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Swiss StartCup Challenge crowns first winners

The first Swiss StartupCup Challenge attracted considerable interest. A total of 270 ideas were submitted for the competition. On Monday, the winners in the categories of startups, SMEs and students were chosen, and an additional jury favourite prize was awarded. The three winners will receive prize money of CHF 20,000 each to implement their innovative idea, as well as a mentoring programme from B Lab Switzerland.


More than 55 partnerships to boost startups' growth

Yesterday, the ten-week Kickstart program, supported by the Office for Economic Affairs and Innovation (SPEI), ended with 55 partnerships signed between startups, scaleups, and established companies and organizations in Switzerland and Austria. The secured Proofs of Concepts, pilots, and commercial projects will help startups to accelerate their development and launch their solutions.


RENT Switzerland: Innovation Award

During the 4th edition of RENT SWITZERLAND 2023, the Innovation Award will be presented. Supported by the Canton of Vaud, this award is dedicated to innovative companies (PropTech, CleanTech, Construction) proposing a product and/or service developed since or after 2020 responding to a market need. The presentation of the files will be done in French and English. Participating companies will be automatically invited to the evening of 28 March.


Intelsat chooses SWISSto12 to open a new chapter in satellite communication

Intelsat, operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network, becomes the first commercial customer for SWISSto12’s innovative HummingSat geostationary telecommunications satellite. SWISSto12 will produce the Intelsat 45 satellite, a landmark for next generation geostationary satellites.


3rd edition of the Riviera-Lavaux Economy Awards

The Mérites de l'Economie awards are intended for all companies in the Riviera-Lavaux region and reward those who, through their initiatives, energy and commitment, help to stimulate the regional economy. The 6 winning companies were revealed on 17 November during the Riviera-Lavaux Economy Awards evening.


ASPIVIX closes Series A+ funding round with USD 5M

While the funding will accelerate market access in Europe and US and finance clinical activities in the US, the EUREKA-EUROSTARS grant will fuel R&D activities to expand the company's product offering. ASPIVIX manufactures non-traumatic gynecological devices. The company took part in the Venture Kick and Venture Leaders programs and was named one of 2020's TOP 100 Swiss Startups.


InnoPME: Your innovation programme for SMEs

InnoPME is a programme created by the Service de la promotion de l'économie et de l'innovation (SPEI) in partnership with Strategyzer. In a changing context in which SMEs need to be agile and able to innovate, this programme aims to make innovation possible for Vaud SMEs in all sectors of activity: services, trade, crafts, tourism, industry, etc.


Privilège Ventures launches $20M fund investing in women-led startups

The Swiss-based venture capital firm will invest in female founders with its CHF 20 million Fund IV. The fund, the first of its kind in Switzerland and one of very few globally, acts on research that shows that for every $1 of investment raised, startups run and co-run by women generated roughly twice the revenues on investments compared to male led companies.


Scaling Up Sales: Discover the 2022 cohort

Co-organised by the Office for Economic Affairs and Innovation (SPEI), Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT) and Innovaud, this programme supports SMEs and technology start-ups in their growth phase by developing the commercial management skills of entrepreneurs. Discover the ten companies selected for this first round.