Meet 8 promising Swiss startups on May 11th

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For the 5th time, the SICTIC Investor Day is taking place in Lausanne (15 of such events already happened in Zürich). The jury, comprised of Pierre Bordry (Capital Proximité), Alexandre Peyraud (aleCent), Pierre-Jean Wipff (Innovaud) and Sal Matteis (entrepreneur and investor), had a hard time selecting the best 8 startups that will have the opportunity to pitch. 22 high qualitative startups from Western Switzerland (and Zürich) applied for the event taking place on May 11th in Lausanne. Here are the 8 selected startups:   PodioBox, Lausanne Interactive conference system revolutionizing the way to deploy presentations   STHar, Lausanne Predicting human behavior for smart geomarketing   myDNA, Geneva Making personalized healthcare a reality with genetic diagnostics solutions   Xsensio, Lausanne Next-generation wearable devices that track biochemical information non-invasively   Obviz, Lausanne Increase user retention and engagement for media producers using artificial …

5 Startup Events To Attend In Switzerland

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Seven weeks ago, I’ve launched the new version of my blog (which was a must-must-must-DO). I’ve added a new section to the blog called My Events Selection, where I suggest some events that I find interesting and that you should consider attending if you’re in the startup/digital world. Switzerland is that tiny that I don’t focus on a specific location (you can reach almost every place in 2 hours, you know it), so you’ll find events taking place in Zürich, Lausanne or Basel. But I also select international events happening in the major European startup hotspots. Moreover, I do my best to get discounts for you, my beloved, addicted readers ;-). So if you weren’t aware of this page, come visit it regularly! Here are 5 events taking place in the next 2 months, that you should consider attending: Überall …

Apply to ICC: The International Create Challenge

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For the 4th year, The International Create Challenge is back. This (free) 3 weeks intensive and immersive technology accelerator program will take place from 25th of August to 15th of September in Martigny. Started by the Idiap Research Institute and the Association for Interactive Multimodal Information Management, now also supported by Polytech Ventures, the challenge is like an extended Startup Weekend (so you have to be fit and ready to last this marathon!): you work within a team of 3-4 people (people and projects have to apply until May 4th) on your project, get access to high technologies developed by the Idiap and are extensively coached to build a Mininum Viable Product and a credible and promising business case.The 3 winners will be get a CHF 10’000.- award each and get a potential investment, as well as additional subsidies and …

The Importance of Startup Board Members

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When you start developing your startup, you are often 2, sometimes 3 co-founders. You may have seen more than 3 co-founders, but experience shows that it is not sustainable to be more than 3 (because everybody has less ownership for instance… but also because it becomes difficult to take decisions move forward quickly). The ideal composition of an internet/software startup is to have one UX/UI designer, a software engineer and a businessman/-woman. The 2 first members are the ones who will actually develop the product and the last one, the one who cares of everything else (administrative tasks, product management, marketing, business development, financials, fundraising, recruiting, etc.). You need to understand and to respect each other really well to make it working. As the businessman/-woman of the team, you need to be on the field, going to meet as many …

5 Startup Competitions to Apply for in April

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Time to apply for startup competitions is back! OK, not all use the same application form (check my post on the topic: “Startup competitions, don’t waste entrepreneurs’ time“), unfortunately… but anyway. These competitions are worth the time. Here are 2 startup acceleration program and 3 pitching competitons you should consider applying for: Pioneers Challenge, Vienna (deadline: April 3rd): Pioneers Festival will take place on May 28-29th this year (therefore no more colliding with WebSummit!). Be one of the top50 startups selected and compete to win EUR 100k in pre-seed investment. APPLY HERE! SICTIC Investor Day Lausanne (deadline: April 12th): the 20th SICTIC Investor Day will take place in Lausanne on May 11th, at Debiopharm. 8 selected startups will pitch the audience (90 seconds, 1 slide) and then the audience will vote for the 4 startups that can make a longer …