Nicole is co-founder of Haufe-umantis AG, a software company for talent management, which was founded 14 years ago. She is among those few Swiss entrepreneurs whose company managed to have a successful exit. Today she is a member of the Administrative Board for Haufe-umantis AG, and besides that she presides over the Administrative Board of SHERPANY. She also advises startups with regard to company formation and provides them with support in their search for financing.

Nicole usually doesn’t have plans, she likes to go with the flow. Becoming an entrepreneur happened with her also more by accident, when both the circumstances and the time were just ideal to start this journey. Photo by Daniel Espinoza

Nicole usually doesn’t have plans, she likes to go with the flow. Becoming an entrepreneur happened with her also more by accident, when both the circumstances and the time were just ideal to start this journey. Photo by Daniel Espinoza

When and with what did your entrepreneurial journey start?

I always knew what I don’t want, but I never knew what I wanted. As a I child I wanted to be a surgeon, then I became a lawyer and later I co-founded a software company and now I give advice for start-ups. I never had the plan to become an entrepreneur, it came more as an accident into my life. When I was at the university, my friends wanted to start a company and asked me if I wanted to join, and I said yes. This is when everything started. If you become an entrepreneur you can’t go back.

What were the main challenges you faced early on? What have been some of your failures and what have you learned from them?

I have never thought about failure. If you want to become a successful entrepreneur, you probably need to have this attitude. We were very young and inexperienced at that time, of course we made a lot of mistakes. Since we were responsible only for ourselves, we had no fear of mistakes and didn’t have much to lose.

What motivates you?

I like being successful. Apart from this, working with a great team motivates me. Everything is about the people - I wouldn’t be an entrepreneur if it was just me.

How do we get more women/girls into entrepreneurship/tech?

It is just a matter of time and it is not something that we can really influence from the outside. Women need to want it, and need to decide about their journey themselves.

What is your big audacious goal?

I still have no plan, I never had any. I usually don't think about what is next, I see what life brings for me. What I know though is that I want to continue working with startups and support them with the knowledge and experience I have.

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