About us

      At Vatorex, our mission is to create a healthier and more sustainable world by supporting honey bees. 

      Our commitment

      Founded in 2016 by Pascal and Willi Brunner, Vatorex combines more than 50 years of beekeeping experience with an innovative outlook on the role of beekeeping in our natural world.

      At Vatorex, we understand that our actions have consequences and influences over our environment and community. Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, we have defined the fields where we can create the most impact and generate the most value on a global scale. 

      View our UN SDG commitments here


      Meet the team

      Pascal Brunner

      CEO & Co-Founder
      MSc HMS ETH Zürich - Beekeeper
      «Entrepreneur, musician & sports lover. I want to be a superhero so I started saving bees.»

      Willi Brunner

      COO & Co-Founder  - Beekeeper since >50y
      Biology University of Zurich - Exec. MBA HSG St. Gallen
      «From ideas to work, from notes to tune, from bees to honey – with nature to a better life.»

      Renato Cortesi

      CTO & Co-Founder
      Electrical Engineer ETH Zürich

      «Engineer, perfectionist, technician. I like to know, not to believe. In my spare time, I like to bite the bits.»

      Walter Weiler

      Senior Manager Business Development and Supply Chain
      « I am thrilled to solve a serious problem with innovation and entrepreneurship to achieve a world in tune with bees, humans and nature. »

      Grant Morgan

      Senior Marketing Manager
      Univ. of Wollongong - BA. Media and Communications- Marketing and Advertising
      « Nothing has the potential to change the world like an idea. »

      Joaquin Blanco

      Front end developer
      Computer Engineering UAGRM

      «I enjoy creating something out of nothing. Building projects from scratch.»

      Luis Rodrigo Serrano 

      Software Engineer
          Univ. of Malaga - BSc. Computer Science        

      «My priority is making quality products so our  users only have access to the best tools.»


      Lloyd Richards

      Data Visualization Designer
      Univ. of Calgary - BA of Fine Arts


      «Passionate about sustainability and using data visualization to better understand how we fit in local and global ecosystems.»

      Ramona Szilvezter

      Marketing and Communication
      Univ. Of Southern Denmark - MSc. IT Web Communication Design

      «35.9% love for nature and animals,
      28.4% curious,
      25.8% creative
      9.9 % other things »

      How it all came to life

      Willi, an experienced beekeeper, develops the idea of heat treatment from the inside of the combs.

      2012
      2015     

      Pascal & Renato join and the project gets kicked off. First Vatorex field trials are conducted.

      2016

      Private and public investors join the company and market entry in the DACH region is achieved.

      Vatorex expands its product portfolio towards a beekeeping technology suite. We do have customers in 14 countries now.

      2019               
      2020     

      Vatorex receives 1.6 million € funding from the EU to foster collaboration with professional beekeepers. 

       

      Board of directors

      Company team


      Willi Brunner

      Chairman of the board

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      Anil Sethi

      Board member

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      Jean-Marc Dardier

      Board member

      Advisers 

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      Paola Ghillani

      Innosuisse Headcoach

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      Christoph Heidelberger

      Innosuisse Guestcoach

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