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    Lea von Bidder, Ava's VP Marketing during her pitch at Disrupt SF 2015.

    Ava on the stage of TechCrunch’ Startup Battlefield

    Di. 29.09.2015, 14:00

    On September 21st, TechCrunch announced the 25 finalists of the Tech Crunch Startup Battlefield of Disrupt SF 2015, among which the 2015 Venture Kick winner and venture leader USA from Zurich, Ava....Read more

    Startup Battlefield aims at bringing the world’s top early stage startups together on one stage to compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, a $50,000 prize, as well as the attention of worldwide media and investors. As per TechCrunch, the selected startups represented the “crème de la crème” of startups, and were just over 2.5 percent of those that applied.

    Over the past month, CEO Pascal Koenig and his team spent time with TechCrunch staff to hone their Startup Battlefield pitch to a crisp six minutes. They then faced off against an impressive lineup of judges during a live Q&A session.

    Ava's health tracking bracelet for women collects hormonal and other data in an effort to predict a woman’s period and the days of the month she is most likely to get pregnant.

    A year of great successes for AVA
    Right after their trip to Boston and New York last June, Ava won the final of Venture Kick and announced opening a new office in San Francisco. Ava is also a finalist of the TOP100 Swiss Startups this year as a newcomer, at rank Nr. 94. And the American dream of Ava is not over. On 11 October, they will fly to Silicon Valley with the Swisscom Startup Challenge.

    As per the recent TechCrunch’s feature article on Ava, the startup’s bracelet launch is scheduled early 2016. The startup is also very close to closing a seed round of funding for $2.3 million USD.

    Watch AVA’s pitch at TechCrunch Startup Battlefield (scroll page to watch video). 

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    Tomas de Wouters from PharmaBiome

    The SIMPLInext team

    Here are the latest Venture Case winners: PharmaBiome and SIMPLInext

    Di. 22.09.2015, 14:00

    PharmaBiome and SIMPLInext won the second stage of Venture Kick and its CHF 20’000 of pre-seed capital. They are now boosting their business plan for the final. ...Read more

    PharmaBiome will develop an innovative technology platform to formulate safe, efficient and scalable pharma-level fecal microbiota transplant products. Fecal microbiota transplant is a novel, lifesaving therapy that has no approved pharmacological solution yet. Our technology will address this need and extend its use from last resort treatment of infections to the treatment and prevention of multiple other microbiota related diseases.

    SIMPLInext markets the next generation of consumable labware for the design of early stage toxicity testing.

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    Watch these startups as they might be the finalists of tomorrow.

    Di. 22.09.2015, 14:00

    ROVENSO, Rayform, TwentyGreen, Skye Aero and are the latest winners of Venture Kick' stage one. They got kicked with CHF 10’000 of pre-seed capital. Meet our five newcomers....Read more

    Robots to preserve life.
    The mission of ROVENSO is to design, manufacture and market agile Remote Operated Vehicles that preserve human life from hazardous operations in nuclear decommissioning and emergency response. In June 2015 they were already part of the Swiss National Startup Team in Boston and New York.

    Shaping light.
    Rayform enhances luxury products or packaging by using their shape to redirect reflected or refracted light forming amazing, complex images. They provide a service to integrate this technology, invented at EPFL, into the products to enhance the image of luxury brands.

    Healthy and happy animals.
    TwentyGreen solves major issues in animal farming by offering probiotics for healthy and sustainable animal feeding.

    Skye Aero
    The ariborne display.
    Skye Aero is shaping the drone revolution by building safe and friendly entertainment and advertisement drones.
    Protecting software against reverse-engineering. has developed a product that integrates innovative software protection methods, such as obfuscation, in one the most powerful compilation frameworks of the moment (LLVM). The goal is to make software piracy much more expensive and complicated.

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    Switzerland's Nr. 1 startup L.E.S.S. shall bring the age of LED to an end.

    The allergy test of Nr. 2 startup Abionic is ready to shake up a market worth billions.

    TOP100 2015: The 100 best Swiss startups

    Di. 22.09.2015, 09:00

    According to global innovation rankings, Switzerland is recognized as a true innovation champion worldwide. After the "TOP100 Swiss Startup Award" gala in Lausanne on September 16th, 2015, the audience knows why. Startups which are based on high level research from internationally renowned Swiss universities catch the attention of worldwide industry leaders. Not surprising that the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland in Bern Suzan LeVine was also present to discover this year’s best 100 Swiss startups chosen for the fifth time by 100 Swiss innovation experts. Discover the 100 best startups of Switzerland now....Read more

    100 experts, 1 word: instinct
    Since 2011, 100 experts choose their 10 favorite Swiss startups. Many of those experts are investors. They count on their instinct to pick the young companies with the best success potential. There is only one condition: The startups must be younger than 5 years (a startup created in 2010 cannot be part of the TOP100 ranking anymore). And the reliability of the experts has been proven: 90 of the 100 startups nominated in the TOP100 of 2011 are still active. 14 of them have succeeded in making their exit such as Covagen acquired by Johnson & Johnson for CHF 220 Million. Or Composyt Light Labs and Lemoptix by Intel. Moreover, TOP100 startups could close financial rounds worth millions, such as the Nr. 1 Swiss startup of 2014 and leading supplier of organotypic, biological in vitro 3D microtissues for highly predictive drug testing InSphero, who raised CHF 20 Million in June.  

    And the winners are: Better light, faster allergy tests and a drone 
    This year, the first place of the TOP100 Swiss Startups goes to the cleantech startup L.E.S.S. Their entirely new lighting tech­nology (called ‘Light Efficient Sys­temS’, or L.E.S.S. for short) is in many re­spects far superior to the LED lights that have supplanted conventional light bulbs in the market. If the startup prevails, it might spell lights out for LED lighting before too long. The second place goes to Abionic and their revolutionary allergy test, the first in the world capable of providing results directly at doctor’s office and pharmacies. The third place is attributed to a newcomer in the TOP100 this year and a flagship of Swiss flying robotics: Flyability. Their drone “Gimball” can fly in difficult environments, such as for inspection or rescue, while remaining stable and without danger for humans. 

    The best out of 100‘000 startups
    Most of the TOP100 2015 startups come from the high tech domains of ICT, Life Sciences or Nanotechnology. They are not all based in Lausanne or Zurich (mainly as the Technical universities EPF Lausanne and ETH Zurich spin-offs). Some young companies come from different Swiss economical hubs, such as Polyneuron Pharmaceuticals from the Life Science cluster Basel (rank 39). The ranking also carries an innovative jeans producer, a urban farms maker, a fine crop analyst or a Fintech startup that takes away the pain of managing one's financial life.  

    The TOP10 Swiss startups at a glance
    1. L.E.S.S. (cleantech) 

    2. Abionic (medical technology) 
    3. Flyability (electronics, robotics)
    4. Bcomp (cleantech) 
    5. Sophia Genetics (Biotech) 
    6. Knip (Fintech) 
    7. TrekkSoft (ICT) 
    8. Qualysense (mechanics, electronics)

    9. Glycemicon (Biotech) 
    10. Lunaphore (Medtech)

    >> Get to know Switzerland’s TOP100 startups and follow their evolution on, the platform for Swiss startups.  

    More about the TOP100

    A hundred experts with in-depth knowledge of the startup scene have had their say. Most are involved as business angels or venture capital investors, or otherwise deal with startups on a daily basis. Each expert was allowed to propose 10 top startups with the greatest business potential, awarding 10 points to their top selection and one point to the last. The companies with the most points made it into the 2015 TOP 100 Swiss startups. Beat Schillig and Jordi Montserrat from the IFJ Institute for Young Entrepreneurs created the ranking in 2011. Starting in 2004 with the venturelab training program, they have trained and analyzed thousands of startups. Since 2007, the two have been in charge of the Venture Kick initiative, which has already provided CHF 16 million in seed capital from private foundations to around 390 spin-offs from Swiss universities. Lucerne-based Journalistenbüro Niedermann also helped to establish the ranking. The project is supported conceptually and financially by the Gebert Rüf Foundation and the Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association (SECA). Handelszeitung is the longstanding media partner for German-speaking Switzerland, while PME Magazine is the media partner for the French edition.

    The Swiss magazines PME Magazine and Handelszeitung covered the TOP100 2015 with a special edition available here (German and French).

    The TOP100 2015 Swiss Startups at a glance

    Lara Rossi, media and communcations, venturelab  

    Pictures (please use the copyright ©PME Magazine&
    Picture 1: Jordi Montserrat, Managing director venturelab, the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland in Bern Suzan LeVine and Philippe Leuba, Minister of Economy of the Canton Vaud.
    Picture 2: Switzerland's Nr. 1 startup L.E.S.S.
    Picture 3: On rank Nr. 2, Abionic 
    Picture 4: The flying robotics of Flyability on rank 3

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    Kick Foundation: Bundling strengths, accelerating processes, exploiting potential

    New Kick Foundation: Shaping the Future

    Do. 17.09.2015, 17:00

    Bundling strengths, accelerating processes, exploiting potential. Behind the newly established Kick Foundation is a consortium of noted private and public partners. With an integrated programme that connects and enhances existing initiatives, it plays a key role in strengthening Switzerland’s locational edge by expanding the talent pool, creating visibility, cross-­linking communities and thereby catalyzing innovation....Read more

    The European Commission’s Union Scoreboard shows that Switzerland is still at the forefront of research and innovation. Numerous successful startup and innovation initiatives are a factor behind this market success. There is, however, an unmistakable gap in the coordination and cross-linking of these initiatives; missing interfaces mean lost time. Not one single network to date has reached critical mass.
    This is where the newly established Kick Foundation comes in: Comprising five successful or promising national initiatives, its Kick Program guarantees – through networking – optimum links and interfaces in order to accelerate the innovation process. At the core of the program is the Venture Kick Accelerator Initiative, which was launched in 2007 and boasts an impressive track record.
    The newly opened Impact Hub Zurich is to be a home for the Swiss innovation community as well as a meeting point and workplace for Kick startups. The Venture Kick community is scheduled to move in already in October. Besides the Impact Hub and Venture Kick, the Kick Program includes three further initiatives, one of which is the KickStart Accelerator Program, a cooperative venture with DigitalZurich2025, a new initiative with great potential. The internationally focused summer camp will, for the first time, bring promising business ideas to Switzerland and so sustainably expand the country’s pool of talents and commercial visions.
    The Kick Program at a glance
    KickStart Accelerator - Idea Generator -Gateway
    Venture Kick - Incorporation - Market Entry
    Impact Hub - Network - Community Home
    CTI Invest - Matchmaking - Finance
    Startupticker - Promotion - Showcase 
    • Partners: ETH Zurich; Gebert Rüf Stiftung; Engagement Migros Development Fund; Swisscom
    • Associated Partners: Technopark Alliance; Empa; BlueLion; Swiss Start Up Factory 
    Kick Foundation Board of Trustees
    • Christian Wenger, CTI Invest, President
    • Roger Wüthrich-­Hasenböhler, Swisscom, Vice President
    • Detlef Günther, ETH Zurich
    • Ruedi Noser, Noser Management
    • Stefan Schöbi, Engagement Migros Development Fund
    • Roland Siegwart, Gebert Rüf Stiftung 
    • Pascale Vonmont, Deputy Director Gebert Rüf Stiftung +41 (0)61 270 88 24,

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    L.E.S.S. and their new light technology (photo: Tina Sturzenegger)

    TOP 100 Startup Award 2015: First place with a better light

    Do. 17.09.2015, 14:00

    Three years after it was founded, the cleantech startup from Lausanne is on the verge of industrial production. The doors to a host of different markets and millions of consumers are now wide open. ...Read more

    Fewer LED lighting in the future, more L.E.S.S. Lighting. This is the objective of the Lausanne-based startup in a nutshell. The enterprise has developed an entirely new lighting technology called ‘Light Efficient SystemS’ or L.E.S.S. for short. This technology is far superior in many respects to the LED lights that have supplanted conventional light bulbs in the market. If the startup prevails, it might spell lights out for LED lighting before too long. “Our aim is to replace LEDs with L.E.S.S.,” explains CEO Yann Tissot at the company headquarters, located at the EPFL Innovation Park in Ecublens. It might sound ambitious, but it could succeed due to the disadvantages of LED lighting: LED lights require a relatively large amount of space and do not illuminate areas evenly. And although they are more energy-efficient than light bulbs, they still leave much to be desired: 60 percent of the electrical power is converted into heat rather than light.

    The alternative which L.E.S.S. has now developed is based on the dissertations of Tissot and Simon Rivier, founders and heads of research and development at the startup. As a doctoral candidate, Tissot carried out research into photonics, while Rivier focused on non-linear optics. The consolidation of their research ultimately resulted in the development of the new technology: optical fibers based on nano-structured glass fibers, which generate light that is much stronger and more evenly distributed than LED solutions and requires much less space. As a way of visualizing the concept, Tissot compares the fibers with neon pipes that are “thinner than a single hair but serve as a brighter and more homogeneous light source.” He places one of the company’s earliest products, a ring-shaped illumination system about the size of a small lamp, on the table, puts a coin underneath it and asks: “Shadows? Do you see any shadows?” In fact, it is possible to spin and rotate the two-franc piece anywhere under the lighting ring without seeing even the merest hint of shadow.

    What does this mean? The lighting innovation is here and it works. All that is left to do is to put it into series production and devise a successful marketing campaign. This constitutes a major challenge for the small startup, which is now working to gradually develop practical applications and products for its new lighting concept. Tissot and Rivier have already found the company’s first customers. Their L.E.S.S. light will be installed in ‘inspection lamps’ used for quality control purposes in the precision engineering and electronics sector. The homogeneous light enables a more thorough inspection to be made with microscopes, video cameras and special software. Several Swiss watch manufacturers are now turning to the new optical fibers from Lausanne, as are companies from Germany and Japan that produce quality control systems for use in the electronics, medical technology and automotive sectors. As a supplier of system integrators, L.E.S.S. is serving something of a niche market for the time being. “However, the volume is much greater than we first envisaged,” says Tissot.

    The company director does not want to give away anything more about this second area of application just yet, other than the fact that it involves a large-scale order for a German car producer. “All I can say at the moment is that our optical fibers will revolutionize an important component of the car,” he says mysteriously.

    The third area of application on the horizon for the optical fibers is perhaps the most lucrative and promising of them all. The focus here is on a mass market rather than on customized solutions for special applications. What sort of market? Screens of the type used in laptops, tablets, smart phones and so on. It appears clear that if the LED lights currently used for background illumination (dozens per device) were to be replaced by the optical fibers from Lausanne, the screens would be both brighter and last longer thanks to the reduced power consumption. Not only that, but the use of minuscule fibers would allow for the design and production of extremely flat screens without a frame. These are benefits that beg the question: why are the major display systems and tablet manufacturers not yet clamoring for the startup’s business? “It is not enough to present major companies with a few fibers and, in a best case scenario, a prototype,” Tissot states. For a large-scale operation to even consider doing business with the startup, it would need thousands of L.E.S.S. units for test purposes alone. Until recently, the company did not have enough capital to arrange for a production run of this magnitude.

    Now the situation has changed completely. In spring 2015, L.E.S.S. successfully completed an initial round of financing totaling CHF 3 million – primarily from prominent venturelab business angels. “The money will be used to set up an initial industrial production run,” reveals Tissot. Further developments are necessary for this. However, the switch from manual to automatic production is set to be completed soon. If everything goes according to plan, the first production line will be in operation by the end of the year. The aim is to gradually ramp up production in a 250 m2 space recently rented by the company. Next year’s production forecast is set at 10,000 units, followed by 100,000 in 2017 and then at least one million in 2018. It will be a race against time, states Tissot, “as demand for the optical fibers is already outstripping supply.”

    Is this the sort of problem a startup wants to have, or is it more a source of stress? “Both,” admits the CEO. As a former top swimmer, he is more than familiar with racing against time. It is forecast that over CHF 1 million will be generated in revenue just this year. L.E.S.S. wants to break even by 2017 at the latest. Tissot and Rivier estimate that in five years’ time they will employ around 200 people and achieve a sales volume in the mid-doubledigit million range. The company headquarters is set to remain in Lausanne; offices in Asia and the USA are planned for marketing purposes. The primary market on which L.E.S.S. is setting its sights is currently worth over CHF 12 billion.

    A great help from Venture Kick and other programs
    L.E.S.S. won the Venture Kick final in 2012. The EPFL spin-off is also a venture leader and flew to Boston, New York, Shanghai and Beijing in 2012 and 2014, to better understand their potential on the market. L.E.S.S. also won the >>venture>> competition in 2014 and the Strategis Prize of 2014. 

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    Abionic (photo: Tina Sturzenegger)

    TOP 100 Startup Award 2015: Second place with allergy tests

    Do. 17.09.2015, 14:00

    A revolution with regulatory approval. The system of Abionic for meaningful allergy tests in doctor’s offices and pharmacies shakes up a market worth billions in revenue....Read more

    Abionic has been located in the EPFL Innovation Park in Lausanne since it was founded five years ago. Although the company has increased the number of rooms it rents on-site, space is beginning to get rather tight. The number of employees is growing steadily. A team of 19 people now works for the fledgling medical technology company. An experienced marketing manager started at Abionic at the beginning of September. He came at exactly the right time. Since the end of May, Abionic has been testing its allergy test system in the market. The first devices are in use at various doctor’s offices and pharmacies. There is major interest coming from pharmacists in particular. And for Abionic CEO Nicolas Durand, there is something else even more important: “Up to now, all devices have been working perfectly. Our customers have encountered no problems whatsoever.”

    One could almost say this is a given. After all, the systems developed by the Lausanne-based company are nothing less than a revolution. They analyze drops of blood from patients using a ‘lab on chip’. The blood is methodically mixed with regents on a chip in minuscule compartments and channels, and the results are then immediately analyzed. The chips are attached to a CD-sized disc inserted into the Abionic reader in order to mix and analyze the blood. This device first maneuvers the chips in a certain way and evaluates the liquid at molecular biological level. Up to now, molecular biological analyses of this kind required the use of large, expensive and complicated devices that only specialized laboratories can afford. Abionic is bringing blood analysis technology to doctor’s offices and pharmacies for the first time. Not only is the Abionic system significantly cheaper, it is also faster and much easier to operate. At the same time, it offers the same level of precision as laboratory devices in terms of results. The main benefit for patients is that the device informs them of all intolerances within 20 minutes. The system can test up to 10 allergies at once and provides precise information about the severity of the allergies.

    The road to regulatory approval has been long and challenging. The startup had to perform a series of clinical tests and develop an intelligent quality management system that could, for example, facilitate the traceability of individual chips. “Securing regulatory approval in May this year was a huge milestone for us,” explains Durand. “We are entering an exciting phase right now, because we are doing a lot of different things at the same time,” continues Durand. In addition to market testing in Switzerland, Durand is now ready to start serious negotiations with partners for the distribution and possibly also production of the system in other European countries. A subsidiary has already been established in the USA, where Abionic is aiming to secure approval from the FDA by 2016. Abionic is also building an automated pro duction line in Lausanne.

    For the first time in the company’s history, Durand was able to secure a bank loan for the construction of the production line thanks to a guarantee from the Canton of Vaud and some tough negotiating. The loan is also symbolic of the fact that the company is now gradually emerging from its startup phase. “I think that before long we will be an SME rather than a startup in the normal sense of the word,” notes Durand. Despite this, another financing round is planned with investors in 2016. “Right now we are making sure that we are up to speed in all aspects of the business, so that we can channel investor funds directly into growth areas,” explains Durand.

    There is ample opportunity for growth. Today’s global market for allergy tests is worth over one billion dollars. According to a report by market research company MarketsAndMarkets, this is set to double to more than 2.2 billion dollars by 2019. The market researchers estimate annual growth of 12 percent.As such, this is not the end of the road for Abionic by any means. The technology developed by the EPFL spin-off is suitable not only for allergies, but also for other blood tests. Preparations are already underway at Abionic to ramp up operations in this field. As Durand states, “we already have numerous other applications in the pipeline.”

    A record winner

    Record-winner of more than 20 awards, Abionic is broadly recognized for its scientific and management achievements. They won the Venture Kick final in 2010. The EPFL spin-off is also a venture leader and flew to Boston and New York in 2012 to better understand their potential on this market. 

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    Flyability with their robot Gimball (photo: Tina Sturzenegger)

    TOP 100 Startup Award 2015: Third place with flying robots

    Do. 17.09.2015, 14:00

    A robot reminiscent of a dandelion. It rolls, it floats and it can even poke people without injuring them: the Gimball drone by Flyability....Read more

    Anybody looking to get in on the drone business cannot afford to just sit around. “We cannot afford to allow for organic growth. We are under huge pressure to bring a product onto the market as soon as possible,” says Patrick Thévoz, CEO and co-founder of Flyability. This is no overstatement. When the ETH Lausanne spin-off was founded in September 2014, the company, which is dedicated to the development of drones with all-new flying characteristics, consisted solely of Thévoz and his partner Adrien Briod. One year later, the startup’s ranks had swelled to 17 employees, all engineers specializing in robotics and artificial intelligence with the exception of a lawyer. The first prototypes of the drone, called Gimball, have already been sold. A total of 200 units are planned for 2016, and Flyability wants to be producing hundreds more in 2017.

    A glimpse of the company headquarters in the historic center of Lausanne suggests, for the time being at least, that mass production is still some way off. The drones are manufactured in a windowless back room that contains two 3D printers, a CAD cutting machine and a clutch of soldering irons. An assembled Gimball sits on an IKEA sofa in the reception, meeting and coffee room. The unique feature: its spherical structure made from composite materials that houses the actual flying apparatus. Thanks to this innovation, the drone is not put out of action if it collides with an obstacle. Gimball is the very first drone to exhibit such characteristics and, in doing so, opens up all kinds of new application possibilities – flying between bridge support beams for inspection purposes, checking the inside of power point boilers or flying into burning buildings to survey the situation.

    Flyability owes its rapid growth largely to the proceeds gained from various startup and technology prizes, such as Venture Kick and venture leaders. The most significant of these was the Drones for Good Award endowed with one million dollars. As a result, the founders were able to employ staff as well as being thrust firmly into the international limelight. “That gave us a lot of credibility,” says Thévoz. “Now everybody in the drone sector knows who we are.”

    A famous Swiss startup
    Flyability is well known in Switzerland but also internationally. No doub that the Arab Emirates award helped them conquer the heart of BBC, Business Insider and many others. Above all, Flyability could count on the support of many programs. They for example won the Venture Kick final in 2014, and flew to Boston and New York with the Swiss national startup team in 2014. 

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    The team of Ava

    The team of ZuriMED

    The future of birth control and a novel knee ligament reconstruction method win the Venture Kick final

    Mi. 09.09.2015, 14:00

    The Spin-off of the Balgrist University Hospital, ZuriMED, and the University of St. Gallen startup Ava won the final of Venture Kick. They receive CHF 130’000 each, the maximum seed capital funding granted by our program. Ava crafts a natural and reliable technology that helps couples have a child, and just announced opening an office in the US. ZuriMED develops a novel technology with the potential to revolutionize current ligament reconstruction methods....Read more

    In the last decades, the average age of having children has significantly increased. However, the likelihood of getting pregnant within one year is strongly reduced with age (50% of women between 35 and 39 years old do not succeed). Although fertility apps and temperature-based devices tracking menstrual cycles are booming, such solutions can be cumbersome to use and unreliable to predict ovulation. The young Medtech Ava is tackling the challenge.
    A connected bracelet to determine ovulation
    An elegant bracelet worn at night is connected via Bluetooth to a smartphone app. Various parameters are measured in order to precisely indicate days on which it is possible to become pregnant, as well as days on which it is not. The technology helps women conceive within a short period of time. Data security and anonymity are secured thanks to a powerful backend. 
    An new US office and a successful first financing round
    A few months after winning their seat in the venture leaders USA program, Ava is already on a growth phase in the US. They will soon open office in San Francisco. And the start-up just won the Swisscom StartUp Challenge, allowing them to further strengthen their network in the US. “Venture Kick perfectly matched our strategy to build up fast traction while focusing on the key issues”, explains Pascal Koenig, Ava CEO. “We are now successfully closing our first financing round. Investors have been impressed by how much we have achieved so far. The support of Venture Kick was crucial in doing so.”
    ZuriMED: functional gain, with less pain
    Although knee ligament reconstruction is performed almost a million times per year worldwide, a diverse range of techniques is still employed, leading to highly variable long-term clinical outcomes -  such as severe pain or slower healing. ZuriMED’s technology combines the advantages of the two approaches used today (Bone-Tendon-Bone - BTB - and hamstring autograft) while eliminating their disadvantages. Their device, the BTB-Conversion-KitTM, uses a novel combination of advanced biomaterials that dramatically accelerates healing and recovery, while minimizing postoperative pain. To reach regulatory approval, ZuriMED just secured a seed financing round of CHF 1.5M. The help of Venture Kick was substantial: “I improved a lot since the first stage. Most importantly, I met my coach thanks to Venture Kick’s network: This support was essential to build a great business case”, explains Xiang Li, ZuriMED’s CEO. This year, Xiang Li was also part of the Swiss national startup team in the US with Pascal Koenig from Ava. 

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    From left to right: Matthias Ganz, Marco Nembrini and Antonio Barresi from xorlab (picture zvg).

    xorlab: The hackers' hard life

    Mo. 31.08.2015, 10:00

    The cyber-attacks on the computers of the German Federal Chancellor and the US State Department made the headlines during the last weeks. An innovative Software development made by the startup xorlab could soon help prevent attacks from cyber criminals as well as secret services more effectively. The idea has convinced the Venture Kick jury lately....Read more

    Antontio Barresi has already been working for many years in the IT sector and was already dealing with computer security as a teenager. He realized very early that the protection from cyber-attacks had to be increased. “The problem is more topical than ever”, he says. And how do you want to solve the problem? “We detect files which exploit unknown weak points of the software”, says Barresi. “Let’s look at the classic example: The user receives an email with a file attached. This could contain a harmful attachment. Our software scans the file and detects whether it’s malicious or not.” In the end, the product is a hardware appliance that can be integrated in clients’ network. “With our software, the data get scanned in this appliance”, says Barresi.

    Client-side attacks, spear phishing, watering hole, drive-by infections: A sample of the attacks fought by xorlab
    Even though this might not be a new business model the potential is far from being exploited: “Our product doesn’t look for malicious behaviors or patterns in the files. There are conventional solutions that do exactly this. Those are easy to bypass.” The attacker can adapt the behavior or the file in a way that it is not recognized by the detection pattern. “In our case this is impossible to the attacker”, he says. “Besides files like PDFs, Word, Excel documents etc., we also scan websites and check whether or not they try to attack a user.” xorlab is protecting against so-called client-side attacks, spear phishing, watering hole, drive-by infections. “Those are the attacks that we prevent. This is usually the first step to attack a company whereby those techniques are being used in particular by very sophisticated attackers”, he says.

    An important next step thanks to Venture Kick 
    Considered on the paper the company is very young because it was founded on the 23rd of July 2015, but the idea already exists for quite some time. After having developed the idea the startup needed money in order to progress. “A friend believed in the idea and invested in our project”, says Barresi. After that they started participating in workshops and competitions to get a better knowledge about the startup scene. They participated in the business plan competition by for example and made it into the top ten.

    Barresi says: “We have learnt a lot through this. But not as much as through Venture Kick.” They appreciated two things in particular about the program. First of all the direct feedbacks from the coaches in the Kickers Camps were very instructive. Secondly, there was a certain pressure. “We were forced to dare the next step and be ready for the event. The Venture Kick Jury expects concrete achievements. At the end, you have to put everything in the balance”, says Barresi.

    This plan succeeded as xorlab won the first two rounds and CHF 30’000. They are now preparing for the Venture Kick finale where they can win CHF 100’000 more. Barresi is of course hoping to win the last round: “It would clearly be helpful since we already have two pilot clients for the next year. Now it’s just the product that needs to be finished.” A victory at Venture Kick would thus come in handy.

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


venturelab workshops

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Learn from entrepreneurs and industry leaders

In the last 10 years venturelab alumni have raised several 100 millions from investors and built successful businesses. Now they are ready to share with the next generation of talented hightech startups.

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Directory of active investors

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The investors in early stage Swiss startups

In the last 5 years the venture kick startups raised more than 365 millions. Following all these transactions we compiled and update the list of active startup investors in different fields and stages.

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Institut für Jungunternehmen

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.


Connecting the dots between Switzlerand and the world

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  • 60 venture kickers made it to the TOP 100 startups

    Each year, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.