Our Team

The Swisspod team members have participated at 60% of the manufactured tested capsules with own propulsion system world wide.

Board

About Denis

- 1st prize for Best Design at SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition 1 by
Elon Musk, Design Competition, January 2016, team: rLoop.
- 1st prize for Innovation at SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition 1 by
Elon Musk, Testing Competition, January 2017, team: rLoop.
- 1st prize for Most Reliable System at SpaceX Hyperloop Pod
Competition 3 by Elon Musk, July 2018, team: EPFLoop (founder).
- 3rd prize for Speed at SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition 3 by Elon
Musk, July 2018, team: EPFLoop (founder).
- 1st prize for Best Design at Build Earth Hyperloop by Dubai
Foundation by Dubai authorities, September 2016, team: rLoop.
- PhD student in Electrical Energy of the Hyperloop System at École
Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

Denis Tudor

CEO and co-Founder

About Cyril

- 1st prize for Most Reliable System at SpaceX Hyperloop Pod
Competition 3 by Elon Musk, July 2018, team: EPFLoop (adviser).
- 3rd prize for Speed at SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition 3 by Elon
Musk, July 2018, team: EPFLoop (adviser).
- Engineer at Mechanical Metallurgy Laboratory at École
Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Cyril Dénéréaz

CTO and co-Founder

About Marc

Marc Gruber is full professor at the College of Management of Technology at EPFL where he holds the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization (ENTC) and was Vice President for Innovation at EPFL in the 2017-2021 presidency period. Marc also acted as Associate (2013-2016) and as Deputy Editor (2017-2020) at the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ), the highest ranked empirical research journal in the management domain. Furthermore, Marc is co-author of the book “Where to Play: 3 Steps for Discovering Your Most Valuable Market Opportunities”, which introduces the Market Opportunity Navigator – a practical business tool that was recently added to the ‘Lean Startup’ toolset by Steve Blank and is used by tens of thousands of startups and established firms to improve their capabilities in opportunity identification and new wealth creation.

Marc Gruber joined EPFL in the fall of 2005 coming from the Munich School of Management, University of Munich (LMU), where he held the position as vice-director of the Institute of Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship and established the LMU’s Center for Entrepreneurship. He has held several visiting scholar posts at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he conducts research on technology commercialization and entrepreneurship. He was also a visiting professor at the Business School of Imperial College, London.

Marc has published his research on innovation, strategy and entrepreneurship in several leading journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, and the Journal of Business Venturing. In an independent research study on the most impactful entrepreneurship scholars (Gupta et al., 2016), Marc was ranked as the worldwide #1 researcher in entrepreneurship for the 2005-2015 period (shared #1 spot), and among the worldwide top 5 for the 2000-2015 period.

Marc received a doctorate from the University of St. Gallen (UNISG) in 2000. In spring 2005, he received a venia legendi from the Munich School of Management (LMU) for his habilitation thesis on marketing in new ventures.

Marc Gruber

Vice-Chairman of Innovation and Partnerships

Advisory board

Professor Mario Paolone

EPFL

Professor Marcel Jufer

Co-founder Swissmetro

Professor Michael Horodniceanu

Former Engineer-In-Chief of the MTA and NYU Professor

Nicolas Avril

VP at Dragon Innovation Europe

Andreas Kronawitter

Director of Intelligent Transport Systems Switzerland

Fabrice Leclerc

Angel Investor

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