Startup Champions Seed Night 2020

Startup Champions Seed Night 2020

Date & Time

Date 28 September
Time 17:00 - 22:30
Place Forum Rolex (Rolex Learning Center)
Event type Pas de Catégories


Co-organized by EPFL Alumni, EPFL Vice Presidency for Innovation & venturelab, the Startup Champions Seed Night is an annual start-up presentation event & pitch competition bringing together the most promising entrepreneurs from EPFL and the rest of Switzerland, angel investors, mentors, industry leaders and local researchers and student for an audience of 250+ people. It will take place on Monday, September 28th, 2020 (17:00-22:30) at the EPFL Forum Rolex. The event was initially scheduled on March 31st but has been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.


17:00 Doors open for startups exhibition
18:30 Welcome words
19:00 Keynote, Eddie Roschi, Co-founder , Le Labo Fragrances, EPFL Alumni CH’94
19:15 Pitch competition
20:15 Prix Isabelle Musy, Award Ceremony for a woman entrepreneur
20:30 Final with the four best startups
20:45 Closing words, buffet networking and startups exhibition

EPFL Alumni contributing members benefit from a special discount (for a ticket price of CHF 30.- instead of CHF 50.-). (Your contributor status will be carefully checked upon registration). More information about EPFL Alumni benefits

The event is free for EPFL students, PhD and postdocs. Please mention the SCIPER number that matches your name to benefit from a free ticket below. Your number will be verified by the organizers.

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. He is fluent in English, French, Portuguese and conversant in Spanish and Italian.

With a MSc in chemical engineering from the EPFL and an MBA from INSEAD, Eddie has worked for over 20 years in a variety of sectors 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 20 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.

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

Luc Piguet, Co-founder & CEO
We remove failed satellites from space for space agencies and commercial constellation operators. ClearSpace has been selected by ESA for a ground breaking mission to remove one of their objects from Space by 2025.


  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.


 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.


  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.


  Luca Reut, Business Development Manager
NextKidney is developing the NeoKidney, the first truly portable home hemodialysis device which offers (back) freedom in the daily life of people with kidney failure, a disease impacting more than 3.5 million people worldwide.


  Simon Faneco, Founder
ratioX offers an automatic and durable eBike transmission that provides commuter cyclists with an enjoyable and carefree ride. The initial target market segment was valued at CHF 80M in 2018 and is forecast to grow to CHF 2 billion by 2030.


  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.


  Marius Jatautas, Founder
SELPH develops a convenient and accurate Sexually Transmitted Disease self-testing device. We reengineered complex diagnostic device so that any consumer could use it at home. This ensures that the test preparation is completed in 30 seconds. All the tests are performed in the privacy of home and are as reliable as in a professional laboratory.


  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.


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%.


   Luca Randazzo, Co-founder
Yago is a robotic glove for people with hand motor impairments due to e.g. stroke. Patent-pending artificial tendons enable to build a unique device for continuous use to support independence directly at home. Stroke-related hand impairments affect in US alone around 1 person/minute, accounting for a total market potential of 800M € per year.


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