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Twiice gets people with paraplegia back on their feet

Twiice gets people with paraplegia back on their feet
Step after step, one foot after the other. Your skis heavy on your feet, your backpack a constant strain, your face drenched in sweat. Pausing to look up, all you see is the steep mountain climb looming ahead. Undeterred, you plant one of your ski poles into the snow, and then the other, and continue your ascent. Welcome to the world of ski touring, a highly demanding yet popular sport that consists of walking up the side of a mountain on your skis for several hours and then, once at the top, skiing back down.

Does trudging up a snowy mountain on skis sound hard? Imagine doing it if you don’t have the use of your legs. That very feat was accomplished by a paraplegic patient in a remarkable demonstration of the lower-limb exoskeleton developed by Vaud-based startup Twiice.


Sonix delivers blazing audio speeds for remote gamers and musicians

On 9 July 2022, people attending the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Jazz à Vienne festival near Lyon, France, were in for a special treat. One of the jazz ensembles they enjoyed was split up between the two venues – some members of the group were onstage in Montreux, while the rest were in Vienne, nearly 300 kilometers away. Despite the distance, the ensemble delivered a seamless joint performance that was streamed live for spectators at both sites.


SmartHelio, the solution that anticipates solar panel failures

The startup, based at EPFL, has developed a system capable of identifying future failures that solar panels may experience. SmartHelio utilizes artificial intelligence to analyze a set of data specific to each solar park. We spoke with the founder and CEO, Govinda Upadyay.


Economic promotion: Strategic rapprochement with Quebec

A meeting between a delegation from the Quebec government and Vaud’s Department of the Economy, Innovation, Employment and Patrimony (DEIEP) took place yesterday in Lausanne. On this occasion, the State Councillor of the Department of the Economy, Innovation, Employment and Patrimony had the opportunity to exchange views with her Quebec counterpart, the Minister of International Relations and Francophonie and Minister responsible for the Status of Women. Sharing complementary values and assets in terms of innovation and the economy, Quebec and the Canton of Vaud, which have a common language, have agreed to set up a strategic rapprochement.


bNovate, a portable laboratory for water quality

The EPFL-based scale-up bNovate has developed a connected device capable of on-site water contamination detection within 20 minutes. This innovation addresses a challenge that has intensified in recent years due to climate change, repeated extreme weather events, and increasing urbanization. Indeed, managers of drinking water networks have an urgent need for fast, simple, and cost-effective means to ensure the sanitary quality of the consumed water.


Green Motion has successfully gone from start-up to exit, rounding off the Innovaud support cycle

The Green Motion journey began in 2009. The brainchild of François Randin, whose IT entrepreneurial experience and passion for cars make for a powerful combination, the start-up pioneered charging points for electric cars and plug-in hybrids, moving swiftly through all the growth phases before selling its businesses to Eaton in 2021 and to Shell this year. It’s been a 14-year long journey, clocking up major milestones along the way, with Innovaud's support, via the Scale Up programme in particular, being integral to the process.


Filtrage spectral pour l’agrivoltaïsme

L’ombrage partiel qu’entraînent les panneaux agrivoltaïques conventionnels sur les cultures n’est pas envisageable pour les plantes qui ont besoin de beaucoup de lumière. Le concept de filtrage spectral comble cette lacune et permet de produire de l’électricité au-dessus de ces cultures sans réduire le rendement agronomique.


Vaud listed in Startup Genome 2023 report

We are delighted to be one of the partners of Startup Genome, the world leader in innovation policy research and consulting. This is a great opportunity to showcase the quality of the Vaud ecosystem on a global scale.

Discover the two pages devoted to the Innovaud ecosystem in the latest Startup Genome report.


Aurora’s Grid sets sights on booming Balkan market

Envirtus Investment, formerly LL&DS Holdings, joined Aurora’s Grid board a couple of months ago and since then, the teams are working on a massive strategic operation for battery storage in Balkan Market and Europe. Strategic investor Loukas Lazarakis and Dimitri Torregrossa are confident to see first breakthrough project together within end of this year.