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Startup BeeHelpful CP Start-up won 100.000 CHF of Venture Kick final.

23/05/2017

Startup BeeHelpful CP Start-up won 100.000 CHF of Venture Kick final.

 

3 startups, 3 regions, 390,000 Swiss francs for a ‘historic’ final

For the first time in ten years, Venture Kick selected three startups instead of two at its latest final. The ‘historical triple kick’ of CHF 390,000 (CHF 130,000 for each startup) was given to MaxWell Biosystems from ETH Zurich, Darix from EPF Lausanne and BeeHelpful from Ticino. The winners come from the three bigger regions of Switzerland, illustrating the national reach of Venture Kick. Since January, Venture Kick already granted CHF 1,1 million in cash to 45 projects, out of CHF 3 million total support to be invested in 2017. This leaves CHF 1,9 million to be invested until end of year in our country’s best startup projects.

 

MaxWell Biosystems (ETHZ), Darix (EPFL) and BeeHelpful show the outstanding quality of Swiss startups, which Venture Kick aims to turn into thriving businesses. They developed products and services ranging from a platform to accelerate drug discovery against neurodegenerative diseases to a lifesaving augmented reality system to empower firefighters during rescue missions, or a novel hive to stop the dying honeybee issue:

BeeHelpful: Solving the dying honeybee issue
The current world’s honeybee crisis affects agriculture as well as the economy. Because of diseases, parasites and pesticides bees are dying and the human food chain production is at risk. The Lugano based startup BeeHelpful designs, produces and sells new bee hives and bee managing solutions, which can help beekeepers and governments solve the dying honeybee issue. Their product, a new hive solution called ‘PrimalBee System’, induces new advantages to honeybee colonies. It also means less effort for bee owners and results in cost savings. To grow new bee generations, it requires thermal energy. Whereas in conventional hives the thermal energy loss is enormous, the new hive tunes the thermal control. BeeHelpful’s patented solution went through field tests in Switzerland, Italy and Israel and it is now going to be tested in the USA. In June 2017, they’re going to start the hive series production. Gianmario Riganti, co-founder and CEO of BeeHelpful, is very happy about the great achievement: ‘Venture Kick’s support is fundamental for BeeHelpful to scale up on the next year providing then an advantaging solution for the worldwide food chain’.