L.E.S.S. SA raises CHF 14 millions to accelerate its industrialization in the automotive market

L.E.S.S. SA, a Vaud-based high tech company manufacturing a new generation of ultra-bright and ultra-thin lighting systems, announced in July the closing of a CHF 14 million Series B financing round to accelerate the industrialization of their products in the automotive market. The round was led by new private and existing investors.


Lausanne, capital of tech

Lausanne creates about the same number of startups as Zurich does, with only a third of the population. This is how the city’s tech community manages to punch above its weight. Read the interview of Innovaud managing director Patrick Barbey by Sifted, the new media site for Europe’s innovators and entrepreneurs.


Gamaya raises CHF12 million in the Series B round

The imaging technology for the agricultural sector of the Scale Up Vaud company Gamaya is expected to hit the market soon, with the closing of a CHF 12 million round of financing led by the largest Indian tractor manufacturer, Mahindra & Mahindra.


Call for startups: PostVenture19

venturelab launched the PostVenture19 innovation program in collaboration with Swiss Post. The ten best business ideas will be supported by Swiss Post up to CHF 50,000. Apply below!


Investments in Swiss startups exceed CHF 1 billion in the first half of 2019

After record investment in 2018, the venture capital market has stayed strong in 2019. Venture capital investment in Swiss startups doubled to exceed a billion Swiss francs during the first half of 2019, driven by funding rounds in GetYourGuide, Sophia Genetics and ADC Therapeutics.


Aurora’s Grid gains market traction

Aurora’s Grid just announced the launch of its two first products. Moreover, two important new clients are expected soon.


When the world’s science writers gather in Switzerland

The World Conference of Science Journalists was underway last week in Lausanne. What do the visitors from abroad think of Swiss contributions to science? A report made by during Innovaud's Field Trip about Vaud's startups and scale-ups.


Towards high-precision automated weeding

Young company Ecorobotix, based in Yverdon-les-Bains, will commercialize in 2020 a robot which, based on algorithms, will drastically reduce the amount of pesticides needed for weeding. Ecorobotix raised 10,6 million francs in May 2019 and keeps developing. Here is an interview by Cleantech Alps.


FIT Digital by EHL : un programme commun d’aide aux start-ups du domaine « Food and Hospitality »

FIT Digital by EHL cible les start-ups actives dans les technologies digitales et leurs applications dans l’alimentation et le secteur de l’accueil au sens large. Une première start-up a été sélectionnée pour en bénéficier : OriginFood (article en français).