From CTI Invest to Swiss Startup Invest

Stefan Kyora / Ritah Ayebare Nyakato

18.03.2016 13:40

On Wednesday, the 52. Swiss Venture Day was held for the first time at Technopark Zurich. Three Crucial announcements were made: CTI Invest will now be called Swiss Startup Invest, two more members were elected on board and the Swiss Startup Day will now be a two-day event.

CTI Invest has been a cornerstone of the Swiss start-up scene for more than 10 years and more than 50 Venture Days have been organised. The event seeks to connect innovative startups and like-minded people including investors.  Nine selected Startups had the opportunity to pitch to investors. In their pitches it was evidently observed that these companies have reached a significant level and have progressed considerably without the assistance of Investors. However, they are now at a level where they are seeking funds to accelerate their growth. Three out of nine hinted on this issue during their pitches; Bestmile, specialising in software to manage driverless vehicle fleets remotely, Bring!, developers of an app that acts as a classic shopping list for groceries and Flyability, producing safe, collision-tolerant drones for the inspection, exploration and reconnaissance of complex environments.

Furthermore, three major announcements regarding the rebranding of CTI Invest were made during the General Assemb

1. From CTI Invest to Swiss Startup Invest
As of April, “CTI invest” will be referred to as “Swiss Startup Invest”. The rebranding will be completed in mid-April. The organisation will use similar branding for its activities such as Swiss Startup Day and the website Swiss Startup Pitch. Information about CTI Invest can still be accessed on homepage.

2. New members on board
In addition, the General Assembly elected two new members to the board: Marc P. Bernegger from NextGFI and Michael Sidler fromRedalpine.

3. Swiss Startup Day 2016
Highlights about the 2016 Swiss Startup Day were presented to the public. This year, the Swiss Startup Day will be conducted in two days event, starting on 24 October in the afternoon with a series of best practice sessions for start-ups. The second day will include; investors on stage, supporters on stage, the pitching battle, panels, keynotes, one-to-one meetings and, of course, networking opportunities. Information and overview about the event is already available on the website. Start-ups to participate in the pitching battle will be selected in two elevator pitches – one in the Prime Tower, Zurich, and the other for life sciences start-ups in the Basel Trade Fair Tower.  


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