10 Swiss innovative startups win the first edition of venture leaders China

27.05.2014 13:38

Venturelab announced the names of the 10 young, promising entrepreneurs selected to integrate the team of venture leaders China 2014, first edition. The 10 selected entrepreneurs will travel to Shanghai and Beijing in September to boost their understanding and penetration of the Chinese market.

For Swiss startups, China is a key market to explore. With growing opportunities and exciting market prospects, as well as the necessity to strengthen the visibility of Swiss high tech in China, launched its first edition of the venture leaders China. The prize offers to 10 carefully selected high potential Swiss startups a 10-day market exploration and business development journey in Shanghai and Beijing, extending the program’s exposure in rising entrepreneurial hubs.


New market opportunities
Inspired by 13 years of success with the venture leaders USA program, venturelab decided to expand its offer and give new market opportunities to the most innovative Swiss startups. "No entrepreneur can ignore Asia anymore, especially at a time when China and other countries' economic growth shift to an innovation-driven model. While remaining a challenging and complex environment, China offers market opportunities, world class expertise in production and supply chain as well as a competitive talent pool. venture leaders China will guarantee that the startups will learn how to make the best of this fast moving region,” Pascal Marmier, Swissnex China CEO

Increasing the visibility of Swiss high-tech startups in the Chinese market
The selected team encompasses a large array of high-tech startups with activities ranging from a solution to better consume energy to a unique fiber technology. Together they represent a great display of the Swiss innovation potential, which will be made visible through multiple events in China.

“venture leaders concept, a team of startups boosted through a business development journey, has proven to be a success model when it comes to identify and promote some of the most promising startups in Switzerland. Expanding to China with a team of 10 more advanced start-ups aims to leverage this model in order to boost their growth and to increase the reach and visibility of the Swiss high tech startups in this market. I am very much looking forward to this first edition of the program in China, bringing a new dimension to this incredible program,” said Jordi Montserrat, Managing Director for venturelab western Switzerland.

venture leaders China is developed in partnership with swissnex China, and is made possible thanks to the several supporters, including EPF Lausanne, EPFL Innovation Park, ETH Zürich, Canton de Vaud, Office for Economy and Labour of the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland Global Enterprise, Preclin BioSystems, Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst&Young and Gebert Rüf Stiftung


venture leaders China winners 2014:

Laurent Fabre, eSMART Technologies Sàrl – CleanTech
eSMART offers a solution to understand energy consumption at one glance and control everything around home in one touch. Thanks to one of the world’s smallest SMART power modules, it can be installed in any existing homes without additional wiring or radio emissions.

Reynald Besson, Von Arkel SA – Mechanics
Von Arkel emphasises on Swiss know-how and ingenuity with a distinctive concept bringing together Swiss tradition and quality. The Von Arkel eyewear offers a magical hinge. Its technical nature, strong reliability as well as its distinctive and pure design come from the watchmaking industry.

Yun Luo, plus MAT AG – CleanTech
Plus MAT is commercializing a novel and cost-effective system to recover photovoltaic Silicon from wafer sawing waste. With the patented technology from Plus MAT AG, presently lost Si can be recovered as feedstock at a much lower cost than the market price.

Wulf Glatz, GreenTEG – CleanTech
greenTEG’s sensor solutions enable high-precision heat flux and radiation measurements in laser power measurements, building physics, and calorimetry. greenTEG’s thermoelectric energy harvesters generate emission-free electricity from temperature differences for a variety of applications like actuators and sensor networks.

David Weill, Primequal SA – BioTech
Talent BT, created by Primequal, is a syringe that feature auto inject for dose per dose mastery and Smoothject for a painless injection. For botulinum toxin injections in cosmetic surgery, Talent BT is eliminating regular treatment problems while providing a safer and faster procedure.

John Miles, Space 3D Solutions SA – Software
Space3D is a Swiss high tech research and development company with distribution partners in several countries. Space3D's domains of expertise are holographic displays and the creation of custom interactive software’s featuring augmented reality, gesture controlled interactions and smartphone applications.

Yann Tissot, L.E.S.S – CleanTech
L.E.S.S. SA (“Light Efficient SystemS”) has proven itself as a serious alternative to today’s LEDs by delivering ultra-thin, -bright and -uniform lighting systems to their customers. These key assets, offered by its unique fiber technology, allowed L.E.S.S. to successfully enter the market of the industrial vision and of the display backlighting.

Martin Zahnert, Dacuda AG – ICT
Dacuda's patented and mass-market proven SLAM Scan® technology enables real-time image stitching over space and time for any handheld device. Applications include smart peripherals (scanner mouse), mobile photography (e.g. LTL Panorama), and 3D object capture.

Salvador Garcia Zalduegui, iRewind S.A. – ICT
IREWIND® automatically records, edits and distributes personalized sports movies, providing instant gratification by delivering LIVE edited videos to the mobile phone, ready for private viewing or sharing on social networks.

Oswald Ortiz, Qnective AG – ICT
Qnective delivers tailor-made solutions covering the design, development and deployment of secure infrastructure projects around the world. The company maintains its own, encrypted communications platform „made in Switzerland“ for secure GSM telephony and data transmission.


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