Café des Sciences: Creative Switzerland

Learn about the Swiss creative industries from speakers from Creative Hub Switzerland and six Swiss startups in the field.

Event Details




[Online] November 19, 15:00 - 17:00 (China) / 8:00 - 10:00 (Switzerland)

On 19th Nov., our 23rd Café des Science lecture will focus on the creative industries in Switzerland. Creative Hub Switzerland, together with founders of 6 Swiss startups in creative industries are invited to present their concept and project as well as to connect with the Chinese market. The audience will also have a chance to see the exhibition of the startups at the Swiss Pavilion of the Yangtze River Delta International Cultural Industries Expo during 19 – 22 November 2020.


Event Rundown


15:00-15: 05 Welcome

Dr. Felix Moesner

Science Consul and CEO of swissnex China

15:05-15:15 Introduction

Jakob Blumer

Managing Director a. i. at the Creative Hub Switzerland

15:15-15:45 Presentation by startup group 1 (3 startups, each startup 10’)

Hannes Schoenegger | Bananatex

Laure Gremion | Laure Gremion – Product design studio

Flurin Jenal | Streax

15:45-16:00 Q&A
16:00-16:30 Presentation by startup group 2 (3 startups, each startup 10’)

Romana Kunz | iazzu

Christian Spiess | Spiess Design

Raphaël Lutz |

16:30-16:45 Q&A
16:45-16:50 Closing Remark


Jakob Blumer | Creative Hub Switzerland

Jakob Blumer is the Managing Director a. i. at the Creative Hub Switzerland, a promoting platform for the Swiss creative industries. The interface between culture and business is where he is most at home – he heads an artist management himself and works as cultural entrepreneur. He studied music at Zurich University of the Arts and business administration at the University of St.Gallen.


Hannes Schoenegger | Bananatex

Hannes Schoenegger is the co-founder and CEO of QWSTION/Bananatex. Swiss backpack brand QWSTION is known for combining design and functionality with sustainability. Since 2008 the design studio has been developing versatile carry solutions for everyday use – with an understated look and a low environmental footprint.


Laure Gremion | Laure Gremion – Product design studio

Industrial designer graduated from ECAL since 2012, Laure Gremion founded her independent studio early 2017. Her work consists of creating objects from concept to serial production, for companies, watch brands, home furnishing brands, art galleries, etc. Stimulated by ambitious projects, she is regularly called upon using all types of materials and manufacturing techniques.

By means of objects such as luminaires, bird feeders, garden wheelbarrow, Laure Gremion always aims for a new angle which will make us smile, dream altogether being functional and rather technical. Her work is periodically shown at international events such as the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Blickfang in Copenhagen or the World Economic Forum in Tianjin.


Flurin Jenal | Streax

Flurin Jenal, Founder & CEO of He started coding games at 11-year old. Later on, he did his BA & MA in Game Design at Zurich University of the Arts. He collaborated with Disney Research Studio. In addition, he is the Founder & Board Member Struckd AG, and also selected as the Forbes 30 under 30.


Romana Kunz | iazzu

Romana Kunz is an internationally acclaimed professional, possessing an impressive record of career advancement in all areas of business management, development and sales. She gained expertise delivering across multiple industries and sectors, including positions at IBM, Canon, ASAP Worldwide, Marcus Evans and Red Bull Media House. Her focus is promoting workforce stability and efficiency through sensitivity and multicultural literacy, which she acquired while working in Ireland, Spain, Mozambique, Ghana, Hungary and Austria. Romana is an art enthusiast and member of AWITA.


Christian Spiess | Spiess Design

On his way to becoming a product designer, Christian acquired experience in various fields. He worked as a carpenter, a decorator, worked

on a ranch in Canada and coached disabled people in a wood workshop. Christian completed his studies at the écal in Lausanne.
He then worked for five years as an assistant to Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in Paris.
In 2013 Christian started his own business. In collaboration with international companies from various industries, he designs straightforward objects with intelligent details.


Raphaël Lutz | is a spin-off of Studio Raphaël Lutz. Innovation-oriented, its action is to support the exchanges between creative individual, companies, and specialists from all walks of life.
HyperAktiv’s values are to put the user at the center of all conceptual concerns and to focus on the contributions of design in innovation methodology. It proposes to solve problems, accelerate projects, analyze and work on the creation and shaping of services and products of a company with methods of design.


Café des Sciences
Shanghai | Every third Thursday each month 2019

Café des Sciences is a new format at swissnex China offering a monthly platform for Swiss Spotlight Scientists and Start-ups to present their projects and connect with the local community. The lectures will offer a casual setting in which speakers can present their work and engage with the attendees during a Q&A period. Audiences are welcomed to enjoy the networking reception with Swiss flavour after the talk. The lecture is scheduled to take place every third Thursday each month at swissnex China or our partner spaces.