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Vaud fosters Entrepreneurial Discovery

In the recent months, the Canton of Vaud has multiplied the opportunities for its entrepreneurs to grow their business internationally and get inspired by high performing digital innovation ecosystems. Such is the case of this year's Seedstars Expansion Program and the forthcoming USA Innovation Discovery Mission, two initiatives aiming at providing growth opportunities. Interested entrepreneurs can still apply for both.


Free BV4 rating for early stage startups

Investors use BV4’s ratings as a first indication to select the best investment cases. Now, early-stage startups from all sectors and independent from their location can get a rating for free from BV4, helping them to improve their proposition for investors.


Lake Geneva region ranks 4th worldwide in innovation strength

The Lake Geneva region ranks 4th in a comparison of 10 global innovation hubs. The new BAK Economics Technology Leadership Index shows which regions occupy top positions for cutting-edge technologies.


Finalists announced for the Swisscom StartUp Challenge

Public voting is now open until August 22. As well as the main prize – a business acceleration program in Silicon Valley – all ten finalists have a chance of being voted the public’s favorite. The start-up with the most votes will win a special team event.


EasyGov.swiss makes paperwork and funding easier for startups

The latest update of the platform brings in new functionalities and is now connected to the office for legal proceedings. EasyGov.swiss portal is also now allowing startups to ask for bank loan guarantees directly online.


Applications are now open for the Prix à l'Innovation by Région de Nyon

Région de Nyon grants each year a prize of CHF 50'000 to one or several companies boosting local economy, in the field of life science, precision engineering, ICT, food industry, tourism, cleantech, tourism, international sport or manufacturing. Applications will be open until October 31.


New dual-propeller drone can fly twice as long

EPFL startup Flybotix has developed a novel drone with just two propellers and an advanced stabilization system that allow it to fly for twice as long as conventional models. That fact, together with its small size, makes it perfect for inspecting hard-to-reach parts of industrial facilities such as ducts.


Call for submission of innovation projects in the fields of Social Science and Business Management

In its strategic objectives, the Federal Council gives Innosuisse the mandate of “supporting more innovation projects of major economic importance in non-technological areas of specialisation.” Innosuisse is inviting applications for innovation projects in non-technological fields and feedback on the field-specific new information in the online application form. Projects submitted by 16 October 2019 can start this year.


ADC Therapeutics finalises a $303 million series E round

ADC Therapeutics, an oncology drug discovery and development company based at the Biopôle in Epalinges, announced in July the final close of a $103 million Series E financing expansion, bringing the total gross proceeds of the Series E round to $303 million. The final close of the expansion round includes a $25 million investment from a new U.S.-based institutional investor.