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Digital assets vault
17 January 2022|

Blockchain specialist Wecan raises CHF 1.6 million for its digital vaults

Building on its rapid growth with 13 banks and 59 independent asset managers using Wecan Comply, blockchain software specialist Wecan Group has announced a CHF 1.6 million fundraising. Wecan Group‘s new CHF 1.6 million funding round supports the Geneva-based company’s strategy of building a unique digital vault infrastructure with Zero Knowledge Proof, real-time auditability on […]

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Dufour Aerospace's Aero2 eVTOL
6 December 2021|

Dufour Aerospace will commercialize its “Swiss army knife” Aero2 eVTOL

Initially intended as a technology demonstrator aircraft, the Aero2 drone developed by the Valais-based company Dufour Aerospace will be officially commercialized. A first prototype will be built by the end of 2022. The Aero2 tilt-wing drone developed by Dufour Aerospace was initially intended to serve as a technology demonstrator. However, its performance in flight tests has led […]

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ORIGYN Foundation NFT technology platforms
6 December 2021|

ORIGYN Foundation raises USD 20 million for its NFT platforms

ORIGYN Foundation, a Neuchâtel-based non-profit dedicated to identifying, authenticating and unlocking the powers of ownership for objects of value, has raised USD 20 million. Founded in October 2020, ORIGYN develops a technology that certifies and guarantees the authenticity of physical and digital items using advanced recognition and identification techniques created by leading experts in computer vision, artificial […]

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23 November 2021|

CYSEC wins ESA contract to protect governmental data

The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded a contract to CYSEC, a Vaud-based cybersecurity company, to develop end-to-end protection of governmental data exchanged over satellites. Satellite communications are a critical part of security and defense-related governmental communications (Govsatcom) with many use cases ranging from surveillance, crisis management, critical infrastructure management, border control, election monitoring, etc. […]

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22 November 2021|

Blockchain-powered privacy start-up Nym raises USD 13 million

Neuchâtel based privacy start-up Nym Technologies has successfully closed a USD 13 million investment round led by Andreessen Horowitz. Built by leading researchers and experienced developers, Nym Technologies is an open-source and decentralized infrastructure that offers full-stack privacy. The platform is permission-less and incentivized, empowering developers to build applications that guarantee security against metadata surveillance […]

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Symfact software
9 November 2021|

Fribourg contract specialist Symfact acquired by Scanmarket

Scanmarket, a Danish expert in Source-to-Contract (S2C) solutions, has taken over Symfact, a Contract Lifecycle Management and Third-Party Risk Management software company based in the canton of Fribourg. Supply chain assessment, data privacy, data protection and cyber security have all become urgent business requirements with the arrival of Covid-19. Over the past 18 months, it […]

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Thank my Farmer app
2 November 2021|

Blockchain-based agritech Farmer Connect wins over Japan

Farmer Connect has just announced its first Swiss partnership with Lausanne-based coffee roaster The Good Life and is officially launching in Japan, a key market. Farmer Connect is an agritech whose digitalization solutions are designed to improve the traceability, efficiency and sustainability of coffee and cocoa supply chains globally. These solutions promote fair, inclusive and efficient […]

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senseFly eBee drone
26 October 2021|

AgEagle to acquire Vaud-based drone pioneer senseFly

Western Switzerland drone pioneer senseFly has announced that US company AgEagle will acquire it from Parrot in a cash and stock transaction valued at USD 23 million. Founded in 2009 and employing 19 people, senseFly develops and produces a proprietary line of eBee-branded, high performance, fixed wing drones for professional use. Safe, ultra-light and easy to use, these […]

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First Swiss Crypto Fund
6 October 2021|

FINMA approves the first Swiss crypto fund

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA has approved the first crypto fund according to Swiss law. Crypto Finance, a proven leader in market-forward, regulated crypto asset funds, manages this fund. For the first time, FINMA has approved a Swiss fund that invests primarily in cryptoassets (assets based on the blockchain or distributed ledger technology). The fund […]

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5 October 2021|

Alephium raises USD 3.6 Million to grow its sharded and energy-efficient blockchain platform

High-performance sharding-based blockchain company Alephium has pre-sold tokens for over USD 3.6 million to several major funds and a large number of small buyers. Lausanne-based Alephium is the first operational sharded blockchain bringing secure smart contracts, scalability, and energy efficiency to Bitcoin’s proven core technologies (UTXO & Proof-Of-Work) while offering better performance. The USD 3.6 million pre-sale was led […]

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28 September 2021|

Tune Insight secures pre-seed round for its infrastructure-agnostic solutions

Lausanne-based start-up Tune Insight, a B2B software provider of infrastructure-agnostic solutions, has announced closing a pre-seed funding round. Today’s organizations are heavily data-centric when required to make sound decisions. According to data from Forrester, more than 56% of the companies in the enterprise data and analytics market acknowledge that their own data is not enough, […]

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14 September 2021|

Fintech YouHodler inaugurates its headquarters in Lausanne

With the support of Innovaud and Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE), crypto economy specialist YouHolder has opened its Swiss headquarters in Lausanne. Launched in 2017, YouHodler’s platform helps people access the benefits of the crypto economy. The fintech allows users to get instant cash via cryptocurrency loans, exchange crypto, fiat, and stablecoins quickly and easily, and […]

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CAS in Cyber Security
20 July 2021|

HES-SO Valais-Wallis launches a training program dedicated to cybersecurity

Between scams and phishing, the rise of remote work has made the job of cybercriminals even easier. To address this issue, the HES-SO Valais-Wallis has launched a CAS in Cybersecurity. Cybersecurity has become a major consideration these days, and it will be increasingly risky to underestimate the growing digital threats in the near future. More […]

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Data in Space
30 June 2021|

Cybersecurity specialist CYSEC brings confidential computing to space

EPFL start-up CYSEC and the Cyber-Defence Campus of armasuisse entered a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) for the industrial implementation of a technology developed to protect data transiting and collected in space via satellites. In 2019, armasuisse’s CYD (Cyber-Defence Campus) in collaboration with Oxford University showed that with $ 300 worth of TV equipment one can access sensitive information broadcasted […]

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Team at Threatray
22 June 2021|

Deep tech cybersecurity start-up Threatray secures CHF 2.3 million

Threatray, a spin-off of the Bern University of Applied sciences, has completed its seed round, raising CHF 2.3 million to support its growth and the expansion of its team. The clues to understanding and defending against malware threats are often hidden deep in data. Most malware analysis technologies lack the depth and intelligence-based capabilities needed […]

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ASIO
16 June 2021|

Flybotix receives a Tech Growth Loan for its indoor inspection drones

EPFL start-up Flybotix has received a Tech Growth Loan in the amount of CHF 400’000 for its drone based on a proprietary propulsion and steering technology that brings disruptive changes to the market of indoor industrial inspection drones. Drones are more and more widely used to inspect hard-to-reach and dangerous areas, but many of them […]

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18 May 2021|

Windshape, swiss aeropole and CSEM partner with Boeing

Boeing partners with Western Switzerland key players Windshape, swiss aeropole and CSEM to advance the existing Swiss-based UAS ecosystem, developing critical technologies that will shape the future of the commercial and defense aerospace industry. Boeing is proposing 11 new unmanned aircraft system (UAS) research projects with partners across Switzerland’s French, Italian and German-speaking regions. The research […]

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Drone DLog
10 May 2021|

Vaud-based start-up Dpendent seeks to make drones more independent

Based at the heart of the “Drone Valley”, Dpendent has just received a loan of CHF 100’000 to develop a new technology aimed at increasing the independence of drones. Nowadays, drones are used for increasingly complex missions, requiring the tool to be as efficient as possible. Although the technology is evolving, with more precise, smaller […]

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28 April 2021|

Geneva-based biometrics specialist TECH5 receives $ 2.5 million

Recognizing TECH5’s leadership and growth potential in identity management and digital ID, the company received $ 2.5 million of investment from Yinda Infocomm through a loan convertible into shares.

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DTX Exchange
21 April 2021|

Geneva-based fintech Taurus launches the world’s first regulated digital assets marketplace

Digital asset infrastructure company Taurus received a license from the FINMA to operate the world’s first independent regulated marketplace for digital assets.

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14 April 2021|

Real estate tokenization pioneer RealT partners with Geneva-based blockchain specialist Mt Pelerin

RealT, the global leader in real estate tokenization, has chosen Bridge Protocol, the open source asset tokenization technology from Geneva-based fintech Mt Pelerin, to optimize the management of its properties and its many investors.

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13 April 2021|

Crop protection UAVs pioneer Aero41 participates in a EUR 7 million project funded by the EU

Lausanne-based drone start-up Aero41 will lend its advanced software design and deployment capabilities to the EU-funded SESAME project. EUR 7 million will be invested in the project.

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Indoor drone inspection
11 January 2021|

Drone company Flyability raises EUR 7 million to accelerate its global expansion

The Vaud-based indoor inspection drone company and EPFL spin-off, Flyability, has raised EUR 7 million to accelerate its global expansion. Since its foundation in 2014, Flyability has grown to become the leading indoor inspection drone company with over 500 customers, 100 employees and a network of over 50 resellers worldwide. With its technology, the company […]

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Underwater drone
5 January 2021|

Underwater robotics start-up Hydromea to collaborate with oil giant Total

Vaud-based start-up Hydromea, which develops underwater robots, has received the endorsement of the Innovation Center for the Offshore Industry for a multi-million dollar project. The Offshore Industry Innovation Center (OGTC), based in Aberdeen, Scotland, has announced that it is supporting Hydromea, an EPFL spin-off, on a six-year, multi-million Swiss franc project comprising four phases. The […]

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16 December 2020|

Y-Parc fintech start-up NetGuardians raises CHF 17 million to fight online fraud

Fintech company NetGuardians, renowned for its smarter AI-based enterprise risk platform for combating banking fraud, has successfully completed a new round of funding. Investors include Pictet Group and ACE & Company. The global coronavirus pandemic has accelerated digitization among banks, opening up new channels for servicing customers. It has also meant that many more millions […]

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NCCR
18 November 2020|

EPFL unveils a raptor-inspired drone with morphing wing and tail

NCCR Robotics researchers at EPFL have developed a drone with a feathered wing and tail that give it unprecedented flight agility.

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4 November 2020|

Start-up Involi to become a key player in Canada’s drone air traffic management

Air traffic awareness systems specialist Involi has been chosen by NAV Canada to deploy its infrastructure on telecom antennas and towers to create air corridors for the development of drone flights.

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Brad Smith
13 October 2020|

Trust Valley : Western Switzerland’s center of expertise on digital trust and cybersecurity has officially launched

An alliance for excellence in the field of cybersecurity, supported by multiple public, private and academic players, the “Trust Valley” has officially been launched. Trust Valley brings together the cantons of Vaud and Geneva, the Swiss Confederation, academic institutions and leading companies to build a center of expertise and foster the creation of innovative projects […]

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Alexa Integration Amazon
7 September 2020|

Vaud-based cybersecurity specialist Kudelski partners with Amazon

The American e-commerce giant Amazon has chosen the Vaud-based encryption and secure access specialist Kudelski to perform cybersecurity tests on its virtual assistant Alexa. Nowadays, manufacturers can connect their devices to the Alexa voice speaker system or integrate Amazon’s assistant directly into their products. This integration requires that their devices undergo a series of tests […]

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28 July 2020|

An international Centre of Digital Innovation to be established in Geneva

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates have signed an agreement to establish a new center for digital innovation and transformation in Geneva. Known as I-CoDI, this new center to be based in Geneva will help ITU Members, Sector Members and other key stakeholders to integrate […]

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15 July 2020|

Vaud-based digital asset custody start-up METACO raises $17 million

METACO, the leading provider of security-critical digital asset infrastructure for financial institutions, has announced a Series A round of $17 million. This funding will drive the next phase of METACO’s growth in sales, product, and partnerships on an international level.

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23 June 2020|

Switzerland’s Trust Valley : leading the way in international digital governance

The cantons of Vaud and Geneva are joining forces to launch the Trust Valley, a public-private partnership aimed at promoting excellence in the areas of digital trust and cybersecurity in the Lake Geneva region. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital transition of the economy and highlighted its reliance on critical digital infrastructures and services. […]

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16 June 2020|

Blockchain Partner chooses Geneva for its first office abroad

The French leader in blockchain transformation has opened an office in Geneva to better support its existing clients in Switzerland.

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ID Quantique QRNG Technology
26 May 2020|

The first quantum smartphone integrates a technology made in Geneva

Using Geneva’s ID Quantique quantum random number generator technology, Samsung and SK Telekom will launch the first quantum consumer smartphone. Samsung, SK Telecom and ID Quantique partnered to release a custom edition of the Galaxy A71 5G – the Galaxy A Quantum, the world’s first QRNG-powered 5G smartphone – which will feature a Quantum Random […]

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EPFL Center for Intelligent Systems
19 May 2020|

EPFL launches Center for Intelligent Systems

EPFL’s new Center for Intelligent Systems (CIS) will act as a research promotion platform for bringing together experts in machine learning, data science, computer vision, cyberphysical systems and robotics.

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8 January 2020|

Scale-ups Flyability and Pix4D team up to model interiors with a drone

The anti-collision drone manufacturer Flyability and the aerial image processing and transformation software developer Pix4D are joining forces to add a Pix4Dmapper photogrammetry module – the industry leading solution – to the Elios 2 rough terrain inspection robot.

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27 December 2019|

Geneva Blockchain Congress 2020 to address sustainability in business

Following the success of its inaugural edition in 2019, the Geneva Blockchain Congress returns to the Swiss city with a focus on blockchain and sustainability.

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18 December 2019|

Neuchâtel seeks to increase the population’s understanding of blockchain technology

Although companies are increasingly integrating blockchain into their projects, this technology remains a challenging one for citizens. With his NEDAO project, Fabio Bonfiglio intends to change that.

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4 December 2019|

Crypto Valley: official launch of the Western Switzerland Chapter

Switzerland is a blockchain nation : the cluster of blockchain companies and foundations extends far beyond the borders of the small town of Zug where it originated, encompassing the whole country. The Crypto Valley Association is now officially connecting Zug with Western Switzerland.

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12 November 2019|

Launch of the Swiss Cybersecurity Specialist federal certificate

The new professional profile of Cybersecurity Specialist with a federal certificate was officially launched on 11 November 2019, with the aim of turning future graduates into ICT security experts. The new national Cyber Security Specialist Certificate provides training for specialists so that they can acquire practical skills to effectively manage cyber risks. After the approval […]

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7 October 2019|

A blockchain-centric training institute in Geneva

A new Geneva-based training institute specializing exclusively in blockchain provides engineers with training on complex programming languages such as Ethereum, Hyperledger, Tezos, Stellar Ripple and Libra.

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2 October 2019|

Geneva welcomes the CyberPeace Institute

Geneva welcomes the CyberPeace Institute, an organization dedicated to assisting vulnerable communities, promoting transparency and participating in international discussions about behaviour in cyberspace.

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1 October 2019|

Fintech platform YouHodler opens Swiss office

Attracted by Switzerland’s outstanding blockchain community, national infrastructure and innovation support mechanisms, YouHodler has recently established a presence in Lausanne.

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24 July 2019|

Precision agriculture startup Gamaya raises CHF 12 million

An EPFL spinoff active in precision agriculture, Gamaya has completed a CHF 12 million financing round and is now entering its commercialization phase.

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22 July 2019|

Flybotix introduces a new type of drone

The EPFL startup Flybotix has built a new type of drone, with a propulsion system consisting of only two propellers.

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1 July 2019|

METACO, AlgoTrader and Cysec announce a strategic partnership

Three Swiss fintech startups have joined forces to create a technology solution that allows financial institutions to seamlessly integrate, manage and trade cryptocurrencies and other cryptoassets.

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1 July 2019|

METACO, AlgoTrader and Cysec announce a strategic partnership

Three Swiss fintech startups have joined forces to create a technology solution that allows financial institutions to seamlessly integrate, manage and trade cryptocurrencies and other cryptoassets.

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13 June 2019|

Vacheron Constantin uses blockchain to authenticate its watches

To combat counterfeiting and guarantee authenticity throughout the lifespan of its timepieces, the world’s oldest manufacturer of fine watches has adopted a certification process supported by the blockchain technology.

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29 May 2019|

MegaVerse offers on-demand cybersecurity training

Based at the Edtech Collider of the EPFL and Microcity in Neuchâtel, the startup MegaVerse uses artificial intelligence at the heart of its adaptive learning platform.

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20 May 2019|

Facebook establishes its blockchain payment company in Geneva

Facebook has chosen Geneva to create Libra Networks, which will enable the social network to develop payment and financing services using blockchain technology and big data.

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15 May 2019|

Aero41 develops a drone for the protection of crops

Located in the canton of Vaud, halfway between the Valais and Vaud vineyards, close to the technological hubs at the forefront of robotics and IT technology of the future, Aero41 is a new structure created to develop drone-based crop protection in Switzerland.

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13 May 2019|

A Fintech Executive Education Program launches in Geneva

The University of Geneva and the Geneva Finance Research Institute are launching the first Executive Education program in fintech.

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6 May 2019|

Switzerland takes the lead around the safe integration of drones

As industry and regulatory stakeholders across Europe work to establish a framework for pan-European drone regulations, some countries and regions have taken the lead in terms of establishing how manned and unmanned aircraft will be able to safely interact.

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6 May 2019|

Start-up INVOLI receives the PERL innovation trophy

INVOLI, a start-up specializing in the integration of UAVs in air traffic, won the award for most innovative company of the year.

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19 March 2019|

Drones will have to be registered to fly

In order to increase air traffic safety and with the upcoming implementation of U-Space, all drones weighing more than 250 grams will have to be registered in a federal registry to fly.

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6 February 2019|

Finma’s fintech license is available

Since 1 January 2019, it is possible to obtain a “fintech” licence from Finma. The objective of this license is to encourage innovative companies, particularly in the field of new financial technologies.

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4 February 2019|

Kudelski launches a Blockchain Security Center

Kudelski Security, the cybersecurity division of the Kudelski Group based in Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, has announced the launch of its Blockchain Security Center (BSC), making available its cryptography expertise to the rapidly evolving blockchain developer community.

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23 January 2019|

A blockchain center of excellence in Geneva

With the upcoming launch of a blockchain center of excellence focused on fintech, Geneva joins Wisekey’s centers in India, Mauritius and Rwanda.

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24 October 2018|

Swissquote launches an ICO for startup Lake Diamond

To develop and diversify itself, LakeDiamond has launched a fundraising campaign in the form of digital tokens with the collaboration of online bank Swissquote.

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15 October 2018|

Blockchain training courses launch in Geneva

By offering broader as well as more specialized training courses, the UNIGE and CREA respond to the wide interest generated by blockchain, a technological revolution that will allow the creation of new decentralized applications.

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9 October 2018|

YesWeHack opens an office in Lausanne

The French company YesWeHack, specialized in bug bounty, opens an office in Lausanne with the aim of responding to the local companies’ needs.

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1 August 2018|

EPFL researchers develop drone that deforms upon impact

Drawing inspiration from insects, EPFL scientists have designed a new type of drone that is flexible enough to absorb shocks without breaking before returning to its original shape.

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15 June 2018|

Medical delivery drones take off in Switzerland

The Swiss Post has partnered with drone manufacturer Matternet to transport lab samples via BVLOS flights between two Bern hospitals.

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30 May 2018|

Geneva issues first-ever guide in support of ICO project holders

The Geneva authorities have recently published a specific guide on Initial Coin Offerings to support and qualify ICO projects in view of their establishment in the canton.

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1 March 2018|

In Valais, H55 develops the electric plane of the future

The start-up created by André Borschberg, co-founder and pilot of the Solar Impulse project, has raised almost 5 million francs. These funds will allow the company to work on an all-electric two-seater aircraft capable of flying for two hours.

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25 January 2018|

World Economic Forum announces Global Center for Cybersecurity

In an effort to counter digital crime and build a safer and more secure global cyberspace, the World Economic Forum launched a new Global Center for Cybersecurity on January 24th.

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18 January 2018|

Geneva launches initiatives to harness the power of blockchain

The new Blockchain Lab and the Swiss Blockchain Association will provide education and infrastructure for entrepreneurs, and help reshape businesses through the blockchain.

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21 December 2017|

EPFL launches Center for Digital Trust

The Swiss school joined forces with eight institutional and industrial partners to create a new center of excellence in the areas of IT security, data protection and privacy compliance.

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27 October 2017|

Global Blockchain Business Council incorporates in Geneva

As the most active multilateral diplomatic center in the world and home to hundreds of international organizations, Geneva is the ideal location for the blockchain advocacy body.

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18 October 2017|

Hewlett-Packard inaugurates new European headquarters in Geneva

The building is the first element of a large sustainable real estate development project called “The Hive”, which is taking shape right next to Geneva.

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16 October 2017|

Geneva to play leading role in global Internet governance

Geneva has recently launched the Geneva Digital Talks on cybersecurity, in partnership with Digitalswitzerland. The Swiss city is also hosting the Internet Governance Forum, the main platform where Internet-related public policy issues are discussed.

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