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Four financing rounds and an IPO Day

08.06.2018 14:26

When SAP takes over Coresystems and companies such as Airbus and Sony invest in Verity Systems, it demonstrates what many entrepreneurs, investors and supporters feel every day: Switzerland’s innovation ecosystem is buzzing.

Dear reader

This afternoon, the the three winners of this year’s SEF Award were announced at the Kursaal Interlaken: these are L.E.S.S., Topadur and FAIRTIQ.

Back in 2011, Coresystems founder Manuel Grenacher was still in the Bernese Oberland. Now he and his investors have sold Coresystems to the German SAP Group. Zurich marketing agency Yourposition has also gone to a foreign company – the Dutch Dept Group.

If the exit is the end of a long journey that begins with the creation of a business, then financing is the key milestone on this path. Four rounds of financing were announced this week.

Zurich-based ETH spin-off Verity Studios collected USD 18 million alone, EPFL spin-off Artmyn raised an unknown amount in a Series A funding, VR/AR company Creal3D, also from Vaud, and Winterthur-based LuckaBox generated CHF 0.8 and CHF 0.6 million respectively in seed financing.

Logistics platform LuckaBox also won the maximum prize of CHF 130,000 at Venture Kick, together with the Lausanne cleantech start-up AgroSustain.

With Olga Dubey at AgroSustain and Aike Festini at LuckaBox, both companies have female CEOs. The Yverdon start-up Peerspoint is also run by a woman. Read in our interview how Mairi Willis wants to build a global ecosystem for sports federations and clubs based on blockchain technology.

Looking ahead, Swiss Medtech Day 2018 will take place in Bern on Tuesday, and the second Swiss IPO Day takes place in Lausanne on Wednesday. According to the programme, 11 fast-growing Swiss start-ups will present their plans.

Have a good weekend.

Jost Dubacher
Editor startupticker.ch

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