TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award celebrates Switzerland’s most promising startups

At the 11th edition of the TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award Planted Foods (1st), CUTISS (2nd), and 9T Labs (3rd) were the top picks of the expert jury. A selected audience of startups, investors, and key partners of the TOP 100 were present at the event, held at the newly renovated startup space in Schlieren.

At the Top 100 Swiss Startup Award organized by Venturelab three startups from the foodtech, biotech, and engineering sectors lead the TOP 100 Swiss Startup ranking 2021. Planted Foods, CUTISS, and 9T Labs showcase the diversity and potential of the swiss startups: They are, on average, three years old, have created over 140 new jobs, and have raised CHF 80 million in investment.

First place: Planted Foods | Kemptthal (ZH) | Turning plants into meat The Zurich-based startup revolutionizes the food industry by creating plant-based protein made of 100% animal-product-free ingredients. Planted Food’s vegan meat alternatives do not include any additives, chemicals, GMOs, antibiotics, or hormones. Planted Foods was founded in 2019 by Christoph Jenny, Eric Stirnemann, Lukas Böni, and Pascal Bieri. The startup ranked 37th in 2020.

Second place: CUTISS | Schlieren (ZH) | Developing unique personalized skin technology to treat skin defects CUTISS is a biotech startup able to bioengineer large quantities of individually customized human skin grafts: denovoSkin is a safe, effective, and accessible therapy for children and adults who suffer large-scale burns or scalds. CUTISS’s human skin grafts are expected to result in a minimally scarring outcome after transplantation. The Zurich-based startup was founded in 2016 by Dr. Daniela Marino (CEO) and Dr. Fabienne Hartmann-Fritsch (CCO) and was ranked first in 2020.

Third place: 9T Labs | Zurich | Creating a new way of manufacturing carbon composites Zurich-based 9T Labs offers a manufacturing solution that makes performance parts easily accessible. The startup’s all-in-one hardware, software, and material solution provide customers with an inexpensive and easy way to design and mass-produce ultra-lightweight parts in areas such as the medical industry, aerospace, and automotive markets. The engineering startup was founded in 2018 by Martin Eichenhofer, Chester Houwink, and Giovanni Cavolina and ranked sixth in 2020.

Companies in the Top 10 include: CREAL (4, Engineering, VR / AR), Carvolution (5, ICT, car subscription), Piavita (6, medtech, animal care), Wingtra (7, robotics, drones), AgroSustain (8, foodtech, agritech), Resistell (9, medtech, diagnostics), Exeon Analytics (10, ICT, security). The full list is available at the Top 100 website.

In addition, the audience selected their favourite start-up for each of the ten verticals. The ten winners of the public voting are:

“The last year has not been easy, but the Swiss startup ecosystem has shown that it is resilient and thrives under pressure. Celebrating the TOP 100 is celebrating all entrepreneurs in these turbulent times,” said Jordi Montserrat, managing partner at Venturelab. “We are starting the second decade of the TOP 100 Swiss Startups not only with a new location but also with a wide range of innovations that will positively impact our lives and strengthen Switzerland’s position as a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Within a decade, the TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award organized by Venturelab has become a benchmark in Switzerland’s startup ecosystem. The award show connects the most promising Swiss startup CEOs with Swiss and international investors, executives, and journalists. What started with a first publication of the ranking in 2011 has turned into a comprehensive collection of events and activities, including an invitation-only Award Night, the Investor Summit that allows handpicked TOP 100 startups to pitch to selected Swiss and international investors, regional pitch events organized together with presenting partner Credit Suisse, the scale-up ranking. The TOP 100 Swiss Startups magazine covers all these events and news with editorial content in German, French, English, Chinese, and―in 2021 for the first time―in Japanese.

In an interview with SRF Stefan Steiner, Co-Managing Director of Venturelab gives some addition insights (in German). 

(Press release / SK)