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    2007-2015 mark a strong growing success for Venture Kick startups, available in statistics and success stories in our freshly published 2015 annual report. Discover it under venturekick.ch/report

    Almost a billion invested in Venture Kick startups

    Di. 09.02.2016, 14:00

    More than 896 million Swiss francs: this is the amount generated by investments in the 403 startup projects supported by the Venture Kick initiative since 2007. Out of these projects, 300 became high-tech companies which created 3’434 new and highly qualified jobs. These stories have one thing in common: the founders who received their first pre-seed capital from Venture Kick are all researchers from Swiss universities. Since almost ten years, the private initiative Venture Kick has granted over 16 million Swiss francs in pre-seed capital to promising startup projects, and plans to support 60 more startup projects from all over Switzerland in 2016 with a total of 2.7 million Swiss francs....Read more

    The amazing successes of Swiss universities spin-offs such as Abionic, Climeworks, Flyability or InSphero, coupled with the support of renowned entrepreneurs and Venture Kick’s donors (such as André Hoffmann, Hansjörg Wyss and Martin Haefner) show the strength of Venture Kick. The initiative does not only provide pre-seed capital to potential entrepreneurs at Swiss universities and institutes of higher education, of up to 130’000 Swiss francs. It also offers them a structured entrepreneurial path towards building a winning new venture. Presenting in front of experts at each stage to obtain funding, getting ”kicking feedback“ and learning about execution in building a startup during the kickers camp, exchanging with other venture kickers about their challenges, and accessing a broad network of business contacts, experienced entrepreneurs and investors, are at the core of the Venture Kick experience.

    Since the launch of Venture Kick in 2007, 403 project teams have benefited from the overall support of more than 16 million Swiss francs in pre-seed capital. They generated 3‘434 new jobs. With Venture Kick, startup projects get access to investors and industry partners, who until today invested 896 million Swiss francs in them. The recently published Swiss Venture Capital Report shows that more than a quarter of all listed financing rounds are related to Venture Kick startups. In addition, 54 Venture Kick startups are listed in the actual TOP 100 Swiss Startups ranking. 7 even made it to the TOP10 and 3 of them were on the podium: L.E.S.S., Abionic, Flyability, Bcomp, QualySense, Glycemicon and Lunaphore.

    Since the start of Venture Kick almost ten years ago, the amount of applications has increased year after year. In 2016, Venture Kick will increase its support from 2.2 to 2.7 millions Swiss francs, financing 60 new projects all around Switzerland. In order to support this growing demand, Venture Kick’s organizers are continuously seeking for new philanthropists and foundations willing to support the next generation of entrepreneurs at Swiss universities.

    These Venture Kick startups made the headlines in 2015

    InSphero, the world’s leading provider of organotypic 3D microtissues for highly predictive drug testing, secured a CHF 20 million financing round in July 2015. The 2009 Venture Kick winner and Switzerland’s No. 1 startup in 2014 won additional recognition in October 2015, as its CEO Jan Lichtenberg was awarded the Emerging Entrepreneur prize at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year competition.

    Flyability didn’t only win the Venture Kick final in 2015. CEO Patrick Thévoz and his team also received the Drones For Good Award in Dubai, with a prize of USD 1 million. In September 2015, Flyability entered the TOP100 Swiss Startups ranking for the first time, at the 3rd position. The company has started shipping its first units to customers inter-nationally, for the inspection and the exploration of inaccessible places. Early 2016, Flyability partnered with the mountain rescue team of the Zermatt Glacier in the Swiss Alps to explore crevasses situated at an altitude of 3'500 meters ASL.



    The 2010 Venture Kick finalist Climeworks is again breaking boundaries with its efficient solutions for capturing CO2 from ambient air. After closing an exclusive partnership with Audi to develop tomorrow’s carbon-neutral mobility, Climeworks will now build and operate the first commer­cial scale CO2 capture plant to enhance the growth of green foods such as vegetables and lettuce.



    After getting the CE approval to bring its allergy test system on the European market, the 2010 Venture Kick winner Abionic now goes after the U.S. market. The EPFL spin-off opened an office in Boston and is aiming to secure approval from the FDA by 2016. In Septem­ber 2015, Abionic was elected Switzerland’s best medtech startup in the TOP100 ranking for the fourth year in a row.



    Don’t miss all the highlights of 2015, the detailed statistics about Venture Kick’s financing activities and job creation in our freshly published 2015 annual report.

    You may order printed versions of the 2015 Venture Kick annual report at info@venturekick.ch  

    About Venture Kick
    The mission of Venture Kick is the early identification, structuring and promotion of promising business ideas with a clear vision: to double the number of spin-offs at Swiss universities and to raise the attractiveness of these young companies for Swiss and international investors. Thanks to Venture Kick, entrepreneurs learn how to win customers and convince investors more rapidly. They benefit from hands-on execution boot camps (the kickers camps) and from quick access to extensive business networks. The program is opened to young talents with innovative business ideas, who have not yet founded their company and are still enrolled or employed at Swiss institutions of higher education: students, postgraduates, researchers and professors.

    Venture Kick is a highly competitive program. Each month, eight projects get the chance to present themselves to a jury. The four most promising ones then receive CHF 10.000 and qualify for the second round held three months later, where the two best teams receive another CHF 20.000 each. In the third and final round, taking place six months later, the winner is granted CHF 100.000.

    Venture Kick, an initiative of the Venture Kick Foundation, has been financed so far by Gebert Rüf Stiftung, ERNST GÖHNER STIFTUNG, OPO-Stiftung, Fondation Pro Techno, Fondation Lombard Odier, Debiopharm Group, André Hoffmann, Hansjög Wyss, Martin Haefner and Rising Tide Foundation.

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    La période 2007-2015 marque un succès grandissant pour les start-up Venture Kick. Toutes les statistiques et les success stories se trouvent dans notre rapport annuel de 2015, tout juste sorti de presse. Découvrez-le dès maintenant sur venturekick.ch/report.

    Presqu’un milliard investi dans les start-up Venture Kick

    Di. 09.02.2016, 14:00

    Plus de CHF 896 million. C’est le montant total, en investissements externes, engagé dans les 403 start-up soutenues par l’initiative Venture Kick depuis 2007. Sur ces 403 projets, 300 sont devenus des entreprises high-tech, créatrices de 3'434 nouveaux emplois hautement qualifiés. Ces entreprises ont une chose en commun: leurs fondateurs sont tous des chercheurs d’universités suisses, qui ont reçu le financement d’amorçage nécessaire au lancement de leur projet de la part de Venture Kick. Depuis presque dix ans, l’initiative Venture Kick a octroyé plus de CHF 16 millions à des start-up prometteuses. En 2016, pas moins de CHF 2.7 million seront investis dans 60 nouveaux projets....Read more

    Le succès phénoménal des spin-off suisses comme L.E.S.S., Abionic, MindMaze ou encore Flyability, couplé au soutien d’entrepreneurs et de donateurs renommés tels André Hoffmann, Hansjörg Wyss et Martin Haefner, fait toute la force de Venture Kick. Mais l’initiative n’est pas seulement un soutien financier pour les entrepreneurs/euses potentiels/les au sein des universités et hautes école suisses. Les start-up bénéficient aussi d'ateliers de développement commercial intensifs (les kickers camps) et d'un accès facilité à un réseau d’affaire et d’investisseurs étendu. Elles peuvent ainsi construire leur futur sur des fondements solides, et ceci à un stade très précoce de leur développement, soit lorsqu’elles en sont encore au stade d’idée «dans un laboratoire».  

    Depuis le lancement de Venture Kick en 2007, une initiative de la Fondation Venture Kick, 403 start-up ont bénéficié d’un financement à hauteur de CHF 16.01 millions. Le programme a également contribué à la création de 3’434 nouveaux emplois, pour un volume d’investissement de CHF 896 millions. Plus d’un quart des tours de financement listés dans le récent Swiss Venture Capital Report concerne des start-up Venture Kick. De plus, 54 start-up figurant au TOP100 des meilleures start-up suisses actuel ont fait leurs débuts grâce à Venture Kick. 7 d’entre elles sont même entrées au TOP10: L.E.S.S., Abionic, Flyability, Bcomp, QualySense, Glycemicon et Lunaphore. 

    Le succès de l’initiative Venture Kick se confirme année après année: le nombre des candidatures n’a en effet pas cessé de croître. En 2016, Venture Kick augmentera son soutien de CHF 2.2 à 2.7 millions, ce qui permettra de financer 60 nouveaux projets dans toute la Suisse. Pour répondre à cette demande croissante, les organisateurs de Venture Kick sont à la recherche permanente de nouveaux philanthropes et fondations souhaitant soutenir la prochaine génération d’entrepreneurs au sein des universités suisses. 

    Ces start-up Venture Kick ont fait la une en 2015
    Le plus important fournisseur de micro-tissus en 3D au monde et la start-up numéro une de suisse en 2014 InSphero a levé CHF 20 millions. Son CEO a en outre remporté le concours EY Entrepreneur Of The Year. Depuis sa victoire en finale Venture Kick en 2009, InSphero compte les plus importantes pharmas mondiales comme clientes. 



    Flyability n’a pas seulement remporté la finale Venture Kick en 2015 et le concours Drones For Good à Dubaï. La start-up lausannoise est entrée dans le TOP100 des meilleures start-up suisses actuel pour la toute première fois, en 3ème position. Elle a commencé à livrer ses premiers clients.



    Le vainqueur de Venture Kick en 2010 Climeworks a débuté la construction d’une usine de carbone afin de faire pousser des légumes. En 2014, Climeworks avait signé un partenariat exclusif avec Audi pour développer la mobilité exempte d’émissions de carbone de demain.



    Après avoir reçu la certification nécessaire à la vente de ses tests d’allergies sur le marché européen, le vainqueur de Venture Kick en 2010 Abionic vise désormais le marché mondial. La start-up a ouvert une succursale à Boston. Abionic a été élue meilleure medtech de suisse, pour la quatrième année consécutive.



    Toutes les statistiques et success stories dans le rapport annuel Venture Kick de 2015, sorti aujourd’hui. Vous souhaitez recevoir une copie par la poste? Contactez-nous à info@venturekick.ch.  

    À propos de Venture Kick
    Venture Kick vise à identifier, à structurer et à promouvoir des idées commerciales prometteuses avec une mission claire: doubler le nombre de spin-off dans les universités suisses et augmenter l’attractivité de ces jeunes entreprises auprès d’investisseurs suisses et internationaux. Grâce à Venture Kick, les start-up apprennent à acquérir des clients et à convaincre les investisseurs plus rapidement. Elles bénéficient d’ateliers de développement commercial intensifs (les kickers camps) et d’un accès facilité à un réseau d’affaire étendu. Le programme est ouvert à de jeunes talents porteurs d’idées innovantes n’ayant pas encore fondé leur entreprise. Ces derniers doivent être inscrits dans une université ou une haute école suisse, ou y travailler: étudiants, post-docs, chercheurs ou professeurs.

    Venture Kick est un programme hautement compétitif. Chaque mois, huit projets ont la chance de se présenter devant un jury. Quatre gagnants remportent chacun CHF 10.000 et se qualifient pour la deuxième étape du programme. Trois mois plus tard, les deux meilleures équipes reçoivent chacune CHF 20.000. Lors de la troisième étape (finale), qui a lieu six mois plus tard, le gagnant remporte CHF 100.000.

    Venture Kick, une initiative de la Fondation Venture Kick, est financée par Gebert Rüf Stiftung, ERNST GÖHNER STIFTUNG, OPO-Stiftung, Fondation Pro Techno, Fondation Lombard Odier, Debiopharm Group, André Hoffmann, Hansjög Wyss, Martin Haefner et Rising Tide Foundation.

  • MindMaze enter the billionaires’ club

    Fr. 05.02.2016, 15:00

    Finding a way to accelerate learning and decoding brain signatures is something of a holy grail in the field of medical research. India-born neuroscientist and MindMaze CEO Tej Tadi is among those who believe they have the answer. ...Read more

    The 2010 Venture Kick startup and EPFL spin-off MindMaze recently forged a strong financial and strategic partnership with industrial groups such as the Hinduja Group and other important family offices, for a valuation of more than USD 1 billion. MindMaze's team benefited from the support of Venture Kick since the start of their project. MindMaze is the first Venture Kick startup to be valued at USD 1 billion in the history of the initiative. 

    Watch MindMaze CEO Tej Tadi explain his technology at TEDx Lausanne

    MindMaze in the news (RTS Un, May 2015, in French)

    About MindMaze
    MindMaze is a spin off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and in less than three years has become one of the top 10 healthcare start-ups in Switzerland. The company brings together an eclectic mix of 52 people in all fields of high tech, such as computer scientists, neuroscientists, physicists and roboticists driven by a passion to enhance the quality of life of brain injury survivors. In less than three years the MindMaze team has developed and launched medical grade virtual reality products to stimulate neural recovery. MindMaze is now translating our VR and Neuroscience expertise into new fields of consumer health and technology.

    (Sources: Startupticker, MindMaze)

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    Sabrina Badir, CEO and founder of Pregnolia.

    Pregnolia: pitching by candlelight

    Di. 02.02.2016, 11:00

    The Startup Pregnolia from Zürich will cut the risk of premature birth. This is the goal of Sabrina Badir – CEO and founder of the company. How she achieves this, which other goals she pursues and how it is to do a candlelit pitch in front of experts, is what she explains us in the talk....Read more

    Equipped with only a pink balloon and a few slides, Sabrina Badir stood on the stage in Berlin at the «Falling Walls Lab» last November where she presented her project called Pregnolia. The spectators and the jury have been delighted and she won the prize as «Innovator of the Year 2015». But what does Pregnolia actually? «Pregnolia develops a diagnostic tool to detect premature birth. The probe of the tool is put vaginally on the uterine cervix and is measuring the stiffness of the tissue in only a few seconds», as Badir tells. If a uterine cervix is soft, the gynaecologists adopt pregnancy conservatory measures. A typical measure is a hormone therapy with Gestagen, which stiffens the tissue. Or a so called «Cerclage», where a sustaining strap is slung around the uterine cervix.


    At the falling walls Sabrina Badir presents a pink balloon... It depicts a uterus.

    In July, Badir and her colleague and cofounder Francisco Delgado (CTO) decided to take the gloves off with Pregnolia. At this time the project was called Pregnostics. Badir explains why there was a change in the name: «Recently we had to note that another company registered the name of Pregnostics in the trademark register in summer, after Pregnostics has won a contest for the first time. Finally we are in the news and then this happens – it was an unpleasant find. » It was clear for Badir and Delgado that now Pregnostics wasn’t anymore a choice. After a long back and forth they decided for Pregnolia. In September Annette Burggraf (Clinical Operations Manager) joined the company. «We have founded the Pregnolia AG last week», Badir said. The Swiss market entry is planned for 2018. Europe and the USA should be following soon after.

    To act internationally, an appropriate network is necessary. Badir already has a plan for this: «We will apply for the venture leaders program, because we want to sell our device internationally. » She is convinced that she will come out on top against the other competitors. Recently she learnt at the workshops from Venture Kick, the so called Kickers Camps, what is necessary to succeed in competitions and how to convince investors: «I could really take profit of the direct manner of the two coaches, Jordi Montserrat and Beat Schillig and I try to implement their feedback. I became aware, of what investors want to see and how I can present it such that is clear and does not evoke misunderstandings. » Investors want to see the potential of a company and also want to know how we are different from our competitors. Those core information make the Business Case by far more interesting for potential investors.

    Improvisation because of a blackout
    Badir has got to know several new people at the already mentioned Falling Walls Lab in Berlin. «The event was a very inspiring and exciting occasion. The winners could present the day after at the Falling Walls Conference besides Nobel Prize winners – an indescribable feeling! » The next success, which Badir and her colleagues could celebrate, happened at Venture Kick, where they won 20‘000 Swiss Francs at the second round of Pitch in December and where it is possible to go further and win more trainings and the final prize money of 100’000 Swiss Francs. «This was a very special experience because at this day the Lettenwerk was to fall out and half of Zürich was incapacitated – also the current in the Impact Hub Zürich, where the pitches took place, failed. I had to improvise and do my pitch by candlelight. I was very glad that the presentation could convince even without slides», says Badir, and laughs.



    The ideas are present. What is now only lacking is the money. Sabrina Badir is hoping on a round of financing. «We need around 1,5M CHF to be able to take the next steps. » Like this they want to terminate the clinical study, build a commercialised device out of the prototype, foster the KOL-Network (=Key Opinion Leaders), present the scientific results at congresses and prepare for the anticipated market entry in 2018. «Recently we got 300‘000 CHF as support from a foundation and we have submitted for further project proposals. » That the rest of the money will not be scraped up is out of question for Badir and her colleagues. A good idea will always win through at the end, and we wish the whole team a lot of success at the Venture Kick Finals.

    The Pitch of Sabrina Badir at the Falling Walls Lab in Berlin has been video-recorded:

    Sabrina Badir - Breaking the Wall of Pre-Term Birth - Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year 2015 from Falling Walls on Vimeo.

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    October 21015: Jan Lichtenberg receives the prize as a “Swiss Emerging Entrepreneur” at EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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    Jan Lichtenberg shows his venture leaders certificate in his office in Schlieren.

    Jan Lichtenberg of InSphero: “The days in Boston were phenomenal”

    Mo. 25.01.2016, 11:00

    The Swiss company and 2010 venture leader USA InSphero is one of the most successful startups in recent years. CEO Jan Lichtenberg has brought his company to the forefront of 3-D research in microbiology in just 6 years. How did he do it? He explains all in our interview....Read more

    The startup InSphero is committed to the production and sales of high quality micro fabrics that are very similar to real human body tissue. The so-called “microtissues” can be used for more efficient drug development, which in turn could reduce the cost and simplify drug tests.

    Prior to successfully launching InSphero, Jan Lichtenberg had worked in a number of interesting roles. He is a microtechnology engineer. “I have always worked with the interface between biology and engineering” he says. After Lichtenberg had completed his doctoral thesis at the EPF Lausanne, he headed a group at the ETH Zurich and held two different positions in the field of micro-electronics and medical technology before joining InSphero. The business idea originated from its two co-founders Jens Kelm (CSO) and Wolfgang Moritz (Head of Research Applications). “Both have spent several years working in the field of micro fabric technology. In 2008, we met up for a beer and discussed the possibility of starting up a company. A year later we did it.”

    One scope: “going global”
    InSphero is the second startup Lichtenberg has founded. In 1998, he founded his first company. “Advanced Micromachining Tools delivered new technologies to the microchip industry. At that time, though we had a company without a business plan, we grew organically with the help of a great product, a lot of enthusiasm and a good dose of naivety. But I have come to understand the limitations of such a niche business.” The setup back then would have been quite different to nowadays. It had been agreed that the company should remain small.

    With InSphero, things felt different. It was impossible that we would have cut down on the Swiss market. Lichtenberg explains: “We had already placed some products with customers in Germany very early on. Moreover, it was clear to all that we had to be active on an international level.” The US is the largest single market for their products; 50 percent of all products in the pharmaceutical industry are made in the States. “If you're not active in the States, you don’t stand a chance of being a market leader,” he says. At the time, he had no idea how to successfully enter into the American market and whether it was even possible to handle stores in the States from Switzerland. Therefore, it was perfect timing for venture leaders’business development trip in 2010. Lichtenberg says: “The days in Boston were phenomenal and gave me an invaluable insight into how the American market works.”

    The results of the venture leaders’ trip became clear in 2013. “InSphero Inc” was established in the States with the help of swissnex. “We met our first clients in the US during venturelab Startup Trips. The company has since been in a constant state of growth. We managed to employ twelve people there,” says Lichtenberg. We implemented exactly what we learned in 2010 in order to reach our goal. Lichtenberg adds: “The fact that our clients see us as an American company with Swiss qualities is exactly what we wanted. That’s exactly what we set out to achieve.”

    "Entrepreneur of the Year"
    Last November, Lichtenberg visited customers and employees in the United States. He also participated in an EY event in Palm Springs for having received the award, “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the category, “Emerging Entrepreneur” a month before.  Lichtenberg is used to prizes by now. Shortly after its establishment, InSphero won 130,000 Swiss francs of pre-seed capital with Venture Kick and was Switzerland’s best startup in the TOP100ranking in 2014. He explains: “These prizes are of course a nice recognition of our work and a tribute to the performance of the entire company.” In particular, the first place in the Top100 ranking has brought in new investors. “In our last round of financing, all our investors were those we met at the TOP100 Event,” says Lichtenberg. Also, the investors would use these awards as assurance that they were making good investments.

    A bright future ahead
    The future seems to be bright for InSphero. But they can’t rest on their laurels. The financing rounds have indeed brought financial security for Lichtenberg and his employees, but they haven’t forgotten their plans to grow the company laterally. Lichtenberg explains: “We are in the process of building our own production facility in the US. Our American clients are wary if a product is only produced abroad.” We’re even considering the Asian market. For Lichtenberg, it’s clear that this is a bumpy road. But you can count on him and his team to reach their goals. There is great potential in cancer research. For this purpose, they founded the Spin-off InSphero Diagnostics.

    The panel of adjudicators for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards justified the choice as follows: “Dr. Jan Lichtenberg fascinated the panel with the possibilities of its innovation and impressed by his ability to attract a heterogeneous, international team of top specialists and keep them on track to reaching a common goal”. The victory and the company will be presented again in more detail in the video:

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    Mauro Dell'Ambrogio, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, Chris Millan, the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland Suzan G. LeVine and Jordi Montserrat of Venture Kick at the US Embassy in Bern in September 2015.

    2015 Venture Kick winner CellSpring makes key hires

    Fr. 22.01.2016, 11:00

    On January 16, 2016, CellSpring AG announced the hiring of two new team members, Dr. med. vet. Flurina Clement Frey and Dr. Miriam Zimmermann....Read more

    Dr. med. vet. Clement Frey holds a PhD from the University of Bern. She comes to CellSpring from the University of Zürich, where she worked as a study director in the Center for Applied Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine. She brings extensive experience in managing and executing research projects as well as implementation of GLP quality. Dr. Clement Frey serves as Laboratory Director at CellSpring.

    Dr. Zimmermann earned a PhD from The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in the UK. She joins CellSpring as a Project Manager after a PostDoc in the lab of Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Krek at the ETH Zürich. Her background in tumor biology and 3D cell culture systems will accelerate the commercialization of CellSpring's 3D Bloom® Platform.

    Kramer Schmidt, CEO and co-founder of CellSpring, remarked on the growing team. "We could not be more excited to bring Flurina and Miriam on board.  They embody the energy, ambition, and experience that we look for in adding great people to CellSpring.  These key hires will expedite our time to market and broaden our capacity to continue innovating."

    About CellSpring
    CellSpring brings fundamental improvements to cell-based in vitro studies. Its core technology, the “3D Bloom platform”, enables the creation of biomimetic micro tissues in a matter of minutes.

    In 2015, CellSpring won the Venture Kick final, and a CHF 130,000 investment. CellSpring CEO Kramer Schmidt said, "We're thrilled to continue our journey in partnership with Venture Kick.  This investment, as well as their continued guidance, is invaluable as we execute on our vision to bring greater predictive power to drug development."

    The same year, among many other milestones, CellSpring CTO Chris Millan traveled to Boston and New York to explore the US market and prepare CellSpring's internationalization.

  • Three startups are getting ready for the big final

    Fr. 22.01.2016, 10:00

    The latest Venture Kick jury session was intense. We had some impressive ideas and outstanding cases across a range of industries and technologies. So, hats off to the teams of Enzian Pharmaceutics, Rayform and Aerotainment Labs who are ready for the Venture Kick final....Read more

    Continuous manufacture of pharmaceutical dosage forms
    Enzian Pharmaceutics provides new processes to enable rapid development and economical manufacture of high-quality pharmaceutical products.

    Shaping light
    Rayform enhances luxury products by slightly modifying the shape of the product in order to redirect reflected or refracted light forming bright, beautiful images. They provide a service to integrate their patented technology, invented at EPFL, into different luxury segments such as beverages, perfumes, watches and jewelry.

    Rising to new perspectives
    Aerotainment Labs is shaping the drone revolution by building safe and friendly entertainment and advertisement drones "Skye". With its agile but classy and elegant flight characteristics, Skye is the Bentley of aerial platforms, offering new horizons in aerial entertainment.

    Get more information about the choreographing light from Rayform:


    Watch the video of Skye from the Scientifica fair at ETH Zurich:

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    Marco Habegger from ImmuProbe

    These four startups got the first kick

    Do. 21.01.2016, 10:00

    TravelerFirst, ImmuProbe, Includeed and Vatorex convinced the jury and received their first kick with 10.000 CHF of pre-seed funding. Before they compete in the second round for another 20.000 CHF, we give you a first impression of our new rising stars....Read more

    Revolutionising the process of air travel compensation
    TravelerFirst is a platform which fully supports passengers for automatically claiming compensations for flight delays, cancellations & luggage damages. It greatly enhances benefits & returns for individuals and companies reducing time & costs.

    Simple, fast and customisable protein quantification
    ImmuProbe develops a protein quantification system that is applicable in laboratory animal diagnostics, leading to more reliable data and drastically reducing the number of animals needed in biological and pharmacological research.

    1st diversity & inclusion management software
    61% of employees do not benefit from equal career opportunities, because of their gender, age, origin, physical ability, sexual orientation or religion. Includeed is an online self-assessment solution helping companies manage the diversity of their workforce towards better performance. Check out the interview for HRTechWorld and the presentation video from Includeed.

    Hyperthermic honey bee treatment against the varroa mite
    Every winter 1,4 million beehives or 10% of the total European bee population dies. Vatorex provides an effective and practicable hyperthermic varroa mite treatment. The heating coil that is integrated into the wax brings warmth from the inside and therefore works effective. The system acts fully automated, repeatedly and during the whole beebrood season. Vatorex is acid-free and Bio Suisse - approved. In the videoclip you learn more about the project:

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    Flyability redefines UAV operation boundaries and explores the heart of a glacier

    Mi. 20.01.2016, 14:00

    Flyability partnered with the mountain rescue team of the Zermatt Glacier in the Swiss Alps to explore crevasses situated at an altitude of 3'500 meters ASL. ...Read more

    These narrow ice caves are inaccessible to all current robotic technologies, and present a huge risk to human rescuers. Flyability has pushed the boundaries of UAVs with their latest drone, as it was able to fly down into the crevasse and back up to return to the surface and captured the most stunning footages of the area, rarely seen by humans. 



    With its spherical, freely rotating protective cage, the drone remains perfectly stable after contacts, making it completely collision-tolerant and safe to fly close to humans. It was thus capable to easily access this extreme environment while being remotely operated by an untrained pilot. The embedded full HD camera, digital live video transmission and the powerful lighting system allowed the drone to operate in the heart of the mountain glacier, tens of meters below the surface. This successful experience has shed light upon the promising results of using this gamechanging device for mountain Search & Rescue missions, in addition to the current focus of the company in Industrial Inspection of inaccessible and confined environments. The technology has been warmly welcomed by Zermatt rescue professionals as they are constantly developing and refining rescue techniques, which reach the highest efficiency in crevasse fall emergencies, to locate injured parties before dispatching a rescue team in dangerous situations.

    About Flyability
    Flyability develops collision-resistant drones for professional uses. The company is active in industrial Inspection and Search & Rescue, allowing professionals to inspect and explore inaccessible environments and gather crucial images and thermal information. This data allows its wide range of customers, from Oil & Gas majors or Energy companies to Search & Rescue teams and firefighters to locate defects, locate victims, and get a precise picture of hard to reach places, while achieving important time, cost and risk reductions. 

    Flyability is the winner of the Venture Kick final in 2015. The startup flew to Boston in 2014 with the venture leaders USA in 2014 to explore the US market. In September 2015, Flyability entered the TOP100 Swiss Startups ranking for the first time, at the 3rd position.

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    Plair’s particle analyzers detect and at the same time instantly identify pollen species with outstanding precision.

    Venture Kick startup Plair revolutionizes air quality monitoring

    Mo. 11.01.2016, 14:00

    Geneva-based Plair SA achieves first accurate, automatic and real-time pollen monitoring per species, revolutionizing the ability to prevent hay fever and improve quality of life....Read more

    Plair’s particle analyzers detect and at the same time instantly identify pollen species with outstanding precision of up to 99% and with sensitivity of one particle per cubic meter, 24 hours per day, all year round. Plair provides full-spectrum solutions with its detector, Particle Analyzer PA-300, which comprises proprietary laser-based technology, compound libraries, data processing and an online dashboard. It outperforms both state-of-the-art analytical techniques and all current commercialized instruments. Until now, this level of performance and versatility had never been reported. The users of Plair’s detector can also develop their own compound libraries due to its flexible technology.

    In 2015, the Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss), a leading global reference in the field, commissioned and acquired its first PA-300, serving to demonstrate the particle analyzer’s performance and dependability in real operating conditions. MeteoSwiss experts have since established PA-300’s ability to measure and distinguish several common pollen species instantaneously and autonomously. In addition, PA-300 has shown it can also discriminate pollen from other particulates, such as air pollutants.

    According to Dr. Bernard Clot of MeteoSwiss: “After years of hope and tests, we are glad to have Plair’s PA-300, a system that can revolutionize airborne pollen observations, with its automatic and real-time monitoring. Compared to the current standard, which still relies on particle collection and time-consuming manual pollen identification, it offers much better detection through a higher sampling. The possibility of detecting different kinds of particles simultaneously opens up a huge field for applications.”

    Dr. Denis Kiselev, CEO and Co-Founder of Plair SA, stated: “We were stunned by the outstanding performance of our PA-300, by its ability to quantify and identify pollen in real time with such accuracy. We are pleased that our system meets client needs and provides exactly the solution required for reliable pollen monitoring. It’s a great accomplishment. This demonstration has already raised a lot of interest worldwide. We are also delighted to announce that IC3, the Catalan Institute of Climate Sciences, a renowned Spanish research institute, has just selected our product after a thorough public tender process.”



    About Plair SA
    Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Plair SA provides solutions for instantaneous and autonomous airborne particle detection and identification to address environmental monitoring needs in different industries. Plair holds several patents. Plair SA is an award-winning Swiss company founded in 2014 by Dr. Denis Kiselev and Dr. Svetlana Afonina. Its first prototype was developed at the University of Geneva, supported by NCCR MUST (Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology) and the INNOGAP proof-of-principle fund (UniTec). 

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