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Bringing Back Trust in Tech

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With all scandals damaging trust in digital platforms (like the Cambridge Analytica case) in the recent years, there are more and more efforts invested in “making the internet safe again”. There is big trend emerging in Lausanne region, where worldwide famous tech school EPFL is located. This school, canton of Vaud and some other worldwide leading companies based in the region launched a Center for Digital Trust end of 2018. Part of this program is the Tech4Trust startup acceleration program, lasting 4 months and leaded by EPFL Innovation Park. Tech4Trust announced this 7th of October 2019 14 startups they selected for this acceleration program. Here they are! Access Informer: Access Informer is a simple yet powerful solution for companies to collect, analyze and monitor user authorizations across key systems, including SAP, Active Directory, SharePoint and network shares. CybrQ: CybrQ is …

This Was SeedStars Summit 19. And its 77 Startups!

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Early April, the SeedStars Summit took place at Swiss Tech Convention Center in Lausanne. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend it in person. Luckily, a tech and startup enthusiast of my network, Elliot Morisod, was able to jump in and report it here… So thank you Elliot for sharing your experience participating to SeedStars Summit! You can discover the complete list of SeedStars Summit Startups here. Seedstars is a Swiss-based group with a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Through a variety of worldwide events, acceleration programs and competitions, including the largest startup competition in emerging markets (Seedstars World Competition), Seedstars aims at fostering impact investing and impact entrepreneurship over the world. Organized in the form of boot camps and conferences, the Summit …

The 77 Startups of SeedStars Summit 2019

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Discover the 77 startups who were selected for SeedStars Summit. AgriTech Agroportex.bio We suggest investing not just in the basic need – in food. We suggest investing in health. Let’s make our future healthy & Organic together ! CEE, Ukraine BandimOnline To reduce the loss of products from the producer to the customer, BandimOnline has been created to provide products on time with best prices. Africa, Guinea-Bissau Panal Fresh Connecting farmers and suppliers to markets and customers using technology. LATAM, Bolivia Rera online farm Rera is an online platform that provides an opportunity for retail consumers to farm their own poultry produce. Africa, Zimbabwe CleanTech Droople Droople enables water ecosystem stakeholders identify waste with active monitoring and insights in order to save water, energy and costs. Africa Consumer & Business Agam Security Agam Security is the first company to offer …

The 10 Health and InsurTech Startups of InnoPeaks 1.0

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For the second time in the week, I’ve been attending startup pitches… which did not happen for me for a very, very long time, as you may have noticed ;-)! Friday 15th of March was the day selected by InnoPeaks to present its first batch of health tech an insurtech startups, in Sion. Powered by the insurance company Groupe Mutuel and Fusion, this 3 months program intents to accelerate startups from wonderful canton of Valais. It remembered me the initial days of Fusion, where I acted as Program Director (or MVP builder, how you want to name it ;-)!), without all the stress of setting up a Demo Day… Nicolas Loeillot, Chief Innovation Officer of Groupe Mutuel, talked about how the Group Mutuel liner is finally moving towards innovation. They want to become a “LifeTime Partner” for patients, and no more just …

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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!