Hermann Arnold

founder entrepreneur, start-up investor, democracy reformer

Partner, Mentor, Investor, Encourager, Start-ups

Zürich, Switzerland


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Professional experience for Hermann Arnold

  • Current 1 year, since 2023

    Board Member, Investor, Company Builder

    AlpineAI AG

    Enterprise ready AI. SwissGPT, the ONLY enterprise AI that LEARNS from your data and your team's interactions (how stupid is it to not?) - of course fully private for your company. And using the world's best AIs (ChatGPT, bard, ...) as a base for general inquiries in a anonymized way: PrivateGPT

  • Current 2 years, since 2022

    ‪‪Chairman of the Foundation Board (Stiftungsratspräsident) ‪

    Stiftung Züriwerk

    I have been able to get to know the Züriwerk Foundation with admiration. What the colleagues do here every day and every night is impressive. It is with awe, humility and joy that I take on this responsible task. We have set ourselves the goal that all Zurichers and especially all people in the Züriwerk Foundation (whether with declared impairment or without ;) are proud of Züriwerk. #inclusion #makeIntegrationredundant #proudofZüriwerk

  • Current 2 years, since 2022

    ‪‪Foundation Board Member (Stiftungsrat) ‪


    To be honest, I wasn't particularly involved with inclusion until inclusion came to me. Since then, I've been passionate about 'normalizing' how we meet as people, in companies and in society. And to encourage extraordinary people to stand out positively with their talents.

  • Current 4 years, since 2020

    Co-Founder, Co-Initiator


    We are a community of climate hackers and start-up entrepreneurs. Together we fill the gap between climate promises and protests. We believe in the power of hackathons, talents and ecosystems.

  • Current 6 years, since 2018

    Programme Board Member EMBA ETH HSG

    ETH & HSG

    Developing the "EMBA ETH HSG" (embax) - a globally recognized and leading EMBA program - that develops socially responsible leaders who have the mindset, the knowledge, and the skills to integrate leadership and technology issues with the aim of having a significant positive impact on their teams, their organization, and the society at large.

  • Current 12 years, since 2012

    Mentor, Investor, Encourager


    I engage in early stages based on team, market, idea. (in this priority)

  • 2021 - 2023

    ‪‪‪Co-Founder ‪

    School of Participation

    We dream of a society in which more people participate. And we need this participation of many in order to solve the great challenges of our time together: not only in the political arena, but also in business and civil society. You are convinced that people can always be part of the solution to the problem they are suffering from - if only they are involved. So if you want to be effective in our society quickly, become part of the School of Participation.

  • 2019 - 2023

    Investor, Chairman

    Invenda Group AG

    Intelligent vending solutions.

  • 2017 - 2020

    Member of the Executive Board

    Haufe Group SE

    Haufe’s solutions empower more people to take more responsibility so that your organization will thrive in a VUCA world.

  • 2001 - 2020

    Co-Founder, CEO, Chairman

    umantis AG (later: Haufe-umantis AG)

    CEO 2001 - 2013 umantis Talent Management Software "Employees Run Companies", democratic organization, shared leadership, ...

  • 2016 - 2019

    Initiator, President

    Citizens for democracy: Demokratie21 + Österreich entscheidet

    I want to be able to tell my kids that I've done something. That I didn't stay at the sidelines and watched western democracies decline. Our democratic system is outdated and urgently needs an update.

  • 2012 - 2017

    Founding Member, President

    IT SG rocks

    Public private partnership to promote East Switzerland as the place for IT-entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial IT professionals.

  • 2014 - 2016

    Advisor of the Board

    IPM AG

    Improving personal collaboration through actionable recommendations based on a deeper understanding of different motivational profiles.

  • 2013 - 2016

    Co-Founder, Chairman

    ideas beyond AG

    Ideas beyond products and markets, the way we work and living humanity. (An expensive learning ; )

  • 2013 - 2016

    Chairman, Investor

    VIU Ventures AG

    Eyewear. Framing characters.

  • 2013 - 2016

    Member of the Board

    energy factory St. Gallen AG

    Unleashing organizational energy, the force which an organization uses to purposefully put things in motion.

  • 2011 - 2013

    Founding Member, Donor

    neos - the new Austria

    A crowd organized political party with the founding idea to change the way we organize democracy.

  • 2000 - 2006

    Co-Founder, CEO, Chairman

    b-to-v Partners AG

    One of Europe's leading service providers for entrepreneurial private investors who invest their capital, network and know-how in fast growing companies.

  • 1999 - 2000

    various positions

    University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

    Assistant to the Dean: Working group for developing the new curriculum, main focus on new media and fundraising. Student representative in HSG-bodies, such as senate, departments, disciplinary commission, student body (VP finance), student parliament; projects, such as HSG ball, electronic voting (implemented 1995!), etc.

  • 1996 - 2000

    Co-Founder, Chairman

    START - The HSG Forum for Entrepreneurship

    One of Europe’s largest, most internationally connected student-led entrepreneurship conference.

Educational background for Hermann Arnold

  • 1993 - 1998

    Strategy and Organization

    University of St. Gallen, HSG

    Master thesis: «How human resources management increases the company's value?» / private lessons in statistics & mathematics (1988–1998) / academic fraternity Amicitia San Gallensis, president, finances, house ltd HSG is one of Europe’s leading business schools and is EQUIS & AACSB accredited.

  • 1985 - 1993


    Akademisches Gymnasium Innsbruck

    Activities and Societies: school leavers' ball, study tour / catholic fraternity TMV Teutonia, vice president, marketing/positioning Founded in 1562 by the Jesuits. Thus, it is the oldest school in Western Austria and one of the oldest schools in the German-speaking world.


  • German

    First language

  • English


  • French




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