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*2020 EMBA Startup winner*

Dufour Aerospace wins distribution partner for Scandinavia

Sweden-based Savback Helicopters, the expanding helicopter sales and marketing company and Swiss eVTOL company Dufour Aerospace have signed a distribution agreement for Dufour’s innovative eVTOL aircraft. The company will represent Dufour in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. With the partnership, Dufour secures access to feedback and information on customer needs for the development of its tilt-wing aircraft. 


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*2017 MBA Startup winner*

Eyeware’s tracking powers AMD PrivacyView

Prior to the start of this year’s CES Las Vegas, Swiss deep tech Eyeware announced a collaboration to provide AMD with patent-pending computer vision algorithms and machine perception AI technology for its new AMD Privacy View application.


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*2012 MBA Startup winner*

QualySense raises $2.5 Million to continue market expansion in USA

QualySense AG, a young Swiss company focusing on advanced robotic solutions for seed processing and quality inspection, closed a financing round led by its production partner Ferrum. The funds will be used to round to intensify marketing and sales effort of its QSorter portfolio products and the launch of its new sorting services to recover seed waste.


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*2009 EMBA Startup winner*

World's first health patch with core body temperature measurement powered by greenTEG

Recon Health will integrate greenTEG's proprietary CALERA core body temperature sensor solution for continuous and non-invasive core body temperature measurement into its Virtual Care Patch for remote patient monitoring and diagnostics.


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*2016 EMBA Startup winner*

Xsensio raises CHF 4.2 million to accelerate market launch

The first closing of Xsensio’s new financing round with Swiss and international investors was CHF 4.2 million. The funds will flow into advancing the startup’s proprietory Lab-on-Skin sensing platform for continuous body monitoring through wearable devices.


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*2018 MBA Startup Winner*

Nanoleq raises CHF 11.5M for their Series A investment

Nanoleq, a Swiss wearable technology company headquartered in Zurich, announces the closing of a CHF 11.5M Series A funding round. With the fresh capital, the company will pursue its vision to rethink and reinvent health monitoring based on smart textiles.


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*2018 EVONIK Startup winner*

Embion closes ASAHI led CHF 4.5M Series A Round

Global brewing group ASAHI Group Holdings Ltd. is the lead investor in the Series A financing round of Embion Technologies SA. The EPFL spin-off has successfully closed an equity financing round of CHF 4.5 million.


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*2019 EMBA Startup winner*

CHF 1.9M to Accelerate Largo Market Deployment

Largo, an EPFL spin-off providing next-generation storytelling tools for the movie and advertisement industry, has expanded its total seed equity investment to CHF 1.9 million with the additional CHF 1.1 million in an oversubscribed round to accelerate its expansion into new markets.


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IMD Startup Competition 2021/2022

Seize your chance now!

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 a unique opportunity for you to get the help and insights of 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 38 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, have a team that is curious and willing to open themselves up to a small group of management "students", are pleased to enter into both strategic and business model discussions, and can provide a good learning opportunity for our participants with timing that aligns with the IMD programs.


November 8, 2021: Registration Deadline


December 4, 2021: Formal notification to all selected startups


December 10, 2021: Deadline for the selected startups to accept or decline the IMD offer

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. In the most recent Swiss Top 100 report, IMD-supported startups captured 39 of the 100 places, including 3 out of the top 10, and five of the top 25 scaleups! 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 we’re pleased to announce that Amazon Web Services is partnering with us once again 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

Grow your business

Boost your chances of funding and success

Test your concepts

Get fresh input on your business ideas

Get new insights

Gather new information with the help of IMD talent

Executive MBA project opportunity
  • Up to eighteen startups will be chosen to work with three 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 September or November (with the presence of your founders)
Location EMBA 1st Intake EMBA 2nd Intake EMBA 3rd Intake
At IMD Lausanne

June 21, 2022 (pm)

June 24, 2022 (am) (optional)

May 3, 2022 (pm)

May 6, 2022 (am) (optional)

October 4, 2022 (pm)

October 7, 2022 (am) (optional)

In Palo Alto, California Sept 11-16, 2022

Sept 18-23, 2022

Nov 13-18, 2022


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 6-8 hours per person on this project each week, for a total support of at least 500-600 work-hours
Dates Description
January 21, 2022 MBA-selected companies meet with their MBA teams at IMD in Lausanne that evening
January 22, 2022 In-company introductory visits for MBA participants at the company's site (wherever possible or desirable)
January 21 - April 11, 2022 MBA-selected companies collaborate with their MBA teams


Meet with MBAs @ IMD, Lausanne
Face-to-face & Virtual Collaboration
Mutually agreed upon project
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  Blandine Malhet

  Program Manager

  Executive MBA Department, IMD

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