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  • The 10 Health and InsurTech Startups of InnoPeaks 1.0
    The 10 Health and InsurTech Startups of InnoPeaks 1.0

    For the second time in the week, I’ve been attending startup pitches… which did not happen for me for a very, very long time, as you may have noticed ;-)! Friday 15th of March was the day selected by InnoPeaks to present its first batch of health tech an insurtech startups, in Sion. Powered by the insurance company Groupe Mutuel and Fusion, this 3 months program intents to accelerate startu...

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  • Office Hours – UX, Development and Digital Marketing advice
    Office Hours – UX, Development and Digital Marketing advice

    Coteries SA, a design, development and digital marketing agency based at Building D of EPFL Innovation Park, is organising a third edition of its Office Hours, welcoming anyone who has questions or wants some advice about a specific topics like: UX Design, Website: book Sébastien von Roth Web or Mobile Development, Machine Learning: book Livio Gamassia or Florian Laurent Digital Marketing ...

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  • Our Interview @ Y Combinator – Guest Post by Ledgy
    Our Interview @ Y Combinator – Guest Post by Ledgy

    This is a Guest post by Yoko Spirig, originally published here. Yoko is one of the 3 co-founders of the Zürich-based startup Ledgy, created during Summer 2017. In this blog post, she describes their experience of being selected for an interview at the Y Combinator headquarters in Mountain View, California. And why she thinks it’s important for Switzerland that more Swiss startups apply to YC...

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  • Being An Entrepreneur: What They Don’t Tell You!
    Being An Entrepreneur: What They Don’t Tell You!

      This is a Guest post by Dan Bowyer, originally published here. I couldn’t keep nodding as I’ve read this piece so I asked him the permission to reshare it here. Dan is a Tech Entrepreneur & Investor based in London. He has over 20 years experience helping people build businesses and implement digital. He enjoyed some spectacular failures and some delightful successes, while working ...

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  • The 50 Best-Funded Startups in Switzerland in One Map (and What It Means For The Startup Ecosystem)
    The 50 Best-Funded Startups in Switzerland in One Map (and What It Means For The Startup Ecosystem)

    Back in 2012 as I’ve launched startupolic.com, I remember that almost nobody was blogging on the Swiss startup scene. Or most were abandoning the effort after a few posts. Fortunately, this has changed! Today I’m pleased to publish a guest post by Tatjana de Kerros-Budkov, who is currently the Startup Builder at Ricolab Innovation Lab (Ricola), Mentor, and 2x entrepreneur- with one exit un...

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  • Should You Write a Business Plan?

    Writing a business plan at the time of the lean startup sounds like a weird idea. No? Many people think that writing a business plan is no more needed. Which is true and… wrong, at the same time! Writing a complete business plan per se is not needed, especially if you: just have an idea; have not done your homework with the Value Proposition Canvas and the Business Model Canvas; are dreaming...

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  • 16 tourism startups to discover at World Tourism Forum 17

    Each year beginning of May, more than 500 CEOs, Ministers and investors from the tourism industry meet in Luzern for the World Tourism Forum. The Forum aims in gathering global leaders of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries to learn about the new development and brainstorm on how to adapt to the changes happening. And to meet startups ! This year, World Tourism Forum is organizing a ...

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    [en] Sometimes I get the nagging feeling that everybody (or almost) who used to be a fellow freelance consultant has now drifted into coaching. What is going on here? There seems to be a Ponzi-like dynamic going on, as with all these people giving online courses about how to earn money through your online business. … Continue reading " [en]"

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  • Why Your Daughter Probably Won’t Be a Startup Founder in Switzerland
    Why Your Daughter Probably Won’t Be a Startup Founder in Switzerland

    This is a guest post by Lea von Bidder, co-founder and President of Ava Science, a Swiss startup based in Switzerland and California.  Lea published this post originally  on her Linkedin profile on Thursday 8th of March, the Women Day, and I thought this kind of excellent content should be spread as widely as possible… Do not hesitate to comment and to contribute with your opinion or ideas...

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  • Pitch Me If You Can! Startupolic Office Hours Are Back
    Pitch Me If You Can! Startupolic Office Hours Are Back

    As a reader of startupolic.com, you probably know that I’m a big fan of the pay it forward culture. Or said differently, give before you get. Last year, I did a first experiment by giving 30min to any founder (no selection here) who wanted to pitch me her project, or simply ask me some questions about starting up, about lean startup or about how to build a (digital) product. I’ve simply t...

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  • Hack the Local Shops on 19th of November

    Switzerland is more and more active with startup activities. You often hear that the startup scene is nothing compared to renowned European hubs like Berlin or London. Yes, it’s true, at least in term of startups funded, of startups growing  quickly or in terms of successful exits. However, there are a lot things happening, and many new initiatives are popping up almost every week (making...

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  • My Startup Events Selection for October

    This year has been completely crazy so far. And even more since August, as we’ve organized 2 Demo Days @Fintech FUSION and are preparing us intensively for the new batch of startups, entering the acceleration program on Wednesday (more information to come on FUSION blog). As I’m used to say, I’m in a “Grand Bleu” mode (that means, “Deep Dive holding my Breath”). That is, that I ...

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  • 5 Startup Events to Attend in September

    Summer is slowly coming to an end and it’s time for startup events to pop up everywhere again… The less I can say is that there are many, many events happening everywhere in Europe. It’s absolutely amazing to see the development and growth of the European and Swiss startup scene over the last 8 years. Now, even in Switzerland (which is still not seen as a relevant startup hotspot), you co...

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  • Here is a 100% traceable coffee packaged in 100% biodegradable capsules
    Here is a 100% traceable coffee packaged in 100% biodegradable capsules

    A gentle morning aroma Ah! The enchanting smell of Yirgacheff, the impelling odor of Huehuetenango, the elegance of Caturra! Sounds familiar? No? Don’t panic, even George Clooney would not have guessed these names referred to coffee. Even if most amateurs of a cup of Joe have already added Arabica to their vocabulary, few of us [&hellip Cet article Here is a 100% traceable coffee packaged...

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  • Fintech Infographic: The Current State of Fintech
    Fintech Infographic: The Current State of Fintech

    At this period of the year, as always, I should normally be telling you to slow down and relax… (yes, you need to take some vacations!). What I will do on my side. But if you already had their holidays or have them later in the Summer, or if staying on the beach is boring for you, you may want to discover this interesting infographic made by Robert Hendriks, of DealSunny. And if nothing of th...

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  • Discover the « Startup Nation »
    Discover the « Startup Nation »

    Regular readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of building bridges… For instance, between Swiss startup scene and the most advanced European startups hubs like London or Berlin. Even after the Brexit dramatic vote (for the London startup scene), I still believe that Swiss startups should still think about going UK. But we will see what happens in the coming weeks (at best) or months/y...

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  • Why You Need to Know Media4Equity for Your Startup Growth
    Why You Need to Know Media4Equity for Your Startup Growth

    This is a guest post by David Hug, a Zürich-based professional startup investor, currently acting as  Managing Director at Ringier Digital Ventures. Innovation, entrepreneurship and venture capital are almost synonyms of the Silicon Valley. Over the last years, this way of thinking is gaining more and more attention in Europe. Not only famous examples from the West Coast like Facebook, Twitte...

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  • Isolation, Shame, and Guilt. And Grief. [en]
    Isolation, Shame, and Guilt. And Grief. [en]

    [fr] Réflexions sur la honte, la culpabilité, l'isolement et le deuil. La honte nous isole et nous laisse seuls avec nos peines et nos problèmes, nous privant de l'apport extérieur qui est souvent la clé pour avancer. [en] A few weeks back, I wrote a post about the professional turning-point I’m at. What allowed me … Continue reading "Isolation, Shame, and Guilt. And Grief. [en]"

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  • 24 Hints to Build A Lean Startup
    24 Hints to Build A Lean Startup

    Monday this week, I was organizing a meetup in my home city, Biel/Bienne. We had the pleasure of welcoming Dorian Selz, a very smart and serial Swiss entrepreneur (Local.ch, Memonic and Squirro). I asked Dorian to present us his hints on how to build a startup. Dorian shared his entrepreneurial journey, from becoming partner at Namics, then being recruited to launch Local.ch to his present comp...

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  • Being a Digital Freelancer in the Era of Context Collapse [en]
    Being a Digital Freelancer in the Era of Context Collapse [en]

    [fr] Réflexions sur ma carrière et les enjeux du marché d'aujourd'hui pour les "pionniers des médias sociaux", avec en toile de fond l'effondrement de nos contextes d'être et de communication dans le monde en ligne (Facebook, bonjour). [en] Contexte collapse. It’s crept up on me. It used to be semi-overlapping publics, or more precisely, they point … Continue reading "Being a Digital ...

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