IMD Startup Competition 2022 /2023
NOW OPENED! EXTENDED DEADLINE TO NOVEMBER 8 AT 5PM CET!
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.
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 28 of the 100 places, including 2 out of the top 10, and six 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
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)
EMBA 1st Intake
(Dec 2023 graduating class)
EMBA 2nd Intake
(Apr 2024 graduating class)
EMBA 3rd Intake
(Sept 2024 graduating class)
At IMD Lausanne
Tuesday June 20*, 2023 (pm)
Friday June 23*, 2023 (am) (optional)
Tuesday May 2*, 2023 (am)
Friday May 5*, 2023 (am) (optional)
Tuesday October 3*, 2023 (pm)
Friday October 6*, 2023 (am) (optional)
In Palo Alto, California
Sept 10-15, 2023
Sept 17-22, 2023
Nov 12-17, 2023
*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 6-8 hours per person on this project each week, for a total support of at least 500-600 work-hours
January 31, 2023
MBA-selected companies meet with their MBA teams at IMD in Lausanne that evening
February 4, 2023
In-company introductory visits for MBA participants at the company's site (wherever possible or desirable)
January 31 - April 8, 2023
MBA-selected companies collaborate with their MBA teams
Meet with MBAs @ Imd, Lausanne
Face-to-face & virtual collaboration
Mutually agreed upon project
Additional funds for Cysec to grow in the Space industry
CYSEC, a specialist in data protection, particularly in confidential computing, has raised an additional €2m from Karista to establish itself in the NewSpace market. The proceeds from the round will also enable CYSEC to reinforce its sales teams in France and recruit new engineers and sales professionals.
CHF 2.1 million to bring nanomedicine-based bone repair to the market
Flowbone SA, an EPFL spin-off active in the field of bone regeneration, has closed a seed round for CHF 2.1 million, mostly with experienced business angels. The funds enable the company to prepare its US market entry, including FDA clearance for a first bone repair product, and to continue its pre-clinical developments for the strengthening of osteoporotic bone.
Dufour Aerospace gets long-term support from RUAG
The Aero2 is Dufour’s unmanned aerial vehicle that can take off and land vertically like a helicopter but flies as fast and as energy efficient as a fixed-wing aircraft. Through their foreseen long-term strategic partnership, RUAG will provide engineering services to Dufour to advance the eVTOL and components of Aero2.
Gamaya: unveiling world’s first digital tool using satellite images to fight pests
The multi-year collaboration between Swiss Agtech startup Gamaya and Syngenta has resulted in the launch of the first-ever commercial digital diagnosis and mapping solution for harmful nematode pests. Brazilian soybean farmers will be the first to use the tool to fight pests causing up to 30 percent yield loss.
RetinAI establishes presence in the US market
RetinAI Medical AG, a leader in clinical and imaging data management software and advanced analytics, has launched its first US-based office in Boston. The startup has also achieved 21 CFR Part 11 compliance to support research and clinical studies in the US.
Top global brands rely on Swiss startups
Some specs of BMW’s newly unveiled its BMW M Hybrid V8 come from Switzerland – Its iconic kidneys’ lighting uses L.E.S.S. SA technology. Wearables company polar also partnered with Lausanne-based startup Alogo on integrating their scientifically validated technologies to advance fitness tracking for horses.
CE-Mark for Aleva’s Deep Brain Stimulation
After receiving approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, Aleva Neurotherapeutics has obtained the CE approval of its MRI labeling for the directSTIM™ DBS System in Neuromodulation – supporting a new category of patients who are likely to undergo an MRI exam after DBS surgery. The commercial journey has started as the company partners with neurological clinics across Europe.
Aero41 on the rise
Driven by growing demand and satisfied customers, Aero41 is building momentum. Counting more than 25 clients today in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and France, the Swiss smart agriculture pioneer led by Frédéric Hemmeler just raised a significant amount in seed funding from Boundary Holding, a European deep-tech investment firm. A series A round is currently considered to further fuel the startup’s growth.