Ana Maria Montero @ammonterocnn | 30 November 2018

U-turn ahead for the Swiss economy?

U-turn ahead for the Swiss economy?U-turn ahead for the Swiss economy?U-turn ahead for the Swiss economy?
Jan-Egbert Sturm, director of the KOF Swiss Economic Institute, was surprised by the negative GDP figures released this week. With the KOF barometer now confirming that the Swiss economy will be under pressure, Sturm tells us how concerned we should be.
Tanya König
PXL Vision is growing its share in the Swiss telecommunication market
ETH spin-off PXL Vision wants to teach machines to see and identify objects and faces. The Swiss start-up was customer-financed since its inception, but now the company has decided to seek investment to fund its global expansion. Founder and CEO Michael Born tells us more.
Hannah Wise
Corporate tax vote brings wind of optimism to the SEF
Reporting from the Swiss Economic Forum, CNNMoney Switzerland’s Hannah Wise explains how the recent approval of the corporate tax reform is a big relief for Swiss companies. She also says that the SEF could be more open and why it should do more to improve women’s participation.
Tanya König
How New Roots wants to disrupt the dairy industry
The vegan cheese market has a lot of potential, says Alice Fauconnet, co-founder of New Roots, a food start-up in Switzerland that is looking to expand throughout Europe. She and her partner Freddy Hunziker believed in the idea of vegan cheese and now it’s paying off. Meet the company that’s been nominated for a Swiss Economic Award this week.
Hannah Wise
Swiss start-ups can benefit from the recent corporate tax vote
The recent tax vote in Switzerland aims at leveling the playing field for big multinationals, but, according to PwC’s Jürg Niederbacher, it could also benefit start-ups.
Tanya König
A tree for every product sold
Robin Gnehm and Nicholas Hänny founded the sustainable clothing start-up Nikin in 2016 without any funding from investors. They’ve grown to a team of 17 employees and are especially popular among the millennial set. Their promise? They plant a tree for every product sold. And now they’ve been nominated for a Swiss Economic Award.
Hannah Wise
Why Swiss start-ups shouldn’t compete on price
Sure, you need smarts to succeed, but you don’t need to be a genius. So says leadership professor Ingo Stolz from Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. He also tells us that Swiss start-ups shouldn’t compete on price.
Tanya König
How start-up Astrocast is writing a new page to Swiss space history
Astrocast’s first satellite was launched from Elon Musk’s SpaceX, and now the Swiss start-up is developing a nanosatellite network for the Internet of Things. The EPFL spin-off has been nominated for a Swiss Economic Award this week, and its founder Fabien Jordan tells Tanya König about the worldwide potential of its low-cost technology.
CNNMoney Switzerland
BB Biotech’s building blocks
Pioneering spirit, know-how and growth are the basis for BB Biotech's success over the past 25 years and have made the investment trust one of the world's largest biotech investors. Learn more about the key factors of this success story.
Hannah Wise
Why China is a great place for Swiss start-ups
“China is a hard market,” says Mark Greeven of IMD Business School, but don’t let that put you off. He says that the freedom to fail there means that start-ups can afford to take risks and try out new ideas.
Tanya König
Why going international makes sense for a proptech start-up
PriceHubble is a Swiss proptech start-up with locations in France, Germany, and Tokyo. It is now tapping into the Chinese market with the help of Chinese insurance company Ping An. Founder Stefan Heitmann tells us why their strategy was to expand abroad quickly. The start-up is nominated for the Swiss Economic Award this week.
Hannah Wise
Oil price escalation could prompt China to defy U.S. sanctions on Iran
As oil prices edge higher amid mounting geopolitical tensions, Carsten Menke, commodities expert at Julius Baer, says any further rise in price could prompt China to defy U.S. sanctions on purchases of Iranian oil.
Hannah Wise
Markets still hope for a solution in U.S.-China trade-war
“Escalation is a dangerous game,” says Guy Miller, chief economist at Zurich Insurance. In his view, the financial markets are still seeing a positive outcome in the trade war between the U.S. and China.
Hannah Wise
Economiesuisse: White House meeting an opportunity for Switzerland
With Swiss President Ueli Maurer meeting Donald Trump at The White House on Thursday, Rudolf Minsch, chief economist of economiesuisse, sees potential for a free trade agreement between the U.S. and Switzerland.
Hannah Wise
Has the Swiss real estate market peaked?
It’s not just gloom and doom when it comes to the Swiss real estate market. Daniel Zaugg, EY partner and sector leader real estate, explains what a check into 10 Swiss-listed companies uncovered.

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