Dr. Branco Weiss graduated in 1951 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) with a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering. Subsequently he established a number of national and international companies. From 1987 to 1994 he lectured on "Management of New Companies" and "Technological Strategies" at ETH Zurich. He was a fellow and board member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Science, an honorary member of the Swiss Engineers and Architects Society as well as an honorary member of Alumni Association of ETH. In addition, he was the founder and past president of the Swiss Venture Capital Association and a frequent lecturer on innovation and high tech entrepreneurships. He was awarded several honorary PhD degrees from various universities. Branco Weiss died on October 31, 2010.