The pioneer prize is one of the most important innovation prizes in Switzerland and is awarded to particularly exciting and promising technical projects of start-ups on the verge of the market entry. The prize is jointly awarded by the Zürcher Kantonalbank and the Technopark Zürich.
The Volkswirtschaft-Stiftung recognizes the potential of microGauge’s patented vacuum sensing solutions and awards an interest-free loan. The competitive funding is provided to four to six highly innovative Swiss Start-Ups per year.
Following a successful feasibility study, The Commission for Technology and Innovation grants a full research and development project which aims to enable the commercialization of the first microGauge vacuum sensor. We are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration with our academic partners at the NTB Buchs and the ETH Zurich.
The newly founded microGauge AG receives the ETH Spinoff label.
The microGauge AG is incorporated by the three founders Dr. Stéphane Kühne, Dr. Nina Wojtas, and Dr. Christian Peters.
The microGauge project is accepted into the CTI coaching program. The program is dedicated for the further optimization of microGauge’s business model and strategy. It will help to refine all aspects of the project’s business case (business model, strategy, team, IPR, financials, market and product) for presentation to the Label Certification Board.
The Commission for Technology and Innovation grants a feasibility study during which technological commercialization risks can be assessed.
The microGauge project successfully passes Stage II of the Venture Kick competition.
The microGauge project successfully passes Stage I of the Venture Kick competition.
Out of 95 business plans, the >>venture>> jury and advisory board awarded the microGauge project a TOP 5 position in the >>venture>> 2015 business plan competition.
The Gebert Rüf Foundation also starts to support the microGauge by awarding another development grant. The associated funds will be used to develop a packaging and system integration approach to complement the microGauge project’s sensing approach.
The microGauge project comes to live through the generous support of the ETH foundation which awards the Pioneer Fellowship Grant. The associated funds will be used to develop the MEMS technology platform and to successfully demonstrate the measurement principle during the coming 18 months.