All posts tagged: Innovation

UBS enters partnership with BlueLion for corporate innovation

BlueLion has introduced a program to apply its start-up methodology to corporate innovation projects. The largest Swiss Bank UBS is the first to enter into a partnership with BlueLion and the „UBS Y“-think tank team has been working alongside startup teams in the incubator since the early summer. Startupticker, January 5, 2015. The BlueLion Incubator in Zurich is a complete incubator for high-potential ICT and Clean Tech startup projects: a program in four phases over a maximum of three years. To fulfill its mission BlueLion has created a complete and methodical program to incubate promising startup companies. BlueLion is pioneering the incubation of startup companies and corporate innovation projects in the same location. UBS is also using this creative environment offered by BlueLion alongside startups. BlueLion offers corporate clients tailored programs ranging from sponsoring of the exchange with startup entrepreneurs to incubation of spin-off projects, to premium partnerships resulting in deep insights into the startup way, which spill back into the corporate culture. The „UBS Y“-think tank team based at the Bluelion Incubator is working …

Corporate Innovation at Startup Speed. Necessary and becoming commonplace!

By cooperating with startup companies, corporations can pursue more innovation projects at lower cost. BlueLion Incubatorfacilitates just that with its Corporate Innovation Partnering Program. Collaborations with startup companies can speed up corporate innovation, add flexibility, lower costs, and add a “go get it” culture for higher chances of success. First corporations are reaping the benefits of cooperating with startups. Cooperations between established companies and startups are becoming more commonplace, and the first best practices emerge. BlueLion is leading the way with a dedicated program to incubating corporate innovation projects, “the startup way”. Find more information about the Corporate Innovation Partnering program atBlueLion Incubator or in this cover story of the 2014 Swiss Venture Guide.

“The Future Makers”. Inside the Swiss Startup Scene

The leading Swiss business magazine BILANZ portrays the Swiss startup scene in the August 2014 issue. A concise and realistic assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of our industry.Gert Christen, CEO of BlueLion was one of the interviewees. The article mentions severalBlueLion Startups: Skybotix, Eaternity and Shrebo. And experts of the Swiss startup scene also gave their inputs, such as Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier of CTI Invest, Beat Schillig of IfJ,Nicolas Berg of Red Alpine, serial tech entrepreneur Dominik Grollimund, Florian Schweitzer of brains-to-venture as well as Dominique Maigret of Swisscom Ventures. Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/1rrFXv1

Waiting for the mayor of San Francisco in his meeting room…

I had the opportunity to visit with the City of San Francisco as a part of a delegation from Zurich. Very impressive how San Francisco deals with tight budgets, constant growth and the need to specialize. There is much more to the management of this city than this impressive meeting table and door leading to the mayor’s office….. Zurich and San Francisco have been sister cities for more than 10 years and I am representing the startup community on the committee. And, interestingely, both San Francisco and New York city managements seem to have a thing with very massive wooden tables!