IMAGINE IF! Swiss Local Finals

Thursday, February 21st 2019


17:10 – 21:00 (GMT+1h)

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IMAGINE IF! is a fantastic opportunity to accelerate a scientific idea towards a business and unlike other competitions, it is the first truly global competition for healthcare science ventures.

On December 12th we had announced the Swiss 10 finalists who entered the accelerator program. Since then, they have been working with their mentors to go forward with their project.

On February 21st they will prove themselves with their first IMAGINE IF! pitching competition at the Swiss Local Finals. The Top 10 startups will compete to win:

  • 3500CHF non-dilutive cash to the best startup
  • desk space in San Francisco by Swissnex
  • lab space at the Biopôle by Startlab
  • access to the Global IMAGINE IF! Finals in Cambridge, UK for the best biotech startup
  • surprise audience prize

Join us at EPFL on Thursday 21st Februrary to discover these amazing projects. You will also be able to vote for your favorite pitch and help them win the Audience prize.

Warming up before the pitching, Marc Gruber, Vice President for Innovation at EPFL, will be the keynote speaker on startup development for innovation. Lunaphore and CombaGroup will be joining as well, to present their work and the journey that brought them to it. We hope this will be an inspiration to our all early-stage startups and all the scientists-entrepreneurs in the crowd.

The pitching competition will host: 

  • CapAgain
  • Vesta Biosciences
  • Neurosoft
  • Aesyra
  • SenSwiss
  • Maratona Technologies *
  • Endotelix
  • Swoxid
  • Annaida Technologies
  • hiLyte

And to the confirmed jury committee the hard final decision: 

Good luck to the participants and don’t miss the chance to meet our speakers and all the guests at the event.


*note: ALAnostics Technologies has been replaced by Maratona Technologies due to reasons unrelated to the Innovation Forum association





Innovation Forum introduction


Marc Gruber, Vice President for Innovation at EPFL


Diego Dupouy, Lunaphore


Serge Gander, CombaGroup 


IMAGINE IF! Accelerator


Pitching Competition


Winners Announcement


Networking Apero


Marc Gruber is Vice President for Innovation at EPFL and full professor at the College of Management of Technology at EPFL where he holds the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization (ENTC). He is also Representative of the EPFL Innovation Park Partner and President of the Fondation EPFL Innovation Park Gestion.

Diego is one of the founders and CTO of Lunaphore. He leads the R&D Department and manages relationships with critical suppliers.

Serge is a seasoned entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in Asia, Europe, the United States and the Middle East.


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