In response to a queastion about our annoucment about the formation of an entreprenuers association I have written the following
I guess I had better fill you in so that you can better understand. A number of us have been meeting every Tuesday morning for about a year now. We as a group are a part of the Entrepreneurs meet-up group and plan to remain that way. I was selfish when I started this group. I was looking for a group of people that I could meet with regularly who had experienced the same trials and tribulations of being an entrepreneur. Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely journey at times. The evening drinks/dinners/networking events and the internet groups could not offer what I needed most which is human contact in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Our meetings are informal with a very simple format. Short introductions in the beginning followed by individual discussions. Sometimes our introductions are followed by discussions of topics of interest at the time. In addition, we are hoping that this association will provide some of the services that the chambers of commerce provide but at an affordable cost of around 25 francs per year. Many entrepreneurs starting out can not afford the steep fees that are often asked for. As indicated by the name, we are planning that it will be international. Where there can be chapters in other cities around the world. So in regard to your offer to us being a sub group of your group, it could be the other way around. We have some very dedicated and committed members. They need to be, to be coming to the meeting at 8 am in the morning. We actually have had members come from outside of the Zurich area so you can imagine what time they are up in the morning and the commitment. This is what being an entrepreneur is all about. It can be tough, hard and even discouraging at times. Meeting with others who experience the same is what is needed. It has been an honor to be a part of this group and I have developed some very good relationships as a result. These are tough times and many people sometimes have no other alternative but to start up something on their own. These are tough times for entrepreneurs and we need to support ourselves in our entrepreneurial journeys.
You are welcome to come along to a meeting any time
Not only is Zurich one of the best places in the world to live, but it's also a great place to start a business. With its top-tier educational institutions, robust infrastructure, and business friendly administration, in many ways Zurich is the ideal place to launch a startup. There is a wealth of creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit in this area, but this sometimes gets lost in the perception that Zurich is simply a "banking town". Also, while there has long been an entrepreneurial scene here, it is somewhat of an exclusive club, and it can be particularly intimidating to non-locals, or aspiring entrepreneurs who want to learn the ropes before jumping in completely.
We can change that! The goal of this group is to open up the entrepreneurial community, giving people a friendly and casual way to network, share ideas, and help each other succeed. There is no pressure or prejudice here, just a group of people who share a belief in the power of free enterprise, and who enjoy having a good chat with like-minded others.
So whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur, a student who is considering what to do next, or just someone who wants to take the path less traveled, come join us! Whether you want to start the next Google, or just make a living being self-employed, or anything in between, come join us! Investors and service providers are also welcome, as long as there is no overt solication.
We normally meet in the evening of the third Wednesday of each month. In addition, smaller morning gatherings take place on Tuesday mornings. Locations vary, so watch for your email invitation and check the details carefully.