The IMD team in collaboration with CTI, investiere, MassChallenge Switzerland and Venture Kick has selected 26 startups from 135 candidates for the 19th IMD Startup competition. 15 will work with fulltime MBAs and 11 will collaborate with IMD’s EMBAs and travel to Silicon Valley.

“This year 135 ventures applied to the IMD startup competition, the most we ever had. This made the triage very difficult, especially because at least half of the files we reviewed were of extremely high quality and a good fit with the our programs”, says Jim Pulcrano and Benoit Leleux, Member of the EMBA Teaching Team at IMD business school. A few venture leaders and TOP100 startups are nominated.

Executive MBA startups 2016/17
Coat-X, Andreas Hogg
Coat-X provides an encapsulation technology using ultrathin layers to protect electronics, sensors, or implantable devices against corrosion caused by harsh environmental conditions.

FORIMTECH, Iris Desforges & Eugene Grigoriev
The startup has developed an interactive probe for the treatment of tumors.

Haelixa, Michela Puddu
DNA-tracer based solutions for an improved underground assessment of geothermal and oil reservoirs to guarantee an efficient and sustainable energy future. Michela Puddu is well known to our readers. She has been a venture leader this year and led her team as the captain to the US.

regenHU, Marc Thurner
A three dimensional biotechnology company, exploiting the potential of 3D bioprinting & cell based therapies – is leading the development of biomedicall products for regenerative medicine & drug discovery.

SeerVision, Nikolaos Kariotoglou
SeerVision designs and builds cameras with lens movement and image quality optimisation automation features for simplifying and reducing the cost of marketing video production.

SimplicityBio, Miguel Barreto-Sanz & Pedro Faustino
SimplicityBio’s proprietary machine learning platform enables the next generation of diagnostic tests and drugs, with best-in-class biomarkers. Miguel Barreto-Sanz was part of last year’s edition of venture leaders.

Skypull, Nicola Mona
An airborne power system using a fully autonomous drone to generate electricity from altitude winds.

Solar.Aero,  Simon Johnson & Thierry Plojoux
Solar.Aero will operate regional satellite-like services using state-of-the-art high-altitude perpetually flying aircraft and systems.

SUN bioscience, Sylke Hoehnel
Organoids as a Service: Personalising drug screenings using patients‘ own stem cells. Learn more about Sylke Hoehnel in our recap of the venture leaders graduation ceremony from last month.

Topadur Pharma, Reto Naef
Topadur develops innovative proprietary drugs for severe wound-healing problems in hospitals. Reto Naef is another participant of venture leaders Life Sciences.

Viprodev, Luciano Torres & Fabiana Visentin
The startup is selling a revolutionary device that is able to provide real-time depth information using an regular RGB cameras with a portable dedicated hardware, being very useful for robotics, drones, selfdriving cars, VR and AR application.

Full time MBA Startups 2016/17
Advanced Machines, Stanislav Begounov
AM manufactures atmospheric pressure plasma systems used for treatment of surfaces prior toprinting, bonding, coating, etc.

BeeHelpful, Alessandro Gamberoni & Gianmario Riganti
BeeHelpful developed and sells worldwide a new patented honeybee hive that redesigns the beekeeper economy, saves the honeybees, and sets a new standard. We recently talked with Alessandro about his startup.

Eyeware, Kenneth Funes & Serban Mogos
Eyeware develops eye and face tracking technology that improves the communication between humans and machines, with direct application in healthcare, social robotics, and behaviour studies.

Hydromea, Felix Schill & Alexander Bahr
Hydromea, the new standard to find out what’s in the water – fast, consistent, complete.

Intento, Andrea Maesani
Intento has developed a medical device to enable severely paralyzed stroke patients to recover motor function. Intento recently won the Venture Kick final and received 130’000 CHF. Get some background informations on Intento in this interview.

Loanboox, Stefan Muehlemann
loanboox is a  platform for issuing public sector debt.

MachIQ Industrial Services, Roy Chikballapur
MachIQ is a 2-sided SaaS offering intelligent software for Industrial Asset Performance Management to manufacturing companies and a comprehensive platform for their machine suppliers to deliver after sales services including spare parts sales, remote technical support and other Industry 4.0-enabled services.

Mininavident, Frank Berlinghoff & Katrin Siebenbürger Hacki
DENACAM, a handheld navigation system for the precise implantation of dental implants.

moveART, Norbert Roztocki
Unique ‘walk-in’ sculptures inspired by nature and children.

NeoCoat, Christophe Provent
NeoCoat grows diamond to provide high-quality materials for the metrology, water treatment, horology, tool making, high-tech optoelectronic and jewellery markets

SteriLux, Marc Spaltenstein
SteriLux is developing a technology for the sterilization of medical instruments in low-income countries. Learn more abou SteriLux in the interview with Marc Spaltenstein.

SwissDeCode, Brij Sahi
Empowering supply chain inspectors to take 200x faster decisions about food authenticity & compliance to protect profitability and brand.

Timbtrack, Quentin d’Huart & Günther Marten González-Carrascosa
The startup has developed a technology that gives users  the tools to map out, inventorize, measure and evaluate their forest in seconds in order to maximize productivity.

TwentyGreen, Duncan Sutherland
TwentyGreen produces greener feed for sustainable and responsible animal farming. Duncan Sutherland was a venture leader in China. We spoke with him about this trip and his startup.

SMEx, Arnaud Salomon
SMEx is a Financial Services Platform built upon the concept of a Currency Marketplace dedicated to SMEs which offers each of its members international payment accounts in 30 currencies with secure, fast and affordable payment features.