The Founder of the Year 2021 – Dr. Dorina Thiess, Co-Founder of Piavita


Dorina holds a Ph.D. from the University of St. Gallen, during which she focused on Entrepreneurship. Besides conducting relevant research, she did not only coach the university’s nascent founders but was also the Managing Director of the „Center for Entrepreneurship“. As such, she shaped „Startup@HSG“, which is the first point of contact for startups, innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of St. Gallen.

The same year as she finished her Ph.D., she co-founded Piavita in 2016 (together with her partner Sascha Bührle). Since then, Piavita has been transforming the veterinary industry with the help of its digital remote health monitoring solution that targets the $300 billion equine health industry.

With a non-invasive, sensor-enabled hardware device and sophisticated software platform, the Piavet Solution automates and digitizes repetitive, manual tasks to help vets save time and improve patient outcomes. Today, Piavita is operating in Switzerland, Germany and in the US.

It is a true achievement to successfully start one’s own business, but it takes extraordinary capabilities to place a unique and break-through technology in an international market.

On behalf of the entire HSG Entrepreneurship Community, we would like to take this moment to once again express our gratitude for the cooperation and support of the Dr. Werner Jackstädt Foundation over the past decade. Only with the help of the Foundation could the eleven outstanding Founders of the Year been honored, who are a great inspiration for many (HSG) students today.