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    PumpTire CEO Ben Krempel

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    This is how the new design looks like

    The next level for PumpTire

    Fr. 05.09.2014, 09:00

    What could be better than maintenance free bicycle tires? This is what Benjamin Krempel and his team from PumpTire are asking. And what they enable. Founded in 2012, making it to venture kick final in 2013, they now come up with some great news: They completed their latest functional prototype. Learn more in our interview with PumpTire CEO Benjamin Krempel....Read more

    Ben, you just completed your latest prototype. Will the maintenance free bike now become reality?
    Yes, it looks like it's on its way - at least as far as tires and inner tubes are concerned. Our new design keeps your tires inflated by drawing in air from the atmosphere and pushing it into the inner tube while you ride. The design also protects the inner tube from puncture flats. 
     
    What distinguishes your new version from the ones before?
    The ride quality and simplicity of the design are amazing. Two years ago we built the first self-inflating inner tube, as a concept to see if we could actually get something to work. We literally just wanted to prove that it was possible because it seemed to many people to be an idea that defied the laws of physics.
    The new design does not affect the ride quality and is imperceptible to the rider. The design is also very energy efficient. That is to say a lot of the energy used to operate the pumping mechanism is returned to the system by the springiness or elasticity of the materials used. Of course it still takes energy to push the air into the inner tube, but it's a pretty small amount.
     
    When do you plan to enter the market?
    We expect to sell product in early 2016. Our first products will target urban commuters and eBikes. One of the benefits of going through a long development cycle is having the time to assemble a great development team. We have taken a lot of technical risk out of the product and I'm confident in the team's ability to see the product through production.
     
    What were the biggest entrepreneurial challenges you had to handle?
    We are just coming out of a near death experience. For over a year we built various prototypes and came up with new designs, but couldn't get the system to work properly. We set the expectations with investors that we would raise money after the completion of the next working prototype. When that didn't happen we had limited funds to move forward. You can mentally and financially go through the valley of death and not come back out.
    In 2012-2013 we raised an initial CHF 250K to prototype the design we had been working on and then we couldn't get it to work. We did a lot of prototyping and realized in the process we were trying to solve the wrong technical problem.
    In the beginning of 2014, we started playing with a design concept that looked promising.  We did a lot of rapid prototyping, which hinted at the solution, but because of material limitations we could not build a working prototype by this method. Then we came up with a quick and cheap method that produced high quality, high strength components that allowed us to create many iterations. This process resulted in the design breakthrough.
     
    What are the next steps for PumpTire?
    We have just begun fundraising our Series A CHF 1M round. Our goal is to close this round by the end of 2014. The money will be used to take us from where we are today to a production-ready design and completion of pilot sales in 2016.
     
    And what’s the best advice you ever received in your entrepreneurial career?
    For us, right now it's about the ability and importance of perseverance.  You must find a way to move forward. Lately I've been listening to this motivational video challenging you to get back up and persevere. 
     

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    The team of AquAero

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    The team of SwissBlot

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    Miguel Barreto-Sanz from SimplicityBio

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    Amaury Soviche from OneSnap

    Who are the latest venture pitch winners?

    Mi. 03.09.2014, 10:00

    "Why would someone buy this?" is a question that can stump startups as they try to explain their value proposition. Fortunately for four startups pitching in the first round at venture kick session, the answers were both compelling and realistic. ...Read more

    Extracting water from air in an energy efficient way.
    AquAero develops a process engineering machine that extracts water from air in the most energy efficient way. The machine will be able to provide some 1000 people a day with drinking water.

    An easy and versatile option for performing Western Blot
    The aim of SwissBlot is to innovate Western Blot, a tedious laboratory experiment that is frequently used in life science research, both in academia and industry. The device allows a fast and hand-free analysis of proteins, such as biomarkers, in a highly reproducible manner.

    Customized in-silico solutions using multiple biomarkers simultaneously
    SimplicityBio’s vision is to be one of the world’s leading biomarker discovery companies in the molecular diagnostic market, providing to clients services and products based on robust signatures using multiple biomarkers.

    A simpler and faster way to accept payments online and in apps.
    Onesnap is a mobile payment system for eCommerce websites. You can pay for anything from this smartphone app. Buy on any computer, a tablet, your phone, or in real life, painlessly and without exposing your sensitive information.

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    Interview - Vincent Forster, Versantis founder

    "Switzerland is a unique place for starting a company, especially in the biotech industry"

    Di. 19.08.2014, 18:00

    Four projects were selected and had the opportunity to present their business ideas in front of a jury of successful entrepreneurs and investors. Lunaphore and Versantis, the venture leaders US 2014, got the second stage kick and won CHF 20’000 of pre-seed capital. In the next stage they have the chance to get CHF 100'000. We met Vincent Forster, founder of Versantis....Read more

    1.    How and why did you launch your startup?

    About two years ago, we had the idea to combine peritoneal dialysis – a common medical procedure – with a detoxification technology developed in the laboratory of Prof. Leroux (ETH Zurich). This combination led to a patentable product with several promising medical applications. The first in vivo tests with this microvesicle-based peritoneal dialysis worked so well that we immediately understood the potential of this newly-engineered detoxification therapy. From that moment, things moved rapidly forward. Our patent was selected to be among the best ETH inventions of the year, we received support through the ETH Pioneer Fellowship, and our strategy/markets/financials were put together into a business plan that was awarded at several occasions. With such a positive start, Versantis has the wind at its back and an encouraging future ahead!

    2.    What is the meaning of your company name?
    In a way, the name Versantis tells the whole story of our company and contains two of our core foundations: versatile and antidote. The latter describes the action of our product: neutralizing the toxicity of poisons, drugs, or toxins; and the former highlights its wide range of application.

    3.    What stage of its development is your startup today? What are the next steps?
    By now, Versantis has shown to hold a strong business case with high potential. However, the greatest challenge remains ahead: fundraising! Being in the biotech field, Versantis will need substantial financial support to bring its product to the patients’ bedside. Nevertheless, as Versantis’ product responds to unmet medical needs in two large and rapidly growing markets (acute liver failures and drug overdoses), the founding team remains very optimistic!
    In terms of product R&D, Versantis has already demonstrated the proof of concept in rats. We hope to conclude all preclinical trials by the end of 2015 and start the first-in-man studies right after. The upcoming two years will be an exciting period for us!

    4.    How is your startup positioned regards to your competitors (on the market)?
    Our product is safe, efficient, and can easily be provided in any medical facility around the globe. On the contrary, the detoxification therapies available today (hemodialysis) are very heavy in terms of costs, technical complexity, as well as personnel requirements, and can induce lethal complications. Versantis’ product has a clear competitive advantage compared to hemodialysis, which is particularly difficult to implement in severe and pediatric cases. Thanks to its technical simplicity, our product presents a great opportunity to treat patients in developing countries, where hemodialysis is rarely available.

    5.    Why did you apply for venture kick?
    Venture Kick is the most widely recognize Startup acceleration program in Switzerland. It is for us an excellent opportunity to present our venture to a professional and critical audience, to increase our visibility, and to get access to initial funds necessary to build up our business.

    6.    Explain how the venture kick program helps you?
    Venture Kick has been extremely kind at opening its large network within the biotech/pharma ecosystem. This bridge towards Switzerland-based advisors/investors is the most valuable support Versantis could profit from at a startup phase. In addition, the business acceleration programs, the online visibility, and obviously, the financial supports were very helpful.

    7.    How did you convince the jury?
    Well, that’s probably the hardest question. I think we successfully showed a clear focus and well-though development strategy. The presentation itself was also solid and the team confident during the Q&A session. Additionally, the high medical needs and large market potential must have help to convince them as well.

    8.    What kind of advice would you give to another young entrepreneur?
    In three words: go for it! Switzerland is a unique place for starting a company, especially in the biotech industry. There is plenty of support from different sources, so go out, talk to people, learn, adapt, and make your company visible.

    9.    Why would you recommend the venture kick program to other startups?
    Network, funding, advices, acceleration programs, and visibility. Venture Kick is the perfect place to start, it is an excellent opportunity to rehearse and clarify your pitch, and it does help you to turn your venture upside down to challenge your business strategy.

    10.  What do you think is the impact of the venture kick program on the Swiss startup industry?
    We need programs such as Venture Kick. These programs are the bridging link between great ideas or academic projects and industrialization. They are necessary to keep Switzerland’s innovation dynamism high.

    11.  You participated also to venture leaders USA, what did you get out of it?
    Venture Leaders was definitely an intense program. What did I get out of it? Valuable skill sets in terms of management, business strategy, partnership, negotiations, and presentation. But the most significant outcomes were new contacts I met during this trip, which are now important advisors, and of course the great fun we had with the other Venture Leaders.
     

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    Interview of Ata Tuna CIFTLIK - Lunaphore

    "Just being a kick stage winner is already good to increase credibility in the Swiss start-up scene"

    Di. 19.08.2014, 17:40

    Four projects were selected and had the opportunity to present their business ideas in front of a jury of successful entrepreneurs and investors. Lunaphore and Versantis, the venture leaders US 2014, got the second stage kick and won CHF 20’000 of pre-seed capital. In the next stage they have the chance to get CHF 100'000. We met Ata Tuna CIFTLIK, CEO and founder of Lunaphore....Read more

    1.    How and why did you launch your startup?
    There is always a combination of multiple personal and professional reasons. The main personal reason seems like the gravity of the adventure and challenge, the same attractive force that made explorers sail towards the ocean. The professional reason is the size of the opportunity in both the earning and the learning.

    There is no other setting that you can simultaneously learn and earn that fast and that much.
    I was at this mindset. When I filed a good patent during my PhD, it became a real project. When I found the first co-founder (actually he found me), the project became a start-up.

    2.    What is the meaning of your company name?
    Very popular question. Literally it means the “carrier of the moon”. We just like how it sounds and stands-out more than the meaning. After looking for a name for weeks, when “Lunaphore” was said, we loved it at the first moment.

    3.    What stage of its development is your startup today? What are the next steps?
    Our prototype is working and preliminary clinical studies were completed successfully. Now, we would like to close the financial round as soon as possible to start advanced clinical trials and industrial production steps.

    4.    How is your startup positioned regards to your competitors (on the market)?
    Competitors are potential buyers; hence our mission is to open new markets and new applications in the existing market using our technological advantages. For example, our fast assay capability in less than 5 minutes, versus a few hours, opens a spectrum of applications that was not possible before. In addition, existing systems are set out to automate diagnostic workflow in large central laboratories, while we offer the capability of performing these assays in any setting.

    5.    Why did you apply for venture kick?
    A start-up always needs cash and visibility among investors and partners. This is how we stay alive. Venture kick was both of them.

    6.    Explain how the venture kick program helps you?
    Just being a kick stage winner is already good to increase credibility in the Swiss start-up scene. Nevertheless, I get the real benefit when Jordi and Beat “smashed” me real good at the kickers camp. If you listen them instead of crying, they vaccinate you against all the odds that might kill you in the near future. It hurts but makes you stronger.

    7.    How did you convince the jury?
    Presentation should be good. This is the minimum standard to be taken seriously. However, the game is always won in the Q&A: be prepared as a team and answer articulate.

    8.    What kind of advice would you give to another young entrepreneur?
    One: Go online and watch the video “First follower: Leadership lessons from dancing guy”. Two: accept that you are incapable of doing anything worthy when you are alone, so should surround yourself with great people. Three: listen listen listen. Listen customers, investors, coaches, and advisors then filter this information together your team members. The rest will come.

    9.    Why would you recommend the venture kick program to other startups?
    Most competitions just assess the status quo of your company. Venture Kick is particularly different than other cash prizes.
    The progress that you can achieve within a given period and budget is the essence that investors look for in a start-up team. Venture kick makes this for them by assessing the progress you achieve: In each stage, they give some money that you can use to show how much you can do within a few months. In the end, you have something solid to show.

    10.  What do you think is the impact of the venture kick program on the Swiss startup industry?
    They somehow create it.
    It starts with the inception of the idea of working in a start-up or starting your business among the talented young people in Switzerland. They put this in your mind as a serious alternative when compared to safe jobs. Later, by assessing your start-up, they make you credible among investors and customers.

    11.  You participated also to venture leaders USA, what did you get out of it?
    Before venture leaders, I had psychological barriers making me think that entering to US market is a rather impossible or a remote goal. When I was on the return flight, US had been the first international goal in our business plan. Similarly, I’ve seen that US investors can be much easier to get in: the perceptions of risk and assessment criteria are primarily different that what I saw here.
    The last, and perhaps the most important, was the 2 weeks I have spent with the CEO’s of the most significant 20 start-ups in Switzerland: an incredible opportunity for exchanging ideas. Plus, I can just call them whenever I need and share my experience with people struggling around the same problems as I have.
     

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    The winners are ScanTrust, eSMART, Geosatis, Hoosh and CashSentinel

    Swisscom StartUp Challenge 2014: the five winners have been chosen

    Di. 19.08.2014, 15:15

    ScanTrust, eSMART, Geosatis, Hoosh and CashSentinel are the winners of the second Swisscom StartUp Challenge. The Swisscom award recognises innovative business models while supporting the Swiss startup scene. The five winners competed against more than 100 startups. Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler, Head of Swisscom's SME division, was impressed by the quality of the entrants: "Yet again, these startups made me aware of just how much innovative capability we have in our country."...Read more

    More than 100 startups from the fields of ICT, media and cleantech entered this year's Startup Challenge. Ten qualified for the final and presented their decisive pitch before an expert jury made up of Swisscom managers and specialists from venturelab.  Five startups succeeded in winning over the jury with their business model: ScanTrust (Lausanne), eSMART (Ecublens), Geosatis (Lausanne), Hoosh (Lugano) and CashSentinel (Yverdon-les-Bains) are the winners of this year's Challenge award. The five startups will travel to California's Silicon Valley in October, where they will attend a Swisscom-tailored mentoring programme.  "Behind these companies are motivated young entrepreneurs who are prepared to take the world’s markets by storm. The Swisscom StartUp Challenge will open up important doors for them in Silicon Valley," says Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler, initiator of the Challenge award and Head of Swisscom's SME division.

    Next stop: Silicon Valley
    The five startups will begin the one-week mentoring programme in Silicon Valley – the world's leading site of the IT and high-tech industry – on 12 October 2014. There the young entrepreneurs will foster contacts with international partners and experienced investors and perfect their own business models in collaboration with mentors. "We will use the programme in Silicon Valley to put the final touches to our business idea. We have our sights on the American market and are looking to establish our own branch in San Francisco," says Reshad Moussa, Chief Business Development Officer at the winning startup Geosatis.

    French-speaking Switzerland leads on technological trends
    Four of the five winners come from the French-speaking part of Switzerland. This reflects developments in the national startup scene, where Lausanne is fast becoming a second hotspot for young entrepreneurs. All of the winners are active in future-oriented sectors such as the energy market, cashless payment or machine-to-machine communication. These business fields offer scope for innovation, making them especially interesting for startups. Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler sums it up: "Since Switzerland lacks its own natural resources, knowledge is our most important resource. We can proudly say we are one of the world's most innovative countries. Startups like our Challenger winners are key contributors to this."

    The winners
    CashSentinel – for secure cashless payment when buying used cars
    CashSentinel is an escrow service aimed at improving security for people buying and selling used cars. Large sums of money can be transferred securely via mobile phone. Buyers and sellers approve the transaction simultaneously, thereby eliminating the risks associated with making advance payments or carrying large amounts of cash in your pocket.

    Geosatis – ankle tags 2.0
    The goal of Geosatis is that by using electronic, GPS-based monitoring the social reintegration of non-violent criminals can be made easier, more humane and  cheaper. The company provides all the products needed for this: from the electronic tag to the monitoring software to the app. The offender can remain in his familiar living environment, thus saving on prison costs.

    Hoosh – the truly intelligent marketing tool
    Which keyword targeting should the company use with Google? Has the company's online ranking improved? How can more traffic be generated on the website? These and similar questions are answered by the online marketing intelligence provider Hoosh. Hoosh helps companies boost the performance of their online business.

    ScanTrust – real protection from counterfeiting
    The ScanTrust solution protects brand owners and authors from counterfeiting. It is based on a QR code which is integrated into the packaging or directly into the product. The code guarantees authenticity of the item. The customer scans the code using a smartphone app and by doing so simultaneously calls up further information about the item. The generated customer information is forwarded to the manufacturer, which can then use the data to optimise its products.

    eSMART – energy consumption under control
    Reducing energy consumption lies at the heart of eSMART. The service allows electricity, water and heating consumption to be analysed at a glance. The connected devices can be managed via smartphone or tablet. This way customers can keep tabs on their energy consumption and costs.

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    Founder Madiha Derouazi

    1.07 million Euro for venture leader Madiha Derouazi from Amal Therapeutics

    Di. 19.08.2014, 14:00

    The Swiss biotech startup Amal Therapeutics and TransCure bioServices, a French preclinical contract research organization, have obtained a European Eurostars Programme grant, for a total of 1.07 million Euro. This award winning project, named HuVac, aims to use enhanced humanized immune system mouse models for vaccine development and to validate a novel therapeutic vaccine for human glioblastoma multiform (GBM)....Read more

    Incorporated in September 2012, Amal Therapeutics is a spin-off of the University of Geneva. Its mission is to develop and progress novel therapeutic cancer vaccines with a proprietary family of vectors. After raising a seed round from Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund and High-Tech Gründerfonds at the beginning of the year,  venture kick finalist and venture leader 2012 Madiha Derouazi can announce the next success: toghether with TransCure bioServices Amal Therapeutics has been awarded by the European Eurostars Programm with a grant for 1 million Euro.
     
    A new therapeutic vaccine for humanglioblastoma multiform
    GBM is one of the most aggressive malignant primary brain tumors in humans with incidence of 2-3 cases per 100’000 in Europe and North America with no effective therapy. Dr. Madiha Derouazi, CEO of Amal Therapeutics, says “We are absolutely delighted to have secured this funding for developing new generation vaccines for GBM and the collaboration with TransCure will provide Amal with unique pre-clinical proof-of-concept data”.This 30-month HuVac project is designed to take step-wise approaches. During the initial phase,TransCure will first focus on the establishment of new humanized immune system mouse models for vaccine evaluation. Subsequently Amal’s innovative cancer vaccines, developed using its propriety cell-penetrating peptide platform, will be evaluated and validated.

    Check out our videointerview with Dr. Madiha Derouazi:

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    Andreas Guggenbühl - CEO of Selfnation

    The perfect pair of jeans? Just a click away !

    Mo. 18.08.2014, 15:00

    What happens when a man goes shopping to buy jeans with female colleagues and notices how they discard pair after pair? If this man is Andreas Guggenbühl, this is the perfect opportunity for a birth of a start-up. A year ago, together with a Berlin-based designer, Michael Berli, he founded a company that offers tailor-made jeans. “Selfnation” has now convinced the venture kick jury with this smart idea, a sophisticated algorithm and a dedicated team and has received 130,000 CHF. We spoke with Andreas, venture leader 2014, about his plans, his time spent in the United States and the venture kick competition....Read more

    What does Selfnation do and who is behind it?
    A woman tries on an average of 20 jeans until she finds one that fits. Selfnation solves this problem. It is hardly possible to buy jeans in a traditional online shop. On selfnation.ch, women enter 8 body measures, consider their individual body shape and have a 3D visualization of the jeans - as if they were standing in front of a mirror. After completing the ordering process the shape of the perfect fitting jeans is automatically calculated. The jeans are tailored in Germany from the finest Italian denim and delivered within 14 days to the customer.
     
    The founders Andreas Guggenbühl and Michael Berli are behind Selfnation with a team of about nine people in Zürich and Berlin, Switzerland.
     
    What makes your jeans special?
    Unlike any other online fashion stores, at Selfnation the customer has the opportunity to see how the jeans fit them in the browser. To achieve this the system generates a 3D model of their lower body, on the basis of eight leg measures, and an individual shape of their jeans. They are then directly cut with millimetre precision by a machine.
     
    What differentiates you from your competitors?
    We provide perfect fitting jeans in 14 days. We can show the customer how the jeans fit them online and we make them in Germany with the best denim from Italy.
     
    You have won the third round of venture kick and got supported by 130 000 CHF start-up capital. How will you invest the money?
    We will use the money to further develop our jeans and provide new models. We are currently in an expansion phase: after Switzerland our jeans will soon be available in Germany. We can finance part of this expansion with the venture kick capital.
     
    What have been your biggest highlights so far?
    The Launch Event in Zurich after we had worked 1.5 years on the product. Another highlight was the last team meeting in Berlin. Of course, as well as the positive customer feedback that motivates us every day to continually improve our product.
     
    What is the next step for the future?
    The introduction of jeans for men and a Pop-Up Store in Berlin
     
    What did your participation to venture kick bring you so far? Why should start-ups apply for the funding?
    It has literally given us the kick we needed. Not only did the monetary prizes help in the development but the kickers-camp sessions with Jordi and Beat have also strongly supported us from the original idea to our current company. It motivates you a lot. If a high-profile jury says "Go!," you continue.
     
    How did you convince the jury?
    With a broadly supported team in Berlin and Zürich, a strong advisory boardand the rapid development of the business side in the last nine months.

    What has been the most valuable tip that you received at the kickers-camp?
    Take the best people in your team and in the advisory board. Go forward but always listen to the clients!

    Andreas, you were in Boston and New York for 10 days with the venture leaders in June. You have participated in numerous workshops and you have met the makers of Tumblr and Reddit and you had the opportunity to exchange with other entrepreneurs at Startup events. What were your personal highlights?
    My personal highlight was when I met on the 27th floor in a building of Manhattan with a good old colleague. For my Start-up Spirit, the numerous meetings with exciting vision driven U.S. start-up companies were great highlights. This has flipped a switch in my head.

    What tips will you remember from your time spent in the USA?
    Thinking global and bringing the right partner on board!
     

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    Peter Kauf from PrognosiX

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    Nick Blake from ImagineCargo

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    Alberto Schena and Rudolf Griss from Lucentix

    These four startups get the first kick

    Mo. 18.08.2014, 10:00

    PrognosiX, ImagineCargo, Mobile 3D Scanner and Lucentx convinced the jury and received their first kick with CHF 10.000 of pre-seed funding. Before they compete in the second round for another another CHF 20.000 we give you a short first impression of our new rising stars....Read more

    venture challenge Alumnus Peter Kauf is developing with his team from PrognosiX Sales Forecasting a new generation of sales forecasting tools. Their algorithms combine patterns in historic data with present and future information like weather or promotions and communicate their findings in a transparent way. Such, they support procurement managers with reliable forecasts and help to reduce food waste and stock-out.
     
    Nick Blake and his co-founder Benjamin Duh from ImagineCargo are reducing the emissions impact of package delivery by creating a radical alternative to conventional integrator/express networks. How? By bike. Transportation is a significant contributor to negative external environmental and societal impacts, this is why ImagineCargo delivers the packages by bike-train-bike instead of trucks, planes and trucks again.
     
    3D Mobile Scanner: Turning mobile phones into 3D scanners? This is what Amaël Delaunoy, Kalin Kolev, Petri Tanskanen and Marc Pollefeys will make possible. They are developing software technologies for real-time 3D modeling on mobile consumer devices. Amaël and his team provide an interactive approach to the acquisition process which runs entirely on a mobile device. Their scanner works through a device camera and will allow it to everyone to capture the world in 3D.

    Rudolf Griss and Alberto Schena from Lucentix are working on in vitro diagnostics to measure precise concentrations of analytes in single drops of body fluids at the point of care. The measurement can be performed by the patient at home instead of at the hospital. The test only takes a few minutes and gives laboratory-quality results. The technology relies on a novel biosensor mechanism and is applicable to a wide range of biomarkers and drugs.

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    Four out of the ten venture leaders China are venture kick alumni.

    venture kick alumni off to China in September!

    Mo. 18.08.2014, 10:00

    venturelab announced the names of the 10 young, promising entrepreneurs selected to integrate the team of venture leaders China 2014, first edition. The 10 selected entrepreneurs will travel to Shanghai and Beijing in September to boost their understanding and penetration of the Chinese market. Among them, four venture kick alumni....Read more

    For Swiss startups, China is a key market to explore. With growing opportunities and exciting market prospects, as well as the necessity to strengthen the visibility of Swiss high-tech in China. The prize offers to 10 carefully selected high potential Swiss startups a 10-day market exploration and business development journey in Shanghai and Beijing, extending the program’s exposure in rising entrepreneurial hubs.

    Here are our venture kick alumni:

    Yann Tissot, L.E.S.S
    L.E.S.S. SA (“Light Efficient SystemS”) has proven itself as a serious alternative to today’s LEDs by delivering ultra-thin, -bright and -uniform lighting systems to their customers. These key assets, offered by its unique fiber technology, allowed L.E.S.S. to successfully enter the market of the industrial vision and of the display backlighting.



    Martin Zahnert, Dacuda AG
    Dacuda's patented and mass-market proven SLAM Scan® technology enables real-time image stitching over space and time for any handheld device. Applications include smart peripherals (scanner mouse), mobile photography (e.g. LTL Panorama), and 3D object capture.



    Wulf Glatz, GreenTEG
    greenTEG’s sensor solutions enable high-precision heat flux and radiation measurements in laser power measurements, building physics, and calorimetry. greenTEG’s thermoelectric energy harvesters generate emission-free electricity from temperature differences for a variety of applications like actuators and sensor networks.



    Laurent Fabre, eSMART Technologies Sàrl
    eSMART offers a solution to understand energy consumption at one glance and control everything around home in one touch. Thanks to one of the world’s smallest SMART power modules, it can be installed in any existing homes without additional wiring or radio emissions.



     

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    Wulf Glatz - greenTEG

    Novel method to harvest energy

    Fr. 15.08.2014, 10:00

    For Swiss startups, China is a key market to explore. With growing opportunities and exciting market prospects, as well as the necessity to strengthen the visibility of Swiss high-tech in China, venturelab launched its first edition of the venture leaders China. greenTEG will travel in September with nine other innovative Swiss startups to Beijing and Shanghai. Learn more about them in our Video....Read more

    greenTEG develops, manufactures and markets Heat Flux and Laser Power Sensors (gSKIN®) as well as Thermoelectric Generators (gTEG®). gSKIN®s measure thermal flows (conductive, radiative, convective) fast and with highest precision. gTEGs harvest emission-free electricity from temperature differences for autonomous power supply.


    Watch the video with Wulf Glatz of greenTEG:



     

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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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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.

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Connecting the dots between Switzlerand and the world

Gioia Vichis Deutscher is the director of swissnex Brazil. After spending four years as the Haed of Startup and Innovation Services for swissnex San Francisco, Gioia Deutscher is now taking the lead in opening a new swissnex office in Brazil.

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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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