Venture Start-up Competition 2017 – Pioneer Fellows win final round

Sergio Sanabria with his mentor, Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann and Prof. Orcun Goksel. (Photo: Venture/Alessandro Della Bella)

22.06.2017 – The road between idea and business is often full of obstacles – Venture is committed to ease this process with its Start-up Competition. The final round of the oldest start-up competition in Switzerland, as well as the award ceremony at ETH Zurich Foundation was held on June 19, 2017.

For this year’s competition, 548 participants handed in 108 business plans and 95 business ideas. ETH Zurich Foundation was very pleased to see two its former Pioneer Fellows win the final round. Read more

Simons Foundation supports international research project

A microbial community around a marine diatom (in white). Motile bacteria (their tracks are in blue) accumulate near the diatom to utilise organic matter leaking from it. (Image: V. Fernandez, S. Smriga, R. Stocker)

30.05.2017 – A research project by ETH Zurich, MIT with other US universities will receive 15 million US dollars in funding from the New York-based Simons Foundation. Over the next five years, researchers will investigate how microbial communities are organised and function, with a focus on the oceans.
The project’s founders are deliberately pursuing an interdisciplinary approach that combines the ideas and methods of physicists, biologists and mathematicians. Ten research groups are involved in the project, three of them from ETH Zurich.

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ETH Zurich and Austrian Economic Chambers sign agreement

Prof. Lino Guzzella and Dr Christoph Leitl (left to right) (photo: Dennis Yulov).

12.05.2017 – Yesterday, the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKÖ) and ETH Zurich signed an agreement regarding the support of research and education at ETH. The goal of this agreement is to bring Austrian corporations closer to ETH Zurich and to foster future interaction. This accord, which was formally signed by Prof. Lino Guzzella, president of ETH Zurich, and Dr Christoph Leitl, president of WKÖ, forms the basis of future collaboration.

Please find more information on the German website of WKÖ.

Interview with Pioneer Fellow on SRF3


Pioneer Fellow and Pregnolia founder Sabrina Badir (Photo: ETH Zurich)

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 a commercial product through the Pioneer Fellowship at ETH Zurich.

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Getting to know ETH’s top talents


Scholar Michelle Ammann talking with donors about her project (Picture: ETH Zurich Foundation / Eline Keller-Soerensen)

13.04.2017 – Patrons of the Excellence Scholarship and Opportunity Programme (ESOP) got to know scholarship students at yesterday’s Meet the Talent 2017.

As part of an open day, current and former Excellence Scholars met with guests to present their research projects and discuss their studies, motivations and future plans. In her speech, Rector and ESOP patron Sarah M. Springman thanked all the sponsors and partners who make a key contribution to supporting ETH’s most talented students every year.

Since 2007, the Excellence Scholarship and Opportunity Programme has made it possible for Master’s students to complete their degree at ETH without any financial worries, while benefiting from special support from a member of the teaching staff. The scholarship is offered exclusively to the best incoming Master’s students, regardless of their origin or financial background.

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ZISC researchers nominated for Top 5 invention of ETH

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(Photo: ETH Zürich / Christian Eisenberg )

10.04.2017 – ZISC researchers Sinisa Matetic, Kari Kostiainen, David Sommer, Aritra Dhar and Prof. Srdjan Capkun were nominated as TOP 5 finalist in the ETH Spark Award 2017 (annual ceremony that recognizes the best research results of ETH based on their scientific novelty and potential commercial impact) for their work on rollback protection in hardware-based security architectures and its applications to more secure financial transactions and services.

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The year 2016 in review

Project team of the ETH week «A Story of Food» (Photo: ETH/Alessandro Della Bella).

26.03.2017 – The ETH Zurich Foundation has a good year to look back on: 500 new donors were added to the existing 4,400 supporters of the ETH Zurich Foundation. Together, they supported ETH Zurich’s unique projects with gifts amounting to CHF 48 million.

Two aspects of the private individuals among that number stand out: their generous relationship to the university and the age spectrum. The youngest donor was just 22 years old, while the oldest alumni sponsor already celebrated his 105th birthday. Private donors were particularly interested in the promotion of talent and also favoured innovations in teaching.Read more

E4D programme looks back on successful year

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Students examine sand during a field excursion at the second E4D summer school 2016. (photo: ETH Global)

07.03.2017 – The “Engineering for Development” (E4D) programme is generously supported by the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development.
Since its beginning in 2008, the E4D programme has awarded a total of 18 scholarships for doctoral candidates and organized two summer/winter schools for students. In 2016, nine research projects were running and two new fellows have been selected – Ms. Kanika Dheman from India and Mr. Moritz Gold from Germany. This year, two new fellows will be awarded with the scholarship. Read more

Huawei supports young entrepreneurs of ETH Zurich


Dr. Li Yingtao (5th from left) and Prof. Dr. Detlef Günther seal the partnership. (Photo: ETH Zurich Foundation)

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 out of their research results. Read more

Pioneer Fellow Haelixa wins Venture Kick final

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Haelixa Team: Gediminas Mikutis, co-founder and CTO, Michela Puddu, co-founder and CEO (photo: Venture Kick)

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 economic exploitation of underground reservoirs of fluids such as oil or water with so-called green tracers. Read more