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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).


Stabilizing a cliff using biomineral binders

EPFL spin-off Medusoil has successfully tested its ground-stabilization process on cliffs subject to surface erosion. The company’s biomineral-based solution can be used to stabilize sandy and gravelly subsoils to safeguard surrounding infrastructure. It is a long-lasting and easy-to-use alternative to industrial fluids – the production and use of which can be harmful to the environment. The startup is now ready to scale up production.


For a competitive Vaud tax system

According to the CVCI study, Vaud innovation occupies an enviable place in international rankings. On the other hand, personal taxation remains a major challenge. The Vaud people are at the top of the list of the Confederation's most heavily taxed taxpayers. This study, published every two years, is based on an objective inter-cantonal and international comparison. The aim is to show where the canton stands in terms of taxation, but also to shed light on how to ensure the canton's prosperity today and in the future.


Increase in the number of start-ups supported by Innovaud

In 2019, Innovaud supported almost 50 Vaud start-ups before their creation, compared to 43 for the whole of 2018. This progression is due to several factors, such as access to numerous resources and skills to start a business, a lively ecosystem of innovation and a strong research and development capacity, among others (article in French).


3 winners at the Innovation by Design Challenge in 2019 !

The award ceremony for the Innovation by Design Challenge (launched by ECAL, HEIG-VD, EPFL, the City of Renens, Innovaud and Les Ateliers of Renens) took place on the 19th of November with more than 200 attendees.
Two winners tied for the jury's award: Nebulo Systems (anti-theft system) and Pneumoscope (intelligent stethoscope for respiratory diseases). The audience voted for "Codex D." (interactive museum guide) for the "Coup de Cœur" Award.


Application are now open for a roadshow in Silicon Valley

Venture Leaders Technology 2020 is a program bringing 10 advanced Swiss startups to the Silicon Valley for extensive networking sessions, business development and investor pitching. Apply here before January 12 to take part in the Swiss National Startup Team 2020