Swiss startups earn accolades at home and abroad

Riverkin, Optiml, Ligentec and New Roots won important European prizes in the last days. Four further companies were honoured at the FIT Impact award ceremony and at EPHJ.

Organised by Female founders, ‘Lead Today. Shape Tomorrow.’ (LTST) is an online event aiming to empower women, increase diversity in tech & innovation, and inspire over 3.000 participants. It offers various formats such as Keynotes, panels and breakout sessions to bring VCs, investors and employers together with female startups, entrepreneurs and future employees. At this year’s event in Vienna, ETH spinoff Riverkin won first place in the category “pre-seed” in the pitch competition. The team develops high-resolution sensor networks for dynamic water monitoring, delivering actionable insights for environmental intelligence and global decisions.  

Optiml wins the ZIA "PropTech of the Year Award"
The German Property Federation (ZIA) honored the Zurich-based startup Optiml AG with the ZIA "PropTech of the Year Award". The German Property Federation (ZIA) is the umbrella organisation of the real estate industry. Through its members, including 33 associations, it represents around 37,000 companies in the sector along the entire value chain. The "PropTech of the Year Award" award is recognised throughout Europe and comes at the right time of Optiml as the start-ups is working hard on its expansion to Germany and UK. The ETH spinoff developed an AI-supported software solution that helps to optimise and prioritise investment and renovation strategies for real estate owners, asset managers, and consultants, with the goal to derive actionable measures per asset, and to anticipate long-term regulatory compliance. 

Eight winners at the 35th CCIFS France-Switzerland Trade Awards
Founded in 1894, The French-Swiss Chamber of Commerce (CCIFS) is the oldest foreign chamber of commerce established in Switzerland. It brings together more than 800 companies (Swiss and French), representing a total of more than 4'000 business contacts. The 35th CCIFS France-Switzerland Trade Awards in Lausanne, counted almost 400 participants. During this key economic event for all operators involved in bilateral relations between France and Switzerland, eight companies out of 82 applicants were awarded with prizes. Two winners are early-stage startups. Ligentec emerged the winner in the category Swiss development in France. The Lausanne-based startup produces Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) for customers in high-tech areas such as AI, Quantum technologies, LiDAR and Biosensors. New Roots on the other hand, won the category Entrepreneur. The startup develops, produces and markets plant-based and protein-rich cheese and dairy alternatives. 

First FIT Impact winners announced
Three Lausanne-based startups have been awarded the first FIT Impact prizes. Run by the Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT), the program allocates grants between CHF 10,000 and 20,000 to support early-stage projects with a strong social and environmental impact.The program does not require a technological or digital dimension.During the award ceremony on 23rd of May in Lausanne, the following projects were awarded:  

First place- CHF 20,000: ‘Diabète, même pas peur’, a project aiming to offer a continuous learning and support service platform for the management of Type-1 diabetes in children. 

Jury prize (Prix Coup de cœur du jury) - CHF 10,000: Musée à l'emporter, which creates workshops for schools linked to permanent and temporary exhibitions in museums of art, history and scientific culture. 

Public prize (Prix du public) - CHF 5,000: Nuole, which is developing the first natural powder that transforms into luxurious, foaming, and creamy personal care products. 

INCAPTEK wins the Exhibitor Grand Prix at EPHJ
Courroux-based startup INCAPTEK develops drug coatings for medical devices with a controlled drug release function in the patient's body. The team won the EPHJ 2024 Exhibitors' Grand Prix. The EPHJ is Switzerland’s high-precision trade fair in Geneva that brings together the watch and jewelry industry, microtechnologies and medical technology with more than 800 exhibitors and 20,000 trade visitors from all continents.   

(Press releases / SR)
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