World first medical device implantation to restore erectile function
A world first implantation of a high-tech, battery-powered device to restore erectile function, has taken place at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) leading a global trial. Comphya’s CaverSTIM is the first implantable ‘neurostimulator’ for erectile dysfunction treatment, designed for patients that are non-responders to oral drugs, including spinal cord-injured patients and post-prostatectomy patients.
ZuriMED closes CHF 14.5 million Series A round
Leading healthcare investors have contributed CHF 14.5 million to ZuriMed Technologies’ Series A investment round. The capital will enable ZuriMed to accelerate the development and market entry of its Surgical-Fiberlock technology for minimally invasive surgical repair of soft tissues.
Climeworks successfully executes US expansion plans
In April, Climeworks unveiled its US expansion plans. Participation in the U.S. government’s “Regional Direct Air Capture Hubs” programme plays a key role. Climeworks has now reached a first important milestone in relation to the programme.
Novel PhenomX Health app trail blazes menopausal care
PhenomX Health SA, a Vaud based femtech start-up and, recent winner of the Vanguard Biopole accelerator, announces that its 100 + years of collective biochemical and nutritional expertise have been translated into the first ever wellness and precision nutrition app for menopause care in Switzerland. At the center of its scientific wellness platform, the app has been created to empower women during their menopause transition and healthy aging.
Aurora’s Grid sets sights on booming Balkan market
Envirtus Investment, formerly LL&DS Holdings, joined Aurora’s Grid board a couple of months ago and since then, the teams are working on a massive strategic operation for battery storage in Balkan Market and Europe. Strategic investor Loukas Lazarakis and Dimitri Torregrossa are confident to see first breakthrough project together within end of this year.
Additional capital for Bearmind
Bearmind, the EPFL Spinoff developing in-built helmet sensors and software for brain injury prevention and cognitive performance monitoring in sports, has obtained additional funding from a North American venture capital firm. The startup is now well-positioned to bring its solution to new markets.
Ponera Group launches game-changing modular industrial packaging solution
Matthew Reali, CEO and co-founder of the Ponera Group, is transforming the logistics industry with the world’s first fully flexible and modular packaging system. Since kicking off its production phase, the startup has seen a growing interest, securing projects with leading industrial partners from Switzerland and abroad.
IMD Startup Competition 2023/2024
Opening on September 29th!
Seize your chance
Could your startup benefit from highly talented, experienced, and motivated individuals who have been carefully screened to participate in two of the most selective and rigorous business programs in the world?
If so, this competition provides you with a unique opportunity to get help and insights from participants in IMD’s MBA and Executive MBA programs.
This offer is open to all Swiss-based startups and runs in collaboration with the Swiss government’s Innosuisse-Swiss Innovation Agency, VentureKick, MassChallenge Switzerland, Verve, and Amazon Web Services.
We select up to 30 different startups to work with IMD MBAs and Executive MBAs.
We are looking for early-stage companies that have a solid chance of market success and have a curious team that is willing to open themselves up to a small group of management “students” and enter into both strategic and business model discussions to provide a valuable learning opportunity for our participants with timing that aligns with the IMD programs.
Grow your business, test your concepts, get new insights:
work with our MBA and EMBA participants
Many ventures got lasting value from working with our MBAs and EMBAs (as well as our BOT and Evonik participants). In the most recent Swiss Top 100 report, IMD-supported startups captured 39 of the 100 places, including three out of the top 10, and five of the top 25 scale-ups. Do you want to be in that group next year?
As additional support for Swiss startups, and to help the Swiss entrepreneurial ecosystem, winners of the IMD Startup Competition will now receive a CHF 5,000 Startup Scholarship to be used to participate in any of IMD’s online or open programs.
And this year again, we’re pleased to announce that Amazon Web Services is partnering with us and will support the winners of the IMD Startup Competition: “From Airbnb to Zocdoc, the world’s top startups build on AWS. But they didn’t do it alone. So whether you need help solving a technical challenge, hiring the right engineers, or finalizing a fundraising round, AWS has all the resources you need to get started. There’s a reason more startups build on AWS than any other provider: AWS is there to help you succeed, from inception to IPO. With this partnership, the startups winning the IMD Startup Competition get access to the network of opportunities through AWS Startups.
Recent Winners of the Startup Competition
Executive MBA project opportunity
- Up to 10 or 12 startups will be chosen to work with two Executive MBA classes
- Split into small teams, each working with a dedicated startup, our EMBAs help analyze and challenge your business plans and company strategies
- Their ultimate goal is to make a pitch on your behalf to venture capitalists and angels in Silicon Valley in November (with the presence of your founders)
EMBA 1st Intake
(Feb 2025 graduating class)
EMBA 2nd Intake
(Sept 2025 graduating class)
At IMD Lausanne
Tuesday Sept 10*, 2024 pm
Friday Sept 13*, 2024 am
Tuesday Sept 23*, 2024 pm
Friday Sept 27*, 2024 am
In Palo Alto, California
November 10-15, 2024
November 17-22, 2024
*Subject to change
Meet with EMBAs @ IMD, Lausanne
Collaborate at a distance with EMBAs
Travel to Silicon Valley with the EMBAs
MBA project opportunity
- Up to 20 startups will receive the support of our MBA class
- Split into small teams, each working with a dedicated startup, our MBAs put in an average of 10-12 hours per person on this project each week, for a total support of at least 400-500 work-hours
January 22, 2024
MBA-selected companies meet with their MBA teams at IMD in Lausanne that evening
January 27, 2024
In-company introductory visits for MBA participants at the company's site (wherever possible or desirable)
January 22 - March 11, 2024
MBA-selected companies collaborate with their MBA teams
Meet with MBAs @ IMD, Lausanne
Face-to-face & virtual collaboration
Mutually agreed upon project