The German Startups Association and the European Startup Network have published the 2nd European Startup Monitor report. The study represents 2,515 start-ups from 18 different countries, including Switzerland, one of the newly added countries this year. In comparison to start-ups from other European countries Swiss companies have a high number of employees, are able to attract more money and have experienced founders.
Hackathons are continuously gaining popularity. Four Hackathons have already been confirmed for 2017. These include; SixHackathon, StartHack, Swiss Cultural OpenData Hackathon and Digital Festival During the intensive days, teams of programmers, designers, tech-enthusiasts come together to work on their business ideas and develop new products.
ActLight, a photonics technology startup recognised for its breakthrough Dynamic PhotoDiodes, has announced a project of next-generation sensors for low energy heartrate sensing for wearable devices in cooperation with ON Semiconductor. ON Semiconductor provides energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use.
The 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Index has been released. The major surprise this year is the movement of Switzerland from eighth place to second place, making it the best in Europe. The reasons for the climb: very strong scores in product innovation, process innovation and high percentage of businesses that intend to employ at least ten people and plan to grow more than 50 percent in five years.
At the 30th SICTIC Investor Day, the two keynote speeches on fintech were made by Thomas Puschmann, professor at the University of Zurich and head of the Swiss Fintech Innovation Lab, and David Shrier, Managing Director, Connection Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We talked to David Shrier on the sidelines of the event.
A few days ago MassChallenge Switzerland rewarded 6 startups in Renens. One of the two Diamond Level winners is machIQ, an industry 4.0 company. Startupticker.ch had the opportunity to interview Roy Chikballapur, the CEO of the company to learn more about its activities and the relocation to Switzerland.
Im Zuge einer Kapitalerhöhung von CHF 350’000 hat eine Investorengruppe um den M&A-Berater Nikolaus Wein und den Business Angel Yves Latour die Mehrheit an der Lunchgate AG übernommen. Neuer Geschäftsführer wird Martin Weisskopf.