Last December, Switzerland had its debut as an exhibitor at the ‘New Space Economy Expo Forum’ (NSE) in Rome. The NSE is Europe’s leading trade fair for space technologies. The #SwissTech Space Pavilion set up by the swissnex network and SERI’s Space Office in cooperation with Presence Switzerland and other institutional partners provided Swiss start-ups with an ideal platform to showcase themselves on the European market. At the same time, the presence on the exhibition stand emphasised Switzerland’s leading position as a location for technology and innovation.
Major international stage for twelve Swiss start-ups
The pavilion at NSE 2019 was part of the #SwissTech campaign launched by Presence Switzerland, Switzerland Global Enterprise, digitalswitzerland and SERI.
Up to the end of January, Switzerland had taken part in seven fairs as part of the #SwissTech Campaign, among them the Consumer Electrics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, at which three Swiss start-ups were awarded prizes for innovation. In June of this year, over 20 young entrepreneurs will attend the #SwissTech Pavilion at CES Asia. The campaign is part of Switzerland’s ambitions to make a name for itself as a leading innovation centre, efforts which are likewise supported by Presence Switzerland.
Further information: www.swiss.tech
The #SwissTech Space Pavilion – constructed almost entirely from cardboard panels – covered an area of over 60 square metres and occupied a prominent position in the exhibition hall. A replica of a satellite hovered above the centre of the pavilion, indicating the many contributions made by Switzerland in the field of space technologies. Among the Swiss participants were start-ups in the fields of data and image processing, cybersecurity, earth observation, agriculture and the Internet of Things.
The three-day programme of the Swiss start-up teams at the NSE also included a pitching event and a reception at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma attended by industry experts and investors. This provided the start-ups with the opportunity to network with interested partners and increase their chances of entering the rapidly growing European market for space applications. After meeting at the NSE, CYSEC – one of the participating start-ups – was able to enter into a cooperation arrangement with the Cloud Constellation Corporation from the USA.
Switzerland’s official stand with its low-tech design highlighted the country’s leading global position as a high-tech innovator. The stand also hosted the hopping space robot Spacebok, developed by the ETH Zurich. Spacebok did not hop along the hard surface of Mars, but – to the delight of those watching – over chocolate balls.
Coinciding with the NSE, the annual swissnexDay took place at the EPFL. Experts from both Switzerland and abroad came together to hear about and discuss sustainable space technologies. Over 300 people from the fields of education, research and innovation attended the event.
Roman Kern, SERI
Project manager swissnex Network