[Made in Switzerland] 3 minutes to understand innovation in Switzerland: chapter 2, drones
After having established a panorama of Deep Tech in Switzerland, we will fly over the Swiss drone industry in this 2nd part of this series in 6 chapters.
As a reminder, in this new series in 6 chapters initiated before the summer, we establish for you a focus on innovation in Switzerland whose reading promise is that you can in 3 minutes per chapter know the key players in Tech. “Made in Switzerland”.
Chapter 1. Focus on 3 sectors in Switzerland: “Deep Tech”
Chapter 2. Focus on 3 sectors in Switzerland: “Drones”
Chapter 3. Focus on 3 sectors in Switzerland: the “Blockchain”
Chapter 4. Incubators and accelerators
Chapter 5. Public aid by canton and federal
Chapter 6. Investors
Between heritage, tradition and disruption, synthetic and selective mapping of Swiss technological success.
Chapter 2. Focus on 3 booming sectors in Switzerland: “Drones”
Probably located in the most visible and strategic area of VivaTech 2018, in front of the CEO FORUM, the Swiss pavilion showcased its drones during demo flights, in a loud-sounding cage, the “Swiss Volière”.
We present 4 Swiss startups / scaleups: the “Incontournable”, the “Emergente” and our two “Paris Early Stage”
The “Unmissable”: Flyability (industrial inspection) in Lausanne, created in 2014: Flyability builds safe drones for inaccessible places. By allowing drones to be used safely in cities, in buildings and in contact with people, Flyability solves two main problems: collisions and the risk of injury. Flyability’s first market is industrial inspection, the solution of which avoids sending people to dangerous and confined areas. More than 300 customers use Flyability drones to inspect energy, industrial, oil and gas areas and complexes. Flyability also allows search and rescue and security professionals to assess emergency situations without putting humans at risk. Flyability has won the $ 1 million “Drones for Good 2015” award and over 15 other technology and business awards, including TOP100 Swiss Startups status in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Flyability has raised over $ 6.8 million according to Crunchbase.
The “Emergent”: Gamaya (agriculture) in Lausanne, created in 2015: Gamaya improves the efficiency and sustainability of agricultural crops by offering agronomic solutions, thanks to hyperspectral imagery and artificial intelligence. With its decision support and automation services, industrial farmers can reduce irrigation costs, limit the use of chemicals, fuel and manual labor, while reducing environmental impact and improving the quantity and quality of their products. In January 2018, Gamaya had just announced the marketing in Brazil of CaneFit, its first solution for large industrial sugar cane producers. Gamaya uses a combination of spatial and drone-based imagery and imagery processing available in SaaS and via an API that can be integrated with existing management software. Gamaya has raised more than 7.4 million Swiss francs according to Crunchbase.
The “Early Stage Bet” # 1: Deldro (express delivery service) in Zurich, established in 2017: Deldro is developing a service based on fast and safe B2B express and 24/7 delivery drones using autonomous drones with a range of up to 100 km, with a capacity of 3 KG, which is managed via a very ergonomic app.
The “Early Stage Bet” # 2: Skypull (airborne wind power) in Lugano, created in 2017: By reaching higher altitudes and without a heavy infrastructure, Skypull is an autonomous “captive” drone that rises and captures the power of higher, abundant and continuous high-altitude winds than the winds driving conventional wind turbines. It works like a kite and transforms the wind into kinetic energy which in turn is converted into electricity by a generator on the ground.
The two events of the month
5th edition of Smart City Day 2018: “Smart cities: how bad? “
Organized by Innobridge | Forum-Friborg, September 13, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Smart City Day aims to bring together the cities and cantons of French-speaking Switzerland, as an actor outside the various stakeholders linked to the territories and ecosystems hosting the event. The objective is to support and build together, in good understanding, the municipalities and cities of tomorrow. The Smart City Day is a catalyst for this dynamic, serving the community.
3 tickets with reduced price of 50% to be won thanks to La French Tech Suisse with the code Innobridge_invitSCD18_FrenchTech
Startup DAYS 2018: “The reference International Startup Event in Switzerland”
Organized by Startup INVEST | Stade de Suisse Bern, September 25-26, 2018 from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
With the opening to international visitors and start-ups, a new design, prizes of CHF 100,000 and more, the character of the Startup DAYS event has fundamentally changed. More than 1,000 visitors are expected on the second day and half of the startups present will come from abroad. The goal in five years is to be recognized worldwide as a high level event for DeepTech startups. Not a mass event with more than 10,000 participants, but a high quality event that represents “Swiss Made”.
10 FREE STARTUP Pass (2 days) to be won with French Tech Suisse
STARTUP application to participate :
Raphael Grieco started as an investment advisor in Switzerland. Based in Geneva for nearly 12 years, he is also the founder of the UPComingVC event, a “Venture Capital Investment Challenge” dedicated to VCs, Startups and Challengers wishing to become VCs. He also organizes numerous meet-ups in Geneva, in particular those of Product Hunt and contributes to various projects related to digital innovation (labeling of French Tech Switzerland, creation of a venture capital fund). Raphael graduated from SKEMA Business School.