Silvan Krähenbühl

I grew up in the Emmental, in the heart of Switzerland. After studying business administration at the university of St. Gallen, I started my first company, Gymhopper. Today, I am active as an entrepreneurial consultant, helping ambitious teams and companies reach their goals. Below you’ll find an overview of my current and past projects. To get in touch, connect with me via LinkedIn or write me a message here.


Swisspreneur is a nonprofit on a mission to promote and advance entrepreneurship in Switzerland. I am responsible for the project’s operations overall, as well as for all fundraising efforts. You can find all existing episodes on www.swisspreneur.org.


I co-founded bookasleeper, a booking platform for night trains. Our goal is to make night train bookings easier and faster than airplane travel. The venture was backed by SBB and ÖBB.


Out of my own problem, the Gymhopper idea was born. Gymhopper received investor capital, expanded to seven countries and launched new business models. In 2018 it was acquired by myClubs.

Unicorn Ventures

I am the co-founder of Unicorn Ventures, a company that strategically supports up-and-coming startup founders and invests in early stage companies in the B2B and SaaS space.


Silvan Krähenbühl was a trusted coaching resource for us during the early stages of our market validation journey. His guidance transcended the context in which the coaching arose, with him acting as an independent advisor that offered frank and neutral advice. Within only a few hours of coaching, Silvan’s challenging insights helped us direct our focus and navigate our first pivot. Silvan is genuinely invested in the success of his mentees, extending his personal experience and network, and maintaining relationships even after the formal coaching had ended.

Salomé Bucher, Exprea GmbH

I first met Silvan as my coach during a startup challenge. I’ve sought his expert advice on numerous occasions and have been impressed with his breadth of knowledge as well as his constant willingness to help. Silvan is a quick thinker and very dynamic. Having him challenge my ideas gave me new points of view and was very helpful in building my own company.

Basil Anderau, Hotello

We launched a successful business producing fully sustainable coffee and had several B2C and some B2B clients, but wanted to grow our venture to the next level. Silvan provided not only strong analytical skills but also useful advice on how to prioritize and stay focused. We launched 3 sales channels in no time and quickly closed new deals and secured new revenue streams.

Nelson Casas, DirectCoffee

I was stuck with the business model of my company and wanted to get an external perspective from an experienced entrepreneur. Because of his startup experience and sports background, I chose to work with Silvan. We analysed our business model and reshaped it with lean startup method and business modelling techniques. Today we have successfully established our product in the market and expanded internationally.

Marcel Frikhart, Bodygee AG

We had a business idea that needed some validation and testing, but didn’t know exactly where to start. As part of the be-advanced challenge program, we worked with Silvan to tackle these challenges. We set up a well-structured feedback questionnaire, distributed it to the relevant key players and gained valuable insights thanks to the lean startup methods we applied. I enjoyed working with Silvan and especially valued his entrepreneurial experience and hands-on mentality.

Chris Jenny, Cryptogin