Ten startups to explore India

The Academia-Industry Training (AIT) Camp India will support ten Swiss startups in discovering their innovation’s potential in the Indian market. Six Indian companies will also explore Switzerland. After two years of online programs due to the pandemic, the program will again take place in a physical format, allowing startups to travel to Mumbai, Bangalore, Lausanne, and Zurich.

Selected startups for the AIT India program will benefit from business workshops, exchange best practices, and attend one-on-one meetings with experts from Switzerland and India. Through introductions to top institutions, in both countries, the program helps create an international network and provides access to one of the most promising markets and intellectual capital in applied research. The camp will end on a competitive note, with each country rewarding two of their best participants with a grant to help further develop their projects.

This year’s cohort comprises six startups from India and ten from Switzerland. The Swiss team is composed of master’s, PhD, and Postdoc students from: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH Zürich), University of Lausanne (UNIL), University of Basel (UNIBAS), Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (FHNW). They are active in the fields of biotech, cleantech, medtech, and engineering.

The 10 Swiss-based entrepreneurs are:

Matteo Cornaglia | Nagi Bioscience (EPFL) – Creating organism-on-chip technology for drug and chemical screening.

Régis Gauderon | Flowbone (EPFL) – Developing revolutionary biomaterial for fragile bones.

Venkat Gourishankar | Simulatory (ETHZ) – Reimagining surgical training with smart sensors, AI, and haptics.

Ana Hernando | Bionomous (UNIL) – Producing devices for automatically sorting miniature entities.

Rajesh Jayachandran | NextImmune (UNIBAS) – Creating novel therapy for autoimmunity and organ transplantation.

Anna Krammer | Solaxer (EPFL) – A supplier of receivers for solar heat-powered processes.

Gnanli Landrou | Oxara (ETHZ) – Enabling sustainable construction and affordable housing.

Panagiotis Martakis, Seismohealth (ETHZ): Deploying AI to prolong the life of buildings and bridges.

Sawsane Queloz | TOSA swisstech (FHNW) – Creating composite bipolar plates for fuel cells and electrolysis.

Anand Verma | PEROVSKIA SOLAR (ETHZ) – Providing digitally printed customizable solar cells.

About the Swiss-Indian Academia-Industry Training Camp
To support promising entrepreneurs from Switzerland and India, the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has mandated the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences to execute the AIT program. Venturelab and Swissnex India are key program partners.

(Press release/RAN)