“SnS Ventures” (Social and Sustainable Ventures), established in 2013 by the University of St. Gallen and the University of Zurich, is the central point of contact and platform for students aiming to build social and sustainable ventures. 

We offer many different forms of support for social and sustainable start-ups. Please contact us for personal support and coaching, a possible working space, contacts to the network or financial support through the HSG Entrepreneurial Talents Program. Please also check out the Startup@HSG offers, which apply to all SnS Ventures too!

Contact University of St.Gallen: manuel.hess@unisg.ch
Contact University of Zürich: dominik.wensauer@uzh.ch

A special thanks goes to the “Sustainable Development at Universities Programme” that made SnS Ventures possible through their financial support.

Watch Prof. Dr. Grichnik’s Interview on Social Entrepreneurship here (in German)

The Board and Network of “SnS Ventures”

Manuel_HessManuel Hess, Doctoral Candidate und Research Associate at the Chair for Entrepreneurship.
Dominik Wensauer, Managing Director of Startup@UZH at the University of Zürich
Elisa Jaray, Assistentin Verantwortung & Nachhaltigkeit, Lehrstuhl für Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement.

GianinaGianina Caviezel, Co-Founder & President Student Impact, PhD Candidate Sustainability Management.
Christoph Birkholz, Co-Founder Impact Hub Zürich, PhD in Impact Investing
Prof. Dr. Susan Müller, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship with a research focus on social entrepreneurship.

Prof. Dr. Dietmar Grichnik, Director of the Institute of Technology Management.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Dyllick, Professor of Management with a special focus on Sustainability Management.
Prof. Dr. Rolf Wüstenhagen, Professor of Management of Renewable Energies.


Supporting Organizations of “SnS Ventures”

oikos St. Gallen – Students for sustainable economics and management
oikos St. Gallen is one of the leading student organizations regarding the topic of sustainable business. We empower students to understand the concept of sustainability in economics and management through a rich portfolio of projects. We believe that social, ecological and economic sustainability belong together and are essential elements for a better tomorrow.
Student Impact is a student consultancy with the goal of creating social and ecological benefits for society. The organization realizes its vision by consulting sustainable start-ups and SMEs on economically relevant topics and by simultaneously raising employee and student awareness of sustainability. Student Impact is a non-profit organization consisting of students from the University of St. Gallen.
Impact HUB Zurich
The Impact HUB Zürich set out to create spaces that combine the best of a trusted community, innovation lab, business incubator and the comforts of home. Spaces with all the tools and trimmings needed to grow and develop innovative ventures for the world. But above all, spaces for meaningful encounters, exchange and inspiration, full of diverse people doing amazing things.
seif – Social Entrepreneurship Initiative & Foundation
The Social Entrepreneurship Initiative and Foundation (seif) is a platform where innovative knowledge, social resources and the entrepreneurial potential of all social entrepreneurship community actors are being brought together, to achieve the highest possible social impact. seif supports individuals or teams whose innovative ideas seek to solve social business challenges.
euforia is an officially recognized nonprofit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. euforia is an organization BY youth FOR youth, which aims to show our generation that a real commitment in order to face global challenges (global warming, poverty, racism, etc.) is not only possible, but also necessary and desirable. Instead of dreaming about how we could save the world, we get young people to act, here and now!
Knowledge & Innovation Community
Climate-KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT is an EU body whose mission is to create sustainable growth. We support this mission by addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership, working together to address the challenge of climate change.
Nachhaltigkeitskommission des VSUZH
The Sustainability Commission of the Students Association of the University of Zurich is committed to promote sustainable thinking and practice in the university as well as in student life.
[project 21] ist ein Verein für Studierende in Zürich, die sich kritisch und tiefschürfend mit Fragen rund um nachhaltige Entwicklung auseinandersetzen. Der Verein [project 21] dient dabei zugleich als administrative Plattform für innovative studentische Projekte im Bereich Nachhaltigkeit sowie als Netzwerk zum Austausch unter engagierten Studierenden.
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum.