Nexthink Acquires AppLearn to boost Digital Workplace Maturity
Nexthink celebrates its 20th anniversary by acquiring digital adoption trailblazer AppLearn, marking a significant leap in Digital Employee Experience (DEX). As the inventor of DEX, Nexthink has already saved millions of productivity hours for over 1,200 customers. Through this acquisition, Nexthink is aligning with its longstanding vision to offer enterprises a one-of-a-kind solution addressing every aspect of digital workplace management, and restore time to employees and IT in every enterprise.
Onward Therapeutics transitions to the clinical stage
Based in Lausanne, Onward Therapeutics SA is a global biotechnology company developing innovative immunotherapies for cancer treatment. The company has kicked off the phase 1 clinical trial of OT-A201, a first-in-class bispecific antibody targeting two immune checkpoints.
A new factory to cater Perovskia customer needs
Perovskia, an EMPA spin-off, is setting up an ambitious factory in Aubonne (VD) to print a million of its custom-designed perovskite devices every year. Production is set to be operational in a few months. The indoor solar cell company has been gaining ground worldwide, with customers in Japan, Korea, India, Europe and the USA.
Tune Insight wins €1.8 million European pediatric project
Swiss cybersecurity startup Tune Insight is set to lead a 1.8 million Euro project for privacy-preserving machine learning on Electronic Health Records (EHR) in pediatric emergency care across Italian and Swiss hospitals. The project is funded by the Eurostars program.
Altoida’s study unveils encouraging results for Alzheimer’s Disease assessment
During the RADAR-AD consortium study, the Altoida AR app achieved a level of performance in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease that is currently unattainable with standard cognitive tests. The results, published in Nature Digital Medicine, unveiled the potential of machine learning and augmented reality-based digital biomarkers in Alzheimer’s detection.
Winning momentum for MycoSense Spotlight
Since it was founded in 2021, MycoSense Spotlight technology has made huge strides, now delivering products to customers around the world. Developing tools to improve yields in agriculture using artificial intelligence, the Swiss startup led by Stéphane Doutriaux is enjoying growing success with industrial mushroom growers.
IMD Startup Competition 2023/2024
THE 26TH EDITION OF THE IMD STARTUP COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED!
Thank you to all who have applied!
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 31 of the 100 places, including two out of the top 10, and seven 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