Monthly Archives: September 2015

More and more University Spin-Offs in Japan

Wherever there is an innovative startup ecosystem, there are university spin-offs. In the U.S., Stanford University fosters many high-tech companies and is the birthplace of Google. Also in Switzerland, research-based companies are often spun out of universities, with EPFL and … Continue reading

Posted in Japan News, Startups |

ETH Zurich and EPFL rank higher in 2015/2016

Congratulations to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH Zurich) which is now in the top 10 and its sister institution in Lausanne EPFL for joining the world’s best 15, according to the most recent QS World University Ranking … Continue reading

Posted in Swiss News |

Swiss game wins big at Tokyo Game Show

The first impression one gets when entering Tokyo Game Show is that of the sheer size of the event. Industry heavyweights set up huge booths where they display their newest games while mobile gaming up-and-comers build even bigger ones, as though … Continue reading

Posted in Japan News |

Meet the best startups in Switzerland

Every year, the Top 100 Startup Award shines its light on the best startups in Switzerland. The 2015 selection was revealed on Wednesday night at a ceremony in Lausanne and it once again showcased just how high the quality of Swiss … Continue reading

Posted in Startups, Swiss News |

Silicon Valley VC 500 Startups to launch $30 million Japan fund

Japan is the world’s third biggest economy, with a GDP amounting to a little less than a quarter that of the U.S. Yet the difference in startup investment is huge between the two countries. Venture capitalists poured $48.3 billion in … Continue reading

Posted in Japan News, Startups |

The Solar Sunflower: a Swiss step forward in solar power efficiency

When it comes to solar energy, efficiency is a crucial criterion, as making panels more efficient means less waste, of both energy and space. There is thus a strong desire to increase the quantity of energy that a solar cell … Continue reading

Posted in Swiss News |

Disrupting Japan: Understanding Japanese Startups from within

Last week, Tim Romero celebrated the one-year anniversary of his podcast “Disrupting Japan” by recording a live episode at SuperDeluxe in Tokyo. For anyone curious about the Japanese startup ecosystem, there was no better place to be on that Wednesday … Continue reading

Posted in Japan News, Startups |

Swiss Broadcasting Corporation discovers cutting-edge Japan

Executive members of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation responsible for innovation visited Japan as part of their mission to discover cutting-edge trends in some technology savvy and culturally different settings. After having spent intense three days in Korea – a study tour … Continue reading

Posted in Past Events, Swiss News |

EPFL’s Computer and Communication science students visit hot “cool” Japan

Forty-six students from EPFL’s School of Computer and Communication majoring in computer science and communication systems travelled to Japan in the heat of August for a study trip. The group that had just finished their bachelor’s courses visited some major … Continue reading

Posted in Japan News, Past Events |

Karuizawa Symposium – Karuizawa 70 years ago

In May 1944, Karuizawa was designated as an evacuation area for foreign diplomats under Japanese government guidelines. Miyama-so, the biggest building in the village built in 1942, the year after the onset of the Pacific War, became the evacuation office … Continue reading

Posted in Japan News, Past Events |