Category: Pioneer Fellowships

13 Pioneer Fellows among the 100 best Swiss Start-ups

8.9.2017 – On September 6, 2017 the anxiously awaited Top 100 Award for the 100 best Swiss startup companies was handed out at a ceremony in Zurich-Schlieren. While last year, there were 10 Pioneer Fellows among the Top 100, not less than 13 Pioneer Fellows won the coveted trophy for young enterprises in 2017.

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IMG fosters young entrepreneurs, heart research and urban development

29.06.2017 – The IMG foundation has been supporting ETH Zurich since 2014. This year, IMG has renewed its commitment for two strategic ETH initiatives, „Pioneer Fellowships“ and „Zurich Heart“ for the third time. The foundation now also supports the team of Prof. Gerhard Schmitt, head of the Institute of Information Architecture and the Singapore ETH… Read more »

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Interview with Pioneer Fellow on SRF3

24.04.2017 – Sabrina Badir, biomechanics engineer and entrepreneur at ETH Zurich, successfully links scientific curiosity with entrepreneurial enthusiasm. As founder and CEO of the company Pregnolia she wants to significantly improve the diagnosis of prenatal birth. In order to accomplish this she was given the opportunity to focus completely on the implementation of her findings into… Read more »

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Huawei supports young entrepreneurs of ETH Zurich

28.02.2017 – Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, supports ETH Zurich’s “Pioneer Fellowship Program” via ETH Zurich Foundation, promoting young and talented entrepreneurs out of science. With the “Pioneer Fellowship Program” of ETH Zurich, ambitious young researchers receive the means to realize an innovative product and a solid business plan… Read more »

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Pioneer Fellow Haelixa wins Venture Kick final

17.02.2017 – Dr. Michela Puddu, supported by the Pioneer Fellowship Program at ETH Zurich and entrepreneur, brings her company Haelixa to new heights. With the win at the finale of venture kick, a venture platform, an additional cash of CHF 130’000.- will be available to the company. The technology of Haelixa, an ETH Zurich spin-off, facilitates ecofriendly and… Read more »

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BASF Schweiz Forschungsstiftung supports “Pioneer Fellowship Program”

16.12.2016 – The BASF Schweiz Forschungsstiftung is supporting the “Pioneer Fellowship Program” at ETH Zurich with funding in the amount of CHF 1.2 million. The money will go to the ETH Zurich Foundation, which support gifted scientists and forward-looking research projects in the field of specialty chemicals. The funds are to be invested in particular in… Read more »

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Science Award for Pioneer Fellow Martin Ebner

30.11.2016 – Martin Ebner, graduate of the Pioneer Fellowship and founder of the ETH spin-off Battrion AG, was recently awarded with the “Special Prize in recognition of applied sciences in Electrochemistry”. This prize, awarded by BASF and Volkswagen, is offered worldwide and supports excellent scientific and engineering achievements and strives to provide fresh impetus to… Read more »

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Support for diagnostics researcher


Pioneer Fellow Marco Habegger in conversation. (Photograph: ETH Zurich / Peter Rüegg)

01.04.2016 – Proteins are important indicators in diagnosing diseases. A young ETH researcher has developed a method by which it is possible to test minute amounts of blood for different proteins in parallel. He has received an ETH Zurich Pioneer Fellowship for his work. To help make it all a reality, he applied for a Pioneer Fellowship, founded a company, and brought his fellow student Marco Schmidt on board. Together with him, he wants to turn his test into a marketable product.

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