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03.03.2017 14:15

The wave of Swiss IPOs continues. Many of the recently listed companies have been supported by incubators or the CTI.

Dear reader

Swiss biotech companies are still intent on going public. After ObsEva in January, Genkyotex ventured on to the floor this week and last year we reported on Geneuro’s IPO. All three companies come from Geneva and all three were supported by the life sciences incubator Eclosion. You can find out more about the incubator and its successes in our background article.

Genkyotex and Geneuro are also carriers of the CTI Startup Label – a good reason to look more closely at Dorphan and Polyneuron Pharmaceuticals, which were awarded the label this week. It’s possible that these two biotech start-ups will also go public on day.

And start-ups with great potential in the Swiss support system are also of interest to large companies and investors. A specific example is Huawei, one of the largest global telecom companies, which in future will support the Pioneer Fellowship Programme at ETH Zurich.

Alisée de Tonnac, co-founder and CEO of Seedstars World, senses a growing interest from big companies, investors and governmental agencies. Her organisation, which supports start-ups in emerging countries with a worldwide competition and further measures, will be running the Seedstars Summit in Lausanne on 6 April. We talk to de Tonnac about the growing importance of emerging countries for Swiss start-ups and how local companies can find information and partners at the Summit and present themselves. The event is usually by invitation only, but we have been able to secure an allocation of reduced tickets. You will find the link to them in our article.

Baloise is also very interested in start-ups. In the coming years, the insurance company will invest up to CHF50 million in young companies with the potential to drive forward Baloise’s digital development. SMEs are also active as investors: Bern-based open source specialist Puzzle ITC invested in IT start-up ITIGO this week.

Next week FinTech 2017 and the FinTech Awards Night will be held in Zurich – we’ll be there. In addition, two speed dating events will take place at ETH Zurich (7 March) and at EPF Lausanne (9 March) as part of the >>venture >> competition. An ideal opportunity for anyone wanting to start a start-up or looking for an exciting job.

The first Swiss Venture Day in the new format will take place in Zurich on 5 April. Start-ups that would like to present to investors can still apply. Registration for participants is now also open.

Last but not least, applications can be made to venture leaders life sciences and venture leaders China until Sunday.

Have a relaxing weekend.
Stefan Kyora

Editor in Chief, startupticker.ch

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