News from STARTUP CAMPUS

  • July 10, 2018

    Challenge Room

    01.01.2019 - 31.12.2019  Technopark Zurich

    As an entrepreneur, you face new challenges every day. Some of these challenges can be quickly overcome, others take up more time and know-how than you would like. And as a passionate entrepreneur, you certainly want to make fast progress and have little time to spend on one thing for a long time. Think with your team: What is your LARGEST CHALLENGE at the moment?   One team, one challenge and one week time Once the Challenge has been defined,…

  • May 2, 2018

    Book Review: “The ART of the START 2.0”

    Many years ago I watched an inspiring video by Guy Kawasaki - “the Art of Pitching”. And most of the Do’s and Don’ts he brought up are still true and fun. I loved the way Guy was giving his message: concise, clear, at eye level with the entrepreneur’s world and with plenty of humor. It’s a great read about Conception, Activation and Proliferation when you are in the process of learning and in parallel executing the art of building a…

  • 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,…

  • September 26, 2017

    Liability cases can be fatal for Startup founders

    Companies are facing growing claims in liability cases - this increases the risk of existential threats to Startup founders from claims to damages. A partner post by Zurich Insurance   All kinds of risk types It is not just product defects that can lead to liability claims. Companies can also be faced with liability claims on account of operating processes or defects in buildings and systems, for example if a falling tile damages the car of a visitor. It can…

  • 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

    5 Ways to Build a $100 Million Business

    There are five ways for your startup to build a $ 100 million business. Salespeople know that the marketing jungle is not just about "hunting" the right "animals", but also knowing how to attract them. How can you hunt 1,000 elephants, 10,000 deer, 100,000 rabbits, 1,000,000 mice or 10,000,000 flies? The infographics helps you to review your business model and focus and recognize what needs to be done to steer your startup towards success. Source: http://christophjanz.blogspot.com/2017/02/5-ways-100-million-dollars-100-free.html

  • 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…

  • February 28, 2017

    Smart Home Technology

    Saving energy while you sleep This is what the world has been waiting for. Zero-standby technology by Zurich-based electrical engineer Felix Adamczyk is creating quite a stir. "Sleeping" televisions, ovens, and computers consume 810-gigawatt hours per year - and that's just in Switzerland. This corresponds to 1.4% of total electricity consumption and costs a four-person household up to 200 Swiss francs. Felix Adamczyk, a former Master's student at the Institute of Power Electronic Systems at ETH Zurich, has now successfully…

  • February 2, 2017

    STARTUP CAMPUS Connect – Business Concept

    Every beginning is hard. That is a lesson that every startup founder has to learn. It takes entrepreneurial skill to make a brilliant business idea come to life. To acquire, practice, and perfect their know-how, about 85 young entrepreneurs spent 12 weeks on the CTI Entrepreneurship Startup training course "Business Concept." On 30 November 2016, 25 teams presented their business ideas to representatives of the Swiss Startup ecosystem in a poster presentation at the STARTUP CAMPUS Connect Event at ETH…

  • 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 2, 2016

    Consumer Closeness – Geotargads

      Tell me where you are and I'll tell you what you might need: Erik Streller from St. Gallen places virtual advertising in real places.   App advertising is booming: Every day, millions of mini banners appear on Swiss smartphones. To minimize distribution loss, most advertising planners book apps that match the advertised product. Swiss entrepreneur Erik Streller-Shen takes a different approach: He makes use of the locational information collected by the apps to place the banners within very specific…

  • 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…

  • September 14, 2016

    Alumni in Focus – The Beekeepers’ Startup

    The startup Vatorex has a heart for bees and is concerned about their health. Increasingly, bee colonies die out completely within a period of just three or four years due to infestation with the varroa mite. In the fight against parasites, beekeepers are frequently rather aggressive, using, for example, formic acid, oxalic acid, or other harmful pesticides which cause stress to the bees as well as the beekeepers. Vatorex has developed an alternative, natural treatment method: a hyperthermia system which…

  • June 29, 2016

    Checklist: The Eight Key Steps of Branding

    By our guest contributor, Willy-Andreas Heckmann of 99designs You want to set up a startup or have already done so? You are not alone - more than six million new companies are created every year. Consequently, there is a lot of competition - only a mouse click away. This is why it is essential to stand out from the crowd and attract attention with a unique, consistent look. Brands are exciting; they create trust and retain customers. The goal, however,…

  • June 27, 2016

    Amphiro – Save a Polar Bear

    Amphiro has created an application enabling you to save a polar bear with your daily shower. The device, which can be attached to all commercially available shower heads, has a display showing a polar bear on an ice floe: The more hot water you use while showering, the smaller the floe becomes. The startup not only has a great product design, it also motivates consumers to use energy more wisely. Read on to find out how this startup developed the…

  • June 27, 2016

    John Baker – No Ordinary Bakery

    Bread Delivery per Elektroveloexpress

      John Baker, the startup founded by alumnus Jens Jung uses the slogan "cut the crap" to signal that the company wants to do the things that other people only talk about, without concessions. His goal is to bake the best bread, operate a flourishing baker's shop for everyone, with high standards concerning sustainability - and everything hip and modern. We take a look behind the scenes of a not-at-all ordinary bakery and find out what is behind the 'John…

  • 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…

  • May 31, 2016

    STARTUP CAMPUS Connect – Highlight of Business Concept Workshops

      100 young entrepreneurs met up on 18 May 2016 to network with 13 organizations belonging to the Swiss startup ecosystem. The event, which usually takes place at "Dozentenfoyer", the faculty restaurant of ETH Zurich, is one of the highlights of the CTI Business Concept Startup Courses. For a period of 12 weeks, aspiring startup founders hone their business ideas, present them as part of a STARTUP CAMPUS Connect poster exhibition, and develop their networks in the Swiss startup ecosystem.  …

  • May 4, 2016

    MyAirSeat – flying high above the peaks of the Swiss Alps

    Have you ever dreamed of flying high above the peaks of the Swiss Alps in a small aircraft? The startup MyAirSeat is launching an app to make your dream come true. Quite often, small planes have free seats available. These can now be booked quite easily using a new app. This is good news for airlines, tourists, and anyone who loves flying. MyAirSeat has issued a basic beta version to test market acceptance. So far, media response (see below) has…

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  • May 4, 2016

    CROWD – enabling to plan your leisure activities easily

    CROWD is an app that enables users to plan their leisure activities without having to switch between Messenger, Google Map, party apps, or calendars. In no time at all, and without any trouble, you can use CROWD to stay up to date on the events and activities of your city, share this information with your friends, create polls, and make plans as a group. This process is completely private and uncomplicated. And thanks to an intuitive user interface, no words…

  • 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…

  • February 23, 2016

    P&L for digital Startups

    The creation of a detailed business plan can be a major hurdle for many startups. Many rack their brains over industry figures, consult their old accounting textbooks, or struggle with web tools. There is a real risk that the resulting spreadsheet will A) not provide the right answers or B) be much too detailed or not nearly detailed enough. Before embarking on the actual financial plan, your business plan should be ready - if not on paper, then at least…

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