16 companies join Innosuisse’s first scale-up programme


The scale-up coaching program is an intensive two-year program designed for Swiss startups that are less than 5 years and employ at least five full-time equivalents. 16 startups have been selected and will benefit from the new program.


The scale-up programme is one of the three coaching programs funded by Innosuisse. The main aim of the program is to help the selected company to implement a growth strategy, find further funding opportunities, strengthen its network and develop a process and organisational structure that is fit for significant growth. The program runs in two phases. Phase 1 is a short and intensive coaching program in order to assess and refine the growth strategy. For Phase 2, the startups are required to present their business growth goals and the corresponding implementation plan to an Innosuisse jury. If the start-ups pass successfully the jury meeting, they then work with coaches in Phase 2 to achieve milestones that are relevant for successful growth. The names of the start-ups entering phase 2 will be known in February. The selected companies for the programme (phase 1) are: Akenza, Zurich – formely known as Hivemind, the company offers IoT solutions with a broad range of integrated services.Akselos, Ecublens - developed a simulation technology that facilitates the creation of accurate virtual replicas of an asset in its current environment. Aspivix, Renens – designed the new generation surgical instrument for non-traumatic gynaecological procedures.Kugelmeiers, Erlenbach ZH – developed a technology that allows for clustering of stem cells in 3D. The solution is cost and time effective.Aximetria, Zug - offers crypto financial services via a mobile application.CombaGroup - developed an innovative greenhouse technology to enable the growing s of salads locally throughout the year using 90% less water, 90% less space and reducing carbon footprint. Dolfinos, Baden – designed and developed a revolutionary rest-system for violin and high string players of all ages and at all levels.Eturnity, Chur - its Live-Energy-Analysis (LEA) platform allows solar installers, consulting companies and energy utilities to sell decentralized energy systems.Flyability, Ecublens – inspection and exploration drone for indoor, inaccessible and confined spaces.Misanto, Frauenfeld – is a mobile application that offers digital health services.Nispera, Zurich – provides a data intelligence platform that collects data to facilitate continuous and transparent monitoring of the asset performance. Perspective Robotics - offers an actively tethered situational awareness tools (the Fotokite drone) to first responders to help them save lives and preserve property. Planted, Zurich – provides healthy and sustainable meat alternatives made from plants. The startup is especially famous for its chicken assortment.Pregnolia, Zurich – developed a medical device for quantitative  assessment of uterine cervical stiffness (Pregnolia will start the coaching with the next cohort in 2020).Stagend, Lugano – one stop platform for entertainment providing over 2,000 entertainment packages from all over Switzerland for every event.Turicode, Zurich – developed MINT.extract, a machine learning based document retrieval engine that analyses documents more quickly and accurately.  (RAN /SK)