Startup Champions Seed Night 2020

Startup Champions Seed Night 2020

Date & Time

Date 28 septembre
Time 17:00 - 19:30
Event type


(Cet évènement se déroulera en anglais)

EPFL Alumni, EPFL Vice Presidency for Innovation & venturelab are thrilled to welcome you to the new, online version of the Startup Champions Seed Night 2020 (initially planned in April 2020).

Designed to make you discover the most promising entrepreneurs from EPFL and beyond this event will feature a live pitch competition of 16 startups: in 90 seconds, they will show you how their technology is going to change the world!

As usual you will get the opportunity to vote live for your favorite project and interact afterwards with the startups at their virtual booth.

This year the event will be online and will take place on Monday, September 28th, 2020 (17:00-19:30)

17:00: Startup presentation & pitch competition
18:15: Keynote speaker: Eddie Roschi (CGC’94), Founder of Le Labo
18:25: Winner announcement
18:30: Meet the startup in their virtual booths

The event is free of charge.

Keynote speaker



Eddie Roschi is an entrepreneur in the beauty sector and expert in emotional marketing and product development, retail, and marketing strategy. He was born in Switzerland, grew up in Italy, Hong Kong, Brazil, and Canada, worked in Geneva, Paris and New York and is now based in Lisbon.

With a MSc in chemical engineering from the EPFL and an MBA from INSEAD, Eddie has worked for over 20 years in the world of fragrance and product development, both at Firmenich and at L’Oreal, and has co-founded beauty brand Le Labo Fragrances before selling it to Estee Lauder Companies.



The 18 startups that will take part in the pitch competition are:

  Lukas Huber, Cofounder

We provide a software as a tool to easily reprogram collaborative robots for difficult task.  The modular software has a graphical programming interface which allows intuitive combination of the deep-tech algorithms. Our customers are manufacturers with varying production line which need a flexible & interactive robot (focus on SME’s in CH).



Margaux Duchamp, Founder

G Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCR) are the most successful drug targets to treat diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. Current assays to find new drugs are limited, at ArcoScreen thanks to our novel microfluidic assay, we aim at revolutionizing GPCR drug screening.

  Florent Héroguel, Co-founder & COO
Bloom reveals the hidden value of biomass to provide renewable energy and materials in markets such as fragrances, plastics or textiles. For the first time, Bloom offers products which are both sustainable, high quality and cost competitive.

  Grégoire Gentile, Co-Founder & CEO
Caulys-Farm is a smart (automated, connected, modular) indoor greenhouse that integrates agriculture and healthy eating into our lives. It allows to easily grow  excellent products on-site in a sustainable way (less water, packaging and waste).


  Amaël Cohades, Co-Founder & CEO
Composites are widely used in aerospace, automotive, windmill and sport industries (global market of $83 billion). However, they are sensitivity to damage; which limits their durability. CompPair brings on the market healable and sustainable composite material solutions to solve this problem.


  Samantha Anderson, Founder & CEO
PET plastic is a 50 billion CHF industry, where only 25% of the 485 billion PET containers made were recycled (USA, 2016). Depolymerization of PET plastic to its main chemicals, can help us become less reliant on plastic made from oil by making virgin quality PET plastic from our post-consumer PET waste.



Luca Randazzo, CEO

Emovo Care SA develops a robotic hand orthosis for people with hand motor impairments due to e.g. stroke. Patent-pending artificial tendons enable to build a unique device for continuous use directly at home.

 Ulrike Kettenberger, Founder
Flowbone is the first biomaterial that interventional radiologists can easily inject into the hips to prevent fractures of high-risk patients. Unlike drugs and cements, it quickly reinforces the bone, preserves its biological functions, and is very cost-effective. The market is $12 billion.



Mahmoud Hadad, Founder

Providing electrical power in a reliable, clean and cost-effective manner is a challenge for many industries as off-grid IoT devices, surveillance, telecommunication and for aerial & ground drones. Our obtainable market is estimated at 1.1B CHF and growing quickly.


  Johan Wüthrich, Founder & CEO
kaiosID is a traceability solution for consumer goods. It allows brands to fight counterfeiting and illicit trade and build consumer trust and awareness by adding smartphone readable, invisible and unique hidden random patterns on the product’s packaging. Unlike competitors active in this billion dollar industry, our solution has no impact on the packaging design, its integration into production lines is seamless and can maintain the productivity while being easy to scan with any smartphone.


  Luc Henry, CMO
We decentralize the manufacture of gene-therapies and bring its production from dedicated facilities to the hospitals, closer to the patient. We offer a smart bioreactor and its plastic single use kit allowing healthcare providers to automatically produce those therapies on site. Millions of patients can yearly be cured amounting to a market of 16 billion $.


   Maxime Gabella, Founder
Human learning enhanced by machine learning. We provide the AI platform for people who thrive by learning in universities, companies, and institutions.


 John Jost, Director
Lasers are a key part of many technologies, but these are often limited by the purity of a laser’s color. MicroR has technology for greatly improving this (roughly a thousand times purer) and in a package that 20 times smaller than existing technology. We are currently developing this for a range of applications from space and defense to automotive.


  Loulia Kassem, Founder
Rea’s smart pad is the world’s first non-invasive test to screen for proteins in vaginal secretions related to a preterm birth risk. We have adapted and miniaturized the traditional and trusted cervicovaginal swab to a modern and friendly medical device.


   Paulo Refinetti, Founder & CEO
Bacteria are a large part of us. A part barely understood. We enable ingredient producers to develop, optimise and commercialise a new generation of active components. Components that act through the bacterias of our body: our microbiome.



  Saurabh Tembhurne, Founder & CEO
SoHHytec is your caterer for solar fuel and energy needs. We provide innovative renewable system for onsite production of solar Hydrogen, Oxygen, Electricity and Heat which is cleaner and greener. We cater to the needs of industrial (steel, fertilizer, oil refining, automotive etc.), residential, and agricultural sectors. SoHHytec uses its innovative patented technology based on integrated photo-electrochemical device. SoHHytec’s product – ‘Arb’ utilizes only the sun and water as the input resources, and converts the sunlight into a fuel by breaking the water molecule, simultaneously producing electricity and heat. We categorize our customer base into two groups according to their energy service needs: I) needing hydrogen (oxygen) as feedstock, and II) needing power.


  Laurent Balmelli, Founder

A secure way for multiple companies to outsource and collaborate around code development and data science projects that protects data confidentiality and intellectual property across all organizational resources.



Sébastien Cajot, Co-founder

Climate change and urbanization are pressuring our cities to become greener and more livable. To tackle this major challenge, urban planners still rely on pen, paper and Excel, leading to slow and costly processes, and to suboptimal plans. Our solution is Urbio, a web application that automatically generates optimized plans. Urbio reduces energy planning duration from months to minutes, and enables easier conflict resolution. We are targeting the govtech market, with an annual growth rate of 20%.


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