The five Swiss startups ready to conquer the world

Consecrated as the best Swiss start-up of 2020, Cutiss recreates in the laboratory human skin that can take on the color of the patient’s epidermis, protect from the sun and contain blood and lymph vessels. Wyss Zurich

The coronavirus crisis has weakened many startups, which are usually only able to generate income after several years of developing a new product. But it certainly hasn’t dampened their creativity, as demonstrated by the TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award 2020, the competition that awarded the best innovative companies of the year.

This content was posted on September 10, 2020 – 15:50

2010 – 2020: a period that can be considered golden for the Swiss start-up world. If, during the first decade of the century, young innovative companies with strong growth potential still represented an extremely marginal element in the national economy, today they assume a totally new dimension. The start-up incubator is growing rapidly from year to year, with the added value and the number of jobs created by these companies, which mainly operate in the IT, biotech, medical technology, fintech, engineering, drone and cleantech sectors.

And we see more and more young people venturing down this rather risky path – half of startups disappear in five years. Today, compared to twenty years ago, there are many public and private programs supporting innovative companies, many of which are spin-offs of Swiss universities, starting with the two federal polytechnics.

Support programs, incubators, research centers, technology parks, competitions and others helped to generate a lot of ferment around start-ups. At the same time, taking the phenomenon seriously helped fuel investor confidence. In the last decade, the capital available to young innovative companies has grown spectacularly and today Switzerland is one of the countries that invest most in start-ups.

Even the coronavirus crisis does not appear to have dented investor confidence. According to the latest Swiss venture capital reportexternal link (venture capital report), investments certainly fell in the first half of 2020 compared to the record year of 2019, but rose sharply in the second quarter. The start-up sector remains fragile and we will only know at the beginning of next year to what extent it was affected by this atypical crisis, which plunged the entire Swiss economy into recession.

While the economic situation remains uncertain, Swiss startups have clearly maintained a formidable creative spirit, as demonstrated once again by the 2020 TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award ceremony.external link, held on Wednesday in Zurich. This contest, which is in its tenth edition, offers an ideal opportunity to regularly check the dynamism of the sector and discover innovative solutions that could mark the next decade.

Here are the top five startups of 2020 – all this year are from the Zurich area. They were selected by the competition jury based on their degree of innovation and their growth potential.

Lab-grown human skin

The startup Cutissexternal link developed a technology capable of recreating the skin, using cells from the patient’s epidermis and dermis, which are grown in the laboratory. This skin substitute, which can reach 70 times the surface removed, is transplanted into the injured parts of the patient, with much better results than the methods used so far: the skin grafts are thinner, more elastic and leave few scars. . This new method of reconstructive surgery offers great hope to millions of people, victims each year of burns or skin damage caused by accidents, illness or operations.

The drone specialized in cartography

Equipped with very sophisticated cameras capable of capturing high resolution images, the start-up Wingtra’s droneexternal link it is already used today in about seventy countries for mapping and topographical surveys. This hybrid device, which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a mini-plane, is capable of covering very long distances quickly. It is used, among other things, for scientific research, construction, spatial planning, industrial, mining and agricultural prospecting.

sensors for horses

Already present in Germany and the United States, Piavitaexternal link developed a sensor system that allows horse owners, clinics and veterinarians to remotely monitor sick or recovering animals through an app. The sensors record your vital parameters – such as temperature or breathing – and send them to a server where they are analyzed by specific algorithms. This system offers new perspectives for veterinary medicine, which until now has made little progress in the field of digitization.

A police officer for computer security

In just a few years, start-up Exeon Analyticsexternal link managed to gain a foothold in the highly competitive cybersecurity market. Its data analysis software allows companies to monitor their network traffic and prevent cyber attacks, which are often well hidden among millions of user activities. Developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, the young company’s algorithms are already used to secure a number of Swiss and European companies, including Postfinance.

A remedy for the liver

Biotechnology start-up Versantisexternal link has developed diagnostic tests and new therapies for liver diseases, in particular acute liver failure, which remains relatively rare but whose effects are fatal. Among its state-of-the-art products, a fluid containing microliposomes is capable of eliminating toxins accumulated due to liver failure in a few hours. Liver diseases are on the rise, mainly due to an aging population and poor lifestyle habits, such as the consumption of processed foods, alcohol and narcotics.

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