Awarded as Technology Pioneer 2020 by the World Economic Forum, Akselos provides predictive structural digital twins for large asset’s integrity management.
The company was born in response to two societal challenges: the climate change driven transition to a low carbon economy, and the multi-trillion dollar infrastructure investment
shortfall hampering economic growth and putting societies at extreme risk. We’re working towards speeding up the megascale deployment of offshore wind by lowering the cost of energy, and making infrastructure more resilient, with condition-based monitoring and predictive maintenance at the centre of our efforts.
bNovate develops and commercializes industrial solutions to continuously and rapidly monitor bacteria to increase the safety of drinking water for consumers, optimize production processes, and reduce costs. Application field: Water industry, bottled water, food & beverage, biotech, cosmetic and pharmaceutical grade water. Thanks to our products the detection time of bacteria decreases from days to minutes.
Inait is the pioneer of Artificial Brain Intelligence (ABI), a new dimension in AI, built on combining breakthrough science and technology know-how to deliver solutions beyond the capabilities of today's AI. INAIT designs, develops and deploys unique end-to-end ABI SaaS solutions. Together with industry partners, they are currently deploying their first ABI solutions leveraging image processing and time series AI.
Iprova is a fast-growing technology company with offices in Lausanne (Switzerland), London and Cambridge (UK). We create data-driven inventions for our clients, representing some of the world’s best-known technology companies across North America, Europe and Japan. Our approach uses machine learning, natural language processing and proprietary technologies to augment and enhance the human ability to invent. By tracking real-time market, social and technology advances to assess whether they have an inventive consequence in areas of interest to its customers, Iprova enables companies to invent new products and services with increased speed, agility and disruptiveness. All 10 of the world’s largest technology companies reference granted patents based on Iprova’s inventions.
Predictive Layer delivers automated Artificial Intelligence ‘Prediction as a Service’ to large enterprises to optimize their operations, sales price and procurement.
Predictive Layer machine learning platform is forecasting short term demand, supply and price of enterprise customers by correlating automatically the enterprise customer big data with external exogenous data. Predictive Layer genius applications provide the enterprise with targeted sales prices, optimized purchase plan as well as workforce efficiency recommendations. Predictive layer is enabling 2-4% new revenues, -2% costs Savings and +25% workforce efficiencies.
SwissBorg is democratizing wealth management by making it fun, fair, and community-centric. Headquartered in Lausanne, SwissBorg has an international team of over 80 people and holds a Virtual Currency License, which allows them to provide virtual currency exchange and virtual currency wallets internationally.
Visium enables cutting-edge AI adoption for Swiss enterprise clients. They advise clients on the AI & Data Strategy, facilitate ideation workshops, handle data engineering, develop tailored machine learning solutions. They offer team extension and AI-as-a-Service subscriptions, as well as deployment and ML Ops services.
Edgelab empowers private banks to achieve long-term success by providing them technology solutions with unprecedented value. Its risk analytics and portfolio construction capabilities enable banks to deliver tailored investment solutions, support decision-making with unique insights and streamline operational workflows.
L.E.S.S. (“Light Efficient Systems”) introduces the next generation of distributed lighting systems as a new alternative to today's LEDs or discharge tubes. Based on an active nanostructured fiber of the thickness of a human hair, our technology generates high quality light that exhibits both ultra-uniformity and brightness characteristics, surpassing today's quality standards. In addition, the thinness of our fiber offers a high integration potential and unlimited design potential.
Olympe is a software editor scale-up based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Its mission is to deliver a product that smartly interacts with people and existing systems to empower companies to instantly align IT capabilities with business decisions. Thanks to its unique 'code as data' technology, Olympe has been rewarded with various Swiss and European recognitions.
Founded in 2010 as a spinoff from EPFL, Abionic is commercialising the world's fastest allergy diagnosis platform (CE marked & FDA registered). Ideally positioned at the boundaries of medical technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology, Abionic uses the most advanced technology to supply health care professionals with a 5 minutes point-of-care diagnostic tool. Abionic therewith gives access to immediate results for various diseases, for example the fastest test for early sepsis detection. Abionic raised a total of USD 37 million.
Bluebotics is a spin-off of the Autonomous Systems Lab, EPFL. Founded in 2001 with the mission of marketing innovative and promising mobile robotics technologies, the company is now active in two segments: Industrial automation and service robotics.
BlueBotics SA is becoming the reference in autonomous navigation with the mission of enabling the mobility of vehicles for the automation in the professional use market.
The company proposes engineering services based on its expertise in mobile robotics with standard platforms, feasibility studies, custom designs and dedicated developments for automation, service robotics and research. BlueBotics’ expertise in mechatronics (mechanics, electronics, software and integration) allows for rapid custom developments at competitive prices.
Towards Smart Grids
DEPsys’ GridEye system, introduced in 2012, was developed in response to the instability caused in power grids by the injection of locally-generated renewable energy. It consists of an adaptive platform that lets grid operators control low-voltage power grids in real time. The modular system includes smart sensors and actuators installed across the grid and programmed to measure, calculate, and transmit data from the field.
ecoRobotix supplies next-generation, autonomous weeding robots that reduce the environmental impact of farming while lowering costs for farmers. The company was founded in northern Vaud and obtained prefinancing from both the Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT) and Innovaud. These funds enabled the company to develop an initial prototype in 2014 and launch an R&D project with the Swiss government. ecoRobotix completed a CHF 3 million fundraising round in 2016 and another CHF 10.6 million round in 2018, using the proceeds to develop prototypes that were tested in various pilot projects across Europe. The company became a B Corp member in 2019.
eSMART, founded in 2011, develops and markets intelligent control systems for the home. Its products use the exclusive, patented Power Line Carrier (PLC) technology developed at EPFL. Its novel eSMART system works on the basis of totally invisible modules installed behind electrical switches. It lets users manage all their homes’ main systems such as lighting and temperature control from a touchscreen, smartphone, or tablet. eSMART has equipped more than 550 apartments with its smart system and currently has orders for more than 1,200 apartments. Its easy-to-install system has already attracted interest from property developers and major construction companies in Switzerland.
Flyability’s advanced drones can fly indoors and in areas difficult to reach by humans, effectively navigating through complicated spaces and eliminating the need to send operators out in dangerous areas. Their carbon frames are shock-resistant and modeled after insects’ ability to remain stable after in-flight collisions. Flyability’s drones are used in a wide range of applications ranging from site inspections to public safety, all with the same goal – to cut operating costs and risks.
Gait Up is a spin-off of the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) and the Swiss Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL), founded in 2013. Gait Up benefits from world leading scientific expertise in the field of movement analysis and measurements, pioneering the field from more than 15 years. We are now providing innovative products for applications in health, athletics, and entertainment, based on wearable inertial sensor technology.
Gait Up was acquired by Mindmaze in 2017.
Green Motion, founded in Lausanne in 2009, locally designs and manufactures charging systems for electric vehicles. It was a pioneer in charging station infrastructure, and today – over seven years later – its stations can be found across the country.
Green Motion’s products include private and public charging stations, quick-charging systems, and centralized charging-station control systems for parking garages. All its stations are designed to operate as part of a network and include cutting-edge features like multichannel payment systems, systems that regulate vehicle charging according to the load on the power grid, and roaming between national and international operators.
Its products are sold and supported by some 30 partner distributors including car manufacturers and Switzerland’s main power utilities. Cablex (a Swisscom company) provides 24/7 support for all Green Motion’s charging stations as well as Green Motion’s evpass national charging-station network.
Founded in 2009, beqom is a global provider of compensation management software, delivered using a cloud computing platform. Beqom’s solution allows business managers to lead, align and motivate employees and partners. Its cloud-based total compensation platform is used globally across all industry sectors by over 100 large companies such as Microsoft and Vodafone. It addresses all performance and compensation aspects such as salary review, bonus, long-term incentives, commissions etc. HR, sales and finance organizations leverage beqom’s platform to drive performance, retention, cost optimization and… happiness among their people.
Lunaphore is a Swiss company, founded in 2014, building an innovative and fully automated tissue processing device for cancer diagnostics. The cutting-edge technology, based on microfluidics, allows obtaining faster and more precise diagnostic results than standard techniques, as demonstrated through clinical trials on cancer patient samples. Different prototypes have so far been tested in hospitals in Switzerland and internationally. Lunaphore, which has been many times recognized for its innovation, strives to become a leading medical device company for cancer tissue diagnostics.
Mindmaze, a spin-off of the EPFL, is pioneering a breakthrough computing platform to enable new neuro-technology applications. Based on a decade of research and rigorous testing in the healthcare industry, they have designed an intuitive mind-machine interface, which utilizes pre real-time decoding of brain signals. They use our expertise in virtual and augmented reality, neuroscience and artificial intelligence to enhance people’s quality of life. Their first products use 3D virtual environments and advanced motion detection capabilites to help patients regain motor control following a neurological incident. MindMaze partners with companies, starting in the healthcare and entertainment industries, to harness the power of the brain to deepen human-machine interaction.
Nanolive has developed a disruptive technology which, for the first time, allows users to explore instantly the inside of a living cell in 3D without the need for any labeling or other invasive methods. The 3D Cell Explorer is a high speed, high resolution and non-invasive live cell imaging microscope that can look deep inside biological systems. This allows you to record stunning 3D images of entire cells in just seconds and with a higher resolution than any conventional microscope on the market. With the 3D Cell Explorer, researchers, students and medical doctors can directly experience what happens inside the living cell – in real time!
NetGuardians is an award winning Swiss FinTech. Established in 2007, they help over 50 Tier 1 to Tier 3 banks worldwide to fight financial crime. NetGuardians developed the smarter artificial intelligence solution made for banks to proactively prevent fraud. They empower their clients by providing AI technology together with contextual information and great user experience.
Banks using NetGuardians’ solution achieved 83% reduction in false positives, saved 93% of the time lost in fraud investigation, and prevented new fraud cases. They were recognized as Gartner Cool Vendor in 2015 and Chartis RiskTech 100 Vendor in 2018 and in 2019.
Nexthink is the leader in digital employee experience management software. The company gives IT leaders unprecedented insight into employees’ daily experiences of technology at the device level – freeing IT to progress from reactive problem solving to proactive optimization. Nexthink enables its more than 1,000 customers to provide better digital experiences to more than 11 million employees. Dual headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland and Boston, Massachusetts, Nexthink has 9 offices worldwide.
Software solutions for Industry 4.0
Objectis is a leading company in software innovation for Industry 4.0. With a team of more than 40 passionate engineers, it supports Swiss industry in its digital transformation. Its expertise lies in the design and implementation of customized and scalable software solutions as well as in technological consulting.
Thanks to its transversal skills and expertise, Objectis creates a bridge between the fields of automation and software engineering. This strategic position enables Objectis to offer innovative technologies that significantly reduce the costs and time-to-market of automation and digitalization of production, opening the door to new opportunities.
Driven by human values of commitment and respect, Objectis is dedicated to improving the efficiency, quality and flexibility of production and aims, above all, to maintain a strong and innovative high-tech industry in Switzerland.
Founded in 2011 and backed by over ten years of cutting-edge scientific research, Pix4D has grown to become the industry standard for and primary provider of professional mapping software for drones. Started as an EPFL spin-off, Pix4D is a dynamic, fast-growing company with headquarters in Lausanne and offices in Shanghai and San Francisco. Pix4D’s technology has already been adopted for a wide range of GIS and CAD applications by many industries, such as the mining industry, to measure volume extractions or stockpiles, the precision agriculture industry, to create NDVI’s from multi-spectral sensors, and the natural resource management industry, to generate contour lines and manage environmental changes. It is also used to produce precise, timely maps and models for construction, cultural heritage, archaeology, and more.
Regen Lab SA, founded in 2003, has developed singular expertise in the design and manufacture of medical devices for cell therapy and the preparation of autologous platelet rich plasma (PRP) from patients’ own blood. Its kits can be used at patients’ point of care to prepare PRP extemporaneously.
Several of its products are CE certified, meaning they can be used in medical disciplines where PRP represents a treatment option. Clinical studies that the company has carried out over the past few years have shown excellent results for the treatment of chronic and surgical wounds, dry-eye syndrome and other ophthalmic conditions, sport-related wounds, and even alopecia.
Over 2,000,000 patients have been treated using Regen Lab’s PRP products since 2011, and another 10,000 using its bone marrow stem cell kits. The company recently built a new Good Manufacturing Practice facility at Le Mont-sur-Lausanne, which is expected to start production in early 2017. This new state-of-the-art facility will allow for the treatment of over 1 million patients each year.
Frontiers is an award-winning Open Science platform and leading Open Access scholarly publisher. Our mission is to make research results openly available to the world, thereby accelerating scientific and technological innovation, societal progress and economic growth. We empower scientists with innovative Open Science solutions that radically improve how science is published, evaluated and disseminated to researchers, innovators and the public. Access to research results and data is open, free and customized through Internet Technology, thereby enabling rapid solutions to the critical challenges we face as humanity.
Founded in 2000 by two EPFL Alumni, SpotMe is the leading software solution of enterprise engagement platform with a focus on live events, virtual meetings, and engagement workspaces. With mobile-first solutions that spark new ideas, SpotMe inspires participants to foster collaboration, drive strategic alignment and supports organizations to solve meaningful business challenges through events and perpetual engagement workspaces. To date, SpotMe software has served more than 5 million users worldwide. More than 200 organizations rely on SpotMe to create change with transformative events and drive perpetual engagement with employees, customers, and partners. With more than 140 staff worldwide, SpotMe is headquartered in Switzerland and has offices in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific.
Sophia Genetics is the global leader in data-driven medicine. Its team of experts in clinical genomics, machine learning, and bioinformatics developed Sophia DDM®, the most advanced analytical platform for clinical diagnostics. Over 160 leading hospitals use Sophia DDM® to diagnose thousands of patients each week in the fastest, most accurate possible way.
Leading the way in 3D printing for aerospace antennas
SWISSto12 designs radio-frequency components that are produced using additive manufacturing, otherwise known as 3D printing. Its products are made from high-performance polymers and metals, and then they are metal-plated using a patent-pending proprietary process. This innovative approach to manufacturing replaces traditional machining processes for metallic materials. It results in components that are lighter and cheaper to produce and that offer extended design flexibility.
SWISSto12’s products are used in telecommunication satellites, ground, maritime and aerospace systems, and radar applications. The company was founded in 2011. It has just reached a major milestone in its business development by being named a regular supplier for commercial program.
Kandou Bus, EPFL spin-off founded in 2011 is a semi-conductor company. Its pioneering ”Glasswing“ technology provides a disruptive push to chips, an essential hardware component to process data. In particular, Kandou enhances the communication (or signaling) between chips, to help them cope with larger amounts of data, in a quicker way, and with less energy. The key lies in a simpler design of chips compared to the industry standards. Glasswing can increase the chip’s yield by five (today, only 10% of the produced high-end chips are usable), reduce the design process and the time to market, and help manufacture cheaper and smaller chips.
In total, Kandou filed an impressive number of patents (170 in 65 different families) and raised a 15mio Series B in 2018.