Keynote Speaker Viktor Meier
Viktor Meier: Co-Founder & CEO Glice®, Entrepreneur, Innovator, Start-up
Viktor Meier - Ice skating in the desert? Of Course.
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Start-up VIKTOR MEIER – Ice skating in the desert, of course!
Actually Viktor Meier wanted to become a Diplomat, but soon, the former Karate Champ realized that the well organized life on an embassy or the safe confinements of a Corporate job won’t satisfy his innovation and adventure drive.
When he discovered a Spanish Inventor on TV who invented a ecological alternative to polluting conventional ice skating rinks, he flew to Spain to meet the Pioneer. A while later both together founded Glice® in Switzerland and very soon could deliver the first Glice® rink.
With a tight start-up budget he travelled to average 30 countries per year to find new distribution partners and clients. Overnight stays at hostel in order to add some more destination with the same money has been as normal to him as living out of just a carry on bag. The result: In only 5 years Viktor Meier and his partner have sold Glice® ice rinks to over 80 countries worldwide, on 5 continents. This in traditional ice sport countries such as USA, Canada, Slovakia, Sweden or Russia, as well as to exotic countries such as Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Tanzania, Egypt or Singapore. Viktor is most productive when on the go, meeting people around the globe and developing new ideas and businesses. He is challenging the status quo by developing unconventional ways to innovate and make business. At the same time he tries to get back to the roots to base business on mutual trust by the handshake and long-term win-win arrangements.
Apart from traveling and discovering new cultures, Viktor Meier loves reading, cooking, drinking a good bottle of wine with friends and is very active in sports, adventure and nature.
Viktor and his Team don’t run an office, the firm Glice® is 100% Paperless and is managed from the Cloud. His “office” is everywhere and it is not unusual to find Viktor Meier in an Asian Coffee-shop or in a Mexican hammock where he negotiates a deal over Skype with an Arabian Sheik or is discussing a new partnership with a NHL star.
Viktor inspires with his direct and unconventional way and is the vivid proof that who is living his dreams, doesn’t need luxury.
“Viktor Meier delivered a most inspiring speech about entrepreneurship and innovation to a group of 100+ entrepreneurs, company leaders and key opinion leaders at a dinner event in Zurich. We were truly impressed by the interest and active discussion that was triggered within the audience. It would be good for our country to have more such innovative and passionate entrepreneurs.”
Sylvan Schriber, Notenstein la Roche, Regional Director
“Every year at our young Entrepreneurship conference Viktor Meier fascinates again and again the young participants with his entrepreneurial spirit. His Career as well as his open communication has an inspiring effect on the participants, shows them new ways to do things and promotes their out of the box thinking.”
Fabian Fingerhuth, CEO Mirus Software AG