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Dear Reader,
After Dave Brown’s much appreciated ‘Hitchhikers guide to the Swiss French Tech Startup Community’ last updated in Jan 2015, it was time for another update.
Inno-Fuel’s team tried to pull most of the latest relevant info together which we hope you will appreciate.
A special thanks to Eric Maire, Colin Turner and Jérôme Vasamillet for their great contribution !
We hope you appreciate the update and please inform us of any comments or relevant continuous updates you might have regarding the ecosystem !

Dear Reader,
After Dave Brown’s much appreciated ‘Hitchhikers guide to the Swiss French Tech Startup Community’ last updated in Jan 2015, it was time for another update.
Inno-Fuel’s team tried to pull most of the latest relevant info together which we hope you will appreciate.
A special thanks to Eric Maire, Colin Turner and Jérôme Vasamillet for their great contribution !
We hope you appreciate the update and please inform us of any comments or relevant continuous updates you might have regarding the ecosystem !

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  1. 1. SWITZERLAND BASED GLOBALLY MINDED ACCELERATING INNOVATION FOR STARTUPS & CORPORATES Overview ofWestern Switzerland’s Startup Ecosystem 2017
  2. 2. Closing the innovation gap: agenda ▪ Global Perspective ▪ Education ▪ TransferringTechnology ▪ Start-Up Scene ▪ National Support ▪ Western Switzerland ▪ Geneva/Vaud … ▪ Take-aways 2017 2
  3. 3. Global Perspective Switzerland’s specificities STABLE • Democratic • Stable political system • No unions • Low government debt • Favorable corporate tax system QUALITY • Leading research institutions • Highly qualified workforce • Effective technology transfer • Many expatriates from many countries • “Swiss Made” commands a significant premium NEUTRAL • Member of the EFTA but not the EU • Member of Partnership for Peace (PfP) but not NATO • Strong personal data protection: Swiss Federal Data Protection Act (DPA) and the related Data Protection Ordinance (DPO) CONNECTED • 100+ double tax treaties • 77 commerce based treaties (Intellectual Property, InternationalTrade…) • Strong relations with European Union • Multi-lingual environment • Located at the heart of Europe 2017 3
  4. 4. Education Switzerland excels in education – the bedrock of its leadership in innovation: 2 national research universities: Lausanne (EPFL) and Zurich (ETH) 1 World renowned Art/Design College 6 technology colleges A National Apprenticeship Model (~100,000 apprentices) 4 universities with a full range of degrees IMD World Leading Business School EHL Global Leader in Hospitality Management 2017 4
  5. 5. Transferring technology ▪ Each technology education institution (TEI) seeks to commercialize its research ▪ TEIs use technology transfer offices (TTO) that are independent from theTEI ▪ TheTEI is motivated to work with companies by the government’s CTI/KTI scheme ▪ This funds public (TEI) / private (company) partnerships to solve ‘problems’ ▪ TheTEI receives the funds and hires the employees to work with the company ▪ The Intellectual Property (IP) belongs to the initiator (TEI or company) ▪ TheTEI then licenses its IP through theTTO to the company ▪ The company secures funding for applied research and access to IP and leading academics ▪ TheTEI receives financing for the IP it develops SampleTTOs: ▪ CETT : HES-SO Engineering School : http://www.heig-vd.ch/rad/cett ▪ Pactt : Lausanne University : http://www.pactt.ch/ ▪ Switt : SwissAssociation : http://www.switt.ch/about_switt/ Switzerland commercializes itsWorld Class science, taking its innovations to market: 2017 5
  6. 6. Startup scene - 1 Switzerland is decentralized and the Startup ecosystem is a little fragmented … Federal initiatives Multi-Cantonal initiatives (Western Switzerland) Cantonal initiatives Communal / District initiatives 2017 6
  7. 7. Startup scene - 2 A wide range of available support through early stages Incubators Office space and key support services Seed financing Grants, from CHF 10K to CHF 1M, for research and prototype construction. Cantonal financing Market research, IP filing … usually capped at CHF 200K Legal There are many IP attorneys and lawyers for Startups Subsidized services Subsidized coaches, trainers and courses Infrastructure investment loans Available up to CHF 5M Bank debt security With revenues, CHF 500K loans are available Growth phase Startups have to rely on private finance to cross the ‘Valley of Death’ Prizes Local prizes for entrepreneurs around CHF 1K to 100K Other support Recruitment grants, free office space… GROWTH 2017 7
  8. 8. National support For fundamental research in research centers http://www.snf.ch National bank credit http://www.cautionnements-pme.ch/ Western Switzerland financial support http://www.cautionnementromand.ch/ Various support mechanisms: CTI – Entrepreneurship : http://www.cti-entrepreneurship.ch/en/ Venture Lab : http://www.venturelab.ch/ CTI- Invest : http://www.cti-invest.ch/Home.aspx VentureKick :http://www.venturekick.ch Access to international markets http://www.s-ge.com Local centers for start-ups and researchers in key locations http://www.swissnex.org European research programs, such as: Horizon 2020 https://www.euresearch2020 Eureka : http://www.eurekanetwork.org/ Bank credits for green technologies http://www.fonds-de-technologie.ch/ Bank credit for female entrepreneurs http://www.saffa.ch/fr/ Bank credit for tourism http://www.sgh.ch/fr/ 2017 8
  9. 9. Western Switzerland - 1 Attracts Foreign Direct Investment http://ggba-switzerland.ch/fr/ CDEP-SO Platforms Support sectors through events, assist start-ups to reach larger players and develop players along the value chain (research, education, companies, …) Life Sciences: http://www.bioalps.org/ Micro/Nano- technologies: http://www.micronarc.ch/ Information Technologies & Telecommunication: http://www.alpict.com/en/ Green Technologies: http://www.cleantech-alps.com/en/ Coordinates economic dev. inWestern Switzerland : funds these institutions .... http://www.cdep-so.ch/en Offers Coaching and Mentoring Support http://www.platinn.ch/ An industrial liaison program : develops synergies and R&D projects http://www.alliance-tt.ch/en/accueil Matches Innovation Finance with M&A https://matchinvest.ch/ 2017 9
  10. 10. Western Switzerland - 2 Promotes Innovation in Life Sciences http://inartis.ch/ Supporting Life Sciences inValais http://espacec.ch/ PrototypingWorkshops https://univercite.ch/ US Accelerator Program http://masschallenge.org/programs/ switzerland Advancing Biotechnology in Geneva http://www.campusbiotech.ch/en/ Presentation SkillsWorkshops http://www.startinnov.ch Incubator and Science Park http://epfl- innovationpark.ch/ 2017 10
  11. 11. Vaud GenevaTech chamber of commerce http://www.opi.ch/ Coaches and mentors http://www.genilem.ch/ Advice: does not fund http://www.innovaud.ch/en/ Provides information and Tax advice http://www.codev.ch/ Techno park with incubator and tax benefits https://www.y-parc.ch/en/ Lends to chosen start-ups http://www.fondation-fit.ch/ Separately, EPFL Innogrant : http://vpiv.epfl.ch/innogrant InnoTeck (UNIL / CHUV) http:/innotrek/ Techno Park targeting Aerospace/Aviation http://www.aeropole.ch/en/ Support for Life Science Industry http://www.biopole.ch/ Funds mature companies http://www.fae-ge.ch/site/fr/ Lends to startups http://www.fae-ge.ch/site/fr/ Life Science Incubator http://www.eclosion.com/ Tech Incubator http://www.fongit.ch/ Seed Finance http://wpfsi.fongitseedinvest.com/ Develops the economy https://ge.ch/ecoguichetpmepmi/ Fintech accelerator Possible finance via PolytechVentures https://fintechfusion.ch/ 2017 11
  12. 12. Take-aways ▪ Local banks take fewer risks and there are not many venture investors so later stage funding is harder to find However … early stage seed financing is readily available ▪ There is a small market However … a huge network of multinational companies that undertake pilot projects ▪ Proto-typing companies are not so common However ... CTI grants can open doors to Application Research Labs ▪ Share options are currently taxed, private finances must be separate from company financials and you need to tread carefully re treatment of ‘sweat equity’ and the valuation of equity However ... tax treatment can be favorable with no tax on capital gains from shares and generous treatment of expenses Do not mix actions taken as a Shareholder, as a Board Director and as a Manager and beware Swiss rules on over-indebtedness (Code of Obligations’ article 725) Build a strong main board and advisory board : there are many very good candidates available locally 2017 12
  13. 13. Inno-Fuel : the spark We're a small and growing network of experts: Are you an entrepreneur, investor or interested in open innovation and technology? Do you have a strong market or technology expertise? What are you waiting for, let's meet ! Alexandre is a hands-on, result-oriented person with a strong sense of entrepreneurialism and calculated risk taking and a background in designing and executing innovation strategies. He has a strong track record of value creation using co-creation and open innovation to build innovation processes, people networks and value models. Driving external innovation with start-up companies requires a specific skill set, a highly specialized network of experts and a hybrid business model: Alexandre founded Inno-Fuel to achieve this. a.grutman@inno-fuel.com AlexandreGrutman Co-Founder and CEO 2017 13
  14. 14. Inno-Fuel : advisory board An entrepreneurial team fluent in English, French, Dutch, Spanish and Italian JérômeVasamillet Fintech –Wealth Management focus j.vasamillet@inno-fuel.com Raymond Palmen B2B – business leader in blue-chip corporations r.palmen@inno-fuel.com Dominique Tombeur B2B – business leader in blue-chip corporations and distribution business d.tombeur@inno-fuel.com KevinTholke Fintech – Payments focus k.tholke@inno-fuel.com dave@inno-fuel.com Dave Brown Early Stage Investing Eric Maire Tech and International Expansion e.maire@inno-fuel.com c.turner@inno-fuel.com ColinTurner CorporateVenture Capital and Angel Funding 2017 14
  15. 15. Early stage sourcing, investing and coaching leadership • External innovation focus • Start-up/early stage investing DNA and ecosystem (30+) • Value creation & initiative taking • Hybrid entrepreneurial business model • Extensive expertise in various industry value chains ‘We fuel the innovation ecosystem’ Closing the innovation gap Rue des Marchandises 13 - 1260 Nyon - Switzerland T: +41 (0) 22 361 23 44 W: www.inno-fuel.com @Inno_fuel https://www.linkedin.com/company/inno-fuel 2017 15

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