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VI Partners launches a new early-stage venture fund for Switzerland

 

A new fund advised by VI Partners made a first closing with CHF 75m, supported by anchor investors including Venture Incubator (VI), European Investment Fund and Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund. The early-stage venture fund will focus on Switzerland.

 

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L'éclairage intelligent de LEDCity débarque en Romandie

 

Les technologies à haut rendement énergétique prennent de plus en plus d'importance en cette période de changement climatique. La start-up zurichoise LEDCity, spécialisée dans les technologies propres, développe une solution d'éclairage intelligente qui réduit considérablement la consommation d'énergie. Cette technologie est désormais appelée à s'implanter...

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A digital bootcamp for seven Swiss startups to explore the US market

 

Until May 15, a selected cohort comprising seven Swiss startups in the Innousuisse Internationalisation camp will participate in a virtual bootcamp organised by swissnex San Francisco. Despite being digital, the bootcamp comes with several activities to enable startups to initiate contacts in the United States.

 

 

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2,4 Millionen für Klimaschutzprojekte

 

Der Stiftungsrat der Klimastiftung Schweiz hat in seiner ersten Sitzung in diesem Jahr 2,4 Millionen Franken gesprochen. Zu den geförderten Projekten gehören sieben Innovationen von Schweizer Startups.

 

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Bring! to enter France and Italy after receiving CHF4 million

 

Enhancing the shopping App with improved personalisation, expanding offering for retail partners and tapping into new markets: these are some of the projects Bring! plans to fund using the recently raised CHF 4 million in a Series B round. Existing investors were joined by new ones including Swiss Post Ventures and Wingman Ventures.

 

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Breaking records in the coronavirus crisis

 

Some startups offer exactly the tools that are needed now. No wonder they are developing magnificently in contrast to the general trend. Smallpdf, Selma, MySky and Skin Match are four examples.

 

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Board members with a wealth of experience for startups and SICTIC

 

Whether it is business or Information technology, the recently appointed board members at the Startups Loanboox and Gravity, and the Business Angel firm SICTIC, bring at least 20 years of experience. In their new roles, they will support the companies in reaching their strategic goals.

 

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aiCTX changes name to SynSense and closes Series A round

 

SynSense (formerly aiCTX), the Zurich-based AI chip start-up, has closed a Series A fundraising and will expand its footprint to China.

 

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Scale-ups fight their way through the crisis

 

UrbanAlps with the Stealth Key and QualySense with their QSorter – a grainsorting robot were just taking off at full steam when the Covid crisis hit. Nevertheless UrbanAlps stuck to a marketing campaign with Stephan Lichtsteiner and QualySsense launched a new product. At the same time the scale-ups have to fight with challenges.

 

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Locatee raises $4 million in Series A funding

 

Zurich based Locatee has the ambition to become the Google Analytics of office buildings. The startup, which uses existing sensors and IT infrastructures to generate detailed data on space utilization has obtained $4 million in the Series A round led by FYRFLY Venture Partners and the recently launched  Tomahawk VC. The funds will allow for strategic...

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