President & Managing Partner
Damien is co-founder, President and Managing Partner of Endeavour Vision. With more than a decade of Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital experience, Damien has developed a solid experience in creating and building businesses in a number of sectors including Information Technologies, Telecom and Medical Technologies. On behalf of Endeavour, Damien currently serves on the Board of CeQur and Symetis and was previously Chairman of Bitplane (acquired by Andor Technology AND:LN), Chairman of GeneSystems (acquired by Pall Corp, ticker PLL) and Director of Cirpack (acquired by Thomson, ticket TOC).
Before co-founding Endeavour Vision, Damien was the founder and Director of the Start-up and Spin-off Program from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). During his tenure, more than 35 spin-offs were launched, and the Institute strengthened its emphasis on start-up development. In parallel, he served as expert for new ventures creation at the Swiss Federal Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) in Bern.
Damien holds a business education (MTE) from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland and is an Engineer in micro-technology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) with honours. He worked as International Fellow on projects in the field of Medical imaging over the Internet at the Stanford Research Institute in California (SRI International). Damien also served as an Officer in the French Air Force.
Damien is a member of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO), a global organisation for Presidents and CEOs.
Damien has a passion for the sea and mountains and particularly enjoys sailing, mountaineering and skiing. As a native from Reims, France, he is a champagne enthusiast and is always on the look out for distinctive and exclusive producers. Damien is married and has three children.
His favourite question to entrepreneurs: « What is driving you? »