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. We congratulate Sergio Sanabria and Mark Bispinghoff who were able to convince the jury:

  • Award for the best business idea: Sergio Sanabria wins a prize of CHF 30000 for Reflectus, a new technology to diagnose breast cancer. Worldwide, one in eight women will develop breast cancer within her lifetime and not all of them have access to breast cancer prevention and diagnosis. Reflectus is of a more manageable size, less expensive and more accurate than mammography, allowing more women to have access to prevention.
  • Award for the best business plan: Mark Bispinghoff wins a prize of CHF 60000 for Lumigbo. Lumigbo is a new technology for simplified dental root treatment. The technology is more efficient than traditional methods and covers a whole spectrum of possible applications.

Reflectus’ founder is overwhelmed: “winning this competition signifies a strong recognition of the Swiss entrepreneurs sector for our business idea. This motivates our team even more to carry the project to the next level. The media coverage, the economic resources provided and the professional coaching we have received will help to realise a solid business plan. Through all of this, Reflectus will be able to start its journey of a med-tech company very soon”, says Sergio Sanabria.

“The validation of our company idea by one of the top juries in Switzerland is a significant step forwards for us! We are very happy that our venture, which arose from a collaboration between ETH Zürich and Lausanne, is able to leverage the startup potential of the two top research institutions in Switzerland” conclude the founders of Lumigbo.

Your donation to the Pioneer Fellowship programme supports today’s ETH Zurich research talents and facilitates the realization of outstanding solutions. Further information is available here.

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