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Previous Winners

Launched in 1997, >>venture>> has now been fostering winning business ideas for over two decades. Competition alumni have gone on to successfully found over 700 companies and create more than 7,000 jobs here in Switzerland. Read on to learn more about the up-and-coming innovators that >>venture>> has supported over the years.

1st Place

ReflectUS

The current diagnostic methods for breast cancer have several negative implications such as radiation exposure. reflectUS’s proprietary ultrasound technology detects malignant tumors by using the speed of sound as novel quantitative biomarker.

1st Place

T3 Pharmaceuticals

T3 Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company working to advance innovative therapies for cancer patients. The method is based on live bacteria that specifically grow in solid tumors, where they produce and deliver an active agent using our proprietary technology.

1st Place

novoMOF (formerly theMOFcompany)

novoMOF is the market pioneer in providing a unique, customer-oriented production service for chemicals known as Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), which are set to revolutionize industrial processes. The service addresses the urgent market need for custom MOFs.

1st Place

EBAMed

300'000 patients in Europe are treated every year for heart arrhythmias using manual surgeries, which are scary, complex and lengthy. EBAMed's non-invasive solution based on proton beams enables the same treatment in a single session, whilst saving hospitals 5 times the time and 3 times the costs.

1st Place

Artiria Medical

Artiria developed a disruptive medical device to help neuroendovascular surgeons treat stroke-patients. The system allows the surgeon to navigate quickly and safely through the brain arteries thanks to a micro-robotic tool. This device drastically improves the outcome of stroke-related procedures.

1st Place

Lumendo (formerly Lumigbo)

Materials currently being used for dental implants are injected without control over the solidification of the material. Lumendo developed a technology to place implants inside the body by solidifying liquid materials with a shot of light, for endodontics, orthopedics or neurovascular surgery.

2nd Place

Haelixa

Current assessment methods for the structure of geothermal or oil reservoirs are unreliable, expensive and toxic. Haelixa developed a DNA-tracer methodology that helps generating a highresolution map of a geothermal or oil reservoir to track and monitor fluids in various environmental and industrial settings.

2nd Place

Struckd

Struckd is a platform that closes the gap between gamification and user generated content. It enables gamers from around the world to build, share and play their own game and turn advertisement into an experience.

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Comphya (formerly TreatED)

Erectile dysfunction patients non-amenable to oral drug therapy resort to problematic and outdated therapies. TreatED is developing an implantable medical device, based on neuroprosthetics principle, that will offer a unique and superior treatment.

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nanoleq

nanoleq is a spin-off of ETH Zürich with strong expertise in robust stretchable electronics. We offer unbreakable cables for critical applications in medical devices, robotics and consumer electronics.

2nd Place

hemoTune

hemoTUNE are developing a revolutionary therapeutic blood purification platform. Functionalized magnetic nanoparticles applied in a dialysislike circuit allow specific removal of disease-related compounds directly from a patient’s blood in an efficient and mild way.

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Microcaps

Microcaps has developed a versatile method to fabricate Microcapsules with precise size control. This enables our customers to fully control the behavior of such capsules, which play an essential role in Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics, Agrochemicals, and many more industries.

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3rd Place

Rainbow Biosystem

Current methods to measure water pollution either raise ethical concerns of animal welfare or require considerable amount of manual intervention. Rainbow Biosystems developed an automated, fish cell impedance-based biosensing system for detecting water toxicity.

3rd Place

PeakProfiling

Diagnosis of mental disorders is currently based on subjective data and strongly depends on the individual physician. There is no early warning device for patients and no systematic tracking of successful treatments. PeakProfiling’s solution: an algorithm to diagnose depression from the voice using quantitative musicology.

3rd Place

Lymphatica

Lymphatica have designed and patented the first implantable solution for treating lymphedema, one of the most common side effects of cancer treatment. The intent is to produce and market the implant, thus enabling millions of cancer survivors to regain their self-confidence and independence.

3rd Place

Daphne Technology

Daphne’s proprietary technology is a single solution that will help commercial ship owners to comply with international marine SOx and NOx air emission regulations for a lower cost than current solutions and without the need for an initial infrastructure investment.

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Involi

INVOLI enables the safe integration of drones into the air traffic, thus avoiding collisions with aircraft and permitting new exciting applications (drone delivery, drone taxi). Our system provides the currently missing low-altitude air traffic data to drones, and thus allows a safe and shared sky.

3rd Place

Rapid Graft

Wounds or skin defects can have severe physical and psychological impact on patients. Often, these wounds require a skin transplant. Rapid Graft develops a tool to take precise skin grafts quickly and much more easily than existing techniques.

4th Place

ComfyLight

ComfyLight is dedicated to generating novel inhome security products and services for everyone. The product ComfyLight is a simple and instant security solution built in a sensor-packed light bulb and a smartphone app.

4th Place

Insolight

Insolight's goal is to cut solar electricity costs by doubling the efficiency of solar panels. The innovative optical technology allows sunlight to be concentrated on high-efficiency solar cells in a flat-panel assembly.

4th Place

SwissProsthetics

SwissProsthetics provides an affordable, modular, and robust prosthetic hand solution for children and adults. Our products facilitate better social integration and improve the quality of life for those affected. The project benefits from the real life experiences of a father and his daughter.

4th Place

Agrosustain

AgroSustain develops efficient organic treatments to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables infected with fungal pathogens. AgroSustain's products promote the reduction of food waste and plastic consumption by extending food shelf life.

4th Place

TWIICE

The currently available exoskeletons on the markets are only suitable for a very small number of patients. TWIICE developed a modular exoskeleton that can be specifically customized to the needs of each user, enabling all those who cannot use a standard solutions to walk, sit and climb stairs.

4th Place

Vibwife

In devoloped countries midwifes rarely undertake the repositioning of birth, although it is proven to have positive effects. Vibwife develops the world's first active mobilization system for women giving birth. It replaces the normal mattress of existing birth beds.

5th Place

ASTROCAST

While in urban areas there are communication networks for Machine to Machine communication (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT), there is no global network available to cover remote areas. ASTROCAST aims to provide a global M2M/IoT network for remote monitoring, predictive maintenance, intelligent data, and geolocation services. 

5th Place

Peripal

Patients dialysing at home and not in the hospital have a better quality of life, but encounter a critical therapy step that may cause infections: the manual connection of tubings. The novel Peripal device helps patients to connect and results in fewer infections and lower healthcare costs. 

5th Place

SUINCol

The SUINCoL team has developed a unique technology that cures incontinence in a simple procedure at your doctor’s office. SUINCoL’s patented injectable therapy regenerates the bladder muscles of patients suffering from incontinence.

5th Place

EmbryoSpin

EmbryoSpin is the first high-tech hardware company that will offer magnetic resonance instrumentation at the scale of a human embryo. Our long term goal is to market a device for assessing the health and viability of embryos fertilised in vitro.

5th Place

Araris

Araris develops antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) for targeted cancer therapy. Generating ADCs with current methods is complex and expensive, and they often have limited stability and suboptimal efficacy. Without engineering, we can turn any native antibody into an ADC with optimal properties.

5th Place

Komp-ACT

Today’s electro-mechanical solutions are not responsive enough, too heavy and produce significant heat and noise. Komp-ACT designed two types of lightweight electro-mechanical actuators that could potentially reduce up to 40% of the energy burnt for the actuation system during a flight.