The Pitchinar and its finalists
The Pitchinar and its finalists

20 Swiss startups zoom onto the world stage at SwissTech Pitchinar 2020

On June 10, the SwissTech Pitchinar, a pitching competition in webinar format, was joined by 20 leading Swiss startups in the fields of Advanced Instrument, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented/Virtual Reality, Biotech, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Energy, Fintech, HealthTech, IoT, Robotics, Software and VehicleTech. This first-of-its-kind virtual event held on Zoom received overwhelming interest from top-level audiences with more than 950 registrants from top universities, blue-chip companies, media and 238 investors with strong interest in Swiss technology and innovation, seeking opportunities for investment, partnerships and project cooperation.

The virtual pitching competition featured 90-second pitches from each of the startups, providing them with a platform to spotlight their products and services in front of prospective investors, partners and industry experts. Ambassador Nicolas Bideau, Head of Presence Switzerland, and Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CES), delivered the keynote messages.

Moderator Jordi Montserrat with the finalists and winner
Moderator Jordi Montserrat with the finalists and winner

Mithras Technology, a startup that developed wearable technology turning human body heat into usable electricity, emerged as the champion among the 20 competing startups. Eyeware, STOR-H Technologies, and Swiss Terahertz were also chosen by the jury as finalists. The highlight of the event was the awards ceremony, virtually hosted by Swiss Ambassador to China Bernardino Regazzoni. The outstanding performance of all participating startups demonstrate the strength of the Swiss innovation ecosystem and the excellence of the world-class Swiss universities.

Winners of the Pitchinar and their trophies
Winners of the Pitchinar and their trophies

“This was completely unexpected. We feel very proud and honored to have won the first SwissTech Pitchinar 2020! We already received lots of positive feedback from people reaching out to us, which could result in very interesting leads and this highlights the inestimable worth of such events...”, said Franco Membrini, Founder & CEO of Mithras Technology, “We would like to thank the team of swissnex China for an outstanding organisation and wish all the presented startups best of success!”

“Today, we pioneered a powerful virtual platform for Swiss startups to establish game-changing partnerships with investors, mentors, experts, potential business partners and highly-engaged audiences on a global scale: an unprecedented way to add value and build bridges”, said Dr. Felix Moesner, Science Consul and CEO of swissnex China. “We saw overwhelming interest in our DeepTech startups and wish them every success with their many follow-ups.”

The feedback from audience is greatly positive, a lot of follow-ups from investors and companies reached pitcher startups immediately after the event. Nine startups will join the online pitching organized by World AI Conference, two startups applied for Innosuisse China Camp and many are in discussion with potential partners in China to seek collaboration chances in China.

The virtual pitchinar has been covered widely by media from over 15 countries such as China, Switzerland, India, Singapore, US etc. with 379 clippings including reshipments of press releases and original coverage. The SwissTech Pitchinar also pioneered a new platform for startups to form connections. Following this format, the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan is also going to hold a SwissTech Pitchinar for CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) 2020.

SwissTech Pitchinar 2020 is organized by swissnex China in collaboration with SwissTech, CES ASIA and Venture Leaders, and in partnership with EPFL, ETH Zurich, Greater Zurich Area, Innovaud, Swisscom and Venturelab. The SwissTech Campaign partners are Presence Switzerland, Switzerland Global Enterprise, Innosuisse, digitalswitzerland and swissnex Network.