Gobal business development programmes for Swiss startups

The majority of the prizes of the recently held startup competitions include a 2-6 month acceleration program. The startups Enuu, IDUN technologies, Witty Works, Droople, and Decentriq, CyQuant and Virtual I Technologies will benefit from the programmes. They will be supported by corporates like Google or Takeda. 

Ennu joins the Google for Startups Growth Academy. The eight-week program for promising growth-stage start-ups in Europe aims to accelerate their growth with the best of Google. During the Growth Academy, participants will be matched with a dedicated Google industry analyst for the duration of the program, and learn results-oriented growth strategies through virtual workshops. Founders and their teams will discuss individual growth challenges in one-on-one advisory sessions and come together as a cohort in bi-weekly founders standups—an open and honest environment for founders to discuss their highs, lows, and challenges. Enuu is a mobility sharing service that uses light electric vehicles.

IDUN - Takeda
IDUN Technologies won a partnership with Takdeka after winning the Takeda Digital Health Innovation Challenge, which selects and awards projects with the potential to accelerate the future of personalised healthcare. The partnership allows the company to benefit from the experience and expertise of one of the ten most prominent pharmaceutical companies in the world. The startup will also enter a fully-funded pilot project with the 50.000-employee strong enterprise. Through this collaboration, IDUN will have the chance to use its technology to accompany patients with sleep disorders. They aim to improve sleep health using unobtrusive headphones that monitor brain waves and facilitate sleep onset with neuromodulation. Analysing patients’ continuous brain data can also help show the effectiveness of the treatment

Witty Works – Grow F
Out of 200 candidates, Witty Works was one of the 10 startups selected to join the Grow F’s 3 months accelerator program. The startup developed a text-editing tool, also known as a Diversifer, with the aim to enable companies unlock diversity and become inclusive. The tool checks texts for discrimination in real time and suggesting inclusive language. Companies including die Mobiliar, Sherpany, Axpo, Microsoft are already using it.

Decentriq, CyQuant and Virtual I Technologies – NXT:Enterprise
InsurTech Hub Munich announced the 29 companies participating in the NXT: Enterprise’ Innovation Programme. Among them are three Swiss startups: Decentiq, which uses the latest advancements of Confidential Computing to enable secure data collaborations for enterprises, CyQuant, providing SMEs and Corporations with a simple tool to understand, learn, and improve their cyber risk resilience. Virtual I Technologies is the developer of the VRS B2B and SaaS-type solution that allows for Remote Inspections and Data-Driven (AI) Risk Assessment for Property Insurers.

On April 26, the selected teams will kick off a 3-month business development program enabling them to meet mentors, investors and decision-makers from ITHM’s more than twenty partners from the tech insurance industries.

Droople: Riviera-Lavaux Economics Entrepreneurship
Thanks to its water intelligence platform designed to efficiently manage over 36 billion water-driven assets and buildings, Droople has won a series of awards including the recently accorded Riviera-Lavaux Economics Award in the category Entrepreneurship. Droople will benefit from 6 months of support from ideix to help it in its development. According to Caroline Kokocinsky, start-up coach, the coaching aims to develop and reveal useful skills for the project and for the team, to help the company develop and to extend its network of coaches, partners and clients.

SmartHelio and Apiax: Get in the Ring – Impact Competition
Cleantech startup Smart Helio is the winner of the Get in the Ring Geneva – Impact competition, an initiative of the ImpactCity and Unknown Group designed to enable startups in Switzerland to test, scale their solutions and expand their global network. Smart Helio impressed the jury with its decision-making tool for solar asset management. The solution restores the life of solar panels through its patent-pending hardware and deep diagnostic technology. Their solution supports the renewal of solar panels, which can then be reused. The company creates an impact by generating an increased amount of clean energy and preventing e-waste through an easy and affordable solution.

For the global Get in the Ring competition, the Swiss regtech startup Apiax – which is making the regulation world accessible and easier for everyone – is still in the run. The competition attracted over 25.000 applications worldwide out of which 8 made it to the final round. The winners will be announced after the battles on 21 April.