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  • February 15, 2018

    Fighting Plastic Waste

    Not tired at all: Retired manager Dana Mosora helps to build a circular economy in Ghana. In the last 60 years, people have produced around 8.3 billion tons of plastic. Some of it - packaging material, for example - became garbage after the first use. In Europe, at least one third it is recycled. In the third world, however, it often reaches the environment and ultimately pollutes the oceans. Hardly anyone knows these processes better than Dana Mosora, who until ...

  • November 27, 2017

    Intelligent Coating – Christian Mathis about the ETH Spinoff SuSoS

    SuSoS has been focusing on consulting and the development of coating solutions using such thin polymer films since it was established as an ETH spin-off in 2004. "Thin-film polymers are all-rounders," explains Christian Mathis. They are used as lubricating layers or adhesion promoters, and they prevent the formation of biofilms on surfaces or support the binding of antibodies, proteins, or cells to sensors. This is why they find frequent application in medical technology and the life sciences. About one year ago, ...

  • July 24, 2017

    Founding a company: Ensuring stress does not get out of hand

    Partner Post -  Zurich Insurance Company founders work a lot, need to get to grips with lots of new topics and have to master thousands of unknown situations: This can all be very exciting! But what if there's too much excitement and too much stress?  When setting up a company, everything is new and fascinating: You experience pride and pleasure when you gain a new customer or make your first delivery. However, there will also be lots of things that ...

  • July 20, 2017

    STARTUP CAMPUS Ecosystem Connect Event, May 2017

    A brilliant end of the Business Concept course in spring: on May 10, 2017, the Ecosystem Connect Event took place at the ETH Zurich with more than 120 participants. For the attendees the aim is to get in touch with investors and representatives of the Swiss startup ecosystem and establish important contacts to enhance their business idea. The warm spring evening faded away with inspiring conversations and a fantastic view over the historic district of Zurich. Do you like to ...

  • June 14, 2017

    High-Profile Newcomers to the STARTUP CAMPUS Consortium

    STARTUP CAMPUS is expanding its membership in 2017, which now includes ETH Zurich, Impact Hub Zurich, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), and Social Entrepreneurship Impact & Finance (seif). Together with 11 other leading universities and incubators, they support professional training programs for existing and prospective startup founders. The startup promotion initiative welcomes four new members to the consortium. Since its foundation in 2013, STARTUP CAMPUS has helped more than 1,700 young entrepreneurs and prospective founders in professional training programs ...

  • March 30, 2017

    Cleantech Startup LEDCity Finds a Niche in Cities

    Lights on: Here comes LEDCity! LEDCity produces lighting tubes which, in contrast to conventional tubes, are equipped with an intelligent control system and therefore only light up if light is actually needed. The aim is to reduce energy consumption in the public lighting sector by an average of 12%, thus contributing to sustainable and efficient development. Pilot projects with their partner, ewz, have shown that the use of automated LEDCity lighting tubes in pedestrian tunnels can save 89% in electricity. ...

  • March 30, 2017

    yamo – enjoyment for the little ones, joy for the grown-ups

    Yamo wants to shake up the baby food market. A startup company in Central Switzerland has developed a novel approach and is developing the freshest organic baby food in Europe. Conventional baby food is heat-sterilized and, in an unchilled state, has a shelf life of 1.5 years, during which it loses its color, flavor, and all valuable nutrients. Using new technology, yamo manages to prolong the sell-by date of baby food for several weeks. During that time, it stays as fresh as ...

  • November 17, 2016

    Lost in the Big City Jungle?

    GET LOCAL, an innovative startup and active STARTUP CAMPUS Business Growth participant, has developed a great concept: Letting locals show you the best places to hang out in their city.   We have news for you from Business Growth, the STARTUP CAMPUS training course. Currently, the founders of an exciting startup initiated at RUNWAY, the startup incubator at ZHAW, are developing their business idea as Business Growth participants. The team from GET LOCAL is well on the way to creating ...

  • November 16, 2016

    Entrepreneurship Power at STARTUP CAMPUS – Continued

    In our last Blogpost we introduced Jacques Hefti, one of the two co-directors of STARTUP CAMPUS. This time, we turn to Dr. Matthias Hölling, the second face behind this organization. He was also happy to talk to us and answer our questions. Here are some interesting insights into expertise, collaboration, background knowledge, concepts, and the future of STARTUP CAMPUS.   How did you get into STARTUP CAMPUS? For almost ten years, I've been working at the technology transfer office at ...

  • October 28, 2016

    Entrepreneurship Power at STARTUP CAMPUS

    Jacques Hefti & Matthias Hölling

    Have you ever wondered who the people are behind the CTI training courses of STARTUP CAMPUS? Here is your answer: We would like to present to you the two Co-Directors of STARTUP CAMPUS, Jacques Hefti and Matthias Hölling. We conducted a short interview with them, in which we asked them to tell us about the collaboration between the two locations and what makes STARTUP CAMPUS unique to them. Over the past three years, their initiative successfully supported over 1,000 business ...

  • October 3, 2016

    Second Business Concept BOOTCAMP – 24 September 2016

    Still a bit sleepy but excited about the day ahead, the first university affiliates arrived at Toni Areal in Zurich on Saturday morning at 8.30am, ready to explore their startup ideas. An intensive all-day program with many challenges and exciting tasks lay ahead. After a brief welcome address by Jacques Hefti and Matthias Hölling, the Co-Directors of STARTUP CAMPUS, the group took part in an 'elevator pitch' competition, in which participants took turns to present about 40 startup ideas. The ...

  • October 1, 2016

    In a Nutshell: What Are the Benefits of a STARTUP CAMPUS Training Course?

      Go for it! You have an exciting idea that the world has not been seen before? Or you are already a young entrepreneur who wants to further develop his or her business to move to the next level? No matter at what stage of startup formation or development you currently are, a STARTUP CAMPUS training course will support and guide you. CTI Entrepreneurship Training courses are an initiative of the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI), offered by ...

  • June 25, 2016

    Startfeld – A Brand Relaunch Can Be Exciting and Fun

    When is a brand relaunch indicated? Should it be strategically planned well in advance - or be a spur-of-the-moment decision? What does it entail? Can it be done within budget? Is it actually necessary or useful to redesign a brand? Will the implementation be successful, and will the target group accept the new design? This blog entry allows you to take part in a brand relaunch by Startfeld, a startup incubator in Eastern Switzerland. A report by Andrea Geiser, Marketing ...

  • March 2, 2016

    Our first Bootcamp Training – February 27, 2016

    Last Saturday, 112 students and university members with startup ideas met in Zurich for our Startup Training Bootcamp. No coach blew his/her whistle, yet the day was organized along a strict time schedule. This started at 8.00am (for a Saturday, that's practically at dawn :-)), with coffee and registration. After a short introduction, participants took part in a round of elevator pitches during which some 60 startup ideas where presented. The Business Concept course is funded by the Commission for ...

  • December 21, 2015

    A Silent Rave of a Slightly Different Kind

    When you mix 100 sets of earphones with 21 fresh ideas and add 9 organizations of the startup ecosystem – you have a recipe for an interesting evening. On 2 December 2015, 100 young entrepreneurs and representatives of the Swiss startup ecosystem met at the faculty center of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). The evening started with a pitch by Philippe Geiger, the CMO of EntoLog. After winning the ZHAW Startup Challenge in May 2015, EntoLog ...

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