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Three Vaud businesses make the list of Europe’s super scale-ups

This year, the Vaud Office for Economic Affairs and Innovation (SPEI) is again a sponsor of the Tech Tour Growth Summit, an annual event that showcases the top 50 scale-ups in Europe. Four Swiss firms, including three from Vaud – Flyability, Kandou and Nexthink – made the list this year. The 50 scale-ups are selected out of 400 young European businesses and have the potential to become tomorrow’s unicorns.


EPFL spin-off Lunaphore raises 23 million francs

Lunaphore, a startup whose first product hit the European market last summer, today announced that it has completed a new round of fundraising. The startup brought in 23 million francs in Series C, boosting its capital to 34.3 million francs. The company plans to use these proceeds to invest in the US market and develop new products.


Financing: The FIT grants CHF 500'000 to CREAL

CREAL has obtained a Tech Growth loan of CHF 500’000 from the Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT). Based at the EPFL Innovation Park, the start-up develops a light-field display technology for virtual and augmented reality, which brings true optical depth and a better immersion.


Four new companies join the Scale Up Vaud program

Astrocast, Edgelab, L.E.S.S. and Olympe enter the Scale Up Vaud program in 2020. A total of 27 Vaud companies are members of the label. Since their creation, these companies have together generated 3,176 jobs worldwide, including 1,818 in Switzerland.


The capital invested in Vaud start-ups increased by 70% in 2019

According to the Swiss Venture Capital Report unveiled today in Lausanne, investment in Swiss start-ups crossed the 2 billion franc mark in 2019. The canton of Vaud shows a great dynamism with a 70% increase in capital invested between 2018 (CHF 267.5 million) and 2019 (CHF 455.7 million).


Launch of the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley

The Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley was launched today at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The initiative, led by the Canton of Vaud, EPFL, EHL and Nestlé, aims to address the key challenges of sustainable and high-quality food by attracting talent, start-ups and investments to Switzerland.


Vaud startups receive CES 2020 Innovation Awards

Xsensio and TYXIT are among the winners of the Consumer Electronics Show Innovation Awards, which recognize outstanding design and engineering of consumer technology products. Xsensio is developing a Lab-on-Skin detection platform to detect biochemical information in real time and TYXIT offers a live music solution with wireless handheld devices that enable speed and flexibility.


SteriLux raises CHF 1.78 million

SteriLux, the Swiss medtech company that took the step from product development to market entry this year, announces the closing of a financing round of CHF 1.78 million. In addition to existing investors, the ONE CREATION cooperative and new private investors are joining this financing round. This investment will support the launch of the first product as well as future developments.


Swiss startups on the global radar

Whether its company rankings or competitions, Swiss startups have constantly secured a spot. In the recent venture radar ranking of top university spinoffs, three of the 18 are from Switzerland. The Venture radar has identified top spin-offs from all over the world founded since 2017 that could the largest commercial impact. In total, the selection committee nominated eighteen spinoffs and among them are two from Canton of Vaud : Nagi Bioscience (EPFL, 2019) and AgroSustain (UNIL, 2018).