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Droople Announces the Closing of Its CHF1.5M Seed Round Investment

Droople, a Swiss IoT-powered cleantech company offering digital water management solutions, announced that it raised seed round funding totaling CHF1.5 million from private investors.
The investment will support Droople’s continued market expansion on the three continents, aiming to cover EMEA, NA and APAC markets.


MassChallenge Switzerland Announce the Top 3 winners of the Sustainable Food Systems Challenge

The concept of the Sustainability Food Systems Challenge was founded with a singular purpose: to reduce emissions and feed the forecasted 10 billion population sustainably on the planet in 2050, by accelerating innovation in the food sector. The aim has been to foster startup/partner collaboration, so that startup’s game changing ideas can be scaled and make IMPACT now.


Two Vaud companies for the Covid certificate in Switzerland ?

By the summer, the Swiss government wants to develop a uniform, forgery-proof and internationally recognized Covid certificate. The solution could come from the collaboration between Elca and Sicpa. With their expertise, these two companies, whose technologies are already deployed to secure many aspects of citizens' daily lives, hope to allow citizens a safe return to normal life.


14 FIT alumni among the solutions awarded by the Solar Impulse Foundation

This month, the Solar Impulse Foundation announced that it had reached its objective of labelling 1000 innovative solutions to tackle climate change. Among these solutions are 14 start-ups from French-speaking Switzerland that the Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT) is proud to have supported.


ONWARD raises $32 million

The EPFL-spin-off is developing therapies to restore movement, independence, and health in people with spinal cord injury. The new $32 million financing round led by led by Invest-NL and Olympic Investments will allow for continued development and commercialization of ONWARD’s ARC Therapy.


Tech4Trust second season ends on a high note

After 6 months of intensive work in the context of a global pandemic, the 2nd edition of the Swiss start-ups acceleration program Tech4Trust by Trust Valley is a success. At the closing ceremony, the 3 most promising companies were voted by the advisory committee. Inpher takes 1st place, Strong Network 2nd and DuoKey 3rd. A special Rosenfield Foundation Prize goes to KimboCare for its social impact.


Vaud GDP: the vaccine effect

While activity in some services, such as several restaurant segments, is still held back by protective measures or the closure of indoor spaces, vaccination is progressing. Vaud's gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow by 2.8% this year and return to its 2019 level, according to the latest CREA estimates published by the BCV, the State of Vaud and the CVCI.


A new president and an extra million for Olympe

The Lausanne-based software company Olympe completes its fundraising with an additional CHF 1 million by welcoming Patrick Nicolet, former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Capgemini, as a shareholder and Chairman of its Board of Directors.


Ferring Biologics Innovation Centre opens at Biopôle

On 1 April 2021, the research-driven biopharmaceutical group Ferring Pharmaceuticals opened a state-of-the-art innovation centre at Biopôle, bringing a new hub for biologics research and development to the vibrant life sciences campus near Lausanne, Switzerland.