ETH Spin-Off success
Creating your own company is a tough business. After five years, only one half of all Swiss startups continue to exist. Yet when a startup has spun out of ETH, 90% of all businesses survive past their first five years. What is it that they do differently?
How to start your own Spin-Off
Use this opportunity to grill our panel of five ETH entrepreneurs from early to mid-stage Spin-Offs on the nitty-gritty details of their success.
Experts to grill
Felix Mayer from Sensirion AG
Wulf Glatz from greenTEG AG
Simon Dössegger from Skybotix AG
Brian Amberg from faceshift AG
Oliver Weingart Pioneer Fellowship
Date & Location
19. November 2014, 18:00
ETH Main Building, Dozentenfoyer
Register here for free admission to the event and the aperó
Sensirion is the leading manufacturer of high-quality sensor solutions for the measurement and control of humidity, and of gas and liquid flows. Founded in 1998 as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, the company is based in Stäfa (Switzerland) and employs people in countries such as the USA, South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan and Germany. The headquarters in Switzerland is responsible for research, development, and production.
Millions of our sensors are used all over the world, including in the automotive industry, medical technology, and in consumer goods. Sensirion's success is based on the innovative CMOSens® Technology, which combines the sensor and analysis electronics in a single semiconductor chip. This means large unit numbers can be produced at high quality and low cost.
Dr. Felix Mayer is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of the company.
Wulf Glatz is CEO and Co-founder of the ETH Spin-off greenTEG AG. greenTEG provides thermal sensors (gSKIN®) and energy harvesters (gTEG®) for researchers and OEMs. gSKIN® sensors measure conductive and convective heat fluxes as well as thermal radiation with highest precision. They are applied in process and condition monitoring, laser power measurements and for material characterization in buildings & textiles. greenTEG’s thermoelectric energy harvesting technology (gTEG®) enables electricity generation from temperature differences for applications as autonomous energy supply for sensor networks and actuators. Wulf previously worked at IBM Zurich Research Lab. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering from ETH Zurich (PHD 2008) and Technical University Braunschweig (MSc 2002).
faceshift's was founded in 2012 to take advantage of the rise of consumer grade depth cameras. Our business is face analysis. The core technology of faceshift analyzes the face of the user and outputs muscle activations, eye gaze, and head pose in real time. This infomation is then used to drive avatars in real time communication, create movies, or improve human computer interaction.
We applied our core technology in a product for the game and movie production market, and are now expanding into the consumer space.
Skybotix offers camera-based navigation systems for micro-helicopters. We use image data to replace insufficient GPS-based localization with highly accurate and robust visual localization. By providing software for real-time 3D mapping and collision avoidance, Skybotix offers user-friendly aerial cameras that can be operated by non-pilots in rough industrial environments.
Simon Dössegger, CEO of Skybotix since 2013, holds an ETH Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering with focus on controlling mobile robotic systems. As co-project leader of a project that developed Rezero, a robot balancing on a sphere, he gained experience in managing robotic projects early. At Skybotix he is responsible for business planning and development as well as product management.
Dr. Oliver Weingart studied Biology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). During his PhD at the ETH Zurich Food Microbiology Group and the Swiss National Institute for NBC-protection (Labor Spiez) he worked on new detection methods for Botulinum Neurotoxin. In 2014 he received an ETH Pioneer Fellowship to transfer an innovative biosensor system a step closer to industrial application. The system allows sensitive detection of medically relevant toxins and offers an alternative to animal experimentation in pharmaceutical production.