Answers to the energy crisis

The number of Swiss cleantech start-ups is now considerable and their innovations to combat the impending energy crisis are needed.

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Flisom’s highly flexible solar modules can be adapted to any surface. A factory was opened in Hungary in 2020 and now a German holding company wants to take over the company. Marna Beteiligungen justifies the takeover by explaining that Flisom is in an excellent position to benefit from the increasing demand for green electricity.

TVP Solar is also very well positioned. Together with a Danish partner, it will set up a solar heating plant in northern Germany. However, it will not stop there, as Germany has launched a plan to decarbonise thousands of its district heating networks using mainly solar – and TVP has the right technology for it.

The finalists of two competitions show the extent and diversity of the Swiss cleantech start-up scene. This year, the Swisscom Startup Challenge focuses on the topic of sustainability and the 10 finalists have now been announced. In the Greentech Startup Battle, which is held as part of Swiss Digital Days, 20 start-ups from seven regions qualified for the regional presentations. Only one start-up made it to the shortlist for both competitions: Resilio helps organisations to achieve a sustainable IT transition.

Resilio was able to attract customers immediately after its foundation, showing that Swiss start-ups can indeed grow quickly. Other examples include Parkn’Sleep, which only six months after its launch is already the European market leader with its app for parking space rental for campers. The Daedalean team already comprises more than 90 people and as a further expansion step, the start-up, which develops AI software for autonomous flight control, has now opened an office in the US.

The platform CreatorSpace secured a pre-seed round of CHF 1.6 million with participation from US VC Sequoia. Travel tech start-up Zytlyn attracted a Singaporean investor as part of its second financing round.

There are also first-class investors in Switzerland. Versant Ventures has launched Vector BioPharma, a biopharmaceutical company with a precision gene delivery platform. Vector will also receive USD 30 million as part of its Series A investment round.

The 10 biotech start-ups selected as Venture Leaders Biotech will present themselves next Thursday. I would also like to mention the presentation of this year’s Top 100 start-ups on 7 September. Registration is now open for the livestream of the TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award 2022.

The application deadline for this year’s Swiss Technology Award is next Friday, and the next deadline for the Eurostars programme is 15 September.

Speaking of support for start-ups, a central unit for founders has been created at ETH Zurich. Read more about the innovations in our article.

Have a good weekend.
Stefan Kyora

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