Power & precision come out on top
More power for electronic-devices and more Swiss precision when measuring coatings – these are the two business-ideas put forward by spin-offs from Lausanne and Winterthur which won them 130'000 Swissfrancs in seed capital last September.
Amin Shokrollahi (CEO Kandou Technologies), Dr. Harm Cronie (CTO) und Andor Bariska (CEO Winterthur Instruments), Nils A. Reinke (CTO)
As was already the case at the second round of the venture kick half a year ago, both competitors, the EPFL spin-off Kandou Technologies and the ZHAW spin-off Winterthur Instruments, met again in the finals of the competition. And like the last time, both prevailed. Their reward: another slice of funding to the tune of 100'00 Swiss francs. Kandou Technologies want to significantly lower the amount of energy used, e.g. in mobile phones. Winterthur Instruments however, have devoted their energy in developing a way to precisely measure layers, e.g. of coatings.
Kandou Technologies: more power for smartphones & Co.
Everybody has experienced it: when using smart phones & Co. intensively, the battery just doesn't have that much of a run-time – high-resolution screens and constant connection to the web just uses loads of energy. In an effort to prolong the battery life of future devices, Amin Shokrollahi, professor at the EPFL, developed a new technology which greatly reduces their consumption while increasing performance and speed. This is achieved by transmitting more bits through the circuits via a new kind of transceiver. If implemented as the new standard, future devices could largely improve their computative power and graphical performance while enhancing servers and routers. They could run with up to 50% less energy while increasing their speed by a fourfold.
Potential partners in the pipeline
Kandou Technologies was founded by the EPFL-professor Amin Shokrollahi, who has already developed more than 50 patents and CTO Dr. Harm Cronie. Amin Shokrollahi comments: «It's not only the money that makes me grateful for venture kick. The follow-up reports over the course of the months have helped us to never loose our focus and stay on track. Having to present our work to the jury, while always challenging, was also rewarding in the sense that it further stimulated our thinking and research. Kandou is now ready for the next step.» The fruits of the hard work of the past months are plentiful – Kandou is currently undergoing negotiations with several large firms which are interested in the technology developed at the EPF Lausanne.
Winterthur Instruments: developing a new measuring system
The team formed by Physicist Dr. Nils A. Reinke and Mathematician Andor Barisk are striving to revolution industrial production. They have developed a non-contact measurement system which is able to test coatings in a nondestructive manner. The so-called CoatMaster achieves this by using new high-speed infrared sensors, enabling precise measurements on various surfaces such as metal, plastic, ceramic and wood without using any harmful rays during the whole process. Applied in an industrial context, the technology guarantees a continuous quality control process, speeding up production control,resulting in significant time and material savings. The measurement system developed at the ZHAW School of Engineering in Winterthur hasn't only convinced the venture kick jury, but has already been successfully implemented in real life. The start-up has already won-over several clients with their innovative technology.
First product shipments out of the Technopark Winterthur
Over the summer, the company has moved into its own office space at the Technopark Winterthur and opened up a first subsidiary in Dortmund. Further good news is to come – as the company should be bringing its second product to market in the coming year. For now they are concentrating on delivering the CoatMaster. «venture kick helped us to greatly accelerate our market entry. Moreover, the feedback from the experts was extremely helpful. venture kick enabled us to regularly re-asses our situation and adapt our business-strategy. Finally we were able to greatly benefit from contacts conveyed through the venture kick jury. Ergo: we wouldn't be where we are now without venture kick.», concludes Andor Bariska.