Every company and every employee will be tech-empowered.
Olympe is the backbone making it happen, within the company and across companies.
Our company history
Passionate about technology and programming, Laurent Chatelanat and Antoine Forel made the bold decision to make development accessible to all. It had become their ambition to give anyone the means to convert good ideas into tangible innovative digital solutions.
At night and during weekends, they conceived the Olympe platform. An environment where business and technical teams collaborate in real time to deliver impactful enterprise software incredibly fast. We call it “Digitalizing by Doing”.
Olympe places the power of software development in everyone’s pocket.
Our mission is simple:
- Talented people working together
- Businesses thriving
- Satisfied users and customers
- Technology for everyone
And this is just the beginning.
Everyone benefits from the democratization of technology and programming. Those without a programming background can visually build software (in DRAW) and trust the platform to translate it into distributed logic. Technical teams can work up to ten times faster. By leveraging on a valid proof of concept to code (in CODE), they can scale small ideas into global tailor-made digital solutions.
Olympe provides a new way for businesses to re-invent themselves and fulfil their ambitions. Technological developments needn’t be intimidating. The Olympe platform empowers people to turn their ideas into tangible digital solutions and accelerate business transformation while guaranteeing a final result aligned with core business needs.
Founder & CEO
Laurent started his entrepreneurial career at the age of 16 by launching a web hosting service in the basement of the family house with his brother. The activity grew successfully until 2004 when they decided to partly sell it. Following his Master in Communication Systems from EPFL, Laurent evolved a few years as an IT consultant. Idealist at heart, Laurent started working on a new concept of software in 2011, Olympe was born.
Founder & CFO
Antoine Forel obtained his HES Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering in 2005 with great honor and received a special award from the SISR (Société des Informaticiens Section Romande) for his remarkable diploma thesis. Following a ten-year career as a Software Architect in the financial sector, he ventured into entrepreneurship with Laurent Chatelanat in 2014, before Olympe was formally incorporated in 2015.
Bertrand Le Foulgoc
Head of Engineering
Bertrand has around 20 years’ experience in software development, nine of which in Melbourne, Australia. From operations to frontend through backend, he enjoyed learning every aspect of software delivery.
His keen interest in software craftsmanship, leadership and team dynamics have led him naturally to his current position.
Always on the lookout for new material to help him and everyone perform better, sharing and coaching are very dear to him.
VP Sales & Marketing
Alexandre has more than 15 years experience in technology sales and general management, including senior roles in the US, Africa and Europe. His focus lies on growth through business disruption, strategy execution and pragmatic approach. Prior joining Olympe, Alexandre was the Deputy CEO of Orange Business in Switzerland. He holds a Engineering Degree from EPFL and an MBA from EDHEC Business School.
Basile has a MSc and Computer Science PhD from EPFL. Eager to make computers most useful for their users, he contributed to research projects in hydrology and in industrial ecology at EPFL and UNIL before joining Cambridge Technology Partners / Atos Consulting. He worked on multiple projects for IOC, IATA, and Richemont among others, where he contributed as business analyst, senior business analyst and program manager, leading the implementation of IATA’s NewGen ISS program.
Board of Directors and Advisory Board
In addition of the two cofounders, Laurent Chatelanat and Antoine Forel, the Board of Directors –and Advisory Board– are composed of the following members.
Chairman of the Board
Patrick Nicolet becomes the Chairman of Olympe’s Board of Director in January 2021. He previously held the positions of Capgemini’s Member of the Group Executive Board and Group Chief Technology Officer, where he was responsible for leading the overall technology and innovation agenda as well as overseeing the cybersecurity and corporate information systems. Today, Patrick Nicolet runs the Swiss-based venture company Line Break Capital.
Advisory Board Member
Vincent Bieri is the Founder of the Swiss IT Unicorn Nexthink, which he launched following a career as an Engineer at Cisco. He was a member of the Forbes Technology Council and now serves in different tech companies’ Boards, and Advisory Boards. Since 2017, Vincent Bieri has been an InnoSuisse startup coach.
Benjamin Cohen joined Olympe’s Board in July 2020 following the financing round led by Inter Invest Capital, of which he is the co-founder and managing partner. He has extensive experience in investing in tech companies enabling them to quickly scale up and to position themselves as leaders on their market. He has been working for the past 15 years in Europe with CEOs, PE investors and Boards in a variety of sectors.
Advisory Board Member
Sauro Nicli joined the Advisory Board of Olympe in September 2018. He is the former Global CIO of AXA Insurance Group and of SICPA SA and has spent 20 years of his career in consulting with McKinsey & Company. Today, Sauro Nicli is a self-employed advisor at LOFOS Consulting Ltd in Switzerland and a Business Angel and seed investor in some promising startups.
Adrien Gonckel joined the Advisory Board of Olympe in 2018, and the Board of Directors in 2019. He is the former Global CIO of Givaudan. Adrien Gonckel also sits as a Member of the Advisory Board of Accenture Switzerland.
Gianni Nigro has represented SICPA on the Board of Olympe since early 2019. He has 30-year experience in general, financial and operational management. Gianni is Chief Operating Officer for Solutions Delivery and Operations at SICPA. He leads a worldwide global and transversal organization encompassing 20 operations and 6 centers of expertise. Gianni is a member of the SICPA’s Executive Committee and board member of subsidiary operational entities.