Start-ups on global stages


For Swiss start-ups rapid growth usually requires a quick move abroad. That’s why they exhibit at fairs around the world. Seven of these companies obtained support for there presence at fairs in the US, Germany and the Middle East.



Innosuisse’s ‘pick your fair’ program is designed to enable start-ups to participate in basically all international trade fairs. The program complements the Innosuisse support for exhibitors at six to eight selected lead fairs and offers financial and non-financial aid in the form of reduced attendance fees, logistic support, increased visibility through participation at the SWISS pavilions as well as free counselling and preparation services, provided by Switzerland Global Entreprise (S-GE). In addition the ‘pick your fair’ program can also support the participation in the selected leading fairs outside the SWISS Pavillion.

For the first quarter, Innosuisse has revealed the seven start-ups benefiting from the program. They are:

Embotech CES Las Vegas, 7-10 January 2020
This year numerous start-ups again caused a sensation at CES Las Vegas, the world's largest trade fair for consumer electronics. More than 4,500 exhibitors launched nearly 20,000 new transformative tech products to over 170'000 guests. Alongside the more than 30 Swiss start-ups that participated at the Swiss Pavilion at CES fair, Embotech exhibited at the event. The Zurich based startup developed ant embeddable software that empowers autonomous systems to make decisions by solving complex optimisation problems in milliseconds, bringing significant improvements in safety, productivity and energy efficiency.

Droople Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) - T-Link, 12-16 January 2020
The impact-driven startup, Droople, developed a smart flow meter that can measure buildings’ water consumption. The water intelligence platform allows service businesses, utilities, communities and governing bodies to reduce energy costs as well as waste. The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week from 12-16 January 2020 presented an ideal platform for the startup to demonstrate the technology and its benefits to the audience comprising more than 38000 visitors from 175 countries.

Dimpora, ISPO Munich, 26-29 January 2020
More than 2800 exhibitors had their booths at the ISPO fair from 26-29 January in Munich presenting the latest sports products from areas such as snow sports, outdoor, health & fitness, urban and team sports. Dimpora, the Zurich-based startup developing membrane technology that can be added to garments to protect them against water and wind, while they remain breathable will be present at the fair.

GetSet Surgical SA Arab Health, Dubai
The medtech startup designs and manufactures 100% sterile "Good to Go!" surgical systems for spinal surgery. Sponsored by the Innosuisse ‘pick your fair’ program, GetSet Surgical attended Arab Health, the largest Dubai medical trade fair hosting more than 106'000 visitors from over 159 countries.

Touchless Automation, SPIEC Photonics West 2020, San Francisco 4-6 February 2020
Based in Biel/Bienne, Touchless Automation produces innovative, industrial equipment that can manipulate parts of any material, without touching them. From 4-6 February 2020, the startup presented its innovation to more than 20'000 visitors of SPIE Photonics West, premier photonics and laser event in San Francisco, featuring more than 1300 exhibitors. 

Upcoming events

Swiss Aerobotics U.T.SEC, Nürnberg
To provide sustainable long-range, fully autonomous aerial inspection, delivery and survey solutions, Swiss Aerobotics developing the first long-range vertical take-off & landing, electric, unmanned aerial vehicle for delivery, inspection, survey and counter-drone applications. With the support of Innosuisse, the startup will exhibit the Deinopsys, a patent-pending, high-performance, compact and light-weight all-weather net-thrower technology, designed to complement existing drone-detection infrastructure with a versatile effector system. Deinopsys is the result of a collaboration between Wyss Waffen, a Swiss small arms specialist and Swiss Aerobotics and will be presented at the upcoming U.T.SEC event from 4-5 March in Nünberg.

MIRO Analytical Technologies, Analytica, Munich, 31 March to 2 April
Founded as a spin-off from EMPA, Miro is developing the latest mid-infrared gas sensing technology based on quantum cascade lasers (QCL). The solution allows users from chemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas or automotive to detect several gases simultaneously, directly and with high precision. During the upcoming Analytica conference, Miro will have the opportunity to showcase its solution to over 35000 visitors. Analytica is the largest trade fair for innovative laboratory technology and biotechnology.

Embotech Hannover Messe, Hannover, 20-24 April
After CES Las Vegas, Embotech’s next stop is Hannover