Startups

Expand horizons, build growth & create connections that last a lifetime.

swissnex San Francisco is a launchpad for Swiss startups in the Bay Area ecosystem. We support startups with the following initiatives:

 

CTI Market Entry Camps


 

XGrant Entrepreneurship Camps


 

Swiss Startup Night


 


 

Since 2010, we’ve supported 68 Swiss startups.

We integrate a community of over 400 founders and organizations.

Our startup alumni have a combined valuation of $1.1B.


Swiss Program Partners

 


Atizo


Fotokite


Birdly

“swissnex was a great platform to host our project. With their support we immediately made connections with people from the local universities, companies, investors, designers, artists, and media,” said Max Rheiner, of the Zurich University of the Arts and creator of the Birdly virtual reality flight simulator. “We could show our work at their space and use their infrastructure to plan future collaborations with the contacts we gain from the Bay Area.”

While in San Francisco in 2014 for a series of events at swissnex San Francisco, Birdly drew attention from media outlets including Wired and Vice, and formed solid connections to relevant local industry leaders at Google, Oculus, and Logitech through our introductions and exposure. Soon after, they took the top prize at the 2014 SIGGRAPH Augmented/Virtual Reality Contest in Vancouver, B.C., and were selected to participate in the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier installation in early 2015.

Rheiner and team went on in 2015 to found a company, SOMNIACS, and create a commercial version of their product. Rheiner also appeared at Sundance NEXT FEST in Los Angeles, and he and some students collaborated with VR pioneer Mark Bolas, Director for Mixed Reality Research at the Institute for Creative Technologies at USC, in the former lab of Oculus founder Palmer Luckey. Birdly has also toured the swissnex network globally.


Faceshift

Faceshift, maker of motion capture technology recently used in Star Wars that can animate avatars—in real-time—based on people’s emotions, was a resident Swiss startup at swissnex San Francisco in the CTI Market Entry Camp back in 2013. We also featured them in an exhibit we curated called Game Gazer, where Faceshift’s technology served as the underlying foundation for an artistic work titled Mimicry, made by then student game designers (now Apelab).

After completing the startup Camp, swissnex continued to assist Faceshift, an EPFL and ETH Zurich spin-off, to enable their presence in Silicon Valley and San Francisco at events like GDC (the Game Developers Conference).

When we interviewed Faceshift CTO Brian Amberg in 2013 he said he wanted nothing short of democratizing animation through motion capture and revolutionizing the way people communicate. Looks like they’re well on their way to doing just that. In the fall of 2015, the company was acquired by Apple.


 

Full Startup Alumni List

Name/URL Cohort Status Area Description
Parquery W 2018 Software Smart parking in the cloud
Nomoko S 2017 current Engineering / Software Nomoko creates photorealistic 3D models with 3D software and the compact Nomoko camera.
Codecheck S 2017 current Online Consumers can find information about more than 38 million products in the free CodeCheck database.
Embotech S 2017 active Software Driverless vehicle motion planning technology.
Eyeware S 2017 active Software Attention sensing for smart machines.
Sobu S 2017 active Online Sobu combines the best of referral marketing, affiliates, couponing and cash back.
Stuward W 2017 active Online Offer the best support possible to a person living with dementia.
IRSweep W 2017 active Biotech IRsweep launched its spectroscopy device at the start of this year. Spectroscopy involves the analysis of substances with the help of light.
Seervision W 2017 active Engineering / Software Intelligent autonomous video production.
Vinoflux W 2017 active Engineering VINOflux accomplishes your wines. You define date, maturity and flavor.
Bestmile S 2016 active Software World’s first cloud platform for the operation and optimization of autonomous vehicle fleets.
Cloudcities S 2016 closed Software
Comfylight S 2016 active Engineering Comfylight protects your home with realistic presence simulation and detection of intrusion.
Fanpictor S 2016 active Online Reach fans at your event and millions of viewers in front of TV.
GaitUp S 2016 acquired by MindMaze Software Combining smart sensors and biomechanics, Gait Up provides objective motion analysis solutions for Sports and Health.
KeyLemon S 2016 active Software Natural Authentication, Recognized by your face, like your friends do.
MilKit W 2016 active Engineering milKit is a revolutionary valve system that makes installation and maintenance of tubeless tires quick and easy.
OneVisage W 2016 active Online OneVisage develops a solution that identifies users via a 3D image of their face.
SmartCardia W 2016 active Engineering / Software Smart Card solution.
TagXY W 2016 active Software TagXY makes relevant information directly visible on the objects and places with augemented reality.
TelePort W 2016 active Online Turn any video into a website.
Ava S 2015 active Medtech Ava helps couples have a child with an elegant bracelet worn at night, connected to a smartphone app.
Beekeeper S 2015 active Online Bring the digital workplace to non-desk workers.
Creoptix S 2015 active Medtech Experience a new level of sensitivity and flexibility in drug discovery.
Fashwell S 2015 active Online Online fashion e-commerce.
Feedback Now S 2015 active Online Gain instant feedback from customers.
FotoKite W 2015 active Engineering Tethered drones, optimized for aerial photography.
Hoosh W 2015 closed Online Hoosh is a Search & Social Media Intelligence company. We bring directly applicable insights to online marketers and decision makers.
Memoways W 2015 active Online A new way to experience video. Add fine grained navigation to your videos and publish interactive video projects within minutes.
Goodwall S 2014 active Online Goodwall develops a social network for communication among students.
HappyNumbers S 2014 active Edtech While you teach small groups, HappyNumbers serves as an independent math center,providing individualized instruction for the rest of the class.
Iprova S 2014 active Consulting Iprova uses advanced machine learning to create commercially relevant inventions at high speed and with great diversity.
Jet Messaging S 2014 active Software We produce software for software developers to make their life easier.
Luma7 W 2014 active Software Luma 7 is an algorithm that analyses text content and understands what are the relations in that content and how they link.
Quip W 2014 active Online Quip is a connected hub where teams create, discuss, and organize their work from any device.
Atizo S 2013 active Online Atizo’s community helps innovative organizations easily find a rich source of ideas and feedback for new products or services.
MarketWired S 2013 acquired by Nasdaq Online Marketwired provides news release distribution and a full range of communication solutions to public relations.
Faceshift S 2013 acquired by Apple Software Faceshift developed technology to create animated avatars and other figures that capture a person’s facial expressions in real time.
FlatEV S 2013 active Engineering The device developed by Flatev bakes tortillas, crêpes and cookies. It is based on a capsule-system, similar to the one found in coffee machines. The company is a ‘born global’ on the Swiss startup scene….
Kaywa W 2013 active Software QR code software.
Knime W 2013 active Software Knime builds software for fast, easy and intuitive access to advanced data science, helping organizations drive innovation.
Sensometrix W 2013 closed Biotech Sensometrix brings biometrics for a convenient and secure daily usage.
Dualsystems S 2012 active Biotech Dualsystems Biotech is a service provider for custom proteomics for industry and academia.
Gbanga S 2012 active Games Gbanga creates mixed-reality games.
Koemei S 2012 acquired by Crealogix Software CREALOGIX acquired the cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) technology from Koemei.
Koubachi S 2012 acquired by Husqvarna Engineering Now integrated into the Husqvarna GARDENA smart system, Koubachi has discontinued selling its own products.
Qualysense W 2012 active Engineering Makes life-science robot for single-kernel sorting.
SublimeVideo W 2012 acquired by DailyMotion Online Video software platform.
BioApply S 2011 active Engineering Biodegradable plastic bags.
FontSelf S 2011 active Software Turn any lettering into OpenType fonts – right from your favorite creative apps!
Kandou S 2011 active Engineering Kandou specializes in the design of high-speed, and pin- and energy-efficient chip-to-chip links.
NextWidgets W 2011 closed Software NextWidgets helps online merchants enable advanced Display and Facebook promotions with a suite of tools.
Scandit W 2011 active Software We provide the highest quality mobile barcode scanning solutions for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices.
Sobees W 2011 active Software All your social feeds (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) in one, easy-to-use dashboard.
Vissee W 2011 active Software Research advanced AI.
Dacuda S 2010 acquired by Magic Leap Software Dacuda’s SLAM Scan technology is already used in over 1M devices and has several different application areas.
Doodle S 2010 acquired by Tamedia Online Doodle simplifies scheduling
Insphero S 2010 active Biotech Advancing 3D cell-culture-based technology to deliver more biologically relevant insights for in vitro testing.
iTaste S 2010 active Online Restaurant guide and reservation.
Kooaba S 2010 acquired by Qualcomm Software Kooaba is an expert in image recognition on mobile devices.
MedLight S 2010 active Medtech Medlight produces and commercializes a large range of catheters for an optimal endoscopic illumination.
Memonic W 2010 active Software Take notes or clip any web content, take it with you wherever you go, share it with the world, or just a group.
MindMaze W 2010 active Medtech MindMaze combines immersive virtual reality, brain imaging and 3D technology in real time to build novel platforms for Neurorehabilitation, Game Training and 3D Imaging.
Minsh W 2010 active Software Private Messaging App
Nexthink W 2010 active Software Nexthink Step-Changes Critical IT Operations.
QGel Bio W 2010 active Biotech QGel provides tunable synthetic extracellular matrices (ECMs) for in vitro cellular based studies.
RegenLab W 2010 active Biotech Regen Lab makes products for autologous regenerative medicine based on freshly prepared platelet rich plasma.
SVOX W 2010 acquired by Nuance Software SVOX is an embedded speech technology company.

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