Prior to the event, the Swiss Startup Factory was responsible for several tasks, in particular in regards of the organization around the startups. Just like for the prior CS event at AURA in Zürich, SSUF’s focus was selecting the startups for the evening and preparing them with pitch trainings. Ecorobotix, Snowcookie, Coat-X, Struckd, Myotest, IDUN and 1Drop Diagnostics were elected to pitch on the large stage. On the evening of the event, our very own Mike Baur welcomed all guests and introduced Key-Note-Speaker Patrick Griss, Co-Founder of Zühlke Ventures who talked about key success factors for startups. After that, all startups got to pitch 5 minutes, followed by a Q&A session from the audience. While the SSUF team analyzed the public voting results, a panel, moderated by Fathi Derder (editor in chief L’AGEFI), about the startup ecosystem Neuchatel took place with Mike Baur, Sandy Wetzel (Director NEODE), Thierry Obrist (law professor Fiscal) and Patrick Griss on stage.
After the pitches and speeches, it was time for the award ceremony. Florian Németi, director of CNCI addressed a few words to the audience before going to award the second and first prize winner who turned out to be Coat-X and 1DropDiagnostics, respectively – Congratulations! To close off the evening there was a rich buffet with delicious food and drinks, which was a great setting to network, and all en français of course!