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  • Here are the supported projects of 2014

    Mo. 15.12.2014, 10:00

    A few days before the Holiday Season, we are glad to present to you the 69 projects which we supported in 2014. 69 entrepreneurs and their teams, and maybe the next leaders in their respective sector, in Switzerland and internationally. Discover these startups and stay tuned as we are already looking forward to talking about their success and discovering the next generation of startups in 2015:...Read more

    BIOTECH (10%)

    Biodegradable microspheres for non-surgical aesthetic and regenerative procedures.
    Uni Genève, Aho Anthony, PB&B SA 

    A novel test measuring calcification propensity in blood.
    Uni Bern, Meier Matthias, CALCISCO AG 

    A small hand-held device that supports on-farm quality assessment of bovine colostrum.
    HSLU Hochschule Luzern, Koller Adrian, kofatec GmbH kofatec GmbH 

    In-vitro lung model for drug testing.
    Uni Bern, Guenat Olivier, AlveoliX 

    Increasing the predictability of drug testing.
    Uni Zürich, Milleret Vincent, ECTICA TECHNOLOGIES 

    Customized in-silico solutions using multiple biomarkers simultaneously.
    HEIG-VD - Haute Ecole d'Ingénierie et de Gestion, Barreto-Sanz Miguel Arturo, SimplicityBio 

    3-Dimensional Cell Culture solutions for high-throughput creation of functional microtissues.
    ETH Zürich, Millan Christopher, CellSpring 

    Introducing a new drug class for the treatment of autoimmune diseases.
    Uni Basel, Herrendorff Ruben, Polyneuron Pharmaceuticals AG 

    An integrated, easy and versatile option for performing Western Blots.
    ETH Zürich, Buser Raymond, SwissBlot 

    Speeding up mass spectometry beyond the market state-of-the art.
    EPF Lausanne, Tsybin Yury, Spectroswiss Sàrl 

    CLEANTECH (6%)

    Recycling of waste heat by converting low-temparature heat into electricity.
    EPF Lausanne, Dahan Elodie, OsmoBlue Sàrl 

    A new technology which converts wind into electricity.
    EMPA, Luchsinger Rolf, TwingTec AG 

    Home solar power simulation from the comfort of your tablet.
    ETH Zürich, Wiget Matthias, e-turnity GmbH

    Extracting water from air in an energy efficient way.
    FHNW - Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Müller Christoph, AquAero GmbH 

    Sustainalbe package delivery.
    Business School Lausanne, Blake Nick, ImagineCargo GmbH 

    Tools to make electricity consumers more responsive in their usage.
    ETH Zürich, Ratha Anubhav, Shared Electric

    CONSUMER PRODUCTS (3%)

    Combining tradition with innovation to deliver a high-quality and natural Bündnerfleisch.
    HTW Chur, Hirt Adrian, AlpenHirt GmbH 

    Design and development of “Jane”, the Swiss made and next generation of electric guitar.
    HSLU - Hochschule Luzern, Küng Silvan, Relish Brothers Ag 

    Customized leather jackets through an online product configurator.
    ZHAW, Estrada Fidel, Lunico 

    ELECTRONICS, MECHANICS (10%)

    3D imagers for robotic and automotive vision.
    EPF Lausanne, Charbon Edoardo, Fastree 3D 

    Bringing innovations to the security systems market by introducting a high security 3D metal key.
    ETH Zürich, Ojeda Gonzalez-Posada Alejandro, UrbanAlps 

    Measuring the remaining sealant in a tubeless bike tire and refilling it easy and safe.
    ETH Zürich, Kobler Pius, milKit 

    Gimball is an insect-inspired micro-drone which can collide on obstacles and continue its flight undisturbed.
    EPF Lausanne, Thévoz Patrick, Flyability SA 

    An effective and affordable home security solution empowering people to jointly build safer neighborhoods.
    Uni St.Gallen, Turber Stefanie, comfy 

    Bringing real-time performance analysis and auto calibrated true wind estimation to sailors.
    EPF Lausanne, Pilet Julien, Anemomind 

    A smart wireless sensor network to LED streetlights allowing managing illumination accordingly.
    EPF Lausanne, Wang Ban, Smart-LED 

    Lifting 3D fused deposition modeling from simple display models to printed objects with full functionality.
    ETH Zürich, Schaffner Manuel, Spectroplast 

    Ultra-fast, compact & robust spectroscopic sensors.
    ETH Zürich, Geiser Markus, IRsweep 

    Bringing dog health improvement to a next level.
    Uni St.Gallen, Roeschke Arik, ceveeo 

    INTERNET (7%)

    A unique authentication technology to protect documents and products against counterfeiting.
    EPF Lausanne, Picard Justin, ScanTrust

    Combining fashion design with an innovative technology for customized and computer-optimized cuts.
    ETH Zürich, Guggenbühl Andreas, RealLook AG (Selfnation) 

    A web tool to manage and collaborate on projects preserving data privacy.
    EPF Lausanne, Bogdanov Evgeny, Graspeo 

    A comparison website for international money transfer services.
    Uni Lausanne, Briod François, Global Impact Finance 

    Combining work of humans and algorithms to make crowdsourcing cheaper and faster.
    ETH Zürich, Davtyan Martin, MechanicalCrowd 

    User-friendly solution for end-to-end encryption and online collaboration.
    EPF Lausanne, Achanta Radhakrishna, Di55erent 

    Development of asset management solutions in the cloud.
    Uni Zürich, Gogol Krzysztof, DATANEXT 

    MEDTECH (12%)

    Intelligent operation lamps for surgeons.
    Uni Bern, Kiermeir David, Medopticon / Panopticon 

    An innovative tumor analysis and classification platform.
    EPF Lausanne, Ciftlik Ata Tuna, Lunaphore Technologies SA 

    Offering wearable ergonomic leg assistive devices.
    ETH Zürich, Gunura Keith, noonee AG 

    System to measure UV-radiation in daily life.
     ETH Zürich, Welten Samuel, Bitsplitters GmbH 

    Restoring functional motor control in spinal cord injury patients.
    EPF Lausanne, Delattre Vincent, G-Therapeutics 

    Versatile antidotes for bio-detoxification.
    ETH Zürich, Forster Vincent, Versantis 

    A multiplex point-of-care testing platform for fire smoke toxins.
    Uni Zürich, Felber Michael, Cobalytics GmbH 

    Screening diagnostic tools to develop personalized healthcare.
    EPF Lausanne, Lisowski Wiktor, BioSemic 

    Measuring the concentration of specific analytes in blood at the point of care.
    EPF Lausanne, Griss Rudolf, Lucentix 

    A serious game software able to detect and retard Alzheimer's and dementia.
    Uni Bern, Tarnanas Ioannis, Xtreme VRI AG 

    A revolutionary device for surgical knee ligament reconstruction.
    ETH Zürich, Li Xiang, ZuriMED Technologies AG 

    A fertility band that allows for natural, reliable and convenient birth control.
    BFH - Berner Fachhochschule, Schmidt Helena, Ava AG 

    MICRO-, NANOTECHNOLOGY (4%)

    through augmented reality in unobtrusive conventional eyewear.
    EPF Lausanne, Tremblay Eric, Composyst Light Labs 

    Developing advanced aerosol particle detectors.
    Uni Genève, Afonina Svetlana, Plair

    A new class of ultracompact optical sensors that redefine the utility of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) in environmental monitoring and precision farming applications.
    EPF Lausanne, Akhtman Yosef, VISNX Sàrl 

    Low-power and non-invasive wearable technologies that efficiently monitor our physical and physiological activities.
    EPF Lausanne, Megally Esmeralda, Xsensio Sàrl 

    MOBILE (3%)

    A mobile & web platform to fight deforestation of tropical forests.
    EPF Lausanne, Baldassarre Luca, MIKRO TREES

    Engaging customers through mobile games and social challenges.
    EPF Lausanne, Almaguer Sergio, POWZY 

    Online payment system that completely eliminates checkout pages on eCommerce websites.
    EPF Lausanne, Soviche Amaury, OneSnap 

    SOFTWARE (14%)

    A web-based internet platform for the exchange of crypto-currencies, like bitcoins and its derivatives.
    ZHAW, Schellinger Kevin, SWISSCEX 

    Efficiency solutions for dynamic workspaces, helping to reduce real-estate costs of large firms.
    ETH Zürich, Köppel Benedikt, Locatee GmbH

    Harness the power of the ‘global brain’ by interweaving the cognitive capabilities of humans with the number crunching capabilities of computers.
    Uni Zürich, Minder Patrick, Kunendo AG 

    Innovative software for simulation, planning, optimization, and control of future electricity grids.
    ETH Zürich, Koch Stephan, Adaptricity GmbH 

    Safety and security solutions derived from images from surveillance cameras.
    EPF Lausanne, Magalhaes Bruno, Massiveye 

    A database system that helps businesses get their facts right, by accelerating the process of discovering, querying and integrating data sources.
    EPF Lausanne, Branco Miguel, RAW 

    A web-based platform that helps organisations increase their efficiency through the understanding and the management of staff motivation.
    EIA-FR - Ecole d'ingénieurs et d'architectes, Hennebert Jean, keyMotiv 

    Real time automatic video analytics and statistics for team-sports at all levels.
    EPF Lausanne, Ben Shitrit Horesh, PlayfulVision Sàrl     

    Eye-inspired visual tracking systems for smart glasses and microaerial vehicles (drones).
    ETH Zürich, Brändli Christian, Insightness GmbH 

    An innovative key for mobile devices increasing data security.
    ETH Zürich, Voser Pascal, BluKee 

    A decision support system for sales forecasting for the food industry.
    ZHAW, Kauf Peter, PrognosiX

    Sales Forecasting Real-time 3D software technologies to turn any smartphones or tablets into easy-to-use interactive 3D scanners.
    ETH Zürich, Delaunoy Amaël, aquilaviz 

    Online platform for invoice financing, for small- and medium businesses.
    HSLU - Hochschule Luzern, Lojacono Phil, Avendo 

    Mobile authentication services using mobile devices as 3D face scanners.
    ETH Zurich, Pollefeys Marc, OneVisage

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    The ceveeo team

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    Yury Tsybin from Spectroswiss

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    The team of IRsweep

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    Phil Lojacono from avendo

    Four promising startups receive their first kick!

    Fr. 12.12.2014, 10:00

    Eight projects were selected and had the opportunity to present their business ideas in front of a jury of successful entrepreneurs and investors. Avendo, Spectroswiss, IRsweep and ceveeo got the first stage kick and won CHF 10’000 of pre-seed capital. In the next stage they have the chance to get CHF 20'000....Read more

    Bringing dog health improvement to a next level.
    ceveeo tracks and analyzes every step, movement, and different health indicators of dogs to give early indications for health issues and give immediate suggestions for improvements. The sophisticated sensor comes ready for use in an innovative, sustainable, and eco-friendly collar and the accompanying app.

    Biological mass spectrometry innovations for better life
    Spectroswiss speeds up biological mass spectrometry via advanced signal processing of time-domain data. It targets quantitative and qualitative protein and metabolite analysis for leveraging customers' life sciences and biotechnology applications.

    Ultra fast, compact & robust spectroscopic sensors.
    IRsweep develops spectroscopic sensors for the multi-species analysis of gases and liquids in the mid infrared range and combines the key features of high speed, spectral bandwidth and resolution. Such sensor systems are in high demand for on-line and in-line process analysis, as the MIR range hosts the strongest absorption features of many molecules. 

    Avendo is an online platform that will make the financing of small and medium businesses easier and more flexible. The platform allows to sell invoices in a less frictional manner than what factoring companies offer.

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    The Lucentix Team

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    Peter Kauf from PrognosiX AG

    The winners of venture case are...

    Do. 11.12.2014, 13:00

    Two promising high-tech startups deserved the support of the venture kick jury and got awarded with CHF 20’000 each. One measures the concentration of specific analytes in blood, the other develops a new generation of sales forecasting tools....Read more

    Measuring the concentration of specific analytes in blood at the point of care.
    Lucentix develops in vitro diagnostics to measure precise concentrations of analytes in single drops of body fluids at the point of care.




    Comprehensive Forecasting.
    PrognosiX is developping a business intelligence solution for sales forecasting in the food market. They combine historic sales data and external influences like weather into reliable forecasts that are transparently communicated in view of decision support.

     

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    Reshad Moussa (Geosatis) avec Stefan Kuentz (Swisscom Ventures) ©Lucien Christen

    Helping the social reinsertion of offenders

    Di. 09.12.2014, 17:00

    Geosatis brings to the market a highly secure electronic ankle bracelet allowing the virtual monitoring of non-violent offenders outside of prison walls. Geosatis’ objective is to reduce overcrowding in prisons as well as lowering the cost of social reintegration, while increasing its chances of success....Read more

    And it is a promising market: penal codes are being modified in many countries and a new generation of judges, much more sensitive to the benefits of such methods, is entering the scene. In Europe for example, 800'000 people are in prison and many could benefit from simplified procedures: “About 30% of them are not a danger to society anymore” estimates Geosatis CEO José Demetrio. In 2014, the company closed a contract in South Africa and started to negotiate a pilot project with the San Francisco probation authorities.

    The idea of Geosatis first came to José Demetrio’s mind in 2006 during a discussion with the staff of a Swiss prison. In 2009, he thought about it again while studying at the HEG in Yverdon-les-Bains and decided to launch his startup. After a few months on the EPFL Scientific Park, he and his team moved to the Canton Jura to benefit from the region’s expertise in micromechanics, and kept an office on the campus. A sure bet: Geosatis is the only European manufacturer of electronic monitoring and can count on its Swiss-made quality label to differentiate its business. The innovative GPS technology registers and detects any attack or tentative to alter its operation mode, and can only be removed by members of the police or assigned authorities: “Our bracelets are more ergonomic and much more difficult to cut by an offender than the ones of our competitors”, explains Demetrio. The company is now in an acceleration phase, one year after winning the venture kick final.

    "The fact that we won venture kick shows that our product is convincing respected financial experts. This award allows us to accelerate our commercial activities in Switzerland and around the world.”

    A financial partnership with Swisscom
    In 2014, Geosatis won the CHF 100’000 W.A. de Vigier Foundation prize and closed its first financing round. In August, the company was selected among the finalists of the Swisscom StartUp Challenge in Silicon Valley and came back with the financial support from the Telecom operator: “We had approached Swisscom as a potential investor before leaving and our objective was to complete the transaction during the trip: It worked!” says Demetrio. Swisscom Ventures will support Geosatis to strengthen and grow in Switzerland and internationally. The deal will also allow Geosatis to hire more people.

    Regarding the future, José Demetrio wants to develop his system into a tool that could monitor the daily activities of offenders and report which persons to put more surveillance on: “When offenders lack sleep for example, they are more likely to offend again”, concludes Demetrio.

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    Marcel Tigges and Marc Gitzinger from BioVersys ©Martin heimann

    BioVersys achieves first milestone in project to fight tuberculosis

    Mo. 08.12.2014, 17:00

    9 December 2014 - In May this year, BioVersys started a project in collaboration with Lille University and GlaxoSmithKline to develop a preclinical candidate for the treatment of tuberculosis, a disease that alone kills more than 1.5 million people each year. ...Read more

    BioVersys, 2008 venture kick winner and venture leader USA, announced together with the University of Lille that they had reached the first milestone in their collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The collaboration, which started in May 2014, aims to develop an effective treatment against tuberculosis (TB). As a result, it will now move into the second stage which is to develop a preclinical candidate.

    Antibiotic resistance is a ticking time bomb, one which BioVersys wants to defuse, thanks to its research based on the identification and the inactivation of bacterial resistance factors in relevant pathogens. The collaboration that is funded by the Wellcome Trust utilizes BioVersys’ award-winning innovative TRIC technology to accelerate the discovery of Transcriptional Regulator Inhibitory Compounds. The project, built upon a very long history of research on Transcriptional Regulators in TB in Lille, will advance molecules that hypersensitize the deadly bacteria to established TB therapies.

    The Wellcome Trust is funding the development activities as part of a pre-existing collaboration with GSK towards finding treatments for diseases largely affecting low-income countries. Marc Gitzinger, CEO of BioVersys commented: “We are very pleased that we have achieved the first milestone in our collaboration with GSK. This is a further confirmation of our TRIC technology. We look forward to advancing in the months ahead the final development of a potent tuberculosis treatment, jointly with GSK’s scientists and our colleagues at Université de Lille.”

    Professor Xavier Vandendriessche, President of Université de Lille 2, droit et santé: “This project illustrates how a tight partnership between academic teams and pharmaceutical laboratories can successfully address crucial but neglected medical needs such as innovative therapies against tuberculosis”.

    Tuberculosis - a neglected disease, a global threat
    Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death globally from a bacterial infectious disease. It is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis which is present (mostly in a latent form) in nearly two thirds of the world’s population. The disease was believed to be on the decline for many years however, WHO reports show there are nine million new cases of active TB every year, and it is estimated that about 1.6 million people die annually from the disease. Moreover, poor compliance with existing treatments has led to the emergence of drug-resistance, which has been exacerbated by the lack of new treatments in the last 40 years.

    The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. The Wellcome Trust provides more than £700 million a year to support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine.

    BioVersys: It all started with venture kick
    Since its creation in 2008, BioVersys won the venture kick final in 2009, generated CHF 2.5 million in seed money and found a home for their lab in the Technologiepark Basel. venture kick played a decisive role in the startup's success, as Marc Gitzinger, the co-founder of BioVersys, says: “venture kick was the first seed capital we received in the company; without this we would not have been able to get off the ground and get our first results. Saying this really means that BioVersys would probably not exist without venture kick. In addition to the money, the coaching and the contacts gained through venture kick really kick-started our company”.

    Marc Gitzinger was also a Venture leader USA in 2008. He had the opportunity to travel to Boston for a 10 days intensive program, meet local investors, startups and experts, and learn more about the internationalization of his business. In addition to Boston, the program now brings the 20 selected entrepreneurs to New York every year.

    The Swiss biopharmaceutical company focuses on research and development of small molecules, which switch off drug resistance against existing antibiotics. With the company’s award-winning TRIC technology it will be possible to restore the efficacy of established antibiotics. BioVersys addresses the high unmet medical need for new treatments of life-threatening bacterial infections that emerged in recent years due to antibiotic resistance. BioVersys' compounds will be used in combination with existing antibiotics, thereby renewing efficacy as well as intellectual property for the established drug. The current research focus is on Nosocomial Infections (hospital infections) and Tuberculosis. In collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and a consortium of the University of Lille, BioVersys aims to develop an effective treatment against Tuberculosis. 

    About University of Lille consortium
    The University of Lille consortium is led by expert scientists in TB research and drug discovery from the Institut Pasteur de Lille, Université de Lille, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). The teams of Professors Nicolas Willand, Alain Baulard and Benoît Deprez have conceived the innovative strategy behind this project. They now share within this public-private partnership their expertise in design, synthesis and testing of the active compounds.

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    The eBee drone developed by SenSefly was also the star of the event ©sensefly.com

    Startup and industry: A sure bet for senseFly, Pix4D and Parrot

    Sa. 06.12.2014, 14:00

    On November 6th, 2014, venturelab hosted an exceptional venture ideas event with Christoph Strecha, Jean-Christophe Zufferey and Henri Seydoux, the CEOs of Pix4D, senseFly and Parrot. Parrot, the leader in the development of wireless technology, is the seller of the world famous "Quadricopter" (the "AR.Drone"). The French group invested in both EPFL based companies in 2012. ...Read more

    The event was a success: More than 140 people showed up at EPFL to listen to the 3 successful entrepreneurs - and to some of their very secret business tips. If you missed it or would like to watch it again, here are the videos of their presentations with a few hints to the talks’ best moments (click on any of the conference presentations below).
     
     
     
    Hints to the videos' best moments (minute' second''):

    The story of Parrot by Henri Seydoux, CEO
    • A company that started from nothing 0’5’’
    • If I could do it, everyone else can “0’36’’
    • Parrot’s first product: a bad idea – carry on! 0’47’’
    • We launched our second product on 9/11 – bad timing 2’09’’
    • But the event triggered other ideas 3’09’’
    • The company started to become profitable: Now, what next? 4’32’’
    • Following other ideas: Follow the boom of cell phones and music players 4’59’’
    • A good idea, market, technology – but a bad business 6’18’’
    • We started doing drones: The AR.Drone 10’31’’
    • Nobody believed in it: we sold 700’000 items 11’22’’
    • We decided to invest in startups 13’36’’
    • Investment in senseFly and Pix4D: We want to build a leader in drones 15’50
    • Henri Seydoux’s advices and entrepreneurial tips: Priceless! 16’

    Pix4D by Christoph Strecha, Founder & CEO
    • It all started in Belgium 0’41’’
    • And then I joined EPFL 1’43’’
    • How everything started with senseFly: “What if you put a camera on this drone?” 2’05’’
    • Everything started then for Pix4D 3’52’’
    • People started to say they wanted to pay for it 4’42’’
    • Joining and learning from venture kick: As a scientist I could never imagine having a company 5’
    • InterGEO 2011: The starting point of the use of drones in the professional sector 6’14’’
    • Parrot invests in Pix4D 7’40’’
    • The timeline of Pix4D, from 3 employees in 2011 to 36 in 2014 8’

    senseFly by Jean-Christophe Zufferey, Co-founder & CEO
    • Since I was a kid I was always interested by flying 1’14’’
    • Putting aviation and mobile robotics together: Hello, drones 2’28’’
    • Some of the researchers I worked with at EPFL are still in my team today 2’56’’
    • Getting inspired by how insects fly to develop our first flying objects at EPFL 3’51’’
    • Our products: Still the lightest drones on the market 7’42’’
    • These are not just drones 8’30’’
    • The customers – using senseFly and Pix4D technology to monitor and map fields, mines or archeological zones 10’
    • 50’000 flights and 5 million photos taken globally for the drones of senseFly 10’32’’
    • Meeting Henri Seydoux in Paris in 2011 12’05’’
    • senseFly today is 80 people 13’50’’
    • The receipt of success: Really, it is about people 14’18’’
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    Mapping the epic Matterhorn by senseFly's eBee drone and Pix4D's 3D image processing technology

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    A market leader in civilian drones joins senseFly and Pix4D (EPFL news of 27.07.2012)
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    UrbanAlps’ co-founder Alejandro Ojeda and his safest high security system in the world.

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    ScanTrust CEO Justin Picard offers a real protection against counterfeiting.

    Real protection against thieves and counterfeiting? Latest venture kick winners UrbanAlps and ScanTrust make it possible.

    Mi. 03.12.2014, 11:00

    UrbanAlps and ScanTrust from ETH Zurich and EPFL starting a new era in the field of protection, a burning issue in today’s fast growing technological society. Now both startupsraised CHF 130.000 by winning the third and last round of venture kick....Read more

    For sure you lock your door before leaving or even upgrade it with highly secure locks to better protect your goods and chattels. 3-D printing technology could change that. In the past high security keys could only be illegally duplicated by skilled thieves. Today the unintended side effect of 3-D printing technology is that even high security keys can be easily duplicated at home. This means that burglars can have easy access to your home with 3-D printed keys.
     
    Today anybody can duplicate your house key with just a picture
    High security keys and their mechanical features have been compromised by the emergence of 3D printing and 3D scanning. Even if you have a mechanical plus electronic key, you should be aware that you only have one barrier left. The Zurich based startup UrbanAlps, who took part in this year’s venture leaders program in Boston and New York, offers the safest high security system in the world. A range of cylinder locks and un-scannable keys based on the Stealth Key concept, a patent pending key that cannot be duplicated, no matter how many pictures or scanners are used: a groundbreaking solution. UrbanAlps’ co-founderAlejandro Ojeda is a mechanical engineer and currently a PhD student at the ETH Zurich. He has received multiple awards, the most remarkable a grant from F1 driver Fernando Alonso. “It was never easy, it will not be easier now, but venture kick was a critical helping hand through our challenging journey. The program was one of the reasons why we went from a rookie league to the NBA of startups. It is not only about financial kicks, but also a game-changing education through the kickers’ camps!
     
    Real protection against counterfeiting? Just a scan away
    Each year, counterfeit products cause billions in damages to industry and trade. EPFL based startup ScanTrust is now taking an innovative approach to combating counterfeiters. The patent-pending solution is based on a copy-proof QR code which is integrated into the packaging or directly into the product. The code contains a copy-sensitive layer that irreversibly degrades during copying. Customers can verify directly if the product is genuine by scanning the code using a ScanTrust smartphone app. CEO Justin Picard has good chances to capture the US-market with his innovation. In 2014, he was not only part of the venture leaders program, he also visited the Silicon Valley with the Swisscom StartUp Challenge. Above all, he is a winner of the prestigious startup Award TOP 100, which shows the best Swiss startups out there: “venture kick is a unique program for startups: the structure of the process allows to measure the progress made and the kickers camps are opportunities to address the difficult questions. Moreover, venture kick is a great way to get in touch with investors as well as to gain visibility.  I can say that venture kick truly paved the way for the first year of ScanTrust.”

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    Laurent Fabre and Fabrizio Lo Conte are back from their business trips in China and Silicon Valley

    eSMART on the way to global expansion

    Mi. 26.11.2014, 10:00

    The two founders of eSMART went around the world with venturelab this autumn: Laurent Fabre was part of the trip with the venture leaders China while Fabrizio Lo Conte crossed the Atlantic with the Swisscom StartUp Challenge. The two former PhD students from EPFL are back to discuss their experience and their winning formula for a simple and intelligent home management system....Read more

    Laurent, you went to China last September with the very first group of venture leaders China. What were your goals and what did you take home from it?
    I wanted to better understand the Chinese market. We had another objective, quite ambitious, which was to find a real estate pilot project to invest in during the trip. We did not accomplish it, but we did forge promising links in the hotel business. In China, 2000 hotels are built every year, strong potential figures for eSMART.

    Fabrizio, you are back from Silicon Valley after the Swisscom StartUp Challenge. Why did you sign-up in the first place?
    We had two goals: understand the property market in the San Francisco Bay area and see if our technology has potential over there. This actually worked really well: we came back having sold our product to the owner of a villa! We still need American certification, but it was a very positive experience for us.

    Tell me about the atmosphere over there, with the other finalists…
    The atmosphere was very stimulating. The exchange with other startups led to conversations on themes that, quite often, cannot be broached with clients or investors. Seeing other startups pitch is also a good way for me to put myself in the shoes of the audience and make my own pitch better. Finally, evenings free from networking allowed us to appreciate a good beer and discover San Francisco by night.

    You fitted an Eco-district of 450 homes in western Switzerland and have shown that your technology works again and again, even abroad. Is this the right time to expand internationally for eSMART?
    These trips allowed us to understand the expectations of the Chinese and American markets. However, we still need to debrief the whole experience and set up a strategy. For the hotel sector in China for example, we are in contact with the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne to draw up a market study. Our expansion should happen in 2015, when we will run our first round of funding.

    eSMART was born in 2012: you seem to have stepped out of academia and into entrepreneurship. What have been the benefits of our programs in this regard?
    In reality, we wouldn’t be here without venture kick and the kickers camps. You need a certain amount of passion (and craziness too) to launch yourself. Beat Schillig and Jordi Montserrat have fortunately always given us honest feedback so that we could grow and meet people. Without them, we would still be in the academic world (laughs).

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    Aeon Scientific won the SWISS TECHNOLOGY AWARD

    Aeon Scientific creams off the Swiss Technology Award

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    venture kick and TOP 100 winner Aeon Scientific receives the 2014 Swiss Technology Award in the category Start-up. The company convinced the jury with its robot-controlled surgical system, which can be used to treat cardiac arrhythmia. ...Read more

    The award ceremony took place on November 20 at the Congress Center in Basel in the presence of more than 1000 decision makers in business, science and politics. A top-class 15-member jury has choosen the winner of the Swiss Technology Award in 2014, among them the venture leader and venture kick alumnus Aeon Scientific. The startup is a medical device company based in Schlieren. Aeon Scientific develops medical equipment together with physicians that will simplify cardiac interventions whilst enhancing their effectiveness and safety. They strive to become a technology leader for steering medical instruments within the human body and enable state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic methods. A first application is the AEON Phocus, a catheter steering system for treating cardiac arrhythmias. In May 2014, the startup has already conclude a financing round of 4.3 million Swiss francs.

    Swiss success stories made by venturelab and venture kick
    A great help for the winner were the venturelab and venture kick programs. 2011 they traveled together with the Swiss National Startup Team to the US. In addition they won 2011 the last and final round of venture kick and won the maximal funding of CHF 130'000. Four other venture kick and venturelab Alumni were nominated for the Swiss Technology Award, too: Versantis, TwingTec, SwissLitho and Squirro.

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    The team of Shared Electric

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    Ban Wang from Smart-LED

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    The AVA team

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    venture pitch shows the latest startups out there

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    DATANEXT, Shared Electric, Smart-LED, AVA and OneVisage are the fortunate winners of venture kick’s first stage. They got kick with CHF 10’000 of pre-seed capital. venture kick will allow them to expand their project and compete for CHF 20'000 next stage....Read more

    DATANEXT offers an asset management system from the cloud. With its platform, each asset management company can do what a big investment bank does. The solutions covers the entire investment process: from idea generation to client and regulatory reporting. This makes it a perfect choice for small independent asset managers in Switzerland.

    Shared Electric develops technology for electricity utilities to make their consumers more responsive in usage with minimal investment. Responsive consumption brings energy savings, optimal operation of grid and more use of renewables. The first product is tailored for utilities extending supply to first-time users of electricity. 


    Smart-LED delvelops smart led streetlights which empowering safety and green functionalities. The startup applies a smart wireless sensor network to LED streetlights allowing to gather traffic information and manage illumination accordingly.




    AVA is working on the future of birth control. The startup is introducing a fertility band that allows for natural, reliable and convenient birth control.






    OneVisage is a selfie authentication company. The startup provides mobile authentication services by using mobile devices as 3D face scanners.

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