The best startups to invest in

With 150 candidate companies, the 8th Bilan operation shows that the ground is still fertile for the creation of young technology companies. However, these companies are increasingly solicited by competitions and other awards.

After having solicited incubators, investors and technology parks in French-speaking Switzerland, 348 startups less than three years old were listed. The names of these companies were obtained thanks to the support of various partners participating in the operation, namely BioAlps, Biopôle, BusinessIn, CimArk, CleantechAlps, Fondation EPFL Innovation Park, Fongit, HES-SO, Innosuisse, Innovaud, Kickstart Accelerator, MassChallenge, Neode, PACTT Technology Transfer and Startupticker.

Among these 348 startups, 150 responded to the call. Faced with the multiplication of prizes and competitions, a number of them had to be re-contested before getting their application. In the end, after a study of their business plan and technology, the jury selected a third of them. Of these 50 startups, 26 are from French-speaking Switzerland, 22 from German-speaking Switzerland and two from Ticino. The vast majority of them – 95% – were created by men.

Most of the selected applications were in the biotechnology and medical technology sectors. While B2C applications were very much in vogue a few years ago, the trend is now more environmental, with an increasing number of cleantech projects that meet the needs of the climate emergency. Some companies propose to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of data storage, others want to offer a solution to food waste. Other trends for the 2020 edition: offering solutions to better control and exploit the profusion of data, as well as integrating the capabilities of artificial intelligence.

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