Benoit Wirz

Partner, Brighteye

Benoit Wirz

Speaker Bio


Benoit Wirz is a partner at Brighteye which he helped launch in 2017. He has invested in edtech startups in Europe and North America since 2011, including: Ornikar, IronHack, YouSchool, ZenEducate, Nearpod and Newsela.



Prior to Brighteye, Ben ran the Knight Enterprise Fund investing in early-stage media and edtech companies as part of the Knight Foundation. Previously, as a principal with US Global, he invested in and developed businesses in energy, manufacturing and tech.



Before working with startups, Ben was a journalist with Asahi Shimbun and an investment banker with Jefferies & Company.



Education: MBA from INSEAD and a BA and MA from Stanford University.