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Umami grows microgreens in a sustainable way. Find out how these small veggies have a big impact.
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Ana Maria Montero
Medtech start-up: lack of EU framework agreement a threat
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.
Ilona Braverman
Investors are missing an opportunity, says gender lens start-up
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.
Hannah Wise
Switzerland is perfect for start-ups, but…
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.
Tanya König
Small vegetables with a big impact
Umami grows microgreens in a sustainable way. Find out how these small veggies have a big impact.
Ana Maria Montero
The start-up that is literally breaking the mold
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.
Kasmira Jefford
Apelab: magicians in the art of virtual storytelling
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.
Ana Maria Montero
The Swiss app that wants to help us run the world
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.
Olivia Chang
Basel start-up uses data to break into U.S. insurance industry
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.
Tanya König
Analytics for beauty products now en vogue
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.
Kasmira Jefford
The small Swiss start-up taking on big data
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.
Hannah Wise
Veg and the City: Where the customers are business leaders and nuns
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.
Hannah Wise
Delivering the knock-out punch to the fight against cancer
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.
Ana Maria Montero
Does a man in a start-up mean more investors? Uran doesn’t think so
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.
Martina Fuchs
FEMTOprint CEO on why scaling up is not always the right move
As a passionate paraglider, FEMTOprint CEO Nicoletta Casanova isn’t afraid of heights. But scaling up her team from a 3-D printing technology start-up in Ticino to a larger company poses a major challenge for her. “If you continue growing,” she says, “you lose, a little bit, the contact with the people.”
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