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The ESA BIC CH jury selected the next cohort of start-ups with a space connection on March 16th. From a large amount of incoming applications the experts identified 5 start-ups that will have the chance to join the program and profit from the extensive support that is offered. 
We will of course tell you everything about our newcomers once they have officially joined the program mid May.

Other than that we were delighted to be covered in a report by Tele Top, a local Zurich broadcaster. You can watch it here (fluent swiss-german is a prerequisite though ;-). Thanks again to our alumnus Fixposition for contributing to it too.

Wishing you and your loved ones festive and sunny Easter holidays!


ESA BIC CH start-up: Inergio

Uninterrupted power supply anywhere and under any operating condition.  

Inergio develops and commercializes innovative energy systems based on miniaturized fuel cell technology.
The developed fuel cells are 80% lighter than the average fuel cell, have 20 times the energy density compared to Li-batteries and are twice as efficient as diesel engines. That in combination of independence of any weather condition and without moving parts, noise or harmful emission the cells make an ideal power source for off-grid and mobile applications.

Application fields include:
  • Measuring stations
  • Oil and gas industry
  • Surveillance systems
  • Telecommunication
  • Leisure and entertainment
  • Autonomous robotics

Inergio recently started a collaboration with the space student association Asclepios to better prepare for space applications. 

Learn more about Inergio on their website.


Start-up highlights:

  • Bota Systems will attend Hannover Messe at the Swiss Pavilion.
  • CompPair raised CHF 950k to extend production capacity and penetrate new industries.
  • CondenZero developed a new prototype that exceeds cooling performance of prior models and won Venture Kick stage 3.
  • Cysec successfully organized CYSAT'21 on March 17-19th virtually with more than 200 participants and 50 speakers.
  • EH Group participated in EU Industry Days 2021 after having been selected by the EU Commission along with 30 other European innovators.
  • Lumiphase was selected for TOP17 pre-final round of the de Vigier Foundation competition and were invited as speaker at the leading industry conference Photonics West.
  • NematX participated in the "2nd ESA Workshop for Advanced Manufacturing" and started networking with different stakeholders.
  • Neural Concept's latest paper on Uncertainty Estimation has been accepted at CVPR 2021, one of the largest conferences in the field.
  • XRNanotech made it to the Top 17 of the de Vigier Foundation.
  • Alumnus Ligentec was featured in articles in the world-leading scientific magazine nature (an article about Xanadu using Ligentec chips) and in the newspaper Le Temps ("Ligentec prépare la révolution photonique”).

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