Success Stories

The following companies have won the experts over with their growth strategies and been awarded the SEF.High-Potential SME quality label.

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Food industry rethought

The Rainforest Company is shaping the food industry with sustainable açaí products that benefit both the health of its customers and the health of the planet. The company proves that sustainable sourcing and sustainable production of food is possible and profitable. ... mehr

Qualitative Fill & Finish

With the drug product manufacturing services and innovative, fully automated and highly flexible filling line at the Visp plant, the swissfillon AG is ideally positioned to fulfill the customer and patients requirements of the growing market segment of complex drug products. ... mehr

The chicken out of peas

There are already various protein-containing products that aim to limit meat consumption and thus support the environment. However, many meat lovers miss the similarity to meat. Planted Foods AG picks up exactly where it left off and creates delicious, natural and sustainable alternatives from plant-based ingredients that hardly differ from conventional meat in terms of enjoyment. ... mehr

Sustainable nutrition for the little ones

The right nutrition already plays an important role at an early age. Many foods contain various artificial additives, which are particularly harmful for children. This is exactly where yamo comes in. The company works closely with parents and produces nutritious, age-appropriate and at the same time delicious products. ... mehr

The platform for secure identities

More and more purchase transactions are taking place completely digitised. This also applies to sensitive transactions such as the conclusion of important contracts. Based on machine learning and computer vision, the team of the ETH spin-off PXL Vision has developed a technology platform for secure identity verification and the creation and management of trusted digital identities. ... mehr

THE PERSONALISED CAR SUBSCRIPTION FOR SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY

The sharing economy has spread to many areas of life in the last decade, replacing the need for material possessions. However, a flexible and personalised alternative to purchasing for car owners has fallen by the wayside. ... mehr

The Platform for financial management

High-net-worth individuals and family offices often face the challenge of how to get an overview and transparency of their consolidated assets.They often work with multiple banks, asset managers and advisors managing their complex portfolios of real estate, private equity or collectibles. ... mehr

Platform for playful learning success

The world of work is very different today to how it was 20 years ago, with social, personal and methodological skills (soft skills) now just as important as specialist knowledge. Digital transformation is therefore posing huge challenges for companies. ... mehr

Gel for soft lips

Devirex Ltd was founded in 2006 with the primary goal of developing a product that could prevent the emergence of cold sores. Targeting innovation in the healthcare sector, the company soon came up with Lipivir®, a gel that prevents oral herpes. ... mehr

3D innovation for smartphone cameras

Dacuda AG develops 3D scanning software for smartphone cameras. One of its main areas of focus is the development of real-time 2D and 3D algorithms for consumer cameras, in other words any device with a camera function, in order to make 3D content creation as easy as recording a video. ... mehr

Switzerland’s leading practice for small animals

Covering emergencies, routine check-ups and surgical interventions for both large and small pets, the comprehensive expertise of the VetTrust group of veterinary surgeons is unparalleled in Switzerland. ... mehr

Technology for neurological motor disorders

Hocoma AG is a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of robotic and sensor-based devices for the treatment of neurological motor disorders. The company aims to develop and manufacture high-quality, safe and user-friendly products that offer benefits for patients and practitioners alike. ... mehr

3D imaging for transport

iNovitas AG was established in 2011 as a spin-off from the Geomatics Institute of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. The company specialises in the digitisation and cloud-based processing of 3D images of roads and railways. ... mehr

Emergency watch for improved personal safety

Limmex AG is a Swiss company that offers a range of personal safety solutions. The company introduced a world first to the market in 2011 with the launch of the Limmex emergency watch. A new generation of emergency watches followed in 2017. ... mehr

Bacteria to fight pancreatic cancer

Redbiotec AG is a biopharmaceutical company that creates unique therapeutic bacteria for unmet patient needs. Its therapeutic focus includes pancreatic cancer and other solid tumours, along with genetic disorders. ... mehr

New data skills for customers

Softcom is a Swiss IT company – born in the digital age – that specialises in software consulting, development and integration. The company designs and develops web, mobile and portal solutions via fixed-price or agile projects. ... mehr

Consultancy for banks and insurance companies

Solution Providers offers high-quality management consultancy for the financial sector. The company, which was established in 1996 and renamed Synpulse Holding Ltd in 2015, offers its national and international customers a broad portfolio of services ranging from strategic advice to technical implementation. ... mehr

Filter and drier for wood-fired heating systems

Fine dust is an age-old problem when it comes to generating energy in residential buildings. Maximum emission levels are set by law, with non-compliance leading to fines. OekoSolve develops and manufactures fine dust filters for wood-fired heating systems such as open fireplaces and wood burners. ... mehr

A more comfortable running shoe

Plagued by chronic inflammation of the Achilles tendon, Olivier Bernhard, one of the company’s three founders, began tinkering with a running shoe together with David Allemann and Caspar Coppetti. Experiments with chopped up bits of garden hose ultimately led to the development of their patented CloudTec® technology. ... mehr

Rollers with exceptional tolerance

Solothurn-based Typ Ltd is a well-known manufacturer of rubber and polyurethane rollers. Established in 1947, the family firm supplies thousands of rollers to its customers each year. The company manufactures to order – there is no such thing as a standard Typ roller. ... mehr

Intelligent software for company formation

The holding company Nexus Ltd, domiciled in Winterthur, has been active since 2006 and has three subsidiaries focusing on company formation, advisory and fiduciary services. The Nexus Group is also the Swiss market leader in online company formation through its subsidiary STARTUPS. ... mehr

Innovation for the traditional coffee machine

Back in 2008, a leading Swiss coffee machine manufacturer was planning to relocate and restructure its development department. Making a virtue out of necessity, the development team affected by these plans decided to exploit its existing know-how and continue its successful cooperation together. ... mehr

Conventional lager that hits the top notes

Winterthur-based brewery Doppelleu produces Anglo-Saxon and Belgian-style beers, which have long been extremely popular in the USA, the UK and Australia. The start-up is committed to modern beers (including those intended to accompany meals or aimed at female drinkers) from independent local production. ... mehr

Secure pharmaceutical container for shipment

The start-up SkyCell, founded in November 2012, is disrupting the logistics industry with its newly developed, almost entirely recyclable generation of containers for fragile pharmaceutical goods. The special new insulation technology features a self-cooling gel and allows the internal temperature of the SkyCell container to be kept at a constant level of +2°C to +8°C for more than 200 hours, in external temperatures ranging from -20°C to +55°C. ... mehr

Optimal positioning for radiological examinations

The start-up, founded in 2008 as a spin-off from ETH Zurich, is developing a new generation of medical products that allow patients to be optimally positioned during imaging examinations such as CT or MRI scans. ... mehr

Symbiosis of mechanics and water in a watch

HYT brought the two opposing worlds of watches and mechanics together to create a fascinating luxury product. The world’s first hydromechanical watch displays the hours using a fluorescent liquid. HYT attracted a great deal of attention in the industry when it successfully integrated its patented technology into a mechanical watch movement. ... mehr

Fitness subscription revolution

NonStop Gym SA’s low-cost concept is causing quite a stir in the fitness sector. This is due first and foremost to its extremely cheap subscriptions, which are half the cost of those charged by local competitors. ... mehr

Simple platform for private employers

ServiceHunter AG, a spin-off from ETH Zurich, is the developer and operator of the online platform quitt.ch. The platform enables private individuals to employ domestic staff such as cleaners or nannies correctly, quickly and with a minimum of effort. ... mehr

Intelligent search engine software

Zurich-based start-up Nektoon Ltd developed the intelligent enterprise software Squirro. The software uses an intelligent search algorithm to generate valuable results from external and in-house data sources. ... mehr

Online platform for professional ticketing

The online platform TICKETINO offers a wide range of attractively priced, professional ticketing and guest management services. Since 2008, TICKETINO Ltd has provided its customers with a user-friendly, fully self-service online platform that automates all the business processes associated with event organisation and ticketing. ... mehr

Platform for combining business and compliance

The software developed by Qumram, which was founded in 2010, enables its customers to record every moment of users’ online activity across various media channels, ensuring that they are able to record and archive the behaviour of their users in accordance with applicable legal provisions. ... mehr

Communication technology for indoor and outdoor environments

Drawing on extensive experience from individual business, ErvoCom developed a train radio system (TRS) based on the TETRA mobile technology. TRS offers similar functionality to the current GSM-R industry standard, but has lower infrastructure costs. ... mehr

Modern sorting machine for grain kernels

Sorting grain isn’t just a job for Cinderella; it’s also a key stage of the production process in the modern food industry. Sorting machines that remove foreign bodies and sort the individual kernels according to their physical condition are already the norm. ... mehr

Sophisticated navigation system for medical applications

While navigation systems are already in frequent use in neurosurgery, the innovative technology developed by CAScination now allows surgeons to move around soft, deformable organs, in other words organs that change their shape during a medical intervention. ... mehr

Electron microscope for research laboratories

Semiconductors play a key role in an increasingly digitalised world. They are used in microprocessors such as those found in computers or mobile phones, and are a key component in photovoltaics (solar cells) and optoelectronics (LEDs). ... mehr

Attractively priced glasses to suit every character

Half of all adults in Switzerland need prescription glasses. They change them on average every three years, making this a lucrative market. Until just a few years ago, however, it was also a highly predictable market that saw very few changes. ... mehr

Atomic force microscopes for research and education

Nanotechnology is a constantly growing market that offers huge potential for the future. The microscope market in which Nanosurf AG operates is now impossible to imagine without it. Nanosurf specialises in the development of atomic force microscopes, in which the sample being examined is scanned with a probe on a point-by-point basis (raster scanning). ... mehr

Smartphone app for building automation

eSMART develops intelligent systems for building automation. All central building functions, such as heating, lights, blinds and video intercoms, can be controlled centrally via a touchscreen in the living room or the smartphone app. ... mehr

Swiss key safe for sensitive data

The Securosys Hardware Security Model (HSM) protects sensitive data against cyberhacking. It uses cryptographic encryption to guarantee the confidentiality and integrity of data and related information in IT systems. ... mehr

First platform for digital sales of spirits

Despite the huge popularity of online shopping, the Swiss spirits market is still very traditional and conducted largely offline. Silverbogen is breaking new ground with its DRINK.ch e-commerce platform and is a first mover as the sector begins to embrace digitalisation. ... mehr

Holistic online platform for contact lenses

The products and services offered by existing players in the eyecare market are geared primarily to the sale of prescription glasses. They do not sell enough contact lenses to be able to compete with the prices of online retailers, and therefore devote little time to contact lens advice. ... mehr

Equipment for rapid medical diagnoses

Abionic won over the SEF.Growth initiative with its awareness of quality and the speed of its abioScope© diagnosis device. The device can be used directly at the point of care and delivers quantitative results for a range of tests that were previously conducted in a laboratory. ... mehr

Platform for greater efficiency in the energy sector

DEPsys brings intelligence to traditional low-voltage grids. Its GridEye platform allows operators to measure, manage and optimise their low-voltage grids, permitting the efficient, decentralised integration of renewable energy sources. ... mehr

First innovation for a better-sounding guitar

Relish Brothers are behind the first genuine innovation in the electric guitar market for more than 60 years. The new construction method allows string vibrations to be transferred more effectively, and also reduces damping on contact with the player’s body. ... mehr

Drone for inspecting industrial facilities

The GFK market research institute estimates that some 100,000 households in Switzerland already own a drone. Many start-ups, including Flyability from French-speaking Switzerland, are targeting this growth market. ... mehr

Full-service management for the global travel market

The niche market for holiday tours and activities is still conducted largely offline and in cash. Palisis AG seized the opportunity presented by digitalisation to create an adaptable, easy-to-integrate system that helps the global travel market manage tours and activities. ... mehr

Ankle bracelets for offender rehabilitation

The electronic ankle bracelet developed by Geosatis Ltd offers a cost-effective, space-saving alternative to imprisonment. Offenders can serve their sentences at home while being monitored via a software platform. ... mehr

Staff catering software

Staff canteens are most worthwhile for companies with over 500 employees. However, more than 70% of Swiss companies have a workforce below this figure. The intelligent FELFEL fridge enables even smaller companies to provide fresh, high-quality food for their employees. ... mehr

Selection machine for tiny metal particles

SELFRAG’s fragmentation machine uses high-voltage electrical pulses and shockwaves to break down silicon rods into small parts of relatively equal size almost instantaneously – an impressive demonstration of the company’s revolutionary fragmentation technology. ... mehr

High-tech software solution for the financial industry

Assets are still managed using the same methods as 25 years ago. A great deal of intervention is required to update these existing methods. If the industry fails to embrace modern technology, investors will be exposed to unnecessarily high risks for low returns. ... mehr

Energy meters for measuring energy flows

smart-me offers simple, cost-effective and scalable energy management for buildings or entire sites. The start-up is an independent technology manufacturer and developed the world’s first cloud-connected energy meter. ... mehr

Technology for measuring coating thickness

Almost all industrially manufactured products, whether they are automotive components, consumer electronics or even furniture, have a coating. Winterthur Instruments AG joined forces with leading companies in the coating industry to develop the coatmaster technology, which allows coating thickness to be measured at an early stage in the production process. ... mehr

Thermal sensors for better heat flux measurement

Core body temperature is a key parameter for assessing a person’s health. Information about changes in core body temperature can be used to make statements about the ideal training intensity for athletes, the quality of sleep, stress levels and much more. ... mehr

Meeting software for efficient working

Meetings are a financial investment for companies. No amount of money can buy a 25-hour day or bring back a lost hour. Managers’ time is precious, yet many CEOs and senior executives spend countless hours in inefficient meetings. ... mehr

Digital platform for collecting event data

With its free, high-tech ticketing system, Eventfrog is targeting a previously neglected market – small, low-cost events and promoters of simpler events wishing to avoid the high fees charged by other portals. ... mehr

Transparent braces for a beautiful smile

Pain and discomfort when eating and frequent trips to the dentist – correcting misaligned teeth with conventional braces is a laborious process. Corrections can take years and are very expensive. bestsmile recognised these problems and offers a simpler, cheaper treatment using braces that are 100% Swiss-made. ... mehr

Scooters for innovative transport

Stricter CO2 emission limits for cars and fewer public transport options for short journeys make getting around more difficult. On top of this, e-mobility for short distances is a relatively new market. ... mehr

A revolution in the traditional real estate market

Selling real estate is traditionally associated with time-consuming work and high brokerage fees. Marketing real estate has now become much simpler thanks to the advent of digitalisation and online portals, but traditional brokers still charge very high commissions. ... mehr

Platform for playful learning success

The world of work is very different today to how it was 20 years ago, with social, personal and methodological skills (soft skills) now just as important as specialist knowledge. Digital transformation is therefore posing huge challenges for companies. ... mehr

Healthy dental implants for maximum benefit

Traditional titanium implants have a number of disadvantages, even in people with very good dental hygiene. Patients can suffer due to the release of bacteria or an intolerance to the titanium. The implants of the future are metal-free, because customers want sustainable, healthy solutions that do not have a detrimental impact on their bodies. ... mehr

Transport management for resource usage

Transporting goods involves a great deal of paperwork and complicated coordination between consignors, hauliers and consignees. In addition, on average one in four lorries in Switzerland runs empty, particularly after making deliveries to French-speaking Switzerland. ... mehr

Platform for professional cleaning staff

Batmaid’s user-friendly online platform makes it easy for people to find trustworthy and professional cleaning staff. Private individuals and companies are matched with a suitable cleaner available at the desired time and date using an algorithm developed in house. ... mehr

Digital planning to optimise the use of space

Rooms at universities and companies are often overbooked or reserved but then not used, giving rise to bewilderment and consternation in the corridors. Roomz SA recognised this problem and developed wireless plug-and-play room reservation displays to combat it. ... mehr

App for cheaper and simpler banking

You incur fees when withdrawing money, and these are even higher if you do so abroad. What’s more, not every bank has an extensive range of online services, and their apps are often slow and complex to navigate. ... mehr

Innovative space-saving wardrobes

All sorts of people wear a uniform at work: nurses, doctors, manufacturing staff and service employees, to name but a few. And these garments often take up a lot of room. In fact, staff cloakrooms can swallow up to a tenth of the usable space, despite each employee using them for an average of just eight minutes per day. ... mehr

Innovative pyjamas for healthy sleep

Although functional clothing has developed at a rapid pace in many different areas of life, sleepwear has remained largely unchanged. Yet around 75% of all adults will have difficulty sleeping at least once during their lifetime, with sleep disorders one of the top five self-diagnosed health problems. ... mehr

Four-legged robotic friends for industrial inspections

The regular safety checks and inspection tasks required at large plants are a significant cost factor and potential risk for operators as they are very often still carried out by hand. In particular, inaccessible facilities such as offshore platforms give rise to additional costs and risks, and also threaten the health of employees. ... mehr