As an (I)IoT provider, Aartesys develops cloud-ready products and services in the field of communication technology. Aartesys products are used every day in a wide variety of sectors and industries, such as building automation, smart metering in the energy industry, and control and management of devices for wholesale distributors.
Thanks to the loan guarantee from the Technology Fund, we at Aartesys can more consistently and flexibly pursue market expansion and further development of our innovative, customer-focused products.
AgriCircle provides farmers with electronic tools to make cultivating their fields more efficient and environmentally friendly. The company also conducts applied research in the area of satellite and drone-aided remote sensing with the goal of simplifying the decision-making process in field crops and optimizing resources (fertilizer, pest management, seeds).
We are currently developing a satellite-aided soil classification procedure that can be used as the basis for site-specific fertilization. This project is co-funded by the Technology Fund and the European Space Agency (ESA), and implemented in collaboration with the Association of German Agricultural Analytic and Research Institutes (VDLUFA).
Airlite (AM Technology SA)
AM Technology SA develops and produces Airlite – innovative interior paint that reduce air pollution through state-of-the-art material technology and nanotechnology. Airlite paint can turn any architectural surface into a natural air purifier that needs only light energy to function and does not make any noise or require any maintenance. Moreover, the paint also cuts cooling costs.
A large injection of capital is needed to drive market expansion in the Middle East, China, Thailand, Mexico, the UK and Italy. This fundraising is made possible thanks to support from the Technology Fund.
Allthings Technologies AG
Allthings Technologies AG has developed a software platform for the real estate industry. The platforms allows simple, digital communication between owners, management and tenants, and offers integrated services to increase efficiency and promote sustainability. Customers benefit from sustainability-focused services, such as energy consumption measurement via micro applications.
We are seeing a great deal of interest across Europe, in particular among asset managers. We need capital in order to expand into other European countries. The Technology Fund enables us to rapidly scale up across Europe.
Aqua-4D Water Solutions (Planet Horizons Technologies SA)
Aqua4D is a leading provider of innovative water-smart technology, improving water use efficiency in a variety of industries. Subtly changing the structure of water modifies some of its specific physical properties, improving dissolution of the minerals and a wide range of other benefits. In buildings and animals, clogging, biofilm and limescale are eliminated, prolonging the lifespan of pipe systems. In irrigation, water use is optimized leading to higher productivity, greater efficiency, and sustainable agriculture.
The successful completion of validation projects is key to winning large clients for our relatively young product. The support of the Technology Fund is extremely helpful during this capital-intensive market development phase. At the moment, we are primarily concentrating efforts on developing our business in South America.
AquaSwiss uses innovative technology to build high quality, energy-efficient and CO2-optimized water desalination plants. AquaSwiss AG specializes in multi-effect distillation (MED), mechanical vapor compression (MVC) and reverse osmosis. In addition to its engineering center in Switzerland, AquaSwiss also has a regional office in Dubai and a joint venture in Saudi Arabia, where demand for seawater desalination is high.
The Technology Fund provides us with financial resources in order to increase our sales capacities in our target markets, market our innovative systems more efficiently, and patent our innovations tailored to the Middle East and Africa.
Head Global Business Development
Arviem develops and markets a freight tracking and monitoring software platform. Arviem uncovers blind spots in the supply chain by installing automated location and sensor technology on multimodal containers. The real-time data provided by Arviem improves the entire supply chain in the areas of inventory management, product quality, sustainability and waste reduction, and measures the carbon footprint of logistics processes.
The support of the Technology Fund is an important milestone for Arviem and helps us to achieve our vision of making the entire supply chain ecosystem more transparent: waste and spoilage are reduced on the distribution level, which in turn improves sustainability.
CEO and founder
Attolight AG develops innovative characterization tools and solutions for research laboratories and the semiconductor industry. Attolight’s innovative combination of electron and light microscopy shows ultra-trace contamination and crystallographic defects that are not visible with other imaging processes. Attolight’s core competency is a measurement technique known as cathodoluminescence, a non-destructive characterization method that provides a level of data that allows a more in-depth understanding of material structures and characteristics.
Until now, Attolight has primarily manufactured tools for research and development of new electronic components. Investment is required to automate the manual devices and adapt them for industrial applications. A loan guarantee from the Technology Fund makes this kind of investment possible.
Avrios International AG
Today, data from company vehicle fleets is usually distributed across a number of systems, such as ERP systems, Excel spreadsheets and access databases. With a modern, neutral online platform, Avrios collects all this data in a central database, offering customers transparency when it comes to their vehicle fleets. This allows Avrios to systematically and effortlessly move a large number of vehicle fleets to greener operations and thus significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
With our existing platform, we have been able to significantly reduce both fuel consumption and wear and tear for a variety of clients. Thanks to the loan guarantee, we can now develop our software even faster and help companies to manage their fleets more efficiently and sustainably.
Basis 57 nachhaltige Wassernutzung AG
Basis 57 nachhaltige Wassernutzung AG, which is based by the north portal of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Erstfeld (Uri), uses the pristine mountain water emitted from the tunnel for economical, environmentally sound fish production, and aims to become Switzerland’s largest fish farm with a capacity of 600 metric tons of fish for human consumption per year.
Thanks to the support of the Technology Fund, Basis57 can start the first expansion phase of the fish farm facility. We are convinced that uncontaminated, regionally produced food will become ever more important for consumers.
Battrion is an ETH spin-off that is developing a new manufacturing technology for rechargeable lithium ion batteries. The technology allows batteries to be produced more affordably and with double the charging speed, making them ideally suited for use in electric vehicles. As the technology can cut charging times for electric cars by up to 50%, it makes a major contribution to the introduction of electromobility.
The loan guarantee is helping us build a test center for our customers at our business premises in Dübendorf. This test center will comprise the machinery of a normal pilot plant for battery manufacture and enable its expansion through our technology. The test center will allow us to perform the tests required by our customers.
Bcomp applies the latest findings on lightweight and composite materials to natural fibers, thus developing and marketing lightweight solutions for the mobility industry. These solutions improve performance and increase safety, while remaining cost-neutral and reducing environmental impact. The lightweight, sustainable material solutions allow a reduction in weight in a vehicle’s interior of up to 50%, a reduction of plastic use of up to 85%, and thus a drastic reduction in the vehicle’s energy consumption and CO2 emissions during use.
The guaranteed loan from the Technology Fund enables us to rapidly expand our technology in order to cover large-volume demand from the automotive industry and start delivery of products to the first global automotive manufacturers in the next 18 months.
BEN Energy AG
BEN Energy combines insights from behavioral economics with the latest predictive analytics methods to provide utility companies with the necessary tools to become service providers. With software from BEN Energy, utility companies can achieve their regulatory energy goals and gain a better understanding of their end customers. Furthermore, the software motivates the end consumer to become actively engaged and to reduce their energy consumption.
The loan guarantee helps us to promote the sales and implementation of our cloud software on the European energy market. Our conclusive results show that we can achieve an average household energy saving of 2.5% p.a. and at the same time measurably increase customer satisfaction.
Bestmile’s Fleet Orchestration Platform empowers mobility providers to deploy, manage and optimize autonomous and human-driven vehicle fleets, supporting time-based and on-demand services, regardless of the vehicle brand or type. The Bestmile platform allows operators to support multi-service offerings in a safe and efficient manner by integrating new mobility services in the existing transportation ecosystem. Incorporated in 2014, Bestmile has global offices in Lausanne (Switzerland) and San Francisco (USA).
CEO & Co-Founder
Blockstrom supports real estate owners in setting up and operating solar power plants on their properties. The team calculates whether a merger for own consumption (ZEV) is worthwhile and helps all those involved to procure the necessary hardware and create the contractual basis. The measurement data portal provides both owners and operators with all the information they need to quickly and easily bill energy consumption.
The guarantee gives us access to an operating loan and enables us to cope with the strong growth. This security in turn gives our customers the confidence that the Blockstrom portal is the right solution.
ChromaCon develops and sells laboratory and industrial equipment with innovative processes for purifying high quality materials using chromatography, primarily for the biopharmaceuticals industry. The patented processes are unique worldwide and allow the separation of impurities as part of a continuous process, attaining significantly higher yields while using far less column materials and buffer solutions.
The loan guarantee from the Technology Fund offers us firm backing for the development and commercialization of our technology through to process scale.
The Climatex brand stands for climatizing and recyclable textiles. They equalize temperatures, regulate moisture, and are extremely durable. Climatex textiles promote the health and well-being of the wearer. The textiles can be separated by type and are 100% recyclable. Climatex is Cradle to Cradle certified.
We need a new round of financing to implement our IP strategy. We are pleased that the Technology Fund is supporting us in this respect.
coatmaster develops and sells contactless measurement system technology that measures and tests industrial coatings quickly and non-destructively. coatmaster technology is patented around the world and allows measurement of the thickness of coatings early on in the production process. This results in a reduction in material consumption of up to 30%, more consistent quality thanks to seamless documentation and increased productivity due to less waste.
Further development of the hand-held device for contactless measurement of coating thickness is capital-intensive and enabled in part by the Technology Fund.
The CodeCheck app helps consumers to make healthy, sustainable purchasing decisions. When purchasing cosmetics, users can scan the barcode with the CodeCheck app to find out whether the product contains parabens, silicone, palm oil or microplastics. It also shows whether food products contain any additives or palm oil, or even too much sugar and fat. Additional warnings are available for vegans, vegetarians and people with food intolerances.
We want to use this fresh capital to expand our application and add information about the CO2 footprint to our product evaluations in the food and beverage sector.
Cormo produces and markets peat substitutes made of waste from the production of grain maize. The substrate, called TEFA, is obtained through an innovative process. Compared with other peat-free substrates, TEFA has the advantage of lower salinity, a finer structure and greater resistance to fungus.
The guaranteed loan has allowed us to expand production. This is an essential next step in our efforts to counteract the negative effects of peat consumption on the global climate.
DEPsys offers technology solutions that help grid operators to manage their energy transition with a seamless integration of large volumes of decentralized energy resources, such as photovoltaic systems and new consumers, primarily e-mobility charging infrastructures and heat pumps. GridEye, the digital toolbox, helps operators design, operate, monitor, analyze and automate the power distribution grid in the low-voltage range.
The support of the Technology Fund is an excellent validation for us and allows us to continue to develop our technology to reduce CO2 emissions and drive our international expansion.
Head of Finance
Designwerk Products AG
Designwerk Products designs and manufactures a range of products, including electric trucks under the brand name Futuricum, mobile fast charging devices, modular battery systems for electric vehicles, and airport equipment. The eTrucks include some of the first fully electric refuse collection trucks on Swiss roads. With modular traction batteries, the company also helps small and medium-sized vehicle manufacturers to successfully start with or switch to electromobility.
In order to meet the large market demand for zero-emissions refuse trucks and other utility vehicles, with the help of the Technology Fund we are expanding series production with production facilities, infrastructure and personnel.
dhp technology AG
dhp technology develops, produces and sells the world’s only patented folding solar roof. In contrast to roof-mounted and freestanding solar panels, the folding solar roof enables double use of industrial surfaces to produce solar power, thanks to its unique lightweight construction and folding mechanism. These surfaces cannot be developed using conventional fixed solar panels, thus creating a large market potential for the folding solar roof.
After the market launch, it is now a matter of expanding and fully automating the production infrastructure at our Landquart location. We need additional working capital for pre-financing in order to fund long-term product development.
digitalSTROM is a leading and multiple award-winning smart home system for every property. All devices at home can be networked with one another or with the web via the power supply or the IP network, regardless of manufacturer. Alongside comfort and security, the focus is on energy efficiency.
digitalSTROM is well suited for both new and existing buildings, for detached houses and apartment blocks, and for large housing developments. The company, which is based in Zurich-Schlieren, markets its smart home system in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, and various other countries in Europe and further afield.
We are delighted that the Technology Fund is financing and supporting digitalSTROM’s growth and development. With the planned launch of a new product line in the area of energy management, we will usefully expand our existing range and focus more closely on the needs of larger residential properties. This will help us to further accelerate our international growth and, together with leading real estate developers, make a significant contribution to increased sustainability in buildings.
Eaternity’s software application is based on a comprehensive database that includes information on greenhouse gas emissions, allergens and nutritional information on ingredients and foodstuffs. The volume of greenhouse gas emitted as a result of the production and creation of restaurant meals is calculated and declared accordingly.
In order to make our product available to individual restaurants, we must take further steps towards automation and a shift to the cloud. The loan guarantee allows us to successfully pursue these goals.
eCarUp offers an integrated system (app and hardware) that allows easy rental of (semi)private electronic charging stations to third-party users. A low-cost retrofit set upgrades charging stations with intelligent metering technology. Charging points can be registered and managed in the free eCarUp app (iOS/Android). Owners can configure the conditions of use according to their individual needs (available times, price for parking fee/energy). Drivers of electric cars can locate available charging stations and activate them via the app.
The loan guarantee from the Technology Fund helps us to continue to develop our app and establish strategic sales partnerships.
ECOSPEED develops web-based software solutions for energy and climate auditing for local authorities (countries, regions, cities, municipalities), companies and private individuals. ECOSPEED combines environmental, scientific and energy knowledge and experience with modern information technology.
To implement our GIS platform and the new associated services, we rely on the capital secured by the Technology Fund’s loan guarantee.
Shared mobility systems are an attractive way for cities to make transportation more space and resource-efficient. For users, these systems represent a flexible and cost-effective way to get from A to B without the expense of owning and running a car. ElectricFeel offers system operators a form of optimization software that uses intelligent, self-learning algorithms to predict demand and availability, thus dramatically increasing efficiency in logistics and system availability.
The Technology Fund helps us to scale our business model in the European market for bike and e-mobility sharing. This includes the expansion of our sales unit, integration of client systems into our platform and the implementation of a customer support structure.
enersis suisse AG
enersis is an IT and software company with a focus on energy management. Its clients include utility companies, municipalities and energy-intensive companies that need help with the shift to renewable energies in the form of strategic solutions and implementation assistance. enersis developed the Grids software platform using big data, business intelligence and visualization technology. The platform offers and continually expands a range of application modules for digital energy services.
Our capital requirement, which is ensured by a guaranteed loan from the Technology Fund, is aimed at the development and expansion of the software business in all value-added areas. Priority is given to expansion of the sales and development teams, and the technical infrastructure (SAP HANA environment) for predictive analytics in mass operations.
ennos develops, produces and markets a highly efficient solar-powered water pump for use in agricultural irrigation systems and drinking water supply systems in the developing world. The focus is on the cost-optimized use of a sustainable, CO2-free technology to improve the income and living conditions of people at the bottom of the economic pyramid, and a more economical and productive use of the resources of energy and water.
The loan guarantee from the Technology Fund makes a valuable contribution to our efforts to expand our production and sales capacity in the coming years.
eSMART Technologies SA
eSMART is a comprehensive solution for intelligent management of residential buildings. The system is made up of innovative electronic modules that communicate with each other via the power grid and can be installed without tearing down walls. eSMART increases safety and comfort in residential buildings and help residents reduce their heating and energy costs through energy monitoring.
We are currently working to further develop our product and intensify our marketing activities. Moreover, we also need resources in order to protect our intellectual property. Support from the Technology Fund gives us the necessary backing during this phase.
Eturnity develops, operates and sells the Eturnity white-label platform LEA (Live Energy Analysis), which enables energy providers, installers and planners to speed up the sales and consulting process for decentralized energy systems by 50%-80%. The platform covers the following process stages: lead generation, dimensioning, simulation (physical, economic), and fast and customer-focused on-site consulting including quote generation with a choice of designs and in the customer’s CI. In addition, the Eturnity LEA platform can be seamlessly integrated into upstream (e.g. CRM) or downstream (e.g. ERP, accounting) systems.
The integration of thermal models will also provide us with access to the heating system installation market, which is five times larger than the PV and storage market. We need capital for our entry to the heating market and for the expansion of the LEA platform. In this case, that capital is secured by a guaranteed loan from the Technology Fund.
Explosion Power GmbH
Explosion Power develops, produces, markets and maintains shock pulse generators (SPG). The cleaning process with SPG systems represents a significant improvement in terms of energy efficiency compared with the standard baseline procedure with soot blowers.
We want to penetrate the industrial boiler system market with our new, stronger SPG twin system. We need available financial resources to advance our production and sales.
Fagus Suisse SA
Fagus Suisse specializes in beech processing and is known for its innovations in the timber construction industry. Thanks to its strength, beech (“Fagus” in Latin) is ideally suited for use in load-bearing structures. It is as strong as steel and concrete and therefore shows great promise as a building material of the future. Fagus Suisse produces elements for construction and semi-finished components, as well as laminated wood panels for furniture manufacture and interior fittings. A state-of-the-art production center currently being built in canton Jura will allow the company to produce and process beechwood more efficiently.
Development of production facilities and infrastructure is cost-intensive. We also require financial resources for R&D and market development in the first three years. It is thanks in part to the Technology Fund that we are able to pursue this project and make use of the growing amount of hardwood in Swiss forests as a result of climate change.
Head of Marketing and Sales
Farmy.ch is an online marketplace for transparent grocery shopping directly from the producer. Farmy offers more than 8,000 hand-picked products from more than 600 authentic producers. With the click of a mouse and thanks to an innovative logistics concept, users receive their purchases delivered straight to their homes verifiably fresher than from major supermarket chains.
Thanks to the guaranteed loan from the Technology Fund, we have been able to partially automate our processes and open and operate a second logistics center in the French-speaking region of Switzerland.
Founder & CEO
FluidSolids develops and markets a biodegradable composite material that can be used as an alternative to petroleum-based plastics in a number of applications. FluidSolids® components are made of industrial waste from the processing of renewable raw materials, and thus does not compete with agricultural land use. The highly adaptable material can be processed using conventional industrial mass production processes.
We want to invest in the development of machines and protect our innovations with patents in order to market FluidSolids granulate on a larger scale. The guaranteed loan from the Technology Fund provides important support for these plans and allows us to implement them more rapidly.
Flyability is a Swiss company building solutions for the inspection and exploration of indoor, inaccessible, and confined spaces. By allowing drones to be used safely inside buildings, it enables industrial companies and inspection professionals to reduce downtime, inspection costs, and risks to workers. With hundreds of customers in over 50 countries in Power Generation, Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Maritime, Infrastructures & Utilities, and Public Safety, Flyability has pioneered and continues to lead the innovation in the commercial indoor drone space.
Steady and above all rapid improvements are essential for surviving in the drone market. Thanks to the support of the Technology Fund, we can efficiently advance the development and marketing of further generations of collision-tolerant drones (for indoor inspections).
CEO & Co-Founder
geoimpact develops and markets Swiss Energy Planning (SEP), a Switzerland-wide online platform for energy planning. SEP greatly reduces the data acquisition required for energy planning. The provision of current data nationwide from a variety of sources makes it possible to quickly and easily explore synergies and tap existing potential at the building and neighborhood level.
With SEP, we offer a collaborative platform to help private individuals, companies and public authorities make their way towards the 2000-watt society. With support from the Technology Fund, we can now further develop and market SEP as a tool for the democratization and automation of energy planning in Switzerland.
Co-Founder & CEO
greenTEG has sold its U-value kits with increasing revenues since 2014. The product is used to measure heat transfer coefficients, or U-values, in buildings, thus allowing, for example, more efficient renovations.
Despite the success of the U-value kit, our customers want more innovations, such as multi-node and wireless solutions, which would allow them to measure the energy in buildings much faster. Thanks to funding from the Technology Fund, we can finance not only the market development and launch of our products, but also the series production of the U-value kit 2.0.
HeiQ Materials AG
HeiQ produces textile-chemical effects that lend functionality to textile surfaces. Its range of Clean Tech products also includes the Dyefast technology, which makes the dyeing process of polyester textile fibers faster and more uniform, and reduces the energy and water required, thus making the entire process more cost-effective.
The guaranteed loan provides us with essential backing during the roll-out phase of Dyefast and in our efforts to significantly reduce the ecological impact, resource consumption and operating costs in the polyester dying industry.
INSYS Industriesysteme AG
INSYS is a global manufacturer of specialty machinery for custom precision equipment and adaptable standard machinery. INSYS has been developing and manufacturing automation equipment for the automotive, consumer goods, electronics, medical devices, and watch and jewelry industries for 25 years.
Automation helps us to manufacture our products in a more precise way that uses fewer resources while at the same time improving quality. The guaranteed loan from the Technology Fund helps us in our efforts to make our individual precision systems more energy efficient.
With its cloud-based software platform, Interprefy offers simultaneous interpreting solutions for conferences and similar events. The user’s smartphone acts as a receiver and the interpreters work remotely; for example, from their own offices or home. The solution eliminates the need for interpreters to travel and the need for complex equipment, making it environmentally friendly and affordable. The platform also allows conference participants and/or speakers to participate remotely, which in turn eliminates the CO2 emissions caused by flying.
Thanks to the guaranteed loan from the Technology Fund, we are receiving the financial resources we need to further develop Interprefy’s platform and accelerate our expansion into the Asian market.
Founder & CEO
Inventsys (Switzerland) AG
Critical infrastructure requires particular care when it comes to maintenance. Inventsys provides a user-friendly cloud platform and an intuitive mobile app for utility companies in the areas of water, electricity, gas and other public infrastructure. This platform allows clients to increase efficiency, improve data quality and security, and seamlessly document their maintenance work.
A reduction in travel of up to 50%, which reduces CO2 emissions, significantly fewer paper lists and printed plans, and last but not least an extension of the service life of systems all have a positive impact on the ecological footprint. The Technology Fund is helping us to finance the demand-based growth of our company.
IS SaveEnergy AG
IS SaveEnergy’s technology improves the environmental balance of wood-fired heating plants. A patented process for recovery of heat from exhaust gas significantly increases the energy yield with the same use of resources. It also reduces the use of fossil fuels at peak load times, which together with the highly efficient electrical precipitator for exhaust gas purification, considerably lowers the CO2 emissions of these combined heat and power plants.
The continuation of our strategy in terms of international growth, further development of our products and consolidation of our company products require a great deal of capital and is made possible only by the financial security offered to us by the Technology Fund.
Jet Clean Systems AG
Jet Clean Systems provides products and services in the areas of surface processing, industrial cleaning and technical materials cutting based on Fluidjet technology. SURFAST® technology reduces environmental impact, cuts costs, saves time and achieves a higher level of quality. The combination of top quality abrasives with the appropriate fluid enables high quality processing of components.
Reduced material and energy consumption, less noise pollution: SURFAST® is an innovative technology for surface processing that we are able to further develop and market thanks to the guaranteed loan from the Technology Fund.
Joulia develops, produces and markets an innovative heat recovery module for showers, called Joulia-inline. The product is offered as a slim channel that is integrated in the shower floor and which recovers energy from the draining shower water in order to heat the inflowing cold water.
The loan guarantee from the Technology Fund is driving the commercialization and industrialization of our product significantly. Furthermore, we also want to invest in customer training and sales promotion.
KASAG Swiss AG
KASAG Swiss AG operates in the areas of process engineering, design, engineering and the production of plants and equipment for industrial enterprises. The renewable energies business area implements concepts and projects for special heat exchangers to recover energy. The hydrothermal high-pressure gasification HTV procedure that recovers energy and nutrients from aqueous biomass, waste material and their disposal represents a new product area at KASAG Swiss AG.
KASAG invests in products, markets and, with its growing workforce, in the infrastructure for the sustainable development of the company. This requires additional capital, which is made available through the support of the Technology Fund.
More than 40% of energy costs in commercial buildings are generated by lighting. LEDCity continuously develops new, innovative lighting technology in order to significantly reduce energy consumption in the lighting sector. LEDCity has developed autonomous LED tubes for this purpose, designed as a direct replacement for fluorescent tubes. These autonomous LED tubes decide themselves how much light is needed at different times. This reduces energy consumption by 90% on average.
We need the loan guarantee from the Technology Fund in order to finance our growing net working capital and the further development of our autonomous LED tubes.
Meteomatics specializes in the very specific IT requirements of the weather, energy and trading sectors. Meteodrone, the in-house, patented weather drone, is a crucial tool in enabling accurate 24-hour forecasts. The Meteodrone collects data from ground level up to about 3 km above ground. This means that for the first time it is possible to directly record precise information on the temperature, humidity and wind in the lower atmosphere.
The Technology Fund helps us by financing the accelerated roll-out of our Meteodrone network and the associated improvement of weather forecasting. This is indispensable for a wide range of sectors, such as the energy market, agricultural and water management, and transport and logistics.
Misurio develops software solutions for the optimization of operational planning in energy supply companies (ESCs). The core element is the optimization algorithm developed in-house for optimal operational planning, purchase of compensation energy and the construction of regulators for power plants, energy storage and flexible loads.
The loan guarantee from the Technology Fund helps us in our efforts to develop various markets and drive customer acquisition. In addition, it also allows us to pre-finance software customization tailored to customer needs.
MPower Ventures AG
MPower Ventures is a Zurich-based impact start-up addressing the pressing challenges of financial inclusion and energy access in emerging markets. The company follows a scalable B2B approach and partners with local entrepreneurs to finance and distribute clean energy products to households and SMEs in emerging markets.
MPower combines finance and technology and uses its software and data platform to gain access to end-customer data, in turn improving after-sales, developing credit rating schemes, enabling financing activities and leveraging cross-selling opportunities. Their solution not only improves energy access and replace fossil fuel-based products, but also improve communities’ socioeconomical status.
Following our successful entry into Zambia and Cameroon, the guarantee from the Technology Fund allows us to strengthen our product portfolio, scale-up our activities and expand into other markets. It will enable us to focus on key aspects of our business such as on our software and data solution and forging new partnerships.
Nanolive has developed a proprietary technology that enables for the first time examination of a living cell in 3D without damage to it. This is a major milestone in the history of microscopy. Nanolive’s product is also more energy-efficient and requires fewer resources than conventional microscopes.
The loan guarantee from the Technology Fund helps us to finance our intensified sales efforts and the technical development of the 3D Cell Explorer.
Nanosurf, founded in 1997 in Liestal, Switzerland, specializes in atomic force microscopes. The innovative products are used, inter alia, for quality control of complex production processes, and help to reduce rejection rates and thus conserve resources.
Nanosurf is developing three new, highly innovative products aimed at accelerating the company’s growth. The loan guarantee from the Technology Fund ensures adequate funding of our development projects, including industrialization and global marketing.
Nencki is a Swiss family-owned business with a long history and is primarily active in the areas of railway technology and plant construction. The company specializes in the production of machinery, plants, hydraulic systems and the relevant controls.
Thanks to the Technology Fund, we can drive forward our engineering projects to optimize railway facilities, internationalize our sales activities and develop service and maintenance cells.
Nexxiot allows clients to reduce costs and increase revenues by improving supply chain transparency for customers and partners along the entire intermodal chain – after all, global trade is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Nexxiot’s ultra-low power approach combined with energy harvesting has eliminated the barrier between device performance and sustainability. Nexxiot’s service model includes smart sensors, connectivity, user interfaces and cloud solutions with integrated business intelligence. This approach eliminates the need for up-front investment and costly integration for a maximum ROI.
We are currently expanding our team in Europe and are about to make a strategically significant expansion into the US. The guaranteed loan from the Technology Fund plays a decisive role in this.
Nispera develops big data analytics solutions for systems that allow the use of renewable energies with a proprietary SCADA-based software. Nispera provides its growing customer base in Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa with tailored solutions and innovative management information tools for optimized energy generation and consumption forecasting.
We currently have customers in a number of countries and want to continue to drive our market expansion. Thanks to the loan guarantee from the Technology Fund, we can now take the next step on our growth path and tap into new markets.
Omnisens develops, produces and implements systems for condition monitoring of extensive infrastructure systems, such as oil and gas pipelines, power cables, subsea umbilical cables, flowlines and risers. Its products are based on a fiber-optic process that can measure vibrations and voltage and temperature changes very sensitively and in real time. With the help of data analysis systems, measurements can be connected to events such as tectonic shifts, damage or overloads.
A modular, scalable software architecture is essential for the success of our product. However, this requires capital. Thanks to the financial support from the Technology Fund, we are now able to expand our software architecture and integrate additional data analysis algorithms to make our product even more user-friendly.
Director & Co-Founder
OrbiWise develops and markets a complete LPWAN wireless communication system for efficient IoT communication. The network management software allows a number of energy-efficient and resource-saving applications, including in the areas of smart city and smart agriculture. The software enables connection of sensors and actuators across large distances with the help of an LPWA network based on the LoRa™ standard.
The loan guarantee from the Technology Fund is instrumental in the further development of our series production, and also in expansion on both the Swiss and global markets.
Osterwalder is a Swiss company with more than 100 years of tradition in the construction of powder presses. With its comprehensive range of products, Osterwalder offers system solutions for pressing iron, ceramic and hard metal powders, along with other materials, in order to create precision parts and highly complex structural components.
We have decided to further develop our press platform, which is already established in the market. This further development relies heavily on a new, more efficient drive concept (electric drive vs. conventional hydraulic drive). The guaranteed loan from the Technology Fund provides crucial support in these efforts.
Perspective Robotics AG (Fotokite)
Fotokite designs and manufactures purpose-built aerial situational awareness products that provide valuable overview information to Firefighters and First Responders to help them manage complex, safety-critical situations. Fotokite’s offices in Zurich CH, Syracuse NY, and Boulder CO support Public Safety customers worldwide. Fotokite’s core technology was born at the Flying Machine Arena and spun off from ETH Zurich in 2014.
The Technology Fund loan guarantee helps accelerate our team's ability to expand serial production capacity and meet the demand from our market. This support results in the ability to deliver more of our systems to help firefighters and first responder teams stay safer and get their job done.
Power-Blox’s main product is a modular, flexible solar battery cube that is easy to install and scale. For example, an entire village in Africa with dozens of homes can be electrified in just three days. The ease of scalability makes it possible to expand the system and invest more as the customer’s energy demands increase, which significantly increases the cost-effectiveness of the system. Combining the technology with pay-as-you-go smart meters or blockchain opens up completely new business models in developing countries and western markets.
In addition to the rapid expansion of our team, we must also finance the research and development of our next products across our portfolio. At the same time, we require up-front investment for production of large batches in order to move past the chicken-egg dilemma in terms of economies of scale as quickly as we can. Financial support from the Technology Fund is making this possible.
RealLook AG (Selfnation)
The textile industry is responsible for producing 20% of the world’s industrial waste. Clothing that is mass produced and stored at warehouses before being shipped around the world requires an enormous logistical effort. The largest cost drivers are logistics, sales and write-offs for unsold items. RealLook has developed a technology that enables efficient, customized clothing manufacture. It ensures that every piece of clothing manufactured reaches the customer.
Our SELFNATION brand sells tailor-made jeans and chinos. In the next step, we want to expand our customer base internationally. RealLook AG will also license the technology to other textile companies in order to multiply the effect of increased efficiency in terms of resources and emissions in the textile industry.
On Recommerce’s platform, www.verkaufen.ch, users can sell their used mobile phones, tablets and MacBooks easily without registration. Recommerce repairs, restores and classifies the electronics so that they can be resold as used devices. This conserves a great deal of resources.
With the guaranteed loan from the Technology Fund, we can push forward with enhancing our platform for the purchase, sale and repair of smartphones, tablets, Apple watches and MacBooks.
ShoeSize.Me is a machine-learning technology that helps online shoppers to purchase shoes in the correct size. Shoe companies and shoe brands install this SaaS solution in their online shops. It drastically reduces the number of unnecessary returns, since orders of the wrong size is the number one reason for returns on the rapidly growing online market.
Support from the Technology Fund allows us to accelerate our software and international growth. Our goal is to reduce size-related returns in the shoe industry to a minimum over the long term.
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SkyCell, which is based in Switzerland, is an award-winning provider of temperature-controlled containers that have a highly secure and efficient design characterized by its patented insulation and special rechargeable cooling technology. Each container is also equipped with IoT (Internet of Things) sensors connected to SkyCell’s cloud-based, blockchain-encrypted software. These sensors monitor temperature, humidity and other factors to ensure the best possible protection. While the average temperature deviation in other containers is around 8.5%, SkyCell reports than its containers only deviate by an average of 0.1%.
Ever more customers are choosing SkyCell as the safest solution on the market. We are also committed to reducing the carbon footprint of pharmaceutical logistics and support our customers in significantly reducing CO2 emissions. The Technology Fund is supporting our rapid growth, enabling us to safely bring temperature-sensitive medication to the patients who need it.
smart-me develops, produces and markets a cloud-based smart metering platform and compatible hardware devices. smart-me hardware devices transmit electricity, heat, gas, and water consumption data to the cloud, where it is made available to consumers in real time. According to a study by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, smart meters can reduce energy consumption in households by 2.7% through visualization alone.
We need capital in order to successfully further develop our smart-me cloud services and hardware devices. The loan guarantee from the Technology Fund will make it considerably easier for us to access these financial resources.
Smixin is dedicated to improving health and sustainability and develops networked, efficient, economic hand-washing systems. The use of IoT technology offers customers immediate data access and allows changes in behavior. Smixin stands for smart-mixing-inside and refers to its patented technology that automatically doses and mixes soap, air and water to achieve an optimal result. The all-in-one hand-washing stations allow thorough, easy hand washing with 90% less water and up to 60% less soap.
To offer the advantages of Smixin to a wider market, we have integrated our technology into a fitting that can be installed around the world in public washrooms, with web-based management tools for facility managers. With support from the Technology Fund, we can consolidate our in-house team and internal processes while working to expand our market coverage.
SWISS PV AG
SWISS PV manufactures customized solar modules for building shells. SWISS PV is the only company in the world that offers crystalline double-glazed solar modules in all colors, shapes and performance classes. The solar cells may be visible or can be manufactured in any color in order to blend in with their surroundings. SWISS PV guides its customers through every step of the process of a building-integrated photovoltaic system: from planning and manufacture to commissioning.
We will use the additional capital from the guaranteed loan to further automate our production facility. We are very thankful for the trust and support of the Technology Fund.
Currently, all the prawns consumed in Switzerland are deep-frozen and imported from other countries. SwissShrimp’s goal is to actively counter this trend, and it has attracted a great deal of interest. SwissShrimp operates a commercial indoor aquaculture system in Rheinfelden for salt-water prawns. The location near Schweizer Salinen AG provides SwissShrimp with easy access to waste heat and salt. The prawns are farmed without antibiotics and are sold fresh.
The loan guaranteed by the Technology Fund allows us to build the first commercial Swiss prawn farm and enter the market.
Talbot New Energy AG
Talbot New Energy develops an innovative technology to increase the energy efficiency of industrial companies in the use of low-pressure steam and exhaust steam. Until now, the energy content of this steam has been virtually unused in the industrial sector. Talbot STP (steam to power) systems use the energy content of this steam to generate CO2-free electrical energy.
The loan guarantee from the Technology Fund allows us to finance the further commercialization and creation of a Europe-wide distribution network.
Terrabloc produces air-dried clay blocks made of excavated soil used for building façades, walls and partitions. In contrast to fired bricks or concrete blocks, Terrabloc clay blocks use natural resources, such as sand, gravel and clay.
The guaranteed loan from the Technology Fund allows us to convert our current manual production to a semi-automatic process. Moreover, it allows us to hire new employees for our sales, production and project management teams in order to drive our growth.
Timber Structures 3.0 AG
The innovative Timber Structures 3.0 technology (TS3) glues timber components made of solid wood, laminated timber or plywood on the face side. This enables construction of point-supported multi-axial bearing panels or folded panels in any shape or size. This opens up a whole new world of structural and design-related options previously not possible in timber construction.
The guaranteed loan from the Technology Fund helps us to finance our market launch and implement our patent strategy in our two main markets – the EU and the US.
Villiger Public-Systems GmbH
The Villiger Group is a pioneer when it comes to the development and production of waste disposal systems. Villiger Public-Systems developed the Speed Lifter, a waste collection vehicle that incorporates an innovative lifting system for emptying refuse and underfloor containers. The Speed Lifter is considerably faster and more efficient than standard crane equipment.
The Technology Fund helps us to finance our innovative products, including engineering, demo equipment, sales personnel and marketing measures for our global market launch.
WeAct works with businesses at the intersection of sustainability and organizational culture. The focus lies primarily on people’s commitment to the sustainable use of natural resources, energy, CO2 reduction, environmentally friendly mobility and nutrition. WeAct organizes an annual three-week team tournament for Swiss companies and their employees, using our in-house online platform and app.
In the future, we would like to make the platform accessible all year round and also to the general public. We need access to financial resources in order to make changes to our concept and the platform. The guaranteed loan from the Technology Fund will allow this.
Wildbiene + Partner AG
In addition to honey bees, more than 600 species of wild bees work hard every day across Switzerland to pollinate agricultural crops, ensuring equilibrium in a variety of ecosystems. Thus, Wildbiene + Partner is implementing a comprehensive strategy for a future that includes wild bees: with well-founded educational work, active and targeted propagation of wild bees, and with the creation of habitats for wild bees, it is playing a significant role in ensuring that pollinators in Switzerland and Europe do not disappear.
The guaranteed loan from the Technology Fund gives us the planning security we need in our extremely seasonal area of activity and allows us to bring our vision of a future with wild bees throughout Europe.
Wingtra is an ETH spin-off that develops new types of drones for commercial use, particularly in the area of agriculture. The data collected by the drones can be used to analyze the characteristics of large areas, such as crop fields. This enables agricultural businesses to use chemicals in a more targeted way and thus increase their yields.
Thanks to the guaranteed loan from the Technology Fund, we can further expand our procurement, production and sales organization in order to implement our planned revenue growth.
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