15.02.2019 – Since 2006, the business magazine Forbes annually selects the most influential personalities under 30 years of age. In 2019, three Pioneer Fellows from ETH Zurich are represented in the “Science & Healthcare” category. The Pioneer Fellowship Programme supports them on their way to entrepreneurship.
Etienne Jeoffroy (29)
Etienne Jeoffroy uses industrial waste materials to develop an insulating foam that is neither toxic nor flammable. He not only recycles previously unused insulation material, but also emits minimal carbon dioxide during production. The mythological figure of the phoenix therefore served as a model for the naming of his company FenX.
Gnanli Landrou (29)
Gnanli Landrou’s vision is to give people in Africa and beyond access to cheap and dignified housing. Inspired by his own experience with traditional clay construction, Gnanli developed a process to transform clay-based excavation material into alternative concrete without adding cement. He has been building his company Oxara since autumn 2018.
Pascal Buholzer (27) and Bernhard Winter (25)
The Pioneer Fellows Pascal Buholzer and Bernhard Winter and their team develop the wheelchair “Scewo”. This wheelchair is not only very flexible and extremely maneuverable on only two wheels, but can also climb stairs of up to 37 degrees. The first “Scewo Bro” models are due to be delivered by the end of 2019. The aim is to make the wheelchair visible on the streets of Switzerland before the end of 2019.
You can find out more about the Pioneer Fellowship here.