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Call for applications for a business roadshow week in China

Do you belong to the top startups in Switzerland and want to boost your future in China? Then apply to be one of the 10 members of the 2020 Swiss national startup team for a rocking week in China. Venture Leaders China is a unique opportunity toMeet Chinese investorsand experts with the Swiss National Startup Team. Applications are open until 1 March 2020!


Merck Invests in State-Of-The-Art Biotech Development Facility

Merck announces a 270 million investment for a new Biotech development center in Corsier-sur-Vevey. The new structure will bring together existing activities that are currently dispersed across various sites within the group. The canton of Vaud welcomes this new creation, which strengthens the Health Valley: more than 1,000 companies are located in Western Switzerland. The canton of Vaud alone is home to around 400.


Swiss Startups Attract Record 2,26 Billion Equity Investment in 2019

The Swiss venture capital market has proved strong in 2019 and Venturelab data shows that equity investments passed the 2 billion-mark for the first time. Following a positive first semester with over 1,3 billion investments in Swiss-based startups, the second half of the year has seen a constant number of relevant growth rounds, bringing the total capital invested in Swiss companies to 2,26 billion. An increase of 83% with respect to 2018. Equity rounds increased from 230 in 2018 to 345 in 2019.


Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund achieves milestone with quarter of a billion francs

The Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund launched in February by the Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation has successfully completed its second fundraising phase. CHF160 million are available for investments in existing funds. CHF90 million will be invested directly. The Fund has invested already in first growth companies as well as in funds.


Aleva secures a CE mark and $8 million

Aleva Neurotherapeutics’ flagship product, the directSTIM Deep Brain Stimulation System for neurological indications such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor is now CE Mark certified. The company has also raised USD 8 million in the first closing of a Series E financing round.


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.


IMD Startup competition reveals the winners of the 2019/2020 edition

The 22nd edition of the IMD startup completion welcomes 42 winners to their next journey. The startups will work in three categories: 15 with the fulltime MBA class, 21 with the EMBA and 6 with the newly launched category IMD Emerging Leaders. Among them 17 are Vaud based companies.


CHF 7.3 million for CREAL

Lausanne based startup CREAL (formerly CREAL3D) closed a series A financing round raising CHF 4.3 million. In addition the start-up obtained financial support from the European Innovation Council and FIT. The funding will enable CREAL to bring its light-field technology from the current prototype stage to the next-generation VR headsets and later AR headsets.


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.