Lucas Betschart

Bitcoin Association Switzerland

Lucas is the founder of Blockchain Source, a consulting company focused on applying Blockchain technology in digital transformation processes. Since early 2014 he has been organizing talks for our local Bitcoin community with top experts from all around the world, connecting and educating startups, corporates and enthusiasts.

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Urs Bolt

Fintech and Regtech Advisor,

30+ years experience in the financial services industry, mainly in wealth management, investment banking and banking technology business. My core expertise is to develop and roll out new digital business platforms. Successful projects include a B2B social business platform for financial intermediaries, establishing prime services for ultra-wealthy clients, and post-trade services for FX and OTC products. My current focus is to help FinTech & RegTech companies and financial service providers review/refocus business strategies, develop products and markets, execute sales, scout for FinTech solutions, build business partnerships, manage projects, and implement corporate structures and processes. Constantly ranked as top FinTech influencer in Switzerland and globally in RegTech. Active as speaker, panelist, moderator, interviewee, microblogger and author. In addition I advocate for social and political causes. I am an Ecomodernist/-pragmatist in favour of new energy policies balancing economy and ecology. A sustainable environment based on scientific research not ideology.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Rolf Günter


Rolf Guenter has a long lasting, proven track record as an advisory lawyer, general manager and board member of SME’s. Additionally he served as director in the insurance industry. Besides his activities in operational management, he has extensive experience from diverse, successfully managed projects.
In addition to his legal and business education and professional experience, he has in depth knowledge in service and information management, enterprise risk management and legal aspects with regard to the digital Transformation, Blockchain, smart contracts and legal tech. Rolf Günter is an Attorney and Master of Business Administration with a degree of the Universities of Rochester (New York) and Bern. Furthermore he has a certificate of the University of St. Gallen in Service Management, Liability and Insurance Law as well as the diploma in “Enterprise Risk Management” of the Insurance Institute of Switzerland.

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Mathias Ruch

Lakeside Partners

Founder and Managing Partner at Crypto Valley’s leading early-stage investment company Lakeside Partners, Co-Initiator of the Blockchain Competition and Initiator of Crypto Valley Labs. As an entrepreneur and angel investor Mathias Ruch has been involved in the digital startup scene for 20 years. Before turning his focus to blockchain, he built and exited several successful online and media companies such as FaroTV and Europe’s crowdsourcing pioneer Atizo. Today, he is a driving force behind the development of the global blockchain startup ecosystem. He is leading the Blockchain Taskforce, assembled by the Swiss Federal Council.

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Daniel Rutishauser

Head of Financial Services and Head of Blockchain, inacta AG

Daniels aim as an DLT/blockchain enthusiast is not crypto currencies, but beyond that advising startups going through an ICO and building their solution, as well supporting corporates in their blockchain endeavors. He is Shaping Crypto Valley's ecosystem from within as he is works as head of blockchain with inacta. He is convinced that the DLT concept with the underlying technology stack (aka "Internet of Value") will bring fundamental change for many markets and for the society - more than the Worldwide Web has done.

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Efi Pylarinou

Senior Partner,
Rothbadi & Co

Independent advisor to Fintechs and to incumbents with a focus on Capital Markets, wealth & asset management transformations.
Senior Partner to Rothbabi & Co, an institutional grade Blockchain Advisory & Consultancy focused on the movement of value.
Co-founder and author of Daily Fintech, an established, global, insight driven platform.
Fintech domain focus on innovations in Capital markets & Wealth management. A global network with a social presence of 120,000 followers on Linkedin and 3,500 on Twitter.
Included in the 2016/2017 Women in Fintech powerlist by Innovate Finance; in Women in Fintech DACH social ranking; the Global Fintech 80.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Philipp Sandners

Head of Frankfurt School Blockchain Center

Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner is head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. The expertise of Prof. Sandner in particular includes blockchain technology, crypto currencies, digital transformation and entrepreneurship. He advises companies concerning their blockchain activities, e.g. the first European crypto fund or the Korean blockchain startup HYCON. Prof. Sandner is a member of the FinTechRat of the Federal Ministry of Finance and, additionally, founding member of the German Blockchain Association e.V. and the Multichain Asset Managers Association.

Before joining Frankfurt School, he co-founded a consulting company specialized in the area of innovation strategy IP and technology transfer. He has been research fellow at the Technical University Munich, the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Previous to that, he studied business administration focusing on computer science at the University Mannheim.

Blockchain Competition Role: Advisor

Vasiliy Suvorov

VP Technology Strategy,

Besides being VP of Technology Strategy at Luxoft, Vasiliy Suvorov is the Vice-President of the Crypto Valley Association and Lead Technical Juror of the Blockchain Competition. He is a graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management and has been involved in top-level technical projects around the world for over 20 years.

Blockchain Competition Role: Juror

Edward Turner

Head Open Innovation

Edward Turner has a background in Finance and Business Development. His focus lies on developing new business models and bringing these to market successfully. Currently he heads up Open Innovation for the Innovation and Digital Unit of the SIX Group and focusing on bringing innovation to the Swiss Financial Center by collaborating with external stakeholders. Edward holds a BA in Economics from the University of Zürich, an MBA from the Judge Business School of Cambridge University and is a CFA Charterholder. He has worked for Credit Suisse, Trina Solar, Google and Lykke.
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Blockchain Competition Role: Juror