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    Flurin Müller about the deal: «In the next step, our product eqipia will be fully incorporated into the product range of XING.»

    BuddyBroker in interview: «It is essential to get real and clear feedback»

    Di. 31.05.2016, 14:00

    Flurin Müller founded his startup BuddyBroker in 2013, together with Patrick Mollet: mid-April 2016, the Zurich based venture and its product eqipia was sold to XING AG. eqipia is the leading intelligent and automated employee recommendation program in Switzerland. We discussed with Müller about the deal they made....Read more

    Flurin, before we talk about BuddyBroker, can you present yourself quickly?
    I studied business informatics at HSLU Lucerne. There, I wrote the initial business plan for BuddyBroker as my Bachelor’s thesis. Besides my studies, I also worked as a freelance web designer to help finance my studies.

    Present us your company in a few sentences. What problems are you solving?
    With our product eqipia we are helping companies fill their vacancies with the help of employee referrals. We are digitalising and automatizing this already existing channel. When a company publishes a job for a „Marketing Manager“, eqipia automatically finds the employees in the company, which are providing a relevant network (i.e. XING) and requests them to recommend the job. Employees are the ones who know the most about the culture and claims of their own employer and are therefore ensuring for qualified applicants. With this, companies can use this potential already in place in-house of their own employee’s networks.

    In April 2016, BuddyBroker was acquired by XING. How did this came about?
    XING recognized the potential of digital employee referrals already for some time. They are bringing the ideal basis with their social network for our business model. After some first discussions it became  clear that we would work quite well together, and this regarding the product, as well as on a personal level. In the end, it was a good deal for both parties with a high potential of synergies, which will allow us to establish eqipia sustainably in the German speaking regions.

    What does this mean for BuddyBroker?
    In the next step, our product eqipia will be fully incorporated into the product range of XING. I will lead the related product migration. For me, this will be a well-welcomed and educational challenge.

    “It is very hard for sure, when your own business model is questioned out to this extent. However, this has helped us enormously to identify weaknesses and challenges at an early stage.”    

    You could gain important experiences at Venture Kick in 2012. How have you been supported?
    For me, it was essential from the beginning to get real and clear feedback – that is what the coaches Jordi Montserrat and Beat Schillig know at its best. It is very hard for sure, when your own business model is questioned out to this extent. However, this has helped us enormously to identify weaknesses and challenges at an early stage.

    In what points Venture Kick’s power business development workshops (the “kickers camps”) helped you?
    Venture Kick helped me in the first phase to define stage goals and to focus on them – actually, those have been the guidelines for the first steps as an entrepreneur.  Many tasks were new to me at this point. The trainings gave me inputs, on how to address them.

    You have won the first stage of Venture Kick and therefore received CHF 10‘000. Was this the first prize for you?
    Winning the first stage of Venture Kick has been a first confirmation that the business model had been  understood by a critical audience (the Venture Kick jury). For me, it was the first real sense of achievement as an entrepreneur and it has encouraged me to push further with our idea.

    In 2015, you toured the US market to meet investors and experts for BuddyBroker. How was this experience there?
    The experience with the venture leaders was personally enriching. The constant exchange with the other participants, 19 other Swiss high tech entrepreneurs, has brought up many new ideas for my own business idea. Additionally, the immersion into New York’s startup scene has been very inspiring and refreshing. We could meet investors, look into co-working spaces or the offices of Uber, Foursquare and Artsy.

    What are your plans for the future?
    Now, all my focus is led on the successful integration of eqipia into XING. Further future plans will be forged later.

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    Chris Millan, CellSpring's Co-Founder & CTO.

    2015 Venture Kick winner CellSpring signs a co-marketing agreement with Tecan

    Di. 31.05.2016, 14:00

    Tecan and CellSpring, a biotech spin-out from ETH Zurich, have announced a co-marketing agreement to automate the 3D Bloom® platform on a Freedom EVO® workstation. This latest collaboration will further extend Tecan’s automated 3D cell culture portfolio, allowing scientists to take advantage of a high throughput technology with an extended cell viability period of at least seven days in the assay matrix....Read more

    The adaptive 3D Bloom Biopolymer Platform is compatible with all cell types and is ideal for both mono and co-culture assays. 3D microtissues can be prepared in microplate format within minutes, and analysis carried out while still in the culture matrix. Kevin Moore, Manager of Liquid Handling Products and Application Management, commented: “As a leader in the field of automated 3D cell culture, Tecan is delighted to be working with CellSpring to implement its microplate-based 3D Bloom platform on the Freedom EVO. This will allow scientists to benefit from straightforward, high throughput automation of a 3D cell culture process offering long-term cell viability.”

    Dr Chris Millan, Chief Technology Officer at CellSpring, added: “CellSpring is excited to partner with Tecan to bring automated, simple 3D cell culture solutions to customers. The benefits of our 3D Bloom Platform – versatility and reliability – are now available at scale using the Freedom EVO.”

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    The team of Gamaya

    GAMAYA closes CHF 3.2 Million Series A to boost the deployment of their advanced crop analytics services

    Mo. 23.05.2016, 09:05

    Gamaya, a Swiss provider of a unique solution for large-scale diagnostics of farmland using hyperspectral imaging and artificial intelligence, announced it has raised 3.2 Million in a series A financing round. Investors include Sandoz Foundation, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe (Chairman of Nestle), Seed4Equity (social-impact investment fund), as well as well-established Swiss venture capital firm VI Partners. All investors in this Series A round are committed to the vision of sustainable future of agricultural industry....Read more

    Gamaya responds to the need to feed 10bn people by providing a unique solution to boost the efficiency of industrial agricultural production. The startup utilises a unique constellation of patented hyperspectral imaging technology, drone-based deployment and artificial intelligence to empower industrial farming businesses with unprecedented level of situational awareness, allowing for significant cost savings, as well as improvement of quality and quantity of yield. Examples of the information products include early alerts for disease, pests and weeds, optimum rates of application for fertilisers, as well as prediction of yield. Currently, Gamaya provides a solution for soybean, corn and sugarcane growers.
     
    "Before we started working with Gamaya, there was no cost-effective way to for us to measure the impact of nematodes, outbreaks of weed and soil deficiencies during the crop cycle”, noted Nicolas Landolt of Agricert, a farm based in Brazil. “We are now able to accurately see where those problems are occurring and make real-time decisions that ensure that those problems are looked after. With a simple drone flight, Gamaya's technology allows Agricert to maximize profitability through production cost reductions and increase in overall yield.”
     
    “We believe food production to be one of the main challenges facing humanity in the future. Population growth, climate change, reduced water availability and environmental concerns will force food producers to become more and more efficient with less and less resources and Gamaya’s technology could in our view become part of the solution,” said Andres Brabeck-Letmathe, Managing Director of Glasshouse SA.
     
    Gamaya solution includes a drone-mounted hyperspectral camera, which records reflected light across dozens of separate spectral bands in the visible and the infrared range, as opposed to the three bands visible to the human eye. The camera is integrated with an analytical platform that automatically translates the data into actionable information for farmers using a simple, scalable and cost effective methodology. Agronomy-driven information products are delivered in a form of action maps and recommendations, such as nutrient content maps, as well as weed and disease diagnostics. The action maps are integrated into existing farm management platforms, and can be easily relayed to the field machinery for the necessary treatment, such as targeted spraying of chemicals and optimised distribution of fertilisers.
     
    “There is a clear imperative to address the food challenge in a sustainable manner. Consuming better also requires to produce better at all level of the food value chain,” said Taha Ben Mrad, founder and CEO of Seed4equity. “Gamaya has all the ingredients to become an instrumental actor of this change by combining state of the art technological building blocks (data, software and hardware) at the service of the Mother Nature. Farmers and further actors of this ecosystem will perceive significant qualitative and quantitative benefits.”
     
    Gamaya is a spin-off of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) that was founded in 2015. The startup has won numerous prestigious awards in Switzerland and Europe, including Venture Kick; Venture: Companies for tomorrow; Swisscom Startup Challenge and CloudEO Copernicus Masters among others. Gamaya has been featured by Forbes as one of the 4 European AgTech startups with a potential to become a $1 billion dollar company. The underlying technology was developed as part of a sequence of international environmental research projects, carried out by a team of world-class scientists and technology experts, particularly, the Trans-Eurasian Flight Leman-Baikal project sponsored by the prominent Swiss explorer and philanthropist Dr. Frederik Paulsen.
     
    “Today, we are leaving in a society that is fully reliant on unsustainable consumption of fossil fuels, soil and water in order to produce food. Our future is dependent on whether we will be able to leverage technology and innovation in order to dramatically improve the efficiency of our food production methodology,” says Gamaya CEO Yosef Akhtman. “Our solution helps to increase production efficiency by providing farmers with full situational awareness of their farmland and crops.”
     
    About Gamaya
    Gamaya provides the world’s most advanced solution for large-scale diagnostics of farmland using a unique constellation of patented hyperspectral imaging technology, drone-based deployment and artificial intelligence. Gamaya farmland analytics solution improves production efficiency and risk management by facilitating optimised usage of chemicals and fertilisers, as well as reducing disease and weed-related losses. Please visit http://gamaya.com/for more information.

    A winner of many prizes
    Gamaya is a 2014 Venture Kick startup and the winner of the 2015 Swisscom StartUp Challenge, where it had the chance to find more international partners and investors in Silicon Valley. Gamaya scored other prestigious startup prizes as well, such as the rank 20 in the actual TOP100 Best Swiss Startups, as a newcomer. Gamaya won additional prizes in 2015 such as the Swiss Product Excellence Award and the »venture» competition, and it is the winner of the 2016 de Vigier Prize.

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    Yosef Akhtman, co-founder of Gamaya

    “Entrepreneurship is perhaps the only way to combine what I do best with what I enjoy doing most.”

    Mo. 23.05.2016, 09:05

    Gamaya was founded in 2015 at EPFL by founders Yosef Akhtman, Dragos Constantin and Igor Ivanov, based on technology developed as part of a series of international environmental research projects. The spin-off has now raised CHF 3.2 million to boost the deployment of its innovative hyperspectral imaging technology and carry out its commercial pilots in Brazil. We could meet Yosef in his busy schedule to talk about his entrepreneurial experience, the many business opportunities now lying ahead and the support of programs such as Venture Kick, the TOP100 and the Swisscom StartUp Challenge for his venture. ...Read more

    Hello Yosef. And congrats for the financing round! How was the idea behind Gamaya born?
    The core technology behind Gamaya was developed as part of a sequence of ambitious international environmental research projects that involved a number of laboratories at EPFL, as well as research institutes in Russia and France, and sponsored by the prominent explorer and philanthropist Dr. Frederik Paulsen. Together with my co-founder Dragos Constantin, I have spent the last few years developing hyperspectral imaging instruments and analytical software with the aim of enabling better understanding of our environment and the environmental impact of human activities in particular. You may find more information on our research on the following page http://www.elemo.ch/ulmor watch the video below:
     

    The “Leman-Baikal” project, a multi-year Swiss-Russian initiative to study and preserve freshwater resources using ultralight aircraft with cutting-edge hyperspectral imaging technology.
     
    Why did you decide to embrace the entrepreneurial path?
    The tremendous potential of the newly developed technology and its applications across multiple domains have quickly become clear to us. The only way to realise this potential was to bite the bullet and turn it into a commercial venture. For me, entrepreneurship is perhaps the only way to combine what I do best with what I enjoy doing most.
     
    You just raised CHF 3.2 million Series A to develop your novel hyperspectral imaging technology. Tell us a little bit about how you experienced the process of raising your first substantial funds.
    We’ve been extremely lucky to get noticed by some prominent investors very early on, in fact well before the company was even created. We received seed funding from angel investors as well as Venture Kick who have given us tremendous support and trusted in our potential. To some extent it was a “beginner’s luck” and for a while we thought that we would leapfrog all the hurdles and pains that many of our peer startups are going through. Then the reality kicked in and we realised that nothing comes easy. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is! In the end it was a marathon of ups and downs. We had to bootstrap and soldier on to prove our capabilities and earn the trust of investors.
     
    Can I ask you how will the money that you have just raised be used?
    The current investment will be used for the consolidation and the validation of our product for the Brazilian market. In particular, we will carry out a series of commercial pilots with large prospective clients in Brazil. This is a critical phase that will facilitate large scale deployment of our crop analytics services in this key market.
     
    What is your vision for your company? And the next steps?
    We would like to become a key player and a knowledge hub in the emerging smart agriculture industry. Today, we have a unique technology and are well positioned to build the analytical platform that would empower farmers with unprecedented level of understanding of their land and crops. This is a rapidly emerging market with some very strong organisations starting to take notice of what we are doing. So, the challenge of building the necessary momentum, while staying true to our vision will be enormous.
     
    Your high resolution cameras are already in use in Europe, Russia and Brazil. Can you tell us a little bit more about the world market potential for Gamaya?
    In fact the camera itself is only one, albeit an important component of our technology. Gamaya’s core business is to provide advanced crop analytics services to large industrial growers. Our current partners and clients include several academic institutions, but the future of Gamaya is in B2B services. Agriculture is a multi-trillion dollar global industry that is in urgent need of technological innovation and transformation towards sustainability. The specific market for analytics of farmland for precision agriculture is estimated at USD20 billion per year, in the next 10 years.
     
    Who are your main competitors, and what is your customer-type?
    Agricultural technology (AgTech) is a rapidly emerging field that is teeming with ideas and innovation. In the recent year or two, it has become the fastest growing sector for venture investments. The vast majority of this activity is based in the US. Some major startups such as Mavrx, PrecisionHawk and Airinov have received considerable funding and have gathered significant momentum in our domain. Nevertheless, the market is still very young and is largely pre-competitive. Gamaya has unique technology and knowhow, and we are confident in our ability to become a major player in this space.
     
    Our target customers in this stage are large industrial producers that are technologically savvy and are aware of the potential benefits of smart farming. We were lucky to find our ideal customer profile in Brazil and we are working very hard to make sure that we will be able to deliver the results. 

    “The astute feedback received at Venture Kick was the first clear signal that I was on the right track, and this literally kick-started the project.” 

    Among many prizes and recognitions, Gamaya is a 2014 Venture Kick startup. Can you tell us more about your experience with our program? What did it bring to you and would you recommend it to other entrepreneurs like you?
    Venture Kick played a pivotal role in the development of our startup. I can consider my first pitch to the Venture Kick jury – that I have done with minimum planning and zero entrepreneurial experience – as the birthday of Gamaya. The astute feedback received at Venture Kick was the first clear signal that I was on the right track, and this literally kick-started the project. Since the first pitch and through the multiple kickers camps, we have benefitted from the continuous support of Jordi Montserrat and his team, and had access to his advice on numerous occasions including some key strategic issues. In addition, the Venture Kick program exposed us to the local startup ecosystem and helped us connect to the prominent Business Angels and advisors, including Dave Brown, Colin Turner, Gal Messinger and Francois Stieger, who have provided and continue to provide essential advice and support for our venture.
     
    You actually came into the TOP100 ranking for the first time in 2015, at position Nr. 20 (and at position Nr. 3 in the TOP5 newcomers’ list). Did the prize help Gamaya in any way?
    The TOP100 ranking is a sign of recognition that we are very proud of. It means that we are doing at least some things right. It brings publicity and attention which is certainly important. At the same time we are keeping our feet on the ground. We don’t have a proven business yet in contrast to the many wonderful teams on and off the TOP100 list. We have a great momentum right now, but the real challenge will be to sustain it over time and turn it into value for both our clients and shareholders.
     
    You traveled to Silicon Valley in 2015 with the Swisscom StartUp Challenge. What did you bring back from the US? Is it a potential market for Gamaya?
    I think the exposure to Silicon Valley’s ecosystem is important for any aspiring entrepreneur. Particularly if they embark on building an international business. Of course, you can just hop on the plane and go explore. But the remarkable amount of effort, resources and support that you get from the venturelab and Swisscom teams gets you to an entirely different level. With their help, we have been able to meet people and explore opportunities we couldn’t have dreamt of otherwise. We are deeply grateful to Beat Schillig, Penny Schiffer and their respective teams for all the hard work and great support.
     
    The biggest take away for me was the focus on execution and scalability, the “nail it, then scale it” approach. Coming from a scientific background, it can be a little disheartening how minor a role is played by the novel technology in comparison to the crucial importance of building a reliable product that somebody really wants (or ideally needs), and then figuring out a simple, inexpensive method to deploy this product on a massive scale. Of course this is not the only way you can build a business, but this is the Silicon Valley formula. Brazil is our immediate “nail it” target market, but the US certainly is on our radar!
     
    About Gamaya
    Gamaya responds to the need to feed 10bn people by providing a unique solution to boost the efficiency of industrial agricultural production. The startup utilises a unique constellation of patented hyper spectral imaging technology, drone-based deployment and artificial intelligence to empower industrial farming businesses with unprecedented level of situational awareness, allowing for significant cost savings, as well as improvement of quality and quantity of yield. Examples of the information products include early alerts for disease, pests and weeds, optimum rates of application for fertilisers, as well as prediction of yield. Currently, Gamaya provides a solution for soybean, corn and sugarcane growers.
     
    A winner of many prizes
    Gamaya has been featured by Forbes as one of the 4 European AgTech startups with a potential to become a $1 billion dollar company. Gamaya is a 2014 Venture Kick startup and the winner of the 2015 Swisscom StartUp Challenge, where it had the chance to find more international partners and investors in Silicon Valley. Gamaya scored other prestigious startup prizes as well, such as the rank 20 in the actual TOP100 Best Swiss Startups, as a newcomer. Gamaya won additional prizes in 2015 such as the Swiss Product Excellence Award and the »venture» competition, and it is the winner of the 2016 de Vigier Prize.

  • W.A. de Vigier Award 2016: 4 Venture Kickers out of 5 laureates endowed with CHF 100’000

    Do. 19.05.2016, 15:00

    On 19th of May 2016 five Swiss startups among which 4 Venture Kickers (Nanolive, Pregnolia, Gamaya and UrbanAlps) received the W.A. de Vigier Award, each endowed with CHF 100‘000. The sought-after prize was awarded in Solothurn for the 27th time in the presence of approximately 200 guests from the fields of economy, politics and science. The technology behind the winning projects can increase crop yields, put thieves out of business and even save lives....Read more

    Roughly 200 Swiss start-ups submitted their projects for the awards of 2016. This years’ projects were evaluated according to the following criteria: the entrepreneurial spirit of the CEO, the degree of innovation, the value for society as a whole, the technical and financial viability, market prospects and the potential for job creation.

    The Venture Kick laureates:



    Nanolive AG from Ecublens (VD) – 3D research on living cells Nanolive developed a revolutionary tomographic microscope to look instantly inside living cells in 3D without damaging them. The 3D Cell Explorer is a high speed, high resolution and noninvasive microscope that can look deep inside biological systems. This allows you to record stunning 3D images of entire cells and tissue slices in just seconds and with a higher resolution than any conventional microscope on the market. Recently Nanolive won the First Lab Innovation Award at the Lab Innovation Lausanne.



    Pregnolia AG from Zurich (ZH)
    – Identifying the risk of preterm birth Preterm births are on the rise. Pregnolia developed a diagnostic tool that measures cervical stiffness in pregnant women. Monitoring cervical stiffness allows for the reliable identification of women at risk of preterm birth, thus solving the long standing problem of preterm birth risk assessment and management in pregnancy. Thanks to Pregnolia 80% of women at risk of preterm birth can be detected. Currently, the detection rate lies at only 40%.



    Gamaya AG from Ecublens (VD) 
    – 30% increase in agricultural yield Gamaya delivers large-scale analytics of farmland. Proprietary hyperspectral imaging cameras mounted on drones or manned aircrafts measure the reflectance of the crop, which allows an analysis of crop and soil characteristics. Farmers are provided with actionable information about their land and crops, which can increase profit margins by at least 30% while raising the quality of produce and making farming more sustainable.



    UrbanAlps AG from Zurich (ZH) 
    – Protection against 3D copying Today anybody can copy your house key. UrbanAlps brings the Stealth Key: an inexpensive mechanical key that is safe against 3D duplication. The solution is plain and simple: a key which hides most of its mechanical security features internally – rendering the key unscannable.

    Read the full press release

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    Ruben Herrendorff, co-founder of Polyneuron

    CHF 3 million to fight autoimmune disease

    Do. 12.05.2016, 12:00

    Polyneuron a spin-off of the University of Basel is developing a compound for the treatment of autoimmune disorders. The substances developed on the Antibody-Catch technology platform block specific antibodies that attack the body's own tissue. In June 2015, the Basel-based startup was part of the venture leaders US program in Boston and New York and won the third round of the Venture Kick initiative. If this isn't enough the startup was one of the newcomers in the TOP 100 Swiss Startup Ranking 2015. Now the team completed a financing round raising over CHF 3 million with a group of private investors together with early investors such as the EVA Basel and the ZKB....Read more

    The funding will be used to progress the further development of the company’s drug discovery platform for autoimmune diseases and the preclinical development of its lead candidate calles PN-1007 for the treatment of anti-MAG neuropathy, a devastating autoimmune disorder affecting the peripheral nervous system. PN-1007 selectively targets and eliminates the disease-causing autoantibodies and potentially enables a first highly specific immunotherapy for this rare disorder with a significant unmet medical need.


    The team of Polyneuron
     
    Dr. Ruben Herrendorff, CEO and founder of Polyneuron said: “The successful closing of our seed financing round puts us in a position to rapidly develop PN-1007 towards the clinic and to further expand our Antibody-Catch® technology platform. The company team is confident that the Antibody-Catch® approach carries the potential to realize breakthrough treatments for specific autoimmune conditions – for the benefit of affected patients, which nowadays can mostly only be treated with non-selective immunosuppressive agents.”
     
    Polyneuron Pharmaceuticals AG is a Swiss biotech company developing carbohydrate-based drugs for the targeted treatment of autoimmune disorders affecting the nervous system. Polyneuron’s Antibody-Catch® technology platform enables the rational design of immunomodulatory compounds acing as molecular scavengers for disease-causing autoantibodies.

    Learn more about Ruben Herrendorff, co-founder of Polyneuron in the venture leaders video from 2015

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    The team of PN Solutions

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    Members of the CatchEye Team

    Eyes on our latest Venture Kick stage one winners

    Mo. 09.05.2016, 14:00

    We're excited to announce the winners who have made it through the first stage of Venture Kick. PN Solutions, CatchEye, Brix and drivrrr won CHF 10’000 each. And Venture Kick will allow them to expand their project and compete for CHF 20'000 next stage. Congrats!...Read more

    PN Solutions develops unique software for simulation of parasitic signals in integrated circuits for the automotive environment. Using 3D substrate models, their product is primarily intended for optimization and design of safe and robust automotive electronic systems.
     


    CatchEye's vision is to make video calls as engaging and as similar as possible to a physical meeting, increasing the feeling of trust and mutual presence between participants.Their video chat add-on can correct common issues in video calls such as missing eye contact, unfavorable lighting or a distracting background. 



    Brix is developing “SimEDU”, a 3D interactive game-based software, which can fit as a course into school extra-curricular activities. “SimEDU” is a full year course of 3D design and 3D printing designed in 12 levels for K-12 students.
     



    Get your driver‘s licence for half of the price with the virtual reality based solution drivrrr. It is a comprehensive solution to learn faster, safer and cheaper to drive a car. Don't miss the video for more information.




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    Benedikt Kirchgässler from Cyanoguard

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    The team of Prometheus

    Explore the winners of Venture Kick's second stage

    Mo. 09.05.2016, 14:00

    "Why would someone buy this?" is a question that can stump startups as they try to explain their value proposition. Fortunately for three startups pitching in the second round of Venture Kick, the answers were both compelling and realistic....Read more

    CyanoGuard has developed an innovative quick technology to detect toxic substances in food, water and other samples. The technology combines efficient, non-toxic and easy-to-use indicators for toxins with accurate detection and will improve environmental monitoring, food safety and health care in remote settings and locations.



    The idea of Prometheus is to replace whole liver transplantations by repopulating patient livers with transplantable liver cells. The technology will help to circumvent shortage of immune-compatible donor lives.




    Insolight aims to simplify sunlight concentration for photovoltaic systems (CPV) by drastically changing the way of tracking the sun throughout the year. They combine the advantages of standard solar panels mounting structure, with the high efficiency of concentrated photovoltaics.

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    Team members of flatev

    Less than 2 minutes: Fresh tortilla maker on Kickstarter

    Mo. 09.05.2016, 12:00

    Flatev has created a fresh tortilla maker that enables you to cook the perfect tortilla with all the freshness, texture and consistency of the traditional homemade style in less than 2 minutes. May 3rd, the venture leaders of 2013 and Venture Kick winner 2012 has launched a 30-day campaign on Kickstarter to help cover manufacturing costs on. ...Read more

    Flatev is a cultural fusion of the delicious taste of Mexico, the reliability and precision of Swiss engineering and the iconic aesthetics of Californian design.
     
    Their pods contain a fresh ball of dough that is all organic and non-GMO, as well as free of any artificial preservatives or additives. They only source the very best natural ingredients to achieve the freshness, consistency and texture found only in handmade tortillas. Their dough pods can be refrigerated for up to 45 days.


      Founders of flatev

    Founder and CEO Carlos Ruiz says:
    “Our vision is to provide the luxury of fresh bread at the heart of every meal to everybody around the world. Our focus with this first product is with corn and flour tortillas that will come in a variety of natural flavours such as chilli and cinnamon.”
     
    Backers are able to pre-order flatev through their Kickstarter campaign, which runs through June 3rd. The earliest backers can expect special, early bird rewards that are as low as 60% off of the machine’s future retail price.

    Meet the founders:

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    Anthony Aho, CEO and co-founder of PB&B (credits www.pbbtech.ch)

    2014 Venture Kick winner PB&B raises CHF 2 million

    Di. 03.05.2016, 14:00

    The Lausanne based MedTech startup, PB&B, focusing on making Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery procedures natural and minimally invasive, announced that it has raised CHF 2 million from a strategic investor in April 2016....Read more

    PB&B, winner of Venture Kick in 2014, has raised 2 million Swiss Francs. “It is an equity investment of a single strategic investor”, explained CEO and co-founder Anthony Aho.

    The funds will be used to fund on-going R&D testing and development, in the view of launching a first clinical study by Q2-2017. Since 2014, pre-clinical studies have been conducted in collaboration with scientists and doctors from EPFL and HUG (University Hospitals of Geneva).

    The company has positioned itself as a novel remodeling injection in the market of fillers and fat transfer procedures, through implementation of a market entry strategy directed towards anti-aging and facial rejuvenation of the mid-facial area. The “PB&B Technology” uses biodegradable microspheres that are loaded with lipids and later injected into the skin in a controlled manner to increase the volume of fat tissues. As a result, the process directs the patient's own tissues to naturally rejuvenate the face and diminish any wrinkles for a period of up to 20 months on average; longer than with any dermal filler.

    About PB&B
    PB&B was founded in 2013 in Ecublens, Lausanne by a group of bioengineers who are working together with Swiss academic institutes and doctors to develop their technology and products. Their passion for Aesthetics has enabled them to win a number of awards including Venture Kick, venture leaders, HUG Innovation Trophy 2014 and they have also been nominated in several others internationally.

    (source: startupticker.ch)

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  • 60 venture kickers made it to the TOP 100 startups

    Each year, startup.ch launches the TOP 100 STARTUP AWARD in cooperation with the Handelszeitung. From over 100,000 young companies, the 100 most innovative and promising Swiss startups are picked by top startup experts.

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  • Kick your startup idea to success with venture kick

    venture kick helps potential entrepreneurs by giving them the opportunity to win up to CHF 130,000. Moreover, startups can use the know-how of experienced experts and entrepreneurs and be granted access to a network of investors.

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  • Swiss startups ready to take over the World.

    The venture leaders have a clear-cut goal. They envision themselves as global players and want to take the first step to their global expansion. The ten-day business development program is specifically structured to help them achieve this goal.

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  • The first address for Startups in Switzerland

    More than 50.000 startups were accompanied by the IFJ. A little more then 25 years ago, we have made it our mission to guide these entrepreneurs on their way to successful businesses. So they can develop their role as a part of the Swiss economy.

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