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    Switzerland's best startup: InSphero

    InSphero, Geosatis and Winterthur Instruments, finalists of the Export Awards 2015

    Mi. 01.04.2015, 15:00

    The finalists of the Export Awards, organized by Switzerland Global Enterprise, are standing: Among them, our Venture Kick and venturelab Alumni InSphero, Geosatis and Winterthur Instruments. Fingers crossed!...Read more

    The three companies have been nominated in the categories "Step In" and "Success". The award will be given to the winners on April 23 at the Forum for Swiss Foreign Trade 2015 in Zurich.

    Geosatis, a Venture Kick finalist and a winner of the Swisscom StartUp Challenge in 2014 as well as Winterthur Instruments, Venture Kick finalist and venture leader USA 2011, have been nominated in the category "Step In".

    InSphero, Switzerland's best start-up, and Venture Kick and venturelab alumnus (CEO Jan Lichtenberg was a venture leader USA in 2010), is standing in the category "Success".

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    More information about the finalists (in French)

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    Rooftop farms provide a new experience by revolutionizing fresh.

    UrbanFarmers successfully closes Series A financing round of CHF 2.1m with current & new investors

    Mi. 01.04.2015, 12:00

    UrbanFarmers AG, the global pioneer in Aquaponic rooftop farming, today announced the closing of a Series A financing round of CHF 2.1m. Proceeds will be used to develop a robust project portfolio, build internal capabilities in engineering, procurement & contracting, and strengthen UF proprietary operating technology and brand assets. The Fresh.Revolution continues!...Read more

    In 2012, the Venture Kick finalist UrbanFarmers AG opened UF001 LokDepot in Basel, the worldwide first commercial Aquaponic rooftop farm. Operating a fully climate controlled rooftop greenhouse, UF serves leading restaurant and food retailers such as Migros Basel and excited Basel’s customers with its ultra-local, ultra-fresh fish and vegetables. Roman Gaus, CEO of UrbanFarmers AG comments: “Raising a Series A is a tough entrepreneurial challenge, and I am glad we have reached a critical milestone and came closer to crossing the “valley of death” of a tech start-up. With this new funding, we can now fast-track our international farm development projects, build strong internal capabilities to engineer, procure and contract rooftop farms and invest strategically into our IP and operating technology. We will also strategically invest into the UF brand to provide a strong price umbrella for our produce. Our goal to scale urban farming on a global basis with a profitable business case has come a step closer.”

    New investors include Eckenstein-Geigy-Stiftung in Binningen, Switzerland, and Walden Woods Holdings LLC from Boston, USA. Mr. Gabriel Eckenstein, principal investor behind the foundation will also join the UF Board of Directors. He explains: “We believe UrbanFarmers is the ideal impact investment combining a strong business model with our sustainability criteria. We want to provide growth capital where it helps accelerate robust business opportunities and sustainable solutions for a healthier planet and the next generation.”

    Mr. Brett Hershey, principal investor of Walden Woods Holdings LLC adds: “In the U.S., urban farming has already met strong consumer demand and clearly addresses major market challenges in the fresh produce supply chain, such as high transportation cost, product shrinkage and waste. It’s evident that UrbanFarmers is at the forefront of a global trend that will change the way we grow food in the city and excite consumers with a new ultra-fresh product experience.”

    Current investors have also joined and significantly added to the round.

    Previous investments were rolled into the Series A through a convertible bond offering issued last year.

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    Patrick Thévoz, Flyability's CEO and co-founder and Adrien Briod, CTO and co-founder with Gimball

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    They pitched together at the Venture Kick final: Adrien Briod and Roberto Passini, Business Development Manager from Flyability

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    Meet the Lunaphore team: Diego Gabriel Dupouy, Co-Founder & CTO, Déborah Heintze, Co-Founder & COO and Ata Tuna Ciftlik, Founder & CEO

    EPFL spin-offs Flyability and Lunaphore win the Venture Kick final

    Mi. 01.04.2015, 10:00

    The EPFL spin-offs Flyability and Lunaphore secured a total funding amount of CHF 130.000 each by winning the Venture Kick final. The world’s first collision-proof drone “Gimball” and a rapid and accurate method for cancer profiling are ready for commercial success. Both startups were identified and supported at an early stage by Venture Kick, and received important recognition over the past two years....Read more

    A spherical flying robot enters a damaged building after an explosion. The lightweight drone is not disturbed by collisions and can fly safely in places out of reach and near injured people, transmitting live video footage to rescuers. This scenario might be soon a reality thanks to Gimball, Flyability’s insect inspired flying robot, the world’s first of its kind. The EPFL and NCCR robotics spin-off opens a world of new applications in search and rescue, industrial inspection or security.

    Flyability: A flagship of Switzerland’s flying robotics
    The startup’s vision is to bring drones closer to people indoors and in places out of reach for any other flying robot. Their innovation lies in Gimball’s patented rotating protective frame and control algorithms allowing the robot to remain stable even during collisions. It also makes it safe to fly close to humans. CEO Patrick Thévoz and his team were recently awarded with one million dollars at the “Drones for Good Award” in Dubai. He comments on the benefits of the Venture Kick program in the light of recent success: "When launching a startup in Switzerland, Venture Kick is for many entrepreneurs the support needed to “survive” during precious months and prepare for the next steps. Furthermore, the pathway to each stage of Venture Kick is recognized as a serious pledge by Swiss business angels”.

    Lunaphore: Detecting cancerous tumors faster
    Lunaphore’s “fast fluidic exchange" technology enables the rapid and accurate profiling of biomarkers in cancerous tissues. It brings a significant amelioration to the current tissue coloration assays allowing the analysis and the detection of cancerous tumors. Lunaphore’ solution is faster (it only takes 5 minutes compared to 2 to 8 hours for current tests) and more accurate (up to 90% compared to existing technologies). And the market is huge: 1.9 billion dollars alone for the worldwide hospital market. CEO Ata Tuna Ciftlik explains the benefits of Venture Kick for his young company: “We won the 1st stage of Venture Kick 12 months ago and have witnessed an amazing progress since then. The program helped us increase our credibility and visibility in the Swiss start-up scene. Furthermore, the Kickers Camps helped us tackle all the odds that might have killed our project at every stage of its development”.

    Great recognition for both Venture Kick alumni
    Over the past two years, Flyability and Lunaphore won prestigious Prizes and Awards, and benefited from a large Swiss and international media coverage. For example, they won the venture leaders USA program in 2014. The same year, Lunaphore entered the TOP 100 ranking as youngest Swiss startup, and one of the best of western Switzerland. Jordi Montserrat, Managing Director of Venture Kick comments on their success: “Seeing how Flyability and Lunaphore founders could evolve using Venture Kick's network and support makes us very happy. What they have achieved is not only impressive; it also puts them in a leading position to become major global successes, which lies at the heart of our action."

    Additional Links
    Watch Gimball fly in an EPFL video
    Listen to Patrick Thévoz on the BBC
    Watch the “one million video” of Gimball at the “Drones for Good” final
    Learn more about Switzerland’s and Venture Kick alumni’s excellence in flying robotics
    Discover Lunaphore 7+ Awards in 2014
    Is your idea good enough? Put it to the test with venture kick

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    The great news was announced via Lemoptix's website yesterday (25 March 2015).

    Lemoptix acquired by Intel Corporation

    Do. 26.03.2015, 13:00

    The transaction was completed on March 17th 2015. The four founders, Nicolas Abelé, Faouzi Khechana, Lucio Kilcher and Marco Boella and the whole Lemoptix team thank all of our partners, investors and supporters who contributed to the development of the company....Read more

    Lemoptix enables next generation mobile human/machine interaction and augmented reality with its patented MEMS laser scanning micro projection technology and solutions. Applications of Lemoptix technology range from automotive head up displays (HUD) to embedded projectors in smartphones and low power wearable displays and 3D sensing. Lemoptix has developed multidisciplinary and world-leading expertise in MEMS-mirror modelling, design and fabrication, system and module development, including optical and electronics subsystems.

    In 2006, Lemoptix was part of the venture leaders USA program in Boston, where CTO and co-founder Nicolas Abelé benefited from an intense business development program. The company is also a Venture Kick alumnus.

    Don't miss Nicolas Abelé's talk at the Startup Champions event on 22 April (2PM - 5PM) which will also mark the kick-off of the venture leaders USA 2015 program at EPFL Rolex Center. Information & registration here.

    After Composyt Light Labs early 2015, Lemoptix is the second EPFL spin-off to be acquired by Intel. Both stories are truly inspiring for the overall innovation community of western Switzerland.

    More information in today’s Bilan Magazine article  (in French).

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    Co-founder from ZUM GUTEN HEINRICH Remo Bebié

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    Nickolay Todoroff from SYGENIO

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    Bertrand Klaiber from GlobalDiagnostiX

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    Antonio Barresi from Xorlab

    Hats off to four Venture Kick winners

    Do. 26.03.2015, 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

    ZUM GUTEN HEINRICH uses food surplus products to create tasty, healthy and carbon neutral lunch menus. The menus are distributed using a cargo bike that serves as a mobile food stand.

    SYGENIO's technology enables real-time browsing through the universe of chemical and biological information. They empower their pharma and biotech clients to focus on their strengths by significantly increasing the throughput, speed and quality of their R&D, and ultimately cutting the skyrocketing costs of drug discovery.

    GlobalDiagnostiX project's team has designed a novel medical X-ray technology for the context of resource-constraint settings, i.e. two thirds of humanity that have still no access to this basic diagnostic instrument. This first robust and low-cost digital radiography equipment can reach large yet untapped markets, achieving both profitability and social impact.

    Xorlab develops effective and innovative IT security solutions. The core technology, SploitGuard, detects and prevents software-based attacks that exploit previously unknown software vulnerabilities.

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    20 new entrepreneurs and startups forming the 2015 venture leaders USA team are on their way to global expansion

    The Swiss National Startup Team ready to conquer the USA

    Mi. 25.03.2015, 14:00

    The winners of the venture leaders USA 2015 prize have been chosen after a highly competitive selection process, among Switzerland’s most promising startups. More than a 100 of them applied. The 20 high-tech startups forming the “Swiss National Startup team” will travel to Boston and New York in June for an intense 10 days entrepreneurial business development trip, organized in partnership with swissnex Boston. With the 15th edition of the program, Swiss innovation continues to demonstrate its potential for global expansion thanks to high-tech products such as a revolutionary device for surgical knee ligament reconstruction, a smart digital insurance manager or a wearable biometrics solution based on vein recognition....Read more

    20 Swiss startups ready to take over the US market
    “I am really happy to be part of the adventure”, says Deepak Tewari, CEO of Privately, one of the 20 winners of the program. He will be able to bring his “right-to-be-forgotten” privacy solutions, allowing private data protection on social networks, on the other side of the Atlantic. The trip includes presentations to investors and industry experts. The 19 other startups launching a large array of high-tech products and services in many domains (i.e. Biotech, Internet, Software, Micro- and Nano- Tech, Electronics, Robotics, Engineering, Fintech) will also represent Swiss made innovation in the US.

    Don’t miss the venture leaders 2015 pitch at the Startup Champions event of April 22nd at EPFL Rolex Center from 2PM to 5PM: Subscribe now! Keynotes: Jurgi Camblong, Sophia GeneticsCEO, and Nicolas Abelé, Lemoptix CTO (recently acquired by Intel).

    Identify and promote Switzerland’s most promising startups
    “Venture leaders identifies and promotes some of the most promising Swiss startups at an international level, one of the key missions of venturelab. This year’s team of talented individual entrepreneurs is a unique display and promotion for the numerous high potential startups created every year in Switzerland. I am very much looking forward to bringing the 15th edition of this incredible program to Boston and New York”, says Jordi Montserrat, Managing Director of venturelab in western Switzerland. Dr. Felix Moesner, CEO of swissnex Boston, adds: “Boston counts one of the highest concentration of brainpower in the world. And New York’s high-tech scene has grown exponentially over the past years, counting a very large network of venture capitalists. Both ecosystems will strongly contribute to the global expansion of this year’s venture leaders“.

    Impact on a global scale
    The venture leaders program is a cornerstone behind the success of numerous Swiss startups over the past 15 years. Many alumni raised several hundred million Swiss francs from investors and created thousands of new jobs. 72 of them are listed among Switzerland’s 2014 TOP 100 Startup Ranking. Above all, they are truly building world-class startups such as Abionic, BioVersys, Covagen, Climeworks, Doodle, GetYourGuide, HouseTrip, L.E.S.S., QualySense, Poken or InSphero.

    Venture leaders USA partners
    This year’s trip and business development program, worth the equivalent of CHF 10’000 per participant, is made possible thanks to the support of our partners EPFL Innovation Park, EPF Lausanne, Canton de Vaud, ETH Zurich and CTI. IMMOMIG, a member of the Swiss National Startup Team in 2007, is also supporting the initiative, setting a valued precedent of former alumni giving back to the Swiss startup community. The long-time partners swissnex Boston and the “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” program have also renewed their support.

    The venture leaders USA 2015 at a glance

    Alicia Hegglin, BioRevels AG – Biotech (www.biorevels.com), Zurich
    BioRevels develops a solution for cheaper diagnostic tests. Thanks to its novel one-time use consumable and the 3 dimensional test procedure, current tests can be performed up to six times faster and with ten times less reagents.

    Betim Shkodra, homePad Solutions SA – Internet (www.homepad.pro), Fribourg
    homePad develops the first simple and intuitive paperless solution for real estate managers. The digital application allows generating different type of secured reports (i.e. property inspection, house or building reports).

    Chris Millan, CellSpring – Biotech (www.cellspring.co), Zurich
    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.

    Christian Brändli, Insightness GmbH – Electronics/Software (www.insightness.com), Zurich
    Insightness develops high-speed and low-power vision systems for mobile robotics and smart glasses. Their camera chips and software are suited for motion measurements, as well as mapping and obstacle avoidance.

    Deepak Tewari, Privately Sàrl – Software (www.privately.eu), Lausanne
    Privately’s “right-to-be-forgotten” solutions keep user’s content private, secure and removable on social networks. Combining end-user encryption applications (B2C), API and a service-provider platform (B2B), Privately provides an end-to-end solution for protecting users’ private content shared digitally.

    Dennis Just, Knip AG – Fintech (www.knip.ch), Zurich
    Knip is the digital insurance navigator that simplifies its users’ life. They can see all their insurance policies at a glance. The application eliminates the insurance hassle for individuals, i.e. by handling all insurances in one application or by providing a detailed description of insurance policies, one-by-one.

    Flurin Müller, BuddyBroker AG (Eqipia) – Internet (www.eqipia.com), Zurich
    BuddyBroker crafts innovative and intuitive online recruiting products such as Eqipia, an automated and intelligent employee referral tool. The solution allows companies to leverage their employees’ networks in order to find and approach potential applicants.

    Hans-Anton Keserue, rqmicro LLC – Biotech (www.rqmicro.ch), Zurich
    rqmicro develops a novel system for the rapid detection of water and food pathogens, consisting of analytical instrumentation and consumable kits that enable the quantification of dangerous microorganisms in less than an hour.

    Lucian Cucu, Rovenso – Robotics (www.rovenso.com), Lausanne
    Rovenso develops agile, robotized vehicles for nuclear decommissioning and emergency situations.

    Matthias Vanoni, BIOWATCH – Electronics (www.biowatch.ch), Martigny
    BIOWATCH develops a wearable biometric technology as an alternative solution to current authentication methods (PIN, passwords, cards, keys, fingerprint, face), based on vein recognition.

    Miguel Barreto-Sanz, SimplicityBio – Biotech & Bioinformatics (www.simplicitybio.com), Monthey
    SimplicityBio helps diagnostic companies minimize risks in the development of diagnostic tests. It also helps pharmaceutical companies design clinical trials by improving patient stratification, enabling discovery of the best responder population.

    Miroslav Caban, Spinal Dynamics – Medtech (www.spinaldynamics.ch), Lausanne
    A medical software providing diagnostic and surgical guidance for patient-specific spinal cord stimulation therapies.

    Pascal Koenig, Ava AG – Medtech (www.a-v-a.com), Zurich
    Ava develops a wearable medical device based on a patented multi-sensor technology, which monitors the menstrual cycle of women in order to precisely indicate fertile days and facilitate family planning. Compared with other methods and tools in the market, Ava’s solution is more convenient and precise.

    Patrick Galliker, Scrona AG – Engineering (www.scrona.com), Zurich Scrona develops print heads based on its proprietary “NanoDrip” printing, a groundbreaking ink-jet technology that achieves a printing resolution up to 1000fold finer than the width of a human hair. In combination with commercially available nano printing inks, the system enables complex products, such as displays and touchscreens, to be simply printed in a cost-efficient and flexible manner.

    Pius Kobler, milKit Sport Components AG - Engineering (www.milKit.bike), Zurich
    milKit is a novel system that allows to measure and refill sealant in tubeless bicycle tires without having to release the air pressure. milKit Sport Components AG provides an easy solution for a flat-free ride.

    Ruben Herrendorff, Polyneuron Pharmaceuticals AG – Biotech (www.polyneuron.com), Basel
    Polyneuron Pharmaceuticals develops a promising class of drugs for the treatment of autoimmune diseases affecting the nervous system. Their Antibody-Catch® platform and their first drug candidate pave the way for a new treatment paradigm for antibody-mediated autoimmune diseases.

    Sandro Kunz, Pingen GmbH – Internet (www.pingen.com), Zurich
    Pingen is a solution to transform an electronic document into a physical letter and have it delivered via the Post automatically and in the most efficient way.

    Simone Bottan, Hylomorph AG – Medtech (www.hylomorph-medical.com), Zurich
    Hylomorph has developed cellulose layers that allow surgeons to minimize foreign body reaction and fibrosis upon operation, thus reducing patient’s pain and revision surgery rates.

    Veronica Savu, Morphotonix Sàrl – Micro-Nano (www.morphotonix.com), Lausanne
    Morphotonix protects brands against counterfeits via integrating additive-free security elements directly in molded products.

    Xiang Li, ZuriMED Technologies – Medtech (www.zurimed.com), Zurich
    ZuriMED commercializes a revolutionary device for surgical knee ligament reconstruction, the “Bone-Tendon-Bone (BTB) Conversion-Kit™”. The solution effectively converts a less painful hamstring autograft (a patient’s own tissue), or any other flexible graft material, into a higher performance BTB-like graft.

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    The AVA team

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    The WealthArc team

    Venture Case shows the latest startups out there

    Mo. 23.03.2015, 10:00

    Two promising high-tech startups deserved the support of the Venture Kick jury and got awarded with CHF 20’000 each. One is working on the future of birth control, the other develops a new generation of asset management systems in the cloud....Read more

    Ava is developing a wearable medical device which monitors the menstrual cycle of women in order to precisely indicate fertile days and thus facilitate family planning. Compared with other tools/methods in the market it will be significantly more convenient, as well as more precise, based on a patented multi-sensor technology.


    WealthArc is developing an asset management system in the cloud. With WealthArc, each asset management company can do what a big investment does. The solutions is offered in a SaaS model and covers the entire investment process from idea generation to client and regulatory reporting. 


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    Fabian Nater and Helmut Grabner at a venture kick jury

    Logitech buys ETH spin-off Upicto

    Fr. 13.03.2015, 14:00

    Logitech bought Upicto, a venturelab and venture kick Alumnus. Upicto developed a software which can autonomously analyze the content of videos – a promising technology....Read more

    Very recently, the computer equipment manufacturer bought the spin-off of the Computer Vision Lab at ETH. Award winning Upicto developped an algorithm that analyzes the content of videos, choses relevant moments and makes them available. The software recognizes important moments autonomously.

    Fabian Nater, co-founder of Upicto, will now work for Logitech together with his team.

    A great success for our venturelab and venture kick Alumnus
    In 2013, Upicto was part of the venture leaders USA adventure in Boston and won the Swisscom Startup Challenge in Silicon Valley. The startup is also a venture kick Alumnus. Congratulations to Fabian Nater and his team!

    Additional Links
    Read the article by Handelszeitung about the deal (11.03.2015)
    Read the article by Le Temps (12.03.2015)
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    More about the Swisscom StartUp Challenge
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    CEO of noonee and the capitan of the Swiss National Startup Team 2014, Keith Gunura

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    On Chairless Chair you are still using your muscles while sitting.

    The Chairolution has officially begun

    Mi. 11.03.2015, 10:00

    Last week the the venture leaders and venture kick winner of 2014 noonee has finalized the first field trial of their "chairolutionary" device: the Chairless Chair. The first company to test the prototypes was the leading German car manufacturer Audi. In the dynamic and fast paced manufacturing environment, the device received positive feedback from the first testers....Read more

    The Chairless Chair is a wearable ergonomic sitting support. The main application is for the production lines, where traditional sitting methods are not suitable and represent obstacles in the work area. With the Chairless Chair the users walk together with the support while wearing it, without obstructing the work space. When the users need to sit, they only need to press a button to lock a desired sitting angle. This enables workers to sit for short periods of time while working and provide body-weight assistance in strenuous situations thus reducing the effects on their leg muscles. The best part of the Chairless Chair is that you can balance on it yourself, therefore you are still using your muscles.

    CEO of noonee and the capitan of the Swiss National Startup Team 2014, Keith Gunura, said: "The field trials mark a tremendous step toward the realisation of the Chairolution in both development and momentum. We and our partners made it happen, come rain come thunder! With the user feedback we collected we are now stepping up development of the Chairless Chair to bring it to an
    amazing product that provides the support needed while working. Our target is that early Q1 2016 there will be a ready product to push forward the Chairolution. lnterested companies can register their interest by sending us an email, contact information is available on our website. l'm on a Chairless Chair."

    Olga Motovilova, the CFO of noonee AG, said: "lt was one of the most exciting moments for us, when the very first tester with great ease started using the Chairless Chair in the extremely dynamic factory environment. Our hearts were definitely beating fast and when the user told us that the device works and he finds it great, we couldn't hide the smiles on our faces. We thank all of our partners, clients, suppliers, coaches, mentors, family and friends for their immense support and hard work! Now we just need to bring the Chairolution to the rest of the world! Who knows, maybe next time you come visit us, there will be only Chairless Chairs available in the meeting room."

    The founder of the design consultancy working on the project, Marc Sapetti, was also present during the first trial: "We are satisfied with the results of the tests, the feedback we got from this real case scenario is essential to improve the device, its usability and comfort, and to bring the design to the next level. lt's been an interesting journey and we feel we've done a huge step towards Chairolution."

    Apart from Sapetti design consultancy another official supporter and partner of noonee AG is the electronics developer Trenew Electronic AG, currently consulting the company in control systems.

    Sitting without a chair supported by venture kick
    The chairless chair ETH spin-off noonee won the venture kick final 2014. Their futuristic looking leg exoskeleton enables factory workers to relax their muscles and sit down during work - without the need for a chair. The lightweight mechatronic device helps to relieve the stress on leg muscles and joints. In the future it can reduce healthcare and associated costs. It is indeed a chair that walks with you. “venture kick really helped us focus our resources on what we had to do and also provide us some finances to develop the business. Without them we would have had a tough time travelling and marketing.” said Keith Gunura after the venture kick final in summer 2014.

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    Bilan Magazine: Here are the 50 startups in which to invest

    Di. 24.02.2015, 16:00

    Earlier this month and for the third consecutive year, western Switzerland’s magazine “Bilan” published its selection of promising startups looking for investors. In total, 25 venture kick Alumni were part of the selection....Read more

    At the beginning of the process, no less than 97 high-tech startups were pre-selected by Bilan’s editorial board and its partners. Then, a jury composed of experienced entrepreneurs, Lift Conference representatives and journalists analyzed and chose the 50 startups of this year’s edition.

    Among the 50 young companies in the cleantech, IT, electronics, Internet, medtech, biotech and luxury sectors, 25 are venture kick Alumni. Furthermore, 35 have been supported by venture kick as well as venturelab, and many were part of the venture leaders’ adventure in Boston and New York as well as China. Some are part of TOP 100 Swiss Startups of 2014, too.

    Bilan’ selection confirms that Swiss startups have a high growth potential, in Switzerland and abroad. Switzerland’s number one startup, InSphero, is for example in it. The ETH spin-off counts the world’s 15 most important pharmaceutical and biotech companies in its clients list. As per Bilan, it is looking for CHF 19 Mio to multiply its production sites in the United States and in Asia and develop its activity in personalized medicine.

    Discover the 25 venture kick startups in Bilan’s ranking below (an online version of the magazine will soon be available):

    CLEANTECH

    eSMART, venture kick, venture leader China 2014, Alumnus venturelab, winner of the Swisscom Startup Challenge 2014:
    IT

    • Geosatis, venture kick, Swisscom StartUp Challenge 2014, TOP 100 Swiss Startups #92, Alumnus venturelab:
    • - Read the article about Geosatis in the 2014 annual report of venture kick here
    • - Read the article "Swisscom invests in TOP 100 startup" here
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    • ELECTRONICS
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    • Bitspitters, venture kick
    • Flyability, venture kick, Alumnus venturelab, venture leader USA 2014
    • - Flyability is the winner of many prizes (p.ex. Hello Tomorrow, >>venture>>). It recently won USD 1M at the Drones For Good Award organized by the United Arab Emirates. Read the full news here
    • Gait Up, venture kick, Alumnus venturelab
    • Green TEG, venture kick, Alumnus venturelab
    • Scrona, venture kick, Alumnus venturelab
    • Xsensio, venture kick
    • - Read the interview of Xsensio's co-founder Esmeralda Megally here after winning the second stage of venture kick
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    • INTERNET
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    • Audiolize, venture kick, venture leader USA 2014
    • TawiPay, venture kick

      MEDTECH
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    • Aeon Scientific, venture kick, Alumnus venturelab, venture leader USA 2011, TOP 100 Swiss Startups #69
      • - Read "Aeon Scientific creams off the Swiss Technology Award" (2014) here
    • Calcisco, venture kick, Alumnus venturelab, TOP 100 Swiss Startups #38
    • G-Therapeutics.com, venture kick, venture leader USA 2014
      • - G-Therapeutics won many awards and prizes in 2014, such as the Hello Tomorrow Challenge in Paris and the Universal Biotech Innovation Prize. Discover how the EPFL spin-off helps paralyzed people walk again in an article and video here (in French)
    • Lunaphore, venture kick, Alumnus venturelab, venture leader USA 2014, TOP 100 Swiss Startups #35 (Lunaphore is the youngest startup of the ranking).
    • - The EPFL spin-off was ranked Nr. 1 at the PERL Prize and received CHF 100.000 from the Fondation pour l'Innovation Technologique (FIT) in 2014. It is also one of the 5 best startups of Western Switzerland
    • Medirio, venture kick
    • Nanolive, venture kick, venture leader USA 2013
    • - Nanolive recently announced having received more than 40 pre-orders of its revolutionary microscope, the 3D Cell Explorer. Read the article written by the French weekly magazine BiotechFinances about Nanolive (in FR) here.
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    BIOTECH

    • InSphero, Switzerland's Nr 1 startup, venture leader USA 2010, Alumnus venturelab and venture kick
    • - Discover InSphero on page 13 and 14 of venture kick's 2014 annual report on http://www.venturekick.ch/report
    • PB&B, venture kick, venture leader USA 2014, Alumnus venturelab. In 2014, PB&B received the Innovation Trophy of the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG). It also raised CHF 300'000 at the end of 2014
    • SpiroChem, venture kick, Alumnus venturelab
    • Stemergie, venture kick, Alumnus venturelab, venture leader USA 2009
    • Versantis, venture kick, venture leader USA 2014
    • - Versantis won the final of venture kick early 2015. Find out how the ETH spin-off will be able to save lives here

    LUXURY

    • Relish Brothers, venture kick, TOP 100 Swiss Startups #62
    • - Read our article about Relish Guitars and "Jane", their revolutionary electric guitar here
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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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venture leaders

venture leaders program – ten intense days in USA or China

Swiss startups ready to take over the World.

The venture leaders - the members of the Swiss national startup team- 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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venture kick

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 also use the know-how of experienced experts and entrepreneurs and be granted access to a national network of investors.

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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.

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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.

    Check out the TOP 100
  • 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.

    More
  • 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.

    More
  • 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.

    More