Organised by Swiss Ladies Drive, the Female Innovation Forum (FIF) provides female innovators from different walks of life with a platform to share and exchange ideas and insights through themed workshops, keynote speeches and an opportunity to expand their network. The third edition of the FIF hosted 200 visitors including politicians, startup founders, corporate leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs.
One of the highlights of the event was the keynote speech from Jacquelin Fehr, Head of the Directorate of Justice and Home Affairs of the Canton Zurich. Fehr, just as several studies have proven, acknowledged the fact that women are better leaders, yet, still only a few have broken through the glass ceiling both in established corporates and in the startup scene. She thereby emphasised the need to empower and promote women leaders in society in order to close the outstanding career-gap between women and men. She also appeals to women to continue following their ambition, develop their career and accept opportunities.
The event culminated with the presentation of the Female Innovator of the Year Award, which recognises female-founded startups for their innovating solutions, and the Recognition Award, which is bestowed onto individuals whose ideas are creating impact in society.
Female Innovator of the Year Award goes to…
Sandra Tobler, CEO and Co-founder of Futurae won the Female Innovator of the year award. Founded as Spinoff of the System Security Group of ETH Zurich, Futurae is a cybersecurity company providing a robust two-factor authentication suite that offers a high level of security to businesses and individuals to protect their accounts and sensitive user data. Several renowned companies, including Swisscom and SIX, are already using the solution. With several awards already received, the newly bestowed accolade is another confirmation that Futurae in the fight against cybercrime is at the forefront of innovation. Sandra took home multiple prizes from partners and sponsors of the FIF.
The MedTech startup Piavita founded by Dorina Thiess and robotics company Mobbot (Agnes Petit) were among the finalists.
The recognition award went to Sandra Neumann, CEO and founder of Peripal. The Medtech company developed PeriSafe system, a patient aid device designed to make home dialysis easier and safer for all home dialysis patients, especially the elderly and frail individuals. The device has already been CE certified and is currently available on the market.