The three-month coaching program organized as part of the StartCup Ticino competition has ended. The CP Start-Up expert team has selected ten semifinalist to contend the final prize on 5.12.2017. The top five winners will be awarded accordingly. Following the award ceremony, the selected five finalists will be invited to attend the 3rd Swiss Venture Day Ticino on 6.12.2017.

StartCup Ticino is a competition for new and innovative business ideas or projects conceived or realized in the Canton Ticino. After the coaching program that allowed 25 selected startups to be trained and followed by expert coaches for 3 months the Centro Promozione Start-up selected the 10 semifinalist of the Start-Cup Ticino 2017. The 10 startups will now attend a pitch training event that will prepare them for the final pitch to the National Jury. The award ceremony takes place on 6 December in Lugano.

The 10 semifinalist selected are:

Clemap – Provides utility companies with detailed information regarding the electricity consumption of their customers. Real-time data can be used to improve grid efficiency, enable energy forecasting and support the development of future products. The CLEMAP sensor and app provide private households and small and medium-sized businesses with information on the electricity costs for each individual appliance.

Dicronis – develops innovative diagnostics for diseases with a high unmet medical need. Its first proprietary product in the pipeline, Lymphit, allows for the first time the tracking of the lymphatic function directly from home, in a simple, cost-effective and highly scalable manner.

Programship – platformwas established to simplify the life of the Chinese students who aim to apply overseas. Using a free Student accounts students have the opportunity to search for programs, browse detailed admission information with application guidelines, and bookmarking everything in one profile. Additionally, affiliated institutes will access to a massive audience of over 40 million Chinese students.

Swissponic – Swissponic developed a fully automated growing system to allow people to grow crops in a basement or rooftop. The easy-to-use cultivation system has been designed to fit into most convenient spaces at home, typically in the basement or on the rooftop. The system is made by a hydroponic structure for the plants, a control box for the environment regulation, an application for the culture management and a cloud portal for access to community, marketplace and online management.

EcoFire GG77 – a flame retardant, non-toxic, based on natural substances and is compatible with current safety, environmental and health standards. It acts by inhibiting the inflow of oxygen to the flame, resulting in the reduction of the temperature and the emission of smoke during combustion.

EXEAD – Is developing oral vaccines for the prevention of gastrointestinal infectious diseases. The EXEAD’s ApyVax technology is a plug-and- play platform that enables the long-term activation of protective immune responses in the intestine with oral vaccines. It consists of a nonvirulent Salmonella to deliver a strong activator of the local immune response together with a vaccine for a selected infectious agent. Thanks to its flexibility, the ApyVax technology can be readily adapted to target a wide range of infectious microorganisms.

NextPark –enables car-park owners to put their unused car-park spaces on the market and car drivers to easily find them through a mobile application. The whole process is enriched by battery operated IoT sensors delivered to owners on gratuity loan. The effective status will be automatically updated in real-time, helping users with the management and the monitoring, without any effort and without being effectively there.

BigOmics – the startup is developing a cloud analytics platform for big data in next-generation genomics field. With its seolution, the startup aims to democratize omics data analysis in Life Science creating a governed self-service analytics platform to obtain results “10x faster and 100x smarter”. Such a platform will allow biologists to analyse the data themselves, and accelerate the discovery process from months to days.

Blockchain Health Record – The startup project takes advantage of the blockchain technology to reinvent the way patients interact with heath care providers and strengthen their control over their own private information. The blockchain technology allows to create an immutable identity for each party involved in the health care industry, giving the startup the possibility to keep track of every medical record created between two parties.

Modula – based on 7 years of research, Modula is developing a solution that allows for diagnosing vector-borne diseases with accuracy, at point of care. Affected individuals will be tested with a high-quality assay and receive a report in 1 hours’ time. This way antibiotic treatment, whenever needed, can be immediately targeted at specific bacteria species and strains, thus enabling complete disease eradication).

The 5 winners will attend the 3rd Swiss Venture Day Ticino on Thursday, 6.12.2017. In cooperation with Swiss Startup INVEST 5-10 innovative Swiss High Tech start-up’s from Ticino will make a regular or a short pitch.

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