Interesting group of Swiss start-ups selected for Tech Tour Growth Forum13.03.2015 09:06
On 19th – 20th March over 50 of Europe’s CEOs and their venture capital backers will gather in Geneva and Lausanne for the 3rd annual Tech Tour Growth Forum. The forum will showcase some of the most important entrepreneurs of today’s tech world. Eight ICT and medtech start-ups from Switzerland have been selected.
The forum will take place over two days with a closed CEO session, reserved for carefully selected CEOs, on 19th March and an open event for all delegates on 20th March. The open session will give a select group of corporate and international investors the opportunity to meet with these influential CEOs for a full-day programme where the CEOs will take part in facilitated panels and fireside chats.
Paul Harvey, head of EMEA Technology, Investment Banking, at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, who will be making a key note speech looking at the state of European Technology during the forum, commented: “Europe is producing some of the most exciting technology companies in the world and at faster rate than ever. The Tech Tour is a key part of this.”
George Coelho, managing director and head of Venture Capital at Good Energies, Co-President of the event and also lead of the Selection Committee said that: “The Selection Committee spent several months hand-picking the top 50 growth company CEOs in Europe. The whole exercise was a refreshing look at how strong Europe really is at the moment, there are some companies here that are on the verge of hyper-growth. This really will be a fantastic event with a very inspiring group of people.”
The selected young companies from Switzerland:
Chocogreets (Pfeffikon) is a new emotional way of customer communication allowing to send personalized messages as a swiss chocolate with a greeting text and an edible picture as a letter around the world.
Dacadoo is a Zurich based company that combines mobile technologies, social networking, gamification and big data analytics with the aim of helping users improve their health and well-being.
Faceshift produces facial motion tracking software. The start-up uses 3D depth cameras as input, allowing to track subtle nuances in both the surface and texture of the face.
EyeFitU (Herrliberg) is an app, allowing shoppers to find their perfect size in seconds.
Id Quantique (Geneva) offers solution in the network encryption, quantum-safe cryptography and scientific instrumentation spaces to customers worldwide.
RAW Labs SA (Lausanne) tames the exponential growth of Big Data through innovative tools which federate and query raw data in-situ.
Sophia Genetics SA (St. Sulpice) debottlenecks informatics and analytics constraints to accelerate Next Generation DNA Sequencing adoption in Clinical practice.
Symetis (Lausanne) is the leading European developer of innovative, minimally invasive heart valve replacement devices.
Apart from the younger companies two other Swiss companies were selected:
Speedlingua from Geneva, a Company which has been effectively restarted and is now enjoying good growth.
And KKB Energy, a Basel-based wholesale renewable energy power provider spun-off from local utility EBM. It has public and private investors and includes investments from EWB (Bern) and Stadtwerk Winterthur.