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The 50 Swiss Startups in Which to Invest in 2019

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This Tuesday, I had the opportunity to attend (again!) the event organised by the Swiss economic magazine Bilan in Lausanne. For the 7th consecutive year, Bilan selected 50 Swiss startups in which to invest. More than 145 startups applied (all applying for the first time) and a team of experienced entrepreneurs and investors was mandated to review the applications and selects its favorites. Fabrice Delaye, the well-known tech journalist of Bilan, who is also the initiator of this competition, made a particularly interesting introduction regarding the average return for Venture Capital: from 2008, Venture Capital provided an average 35% return per year, compared to the  22% of private equity (where everybody in the finance world want to go) or the  16% for real estate sector. Fabrice concluded that it’s not only fun to invest in startups: you simply cannot neglect startup …

What You Face as a Woman in Business Today

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Some months ago, I’ve had an interesting discussion with fellow entrepreneurs about the #MeToo movement and what you can potentially face as a woman in business (not exclusively as a startup founder, but every woman working). We were there to coach wannabe entrepreneurs and we had genders equally represented. As naive as men can be (…), we were discussing if all the sh*tty situations making the  headlines may not be the behaviour of just a few horrible guys. Our female coaching mates around the table told us that this kind of things happens on an almost daily basis. These colleagues cannot be flagged as fanatic feminists, let me be clear about that. Of course, most daily behaviours are not so extreme as sexual harassment and assaults. Fortunately! But there are many situations we have all experienced live, that should stop …

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Discover the Startups of La Forge, at EPFL Innovation Park

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EPFL Innovation Park is organising for the 9th time the Demo Day of La Forge on June 21st, from 14:00. The startup entrepreneurs of this co-working place located right at the heart of EPFL Innovation Park will be pitching their startup and demonstrating their product at their booth. La Forge Demo Day is a unique opportunity to meet these early-stage startups and… challenge their founders? The Demo Day will also coincide with the closing of La Forge’s first acceleration batch focused on MedTech. The projects will be present at stands to present their innovations. You can have a look on the startups located at La Forge hereafter: Tayo Tayo reinvents the way tenants interact with real-estate agencies and property managers. logmind AI-accelerated machine data analytics Aesyra A wearable medical device for the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of nocturnal teeth grinding (bruxism) …

Win a Free Ticket to Fintech 2018 & Swiss Fintech Awards Night

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Swiss startup ecosystem is more and more dynamic. And especially in the Fintech and crypto/blockchain areas. By now, you probably have heard of the “Crypto Valley”, regarding the region of Zug! Next week, on Thursday 15th of May, a major Fintech conference is happening in Zürich: Fintech 2018. Many C-level people from the biggest Swiss financial institutions will be there, and this is a great opportunity to network! Startupolic is partnering with the Fintech 2018 conference to offer ONE free ticket to the whole conference! And for all the ones who will not win, we have a special 50% discount (but if, and only if, you’re a startup)! Deadline to apply to win this ticket is on Sunday 11th of March, at 0900. Good luck!

Startup Weekend is back in Biel/Bienne

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As you probably know, I’m a huge fan of Startup Weekend. Why? Because it’s simply the most efficient way to quickly start any project, test it and gather a team. Many people: complain they cannot find any co-founders. Go to Startup Weekend! do not know where to start, as they’ve never done this before… Go to Startup Weekend! want to polish their Business Plan (!) before going to potential investors or customers… Go to Startup Weekend! dream their project instead of projecting their dream. What is the value of thinking about a project for months/years but never acting? Is there no best allocation of your time / brain power? You’ve understood it by now: Go to Startup Weekend! I’ve participated to many editions as a jury member (in Lausanne and Neuchâtel) years ago, before organising 3 of them on my own (one …

Our Interview @ Y Combinator – Guest Post by Ledgy

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This is a Guest post by Yoko Spirig, originally published here. Yoko is one of the 3 co-founders of the Zürich-based startup Ledgy, created during Summer 2017. In this blog post, she describes their experience of being selected for an interview at the Y Combinator headquarters in Mountain View, California. And why she thinks it’s important for Switzerland that more Swiss startups apply to YC. Do you know how many Swiss startups have ever been funded by YC? 0, Null, Nada — and this needs to change! Two months ago, when we were still a three months old startup, we sent our written application for the Winter 2017 batch. Although some people said it was too early, it felt natural for us to apply because YC focuses more on the team’s potential than on how far you are in your product development. …

Being An Entrepreneur: What They Don’t Tell You!

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  This is a Guest post by Dan Bowyer, originally published here. I couldn’t keep nodding as I’ve read this piece so I asked him the permission to reshare it here. Dan is a Tech Entrepreneur & Investor based in London. He has over 20 years experience helping people build businesses and implement digital. He enjoyed some spectacular failures and some delightful successes, while working with 300 or so businesses over the past 20 years. He has recently owned, managed or been a shareholder in 12 Startups.   This came from a Quora question that I couldn’t help but answer when I should have been getting on with other things – “What are the common misconceptions of being an entrepreneur”. Let me know if you agree. It’s a fascinating subject and now an active choice for many young people. I’ve been …

Starting up @La Forge – Discover the Startups!

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The EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute for Technology) is one of the best engineering school in the world. In the last 10 years, I’ve been seing the massive change happening on the entrepreneurial/startup ecosystem there. The EPFL Innovation Park (initially known as the Parc Scientifique, rebranded back in 2010 or so) has expanded massively, from 3 buildings to 10… The entrepreneurial and events activity has also increased massively. For me, EPFL Innovation Park is the uncontested heart of the tech startup scene in Western Switzerland (even if there are plenty other technology parks doing a great job). In 2013, EPFL Innovation Park opened a coworking space for early stage startups: La Forge. Access to it is selective and you need to apply to get in. However, you get a regular coaching by experienced entrepreneurs and coaches, from EPFL Innovation Park and …