COMPANY OVERVIEW

Our Company is a Swiss Start Up based in Lausanne.

 Our Founders are Swiss Engineers and long / frequent flights users.

 Our Partners are Swiss orthopaedic Doctors, Sleep Scientists and professional Product Designers.

Our history

 

We first had this idea because our Founders were often travelling all around the world. Each on their side, they had the same feeling about resting in an aircraft : it is difficult to sleep. And if you finally get to sleep for more than a couple of hours, you wake up with a sore neck and shoulders...

 

They each thought about a solution, which came many years later, when they finally met on another project. The long lasting traveller  businesswoman crossed her idea about rest and privacy in a public area with the technical creative skills of 2 engineers. One of them had just exited from a success story with a quick inflatable safety airbag against avalanche, and the other one was already working on complex mechanical systems.

 

The contact Network of the Founders allowed the little team to gather some more brains and resources until the first model of cowzi was born after several prototypes and hours of hard sleeping trials :)

What we do

 

In the beginning, this first prototype was a kind of big marshmallow in which we all fell asleep as soon as we slipped inside, and it felt like being in a cocoon!

 

Cowzi is a mashup of the adjective "cozy" meaning comfort, warmth and relaxation.

The word cow is a wink to a typical Swiss symbol, the legendary Swiss Cow.

 

The last step was of course to add all the Hi-Tech Innovations that our R&D staff made to the first cowzi prototype, until having the current model full with innovative features that make our product really useful, while being light, compact and easy to handle and carry.


TEAM MEMBERS

Georges Petitpierre

Owner, co-founder and engineer

  • Experience : 25 years of complex mech. projects, including in the plastic and packaging industry
  • In Cowzi: R & D,  Sales, Logistics
  • Strengths: Product development
  • Background: Mech. Engineer degree

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Yan Berchten

Part of the development team

  • Experience: Founder of SnowPulse and Bexplorer 
  • In Cowzi: consulting
  • Strengths: Strong knowledge of inflatable products
  • Background: Thermal engineering diploma

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Severine Meier

Co-founder

  • Experience: 15 y. head of product / head of retail, own company founder
  • In Cowzi: GM, Procurement
  • Strength: Network, Product
  • Background: University degree

 

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Jean-Marie Porchet

IT / Web

  • Experience: 15+ years in the web industry
  • In Cowzi: website updates
  • Strengths: cross between web development and web marketing
  • Background: University degree, adult teaching

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Grégoire Thévoz

Consulting, Project Manager

  • Experience : Project leading, own company founder
  • In Cowzi: Legal, Marketing
  • Strengths: Commercial regulations
  • Background: Swiss Lawyer

 

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Tania Lourenco

Sales

  • Experience : 10 y. sales
  • In Cowzi : Sales
  • Strength : Network, charisma
  • Background : Sales exp., diet

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