Editorials

Support for globalisation

03.02.2017 14:11

Globalisation does not currently have a good reputation politically; however, at the level of start-ups, there is still no headwind. In contrast, companies, start-up organisations and even governments are strengthening relations across national boundaries.

Dear reader

This week ParkU announced a partnership with US company Inrix, through which drivers will be able to reserve parking spaces in the future – and not only with the ParkU app, but also directly in the navigation system of their cars. The Swiss medtech company YouRehab is working with US company Flexpoint to produce data gloves for rehabilitation. And another Swiss medtech company, Xeltis, is now starting a clinical trial in the US.

These examples show how important the US is for Swiss young companies, and the contacts are also underpinned by the various support offers, including the venture leaders programme. The 10 venture leaders from the tech sector have now been announced and will travel to Silicon Valley in March. The tender for the venture leaders business development trip to Boston is currently open and life science start-ups can apply until 5 March.

Also open is a tender for a free two-week leadership programme in the US for start-ups, and supported by the US government. The headwind, which is currently exposed to globalisation in the US, the UK and other countries, has had little effect at the level of start-ups. In contrast, the internationalisation of start-ups is promoted in various ways.

For example, Kickstart Accelerator is now looking for promising start-ups from all over the world, and the swissnex network is another supporter. Our article on the fintech tour of India, organised by swissnex India, looks at the experiences of the Swiss fintech start-ups, such as Qumram, and how they assess the potential of the sub-continent.

The venture leaders China programme is designed for ambitious start-ups that want to discover the Chinese market – applications run until 1 March. Do not miss the application deadline for the CTI Medtech Award – it expires on 6 February.

The venture competition has been launched. To celebrate the 20th anniversary, a number of distinguished alumni speakers and guests have been invited to kick-off events. On 13 February in Lausanne, EPFL president Martin Vetterli will also be taking part in addition to numerous successful young start-up entrepreneurs. Vetterli himself took part in venture in 1998, and was one of the winners.

Finally, despite this internationality, Swiss start-ups are also responsible for innovation at home: tipo ticketing provides the technology for day ski passes priced according to the weather forecast. With test runs at two ski areas, the first results show that skiers find it great.

Have a good weekend.
Stefan Kyora

Editor in Chief, startupticker.ch

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