Entrepreneurship as a career path - Business Ideas 2021


USI Startup Centre

18 November 2021

The motivational event, dedicated to students and university researchers, is back with the new edition concentrated on the organized by USI and focused on entrepreneurship as a careers path. The Business Ideas 2021 is organised by USI and SUPSI as part of the federal training program Innosuisse Start-up training and will take place on November 24th at 16.30 at the Suglio Business Center in Manno.

The event is structured in two blocks:

  • Entrepreneurship as a career path
    3 young entrepreneurs who have decided to follow a different career path will share their stories and experience: what is their educational background, why did they choose the startup world over a career in established companies, what are the benefits and challenges.
  • “My first pitch” competition
    Do you have a business idea that you would like to develop? Record a video of maximum 3 minutes in English or Italian and upload it to the link found below. The top 5 candidates will be invited to present their project live in the "elevator pitch" format to win a direct admission to the pre-incubation phase at USI Startup Centre incubator to transform the idea into a startup.

16:30 Welcome

  • Francesco Meli, Center management and Coach at USI Startup Centre
  • Leandro Bitetti, Lecturer-researcher at SUPSI

16.40 Entrepreneurship as a career path

  • Andrea Girasole - CEO & Co-Founder of Billte
  • Riccardo Roveri – Co-Founder of
  • Giorgia Pati - Managing Partner - Match Strategies

17.20 Q&A
17.30 “My first pitch” competition

  • pitch of the finalists

17.50 Presentation: Innosuisse start-up training programme and EntrepreneurSkills

18:00 Award ceremony “My first pitch”

18:30 End of event – Apéro & Networking

In order to sign up for the Business Ideas event (even if you do not intend to participate in the "My first pitch" competition) you must register using the following link: 

The videos created to participate in the "My first pitch" competition are to be uploaded here: (deadline 22th November)

Only participants with a valid Covid Pass and ID will be admitted in compliance with the current regulation.