Ten graduands and two winners

The final part of the Academia-Industry Training (AIT) India took place last week in Lausanne and Zurich, with ten researchers exploring Swiss-Indian collaboration. The program culminated with a pitch ceremony – Openversum and RoBoa each won a CHF 10,000 grant.

The Academia-Industry Training (AIT) India program aims to support scientists in transforming their applied research into market application and discovering their entrepreneurial potential. By connecting scientists from top institutions in Switzerland and India, the program promotes an international network and enables access to one of the most promising markets and intellectual capital in applied research.

Last November, ten promising entrepreneurs from Switzerland selected to participate in the AIT India program had a chance to connect, network, and profit from business development workshops in Delhi and Bangalore while exploring the market potential of their project within the Indian market. Last week, from February 12th to February 16th, the AIT Swiss Camp was organized, with training sessions, networking, and pitching events in Lausanne and Zurich, as well as an opportunity for the entrepreneurs to compete for two grants worth CHF 10,000 each.

Openversum, the ETH spinoff that empowers entrepreneurs in emerging countries to provide clean and safe drinking water by training them to manufacture and distribute water filters locally, is among the winners of a CHF 10k grant.  Similarly, RoBoa impressed the jury with its robotic solution that revolutionizes entering confined spaces to save the lives of disaster victims and inspect industrial plants. This award recognizes the startups’ potential to drive innovation across borders.

Further participants in the AIT India camp 2024 are:AeroSpec: empowers businesses and governments to create a cleaner and healthier world through in-depth air pollution analysis. The startup won the public vote in the Pitch Fest session held at Gotham. Enerdrape: develops and commercialises the world's first prefabricated geothermal panel technology.Enviro Helix: EnviroHelix develops automated passive eDNA samplers with a wide range of applications, including monitoring the effectiveness of water treatment plants and detecting sensitive pathogens in fish hatcheries, as well as conducting environmental assessments through biodiversity monitoring.Implanz: Offering an efficient virtual testing procedure for the new development of dental implants.Ionic Wind Technologies: Wind Technologies is poised to transform the world of industrial airflow. Our innovative Ionic Wind Technology, developed via rigorous Ph.D. research, provides a silent, precise, and energy-efficient solution, primarily geared for the Medtech and food sectors.Movement Form: its technology helps diagnose both movement and posture in general as well as in a customised setting.NEOSENS: is tackling a global health concern: The unnecessary antibiotic treatment of 12% of all newborns in low and middle-income countries due to false sepsis diagnosis.Obios: is introducing the Drinkometer, a device designed to transform the approach to obesity treatment. While the Drinkometer measures patients' ingestive behaviour, the true innovation lies in our proprietary software and predictive model. The software analyses the behavioural data to monitor and predict how individuals respond to specific drug therapies or surgeries.REMA: aims to provide the world access to cost-effective and high-quality green hydrogen.(RAN)