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Depuis sa création en 2000 à l’EPFL, le business model de la start-up a drastiquement changé. Elle est devenue une plateforme d'expérience digitale «software-as-a-service.» Récit de l’aventure avec son CEO Pierre Métrailler, basé à New York Créée en 2000, SpotMe a changé son business model du...
The Scale Up Vaud initiative continues to progress. On January 1st, 2019, the 24 Vaud companies that received the Scale Up Vaud label have generated 2360 jobs worldwide, out of which 1400 are based in Switzerland. 2018 saw the creation of 361 new jobs in Switzerland and 722 new jobs...
Four new firms entered Innovaud’s Scale Up Vaud initiative in June 2018, increasing the community to 25 members in total. The newcomers are BlueBotics, ecoRobotix, Nanolive and Objectis. Aged between 3 and 15 years, the Scale Up Vaud companies share a steady growth at the Swiss and international...
This Vaud-based medtech firm, established in 2010, developed blood tests using a revolutionary nanofluid technology that came out of EPFL. Its devices have been successfully tested, and the company is expanding its footprint internationally. In 2010, Nicolas Durand – fresh out of EPFL with a...
Two years after its launch by Innovaud, the Scale Up Vaud initiative is growing steadily, just as the 21 companies based in the Canton of Vaud that are part of it. These companies, which for many made their debuts as startups, are now active in Switzerland but also at the international level....
NetGuardians, a spin-off of the School of Management and Engineering, Vaud (HEIG-VD), develops fraud detection systems for banks. This young FinTech company has grown rapidly as financial institutions find themselves the target of increasingly sophisticated attacks. We spoke with Mine Fornerod,...
Gait Up, born out of a joint venture between EPFL and the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), makes high-precision motion sensors used in a variety of industries. The company was acquired by MindMaze in 2017. Gait Up was founded in 2013 to market technology developed at EPFL’s Laboratory of...
This “small” EPFL spin-off has caused a big splash. Lunaphore was launched based on doctoral research by Ata Tuna Ciftlik, then a microsystem engineering student at EPFL. He discovered an innovative way to improve diagnostic tests for cancer, which are standard practice these days: any given...
Five companies have just been labeled SCALE UP VAUD, bringing the total number of such firms in the canton to 21. The new members are: QGel and MindMaze (life sciences); Gait Up (motion sensing); SWISSto12 (3D printing); and Flyability (drones). They all boast annual job growth of at least 20% and...
Most power grids are not designed to handle novel ways of producing and using electricity, such as with electric vehicle charging stations and residential solar panels. Major disruptions can occur when such types of power are injected into or drawn from a grid. But in 2010, three electrical...
The first year of Scale-Up Vaud – Switzerland’s first initiative to support high-growth companies – has been a fruitful one. The 14 companies named Vaud Scale-Ups in 2016 account for 899 total jobs, including 632 in Switzerland (as of January 2017). They created 140 new jobs in Switzerland in...
In 2009, two EPFL PhD students – Fabrizio Lo Conte and Laurent Fabre – developed an ingenious system for controlling everything in a home from a single screen. Their system is based on modules installed behind electrical switches that track power consumption and communicate with each other...
Making mining safer and construction cheaper – those are just two of the benefits of the advanced photogrammetry software developed by Pix4D. Their technology turns images taken by drones into functional 2D and 3D models, which companies can use to plan operations or monitor progress on an...

Four new companies named Vaud Scale-Ups

17.10.2016 | Roselyn Ormond
Building on the successful launch of the Scale-Up Vaud initiative – Switzerland’s first program to support high-potential companies – four new firms have recently joined its ranks: DEPsys, Green Motion, INGPHI, and Regen Lab. To qualify as a Vaud Scale-Up, companies must be innovative and have...
According to Jurgi Camblong, the company’s co-founder and CEO:"The Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT), Vaud’s Office for Economic Affairs (SPECo) and Innovaud played a key role in supporting Sophia Genetics at a turning point in our development. The funding provided early on in the...
Atracsys is the perfect example of a pivot strategy. The company was originally spun off from EPFL in 2004 to develop optical measurement systems for surgeons, and in 2007 moved into interactive screens. This shift involved transferring the firm’s technology from one field to another in a tough...

Press Review

15.06.2016 | Innovaud
Photo caption, from left to right: Nicolas Durand, CEO of Abionic; Patrick Barbey, Director of Innovaud; Jean-Christophe Zufferey, CEO of senseFly; and Raffael Maio, CEO of NetGuardians Below is a selection of news articles on the launch of Scale-Up Vaud Le Temps (14 juin 2016) – [version en...
Innovaud launches the first scale-up support program in Switzerland. Companies with an annual job growth of at least 20% and incorporated at least 3 years ago are Scale-Ups. Innovative scale-ups based in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland, will benefit from the "Scale-Up Vaud" label.   What...