Idiap Research Institute, based in Martigny (Valais/Switzerland), is a non-profit foundation specialized in the management of multimedia information and man-machine multimodal interactions. In 2011, Idiap had around one hundred employees, including 80 researchers (senior researchers, researchers, postdoctoral students and PhD students). The research done at Idiap is very well known worldwide.



The Association for Interactive Multimodal Information Management (AIM2) is concerned with the field of interactive systems that facilitate access to and management of multimedia and multimodal information and which enhance human-to-human communication. AIM2 is born from the IM2 members, which is one of the 28 Swiss National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR) aiming at boosting research and development in several areas considered of strategic importance to the Swiss economy. IM2 stands for Interactive Multimodal Information Management.



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IdeArk specialises in multimodal interactions and management of multimedia information. It transforms ideas into industrial reality through commercial development of promising new technologies, particularly those originating from the Idiap research institute (www.ideark.ch).



The Ark Foundation provides practical assistance to help enterprises increase their competitiveness. Its aim is to build a dynamic and diverse economy within the canton of Valais, Switzerland. The Ark is involved in the organization of the Challenge and one of the main contributors of the prize money (www.theark.ch).

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IMD is a world pioneer in executive education. More than a business school, we collaborate with individuals, teams and organizations to resolve real business issues, build capabilities and prepare for the future. We do so through a unique Real World, Real Learning approach, which stems from our ongoing partnerships with leading international companies. Delivered from our campus on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland and key locations worldwide, our top-ranking programs and services combine practical experience, thought leadership and a global mindset. Participants come to IMD for our open and inspiring learning environment, to challenge their perspectives and to expand their horizons. In the framework of the ICC'2013, IMD offers a direct access to the "IMD Start-Up competition 2014" for the winning teams in accordance with the IMD competition terms. The IMD Start-Up competition provides a unique opportunity for early-stage companies to benefit from the support and insights of a team of dedicated and experienced participants from two of IMD’s flagship programs, the MBA and the Executive MBA



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We kick-start your startup - Be part of venture kick: More than CHF 10m invested, over 250 startup projects financed, more than 360m in financing volume and 2.000 jobs created - this is venture kick's track record since the private initiative was launched in the fall of 2007 by private foundations (www.venturekick.ch).




startupolic.com is an English-written blog about startups founded by Sébastien Flury in January 2012. Combining the words startup and aholic, its main purpose is to share the startup passion of its founder.
The idea of the blog is to help connecting the dots, support and potentially boost the growing startup community in Switzerland (and abroad).


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PolytechVentures is:

  • an early stage VC firm based in Switzerland and in the Silicon Valley with a strong international focus.
  • strategically located at EPFL in Lausanne, one of the most dynamic and recognized innovation centers in the world, and with a permanent presence in the Silicon Valley.
  • a team of seasoned investment professionals and industry experts with over 100 years of combined experience and an extensive industrial network (www.polytechventures.com).




Martigny (German Martinach, Latin Octodurum, sometimes also Octodure in French) is the capital of the French-speaking district of Martigny in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It lies at an elevation of 471 meters (1,545 ft), and its population is approximately 15000 inhabitants (Martignerains or "Octoduriens"). It is a junction of roads joining Italy, France and Switzerland. One road links it over the Great St. Bernard Pass to Aosta (Italy), and the other over the col de la Forclaz to Chamonix (France). (www.martigny.ch)




En Valais, en plein Axe Nord/Sud, dans la charmante ville romaine de Martigny, le mARTigny boutique-hôtel est le fruit d’un partenariat avec la Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Nos 52 chambres et suites sont au nom d’un artiste et décorées avec les affiches de l’une des plus prestigieuses fondations culturelles de Suisse.