Venture Leaders China 2019

The Flagship Program for Swiss startups in China


For the sixth consecutive year, swissnex China is proud to be accompanying a high-quality delegation of top Swiss startups in China for a roadshow that will span 10 days and 5 cities. Venture Leaders China 2019 will take place from June 24th to July 4th and will include business workshops, investors meetings and public events in Beijing,Tianjin, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The roadshow offers the startups unparalleled exposure and insight into the Chinese market, along with learning about business opportunities, how corporate affairs work, pitching to investors and getting insights from experts.


Meet the selected 10 high growth Swiss startups composing the new Swiss National Startup Team. The team will fly to China for an exclusive 10-day roadshow for business and investor meetings in June and July, including the Summer World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of New Leaders, also known as the Summer-Davos.

Venture Leaders China is a unique 10-day business development program to explore the Chinese market potential for high growth Swiss startups. It is an exclusive opportunity to be part of a top entrepreneurial team, accelerate ones’ business growth and showcase Switzerland as a leading country for innovation. Every year, 10 carefully selected high-tech entrepreneurs get a unique chance to give their technology and business a commercial boost, thanks to Venture Leaders.

A high-powered jury select the most promising startups. Participants travel to Shanghai, Beijing, Changzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong where they attend a unique entrepreneurial and business development program. Venture Leaders China 2019 is co-organised by Venturelab and swissnex China, and supported by: digitalswitzerland, EPF Lausanne, ETH Zurich, VISCHER, Gebert Rüf Stiftung, Canton Vaud, and Canton Zurich. Venture Leaders consists of numerous opportunities for face-to-face discussions with leaders of the high-tech community. It offers a focused and intense program designed to provide participants with a maximum impact on their personal, business and network development. It is also a unique way to understand the risks and opportunities of doing business in China.


Meet the Winners of Venture Leaders China 2019

Chosen by a jury of experts and investors, Venture Leaders China 2019 comprises of top Swiss startups in the fields of  medtech, drones, business and consumer software, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, IoT and nanotechnology. Please find more details below.

Between July 1st and 3rd, the Swiss Startup Team China will join the summer World Economic Forum in Dalian. The global summit focuses on innovation, science and technology while promoting entrepreneurship for the public interest. This represents an incredible occasion for Swiss hightech startups to gain more exposure and key networking opportunities.



Beekeeper AG | Daniel Sztutwojner |
Two billion people in the global workforce don’t work at a desk and aren’t given corporate email addresses. Beekeeper’s mission is to transform the way these frontline employees work with a mobile-first communication platform that reaches every shift, location, and language through real-time one-on-one and group messaging.
Exploris Health AG | Peter Ruff |
Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Cardioexplorer is the first simple, accurate, non-invasive, AI-supported cardiovascular test for detection / exclusion of life-threatening constrictions of the heart arteries, the main cause of heart attacks.
Flybotix | Samir Bouabdallah |
Mandatory inspections of oil and gas industry infrastructure are expensive. Flybotix is developing a drone, combining the flight-time of larger quadcopters with the maneuverability of smaller drones, to fly inside narrow shafts and ducts.
holo one AG | Dominik Trost |
Much of current augmented reality technology is trapped in expensive, custom apps. Holo|one has developed a standardized AR-platform, sphere, to encompass the most-common use cases that industrial manufacturers, OEMs and architects can integrate simply.
IDUN Technologies AG | Simon Bachmann |
IDUN Technologies is developing and manufacturing soft and stretchable dry electrodes for biometric and stimulation wearables. The patent-pending surface structure of these electrodes provides high quality signals with skin-friendly materials without electrolyte gel.
LORIOT AG | Yannik Kopp |
The Internet of Things is disrupting every industry sector. LORIOT provides the secure, reliable and scalable LoRaWAN network servers IoT clients need to deploy more quickly and more cheaply.
Lymphatica Medtech SA | Marco Pisano |
More than 16 million people have chronic lymphedema, a common, debilitating and incurable side-effect of cancer therapies. Lymphatica has patented the first implantable system for chronic lymphedema treatment that replaces the draining function of the damaged lymphatic vessels.
Piavita AG | Dorina Thiess |
Equine vets are stuck in the dark ages when it comes to monitoring and diagnosing their patients. Piavita has developed a diagnostic system that enables the remote, long-term and precise monitoring of horses’ vital signs.
Tomplay LLC | Alexis Steinmann |
Learning an instrument can be a difficult process and paper sheet music doesn’t meet musicians’ needs. As a result, many learners give-up. Tomplay’s interactive sheet music lets musicians practice accompanied by high-quality audio recordings, with an automatically scrolling on-screen score.
Touchless Automation GmbH | Maurizio Migliore |
Touchless Automation invented a novel tool that can manipulate components of any material, without touching them. Based on this technology, the company builds industrial machine for the manipulation and inspection of photonics, MEMS and micro-optical components.

Meet the team and vote for the captain on June 19th

Follow the kick-off event at the Startup Champions event in Zurich on May 23rd.

Follow the kick-off event on June 19th and the Venture Leaders China roadshow from September 10th to 21st on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtags #SUChamps and #vleadersChina.


About Venture Leaders 

The Venture Leaders – the members of the Swiss National Startup Teams – have a clear-cut goal. They envision themselves as global players and want to take the first step to their global expansion. Venturelab has 17 years of bringing Swiss startup teams to high-tech hotspots: Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The 300+ alumni have created 3500+ jobs, generated more than CHF 1.4 billion in investments and won multiple awards. These business development programs are specifically structured to help them achieve this goal.

See full Venture Leaders Alumni list here:



Venture Leaders China is co-organized by Venturelab and swissnex China, and supported by digitalswitzerland, Canton de Vaud, Canton of Zurich, EPF Lausanne, ETH Zurich, Gebert Rüf Stiftung, VISCHER and the Changzhou National High-Tech District.






Simin Yang, Project Manager Innovation & Entrepreneurship at swissnex China,

Danli Zhou, Communications Manager at swissnex China,


Guillaume Tinsel, Medias and Communication,

Joseph Heaven, Medias and Communication,