SGE Invest News en Hostpoint to continue its success story Web hosting provider Hostpoint considers itself to be in a perfect position for the future with its new offices in Rapperswil. Last year, the company cracked the revenue mark of 20 million Swiss francs. 32914 Bühler accelerating transition to a more sustainable world Process engineering company Bühler has joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. This organization includes over 200 companies working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. 32830 Drones will have to be registered to fly in Switzerland In order to increase air traffic safety and with the upcoming implementation of U-Space, all drones weighing more than 250 grams will have to be registered in a federal registry to fly. 32776 Zurich is Switzerland’s leading startup hub Zurich established itself as one of Europe’s most important startup hubs in 2018. With 92 funding rounds, it was ranked sixth, generating an investment volume of €405 million that put it in ninth place. Switzerland as a whole is also far out in front in Europe, a report from EY reveals. 32758 Biopôle inagurates the Digital Health Hub Biopôle SA has launched a new innovation center dedicated to digital health. The new platform addresses the growing demand for a forum and gathering point to accelerate the development of patient-focused digital solutions. 32740 Crypto broker trades round the clock Crypto Broker AG is the first Swiss financial services provider to offer automated 24/7 crypto trading, following their triumph at the Swiss FinTech of the Year award. 32617 Jansen receives innovation award Pipe manufacturer Jansen has been honored with the Architektur + Technik innovation award at the ISH, the world’s leading trade fair for water, heating and air-conditioning. This award recognizes the innovative pipe surface Jansen shark. 32362 Property giant Emaar chooses Lykke Property conglomerate Emaar from Dubai plans to launch a crypto token, which will be offered to its customers and partners. As its technology partner, it has selected the blockchain startup Lykke from the Crypto Valley. 32335 Best place to live in: Three Swiss cities among top ten Zurich, Geneva and Basel feature again among the top 10 best cities to live in. Vienna remains the global leader, closely followed by runner-up Zurich. 32301 The EPFL is the coordinator of the Be-Smart project The EPFL becomes the coordinator of the European Be-Smart project, which aims to accelerate the integration of photovoltaic systems during the construction and renovation of buildings, reducing its costs by 75% between now and 2030. 32232 The HES-SO Valais-Wallis creates energy from wastewater microbes The HES-SO Valais-Wallis University of Applied Sciences has developed the world's longest microbial fuel cell, a project that will produce electricity by purifying wastewater. 32223 Interxion building data center in Greater Zurich Area Interxion, a Dutch provider of data center services, is building a second data center at its site in the Greater Zurich Area. To this end, it is investing 130 million Swiss francs. 32205 Western Switzerland welcomed 92 new foreign companies in 2018 The Greater Geneva Bern area (GGBa), together with the economic development offices of its six member cantons, contributed to the establishment of 92 new foreign companies in Western Switzerland in 2018. 32193 Roche takes Switzerland to number one for patents In 2018, no other country in Europe saw more patents filed relative to population size than Switzerland. This has been found by a new report from the European Patent Office. The most Swiss patent applications come from the Basel pharmaceutical giant Roche. 32081 Adidas to move global commercial operations to Lucerne The German sporting goods manufacturer Adidas is intending shift certain areas of its global commercial operations to Lucerne. Around 100 new jobs should be created at the new location by mid-2020. 32024 New software strengthens leadXpro The Aargau-based biotech start-up leadXpro has licensed new software. Together with leadXpro’s proprietary technologies, it should help to determine new membrane protein samples, which can make a contribution to drug development processes. 31931 Zurich is best airport in Europe Zurich Airport has been placed third worldwide in a ranking compiled by online travel agency eDreams. It is number one in Europe. The airport has also won an award for customer satisfaction. 31877 Bühler to make insect processing more efficient The Bühler Group is working together with Alfa Laval via its Bühler Insect Technology Solutions. The two companies plan to develop modern, modular plants for the processing of insects. 31790 The Bern Center for Precision Medicine was unveiled The University of Bern and the Insel Gruppe have created the Bern Center for Precision Medicine (BCPM) with the support of the canton. It will be officially inaugurated on 20 May 2019. 31754 Crypto Valley gains first blockchain property The first Swiss blockchain property has been sold to investors. Three companies from the Crypto Valley have cooperated to achieve this. This method is intended to improve transparency in the real estate sector. Further properties will be tokenized soon. 31610 Digital wristband to help in radiology Baden Canton Hospital has developed a digital wristband for patients in collaboration with Siemens and Avintis. This will help prevent mix-ups in CT scanning and is an innovation in the German-speaking region. 31607 Microsoft joins InnoQube InnoQube is a new innovation center to be created in Chur. It has now managed to acquire Microsoft as a partner. The IT giant will carry out research into artificial intelligence at the new center. 31586 Stadler secures major contract in Wales Wales & Borders Rail Services has awarded Stadler a contract for the delivery of 71 trains in total. An order was placed for FLIRT and CITYLINK series trains. It is already the seventh major UK contract secured by Stadler. 31580 Zurich remains world’s second most important fintech hub The Institute of Financial Services Zug at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts has focused on the Swiss fintech market in a new study. This examines the world’s most important fintech cities. Zurich and Geneva were placed second and third in the rankings. 31541 Basel offers the lowest corporate income tax of all major Swiss business centres The Canton of Basel-Stadt has lowered its tax rates on income, corporate income and capital retroactively to 1 January 2019. Its corporate taxes will from now on be among the lowest in Switzerland and in Europe, making Basel even more attractive as a business location. 31538