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Innovative business ideas often emerge in the context of a research project with external partners, a project assignment or a bachelor thesis. With its Entrepreneurship@ZHAW initiative, the ZHAW supports the founding of start-up companies.

am-tec switzerland ag

am-tec switzerland ag offers solutions in the field of strategic asset management and infrastructure management. Customers receive support both in the strategic budgeting process and operative asset management.

Cyltronic AG

Cyltronic sells the world's only electric cylinder for the simple exchange of standard-based ISO pneumatic cylinders. Its installation length corresponds exactly to the standardized length according to DIN ISO 15552 of the pneumatic cylinder and can therefore easily be exchanged as a 1: 1 replacement. Electronics and motor are completely integrated in the casing. By replacing pneumatic cylinders with Cyltronic cylinders, energy savings of up to 95 percent can be achieved.

Freisicht GmbH

Freisicht GmbH

A team of computer scientists and art educators makes culture digitally experienceable with a software solution. The “varcu” app stands for “Virtual and Augmented Reality Curation”. With it, exhibitions can be created, saved, changed and shared both in virtual reality and in augmented reality.


Supported by the Swiss Climate Foundation, start-up company LEDCity AG develops automated, efficient LED lighting tubes which use less power and self-regulate using a motion radar.

Medyria AG

Med tech startup Medyria AG develops technical solutions for catheter navigation and sensing during minimally invasive surgical procedures, thereby enhancing catheter procedures in terms of speed, safety and effectiveness.

Nexenic AG

Startup company Nexenic AG has won several awards for its self-heating lunch box Steasy. Thanks to its innovative heating system, Steasy can heat up a meal to its desired temperature within 15 minutes and is controllable via app.

ProSim GmbH

ProSim specialises in process simulations and process data analysis. The methods used are individually tailored to a specific sector or problem. ProSim uses cutting-edge statistical methods and software such as AnyLogic, R and Java.

Rotavis AG

Startup company Rotavis AG has developed a dynamic office chair with a seating surface that revolves around the body’s natural motion centre. Its technology activates the core muscles, which helps reduce back tension.

VirtaMed AG

VirtaMed AG develops and produces highly realistic surgical simulations for medical training. Trainee surgeons use proper instruments to practice in a safe environment before performing prodecures on real-life patients.