Female Founders News #2 – April 2023

Text: Ritah Ayebare Nyakato

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This month’s news featured 13 female-led startups, with each reporting a different achievement ranging from product launches, and participation in acceleration and business development programs to closing financing rounds, attracting experienced leaders and having Switzerland’s retail giants place their products on their shelves.

Following the launch of its Smart Ski goggles at CES Las Vegas, Oostlong unveiled its latest product, LYRA, a multifunctional smart AR glasses with augmented reality and artificial intelligence for office work, city life and for travelling.

Two startups won partnerships with two of Switzerland’s leading retail companies. Migros is adding the first Swiss vegan condom brand to its range. Developed by Martina Hammer from Baden (AG)-based startup Brandmover GmbH, feelgood condoms and lubricants are vegan, developed without animal ingredients and without animal testing – certified by the official Vegan Society as vegan products. Lausanne-based Beelong introduced its eco-labelling solution to Coop. Currently, more than 2,000 of Coop’s products have been evaluated with the Swiss startup’s ECO-SCORE method. The company was founded in 2014 by Charlotte de La Baume and Mathias Faigaux.

To fuel their growth, four startups received funding: Yumame closed its first investment round while Agrinorm secured funding in its seed round to advance its platform that helps fresh produce traders to manage these challenges and improve supply chains. Cleantech Swisstor digital health Perivision, CTO & co-founder is female, received FIT funding. Apheros received CHF 150K after winning the third stage of Venture Kick.

The Eyecap team, comprising Anna Gräbner, Aziz Orfia and Luis Miranda from the Geneva School of Management impressed the jury in the Pulse Awards, winning themselves a CHF 10’000 cheque. The team presented the prototype of an innovative swimming cap that will allow visually impaired and blind people to swim safely and independently.

This year’s National Team for the Venture leaders program Biotech has six female-led startups. The program provides a week-long business development program in Boston, giving startups the chance to explore expansion opportunities and access to industry players and investors. The participating female-led startups are: Suri BioTech, Tandem Therapeutics, Affivant, Invasight, Navignostics, MetaLead.

Also travelling abroad to explore market opportunities are the foodtech startups Sallea and Agillery, which travelled to Israel as part of the Swiss-Israel Launchpad.
Sion-based Femtech startup PhenomX Health won a spot in the Vanguard accelerator program to advance their solution. The startup developed an expert driven AI to analyze hormonal health symptoms combined with home-based scientific biomarkers to provide precision nutrition recommendations that honour the biochemical uniqueness of midlife women.

A further vital achievement particularly for biotech and medtech startups is the successful completion of clinical studies. Cutiss recorded positive results from the Phase 2 clinical trial of its lead product denovoSkin, in adult and adolescent burn patients and phase 1 in children. The startup developed a personalized, bio-engineered dermo-epidermal skin substitute for patients requiring a skin graft due to a major burn. Proteomedix’s biomarker test Proclarix has been included in the 2023 European Association of Urology (EAU) Guidelines for the diagnostic evaluation of prostate cancer as well as in the 2023 clinical practice guideline for the early detection of prostate cancer of the American Urology Association.

The new Chief Financial Officer at Qaptis is a woman. The Lausanne, Qaptis is building a CO2 capture solution to retrofit heavy vehicles and help the freight industry to reach its climate goals. With Marie …, the startup has won an experienced member to its team to drive scaling operations while maintaining financial stability.

First report analyzing female entrepreneurship

For the first time, there is a study on female entrepreneurial activities in Swiss higher education institutes. Swiss Universities and the University of Applied Arts and Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) published the first FemSpin report: Spin-Offs and Start-Ups of Female Academics at Swiss Universities: Activities and Support by Brigitte Liebig and Alain Soltermann, as the report is the first study to scrutinize the scarcity of Women in science and technology fields. The report found that women accounted for only 17% of the founded spin-offs in 2021, and only 11.9% filed for a patent in 2022. Measures to boost female entrepreneurial activities were presented.


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