of mistakes but also learned a ton.

2016 - Unicorn

Started a Unicorn Ventures with a friend: first it was just a playground, but then we actually started investing in early stage startups.

2018 - Exit

Three years after founding, Gymhopper was acquired by the Austrian company myclubs.

2018 - Swisspreneur

The same year I took over as host of the Swisspreneur show from my friend Christian Hirsig. Today, we’re Switzerland's #1 business podcast.

2019 - bookasleeper

Together with Chris and João, I started a booking platform for night trains. Our marketing results were strong, but COVID-19 was stronger.

2020 - Rentouch

Joined as enterprise account director to close b2b enterprise deals with clients from all over the world. An amazing team and great learning curve.

Gym Learnings

In my spare time I love hitting the gym 3-5 times a week: it allows me to calm down and sleep better at night.

I am convinced that we can only perform well in the long run if we take good care of both our physical and mental health.

The gym is also a good reminder that persistence and consistency pay off. It's astonishing how far you can get by improving a little bit every day.