Catarina Dahlin’s business idea was born out of the need to sleep well, no matter the weather. Working with Empa and Hochschule Luzern on a new, patented technology, she looked to fill a gap in the market for sleepwear that can adjust to your body temperature. The co-founder and CEO of Dagsmejan talks about luring investors, the importance of being sustainable, Swiss-made, and about expanding beyond clothes.
Bond Mobility is featured in the brand-new Startup Guide Switzerland. Co-founder and COO Corinne Vogel tells Tanya König how it differs from other bike- and scooter-sharing apps and what the next challenges are.
One of every 10 babies is born preterm, and Swiss medtech start-up Pregnolia wants to change that. The company has developed a device that may significantly lower premature births. However, founder Sabrina Badir is concerned that without a framework agreement between Switzerland and the EU, her company—and the Swiss tech sector overall—may be stifled.
Gender lens investing has doubled in the past year, yet many are still unaware of what it is. Mette Rotbøll and Karina Storinggaard, co-founders of Think Yellow, believe that asset managers are partly to blame. They say investors could reap the benefits of a portfolio that includes companies that further gender equality. This September they are teaming up with Yova, a Zurich-based fintech impact investing firm, to help take gender lens investing from trend to mainstream.
Switzerland boasts some of the best skills in the world, according to Daniela Marino. The Cutiss CEO says Switzerland is also the “perfect place” to be an entrepreneur. So what’s the catch? When it comes to money, Swiss investors aren’t as willing to take risks as their American counterparts.
AgroSustain CEO Olga Dubey, recently ranked in Forbes’ 30 Under 30, is on a mission to beat back nature. Mold causes at least $30 billion of agricultural waste globally each year, and Dubey has developed a natural fungicide to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. AgroSustain’s solution has piqued the interest of a Swiss retail giant, giving an extra boost to the company’s latest funding round.
Apelab’s virtual reality studio works with the likes of Facebook, HTC and Google to create interactive storytelling adventures and Houdini-style illusions. Co-Founder and CEO Emilie Joly tells us how virtual reality is playing its part in revolutionizing sectors ranging from education to health care.
Share your favorite jogging trail or hiking path, or let people know the best drink to have at that undiscovered chic bar in town—Swiss app Snukr is banking on all of us inspiring one another to fully explore wherever we are in the world. Creator Chloé Saas swears it’s not just another travel or social app. “This is how you discover new places or experiences,” she says, adding that the Swiss tourism industry wholeheartedly agrees.
Insurtech start-up Luminant Analytics was founded in 2017 to improve insurance pricing by using data. Now with two bases in Switzerland and the U.S., founder Renu Ann Joseph explains how she’s trying to break into the highly-regulated industry and her plans to raise USD 1.5 million by 2020.
Swiss start-up Skin Match gives brands and retailers access to data so they can better understand their customers’ needs when it comes to buying beauty products. “We call it ‘beauty insight’ but in the end it’s Google Analytics for beauty,” the company’s founder and CEO Estella Benz tells Tanya König. She also talks about participating in L’Oréal’s accelerator program, Beauty Tech Atelier, and how the French brand provided an office for Skin Match in Paris.
When Raw Labs co-founder Anastasia Ailamaki and her team set out to win over new clients to the start-up’s pioneering data-management software platform, one of the greatest challenges was getting people to trust a small company and to choose them over a better-known brand. But the EPFL-spin-off is fast-becoming a major player in its own right thanks to its tools that help harness big data.
Veg and the City went into retail when everyone else was leaving. Now the Swiss start-up has three stores in Switzerland that invite everyone to embrace the urban gardening trend. CNNMoney Switzerland met owner Gudrun Ongania, who turned her back on the “dream corporate job” to get her hands dirty.
Swiss biotech start-up Tolremo says its new methods of cancer treatment are turbo-charging the field. CEO Stefanie Flückiger-Mangual—who likens her company’s treatment to a boxer knocking out an opponent—explains why her start-up benefitted from the “unique Swiss position” when it comes to funding, and how her American counterparts in the biotech industry are struggling. Part of our Swiss Start-up Tour.
Food engineer Mine Uran prides herself on upending conventional wisdom: She launched Alver, her superfood start-up, at age 50; rejected the advice that she needed to hire a man in order to raise more capital; and dared to turn down VCs over term sheets that didn’t suit her. This is her story. Part of our Swiss Start-up Tour.