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Biowatch wins in Visa’s Everywhere Initiative Mar 06, 2017
Biowatch’s vein recognition technology won them € 25’000 in the Visa Everywhere Initiative, which was held for the first time in Europe. The pitch competition was kicked-off at the World Mobile Congress. Biowatch also qualified for the larger European competition which awards €50’000 and the opportunity to work with Visa.
Biowatch SA awarded first prize at the Swiss Fintech Convention 2017 in Geneva Feb 22, 2017
Lausanne, Switzerland, February 3rd, 2017 - Biowatch SA won the 1st prize at the 2017 Swiss Fintech Convention held in Geneva on February 2nd, pitching its disruptive vein based biometric solution. The Swiss startup outlined several ongoing projects in the banking industry and the upcoming functional pre-products for Spring 2017.
Turn your idea into a start-up Jan 20, 2017
Registration for the ICC'2017 is open now !!!
Biowatch SA raises CHF 1.2M seed round to finalise its disruptive wearable biometric authentication solution Jan 19, 2017
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 17, 2017 - Biowatch SA, a Swiss start-up, has successfully closed last December an oversubscribed first financing round at CHF 1.2 million to accelerate the development of its solution on biometric authentication for wearables. This seed round is following a CHF 800k grant from the CTI in last February and a CHF 100k loan from the FIT last June. It was led by serial entrepreneur and business angel Patrick Delarive with participation from the Venture Capital fund Polytech Ecosystem Ventures and SICPA Finance. Further investments from various business angels completed the investment.
Eyeware and Viprodev amongst the winners of the 19th annual IMD Startup Competition Dec 14, 2016
This year, 135 ventures applied to the competition and most of the entries were of extremely high quality.
DigitArena SA amongst the 25 winners of the European Venture Summit 2016 Dec 12, 2016
After having won the Alpine High-Tech Venture Forum award together with BioWatch last October, DigitArena SA was qualified to participate in the European Venture Summit 2016 in Dusseldorf.
Results of the International Create Challenge 2016 Sep 21, 2016
On Tuesday, September 20th, after three weeks of hard work and networking, the ICC’2016 participants found out which teams the jury had selected among the winners of the challenge. The organizers of the ICC’2016 are proud to announce the following winning teams:
Recapp in the TOP 100 Swiss Startups of 2016 Sep 15, 2016
Recapp, an Idiap spin-off and sponsored by The Ark Foundation, is part of the top 100 Swiss Startups 2016. It's a big success for Dr. David Imseng, founder of Recapp.
Two Idiap spin-off in the Swiss Top 100 ! Jun 10, 2016
Two Idiap spin-off, Biowatch and Recapp, sponsored by The Ark Foundation, are part of Top 100 best Swiss start-ups 2015. The Valais is the 4th most prolific Swiss canton. Great success for these entrepreneurs.
Biowatch, Idiap spin-off, recommended by Bilan as a start-up in which to invest Jun 07, 2016
Launched during the International Create Challenge 2014 by Matthias Vanoni, biometrics expert, Biowatch proposes an authentication solution for wearables, such as smartwatches.
Recapp, Idiap spin-off and winner of the ICC’2013, provides software capable of transcribing meetings Jun 01, 2016
Recapp’s software, already used by the Valaisan Parliament, has now its first application case on the communal level. The “General Council” of the Collombey-Muraz municipality now uses the software in order to transcribe its meetings.
Eyeware, young Valaisan start-up and winner of the ICC’2015, featured in RTS’ radio show "Néophiles" May 09, 2016
Kenneth Funes, whose project “Eyeware” was amongst the winners of the ICC’2015, is currently founding the start-up Eyeware in Martigny (Valais). It develops gaze and interaction technologies based on his PhD work done in the Idiap Perception and Activity Understanding group. The EyewareAssit system allows interacting with a computer via the head and facial gestures, and is particularly aimed at people with paraplegia who are unable to use a standard keyboard or mouse.
Two Idiap spin-offs at the heart of Swisscom’s new TV Box Apr 27, 2016
Recapp IT and KeyLemon, two Idiap spin-offs, have contributed to the development of the new TV Box of Swisscom by allowing for the first time the voice recognition of Swiss-German dialects.
50 start-ups in Bilan magazine: Recapp, winner of the ICC’2013 and Idiap spin-off, counts amongst them Apr 13, 2016
Each week, Bilan magazine proposes three inspiring start-ups in which to invest, based on its 2016 selection. Currently, the spotlight is on the young Valaisan start-up Recapp.
Anemomind, an application for mariners using savoir-faire from Valais Apr 13, 2016
Anemomind, winner of the ICC’2014, launches a new application “Anemomind Connect” that allows mariners worldwide to better understand their sailing boat. The application is a 100% swiss-made.
Recapp, together with the Idiap Research Institue, challenges the limits of speech recognition Mar 22, 2016
The Valais start-up Recapp, founded in March 2014, launched this spring, together with Idiap, two ambitious projects in the domain of voice recognition and data transcription.
BioWatch, a successful Idiap spin-off, highlighted in the magazine of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH Mar 10, 2016
BioWatch, whose flagship product is a biometric identification system integrated into the buckle of a watchband that enables the secure authentication of a person by detecting the unique pattern of veins on the wrist, has captured the attention and the interest of the Swiss watch industry.
Biometrics will make payments more secure Mar 02, 2016
Voice identification, facial recognition, fingerprint reading or heartbeat analysis: biometric identification methods will be used more and more this year on mobile phones and online payment platforms at the expense of the usual password.
3 start-ups based on Idiap technology selected amongst the 50 Swiss start-ups in which to invest Feb 08, 2016
Biowatch, Recapp and DigitArena have been chosen to feature in the ICT category of the 50 Swiss start-ups in which to invest. All three have links with the Idiap Research Institue via the technology the use and develop.
Your complete ID on your wrist thanks to BIOWATCH, Idiap and CSEM Feb 02, 2016
CSEM at Neuchâtel and the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny are joining forces to propel the young and promising Swiss startup BIOWATCH to the top
Idiap is proud to collaborate with the "AISA company" Dec 07, 2015
Idiap is proud to collaborate with the "AISA company" (global Swiss-based company located in Vouvry Switzerland, leading supplier of equipment offering innovative laminate and seamless plastic tube packaging production solutions)" which has won on Dec. 3 the first place for the "prix sommet UBS (The Innovation Award of UBS)
Two Swiss Start-ups among UBS Fintech Challenge Global Finalists Nov 20, 2015
Biowatch and Embotech made it to the finals of the UBS Future of Finance Challenge. The global finals will take place in Zurich on 10 December.
VerifyMe integrates KeyLemon’s technology to their identification platform Nov 19, 2015
Idiap Start-up Biowatch, finalist of FINTECH «UBS Future of Finance Challenge» Nov 13, 2015
15 start-ups has been selected for the final round of the Fintech «UBS Future of Finance Challenge» , including 3 from french speaking part of switzerland. Biowatch, an Idiap start-up is one of them.
BIOWATCH SA and recapp IT AG amongst the best 100 Swiss Startups 2015 Sep 17, 2015
Two ideas launched during the 2013 and 2014 editions of the International Create Challenge, accelerator program organized by the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny, have been selected by amongst the Top 100 of Swiss Startups 2015.
ICC International Create Challenge 2015 winners announced Sep 15, 2015
During a celebratory dinner on Monday, September 14th, the results of the fourth edition of the International Create Challenge, accelerator program organized by the Idiap Research Institute, were announced
Idiap's startup selected for the FUSION 2015 Sep 08, 2015
Idiap is proud to be part of the first edition of FUSION’s acceleration program and provide its participants access to cutting edge research. Good luck and the best success in this adventure !
ICC'2015 featured on local Swiss news station Canal9 Sep 08, 2015
The Idiap Research Institute`s International Create Challenge was featured on the local Swiss news station Canal9 this past week.
Idiap Start-up wins the “Language Technology Innovate Award” Jul 02, 2015
Recapp IT AG ( was awarded the prestigious “LT-Innovate Award 2015,” during the “LT-Innovate Summit 2015” in Brussels from the 25-26th of June.
Kenneth Funes won the first prize at the 1st edition of "Arkathon Hacking Health Valais 2015" Jun 09, 2015
Kenneth Funes, Research Assistant in the Perception and Activity Understanding group of Idiap, developed a Virtual Mouse software.
The ICC crowdfunding portal "" officially recognized Jun 02, 2015
The ICC crowdfunding portal "" is officially listed in the second release of the Swiss industry report "Swiss crowdfunding market" as one of the Crowdfunding Platforms active in the Swiss market.
Collaboration between Idiap and E.S. Concept Mar 05, 2015
Taking control of a soccer game on a tablet? This concept is now tested by a company from the Western part of Switzerland, E.S. Concept, that has strong links with Idiap. The game is recorded in panoramic view and redistributed in streaming. The spectator can, on demand, walk on the soccer field or change the point of view of the game.
Anemomind’s sailing device will be produced in Valais Mar 03, 2015
The International Create Challenge (ICC) is a real accelerator of start-up creation and a promotion tool for the regional economy.
The ICC'2015 is now open for registration Feb 18, 2015
Submission: deadline - May 04 2015
Anemomind and Biowatch IMD start-up competiton winners 2014/2015 Dec 17, 2014
IMD has announced 26 winners of the Start-up Competition 2014/2015. The companies will work with IMD’s MBA and EMBA classes in 2015.
Biometry : from theory to practice Nov 11, 2014
2 events on Biometry in Idiap
BioWatch: a bracelet to protect your smartwatch Sep 25, 2014
During the third edition of the International Create Challenge (ICC), organized by Idiap, the watch bracelet BioWatch has been born. It is a prototype that identifies the wearer of a smartwatch.
International Create Challenge 2014 winners Sep 17, 2014
The winners of the International Create Challenge 2014, accelerator program organized by Idiap in Martigny, have been announced:
Klewel competes for the Oscar of Swiss Informatics! Jul 23, 2014
Klewel, based at IdeArk in Martigny, figures amongst the 10 nominees for the Swiss ICT Award 2014, the Oscars of the Swiss informatics sector.
KeyLemon awarded with the CTI Start-up label Jun 16, 2014
KeyLemon offers computer access solutions based on speech and face recognition.
Silicon Valley Award for ICC’2013 winner POWZY Jun 03, 2014
TiE50 is an annual awards program keenly contested by thousands of technology start-ups worldwide. One of this year’s winners is Powzy, winner of the ICC’2013.
Biometric identification: there is still progress to be made May 23, 2014
Today, accessing your computer with the help of facial recognition is possible. However, by wearing a particularly realistic mask, one can fool certain biometric identification systems and open a session through another person’s identity.
Dev-Audio, startup founded by a former Idiap research scientist, acquired by Biamp ! May 16, 2014
Renowned Audio Solutions Manufacturer Adds Microphone Technologies Company as It Continues Developing Innovative Products Enhancing the Robustness of Its DSP Offering
2014 BCVS Creation Prize: ReMeeting amongst the three finalists May 13, 2014
ReMeeting, Idiap start-up and winner of the ICC’2013, has been selected amongst the three finalists of this year’s Prix Créateur BCVS competition.
ReMeeting at the doors of Silicon Valley: The Idiap start-up, winner of the ICC’2013, receives the Grand Prize of the UC Berkeley Startup Competition Apr 28, 2014
In fall 2013, the project ReMeeting won one of the three principal awards of the International Create Challenge 2013, an accelerator program organized by the Idiap research institute within its Martigny premises. Now, the young Valaisan startup continues its successful run and confirms its great potential by finishing top of the startup competition of the prestigious Californian University of Berkeley.
Hasler Foundation start-up grant for Geneemo Mar 04, 2014
Lakshmi Saheer receives CHF 150'000.- of start-up support from the Hasler Foundation to further develop her venture Geneemo
Idiap signs a research agreement with a security company Feb 27, 2014
Idiap has signed recently a new research agreement with Doctor Web a Russian anti-malware company. Doctor Web is famous for having discovered a Trojan variant that affected more than 600,000 Macs.
KeyLemon Teams Up With SoftKinetic Jan 21, 2014
Next-generation Face Recognition and Wide-spectrum Cameras Deliver Unprecedented Accuracy and Security
KeyLemon facial recognition software provides a major step toward creating a truly ‘intelligent’ in-car experience. Nov 08, 2013
Imagine a car recognizing the driver upon entry, automatically adjusting the settings to each person’s preferences, including your ideal seat position, temperature and even music choices. Once in motion, the vehicle notifies a distracted driver if a pedestrian is crossing the street, and even creates audible alerts when the driver is drowsy.
The International Create Challenge, ICC'2013, on Canal 9 TV. Sep 26, 2013
Idiap research institute launched for the second time the ICC - International Create Challenge.
Le monde selon Johnson: Web democracy Sep 25, 2013
Le débat démocratique va-t-il progressivement délaisser les parlements pour se retrouver uniquement sur les plateformes numériques?
ICC International Create Challenge launched. Sep 24, 2013
Saturday 21st of September, the second edition of the International Create Challenge has started in the Centre du Parc in Martigny. The 33 participants of the 10 selected projects work together in an immersive super accelerator program until October 11 to try to go from idea to start-up.
KeyLemon secures a $1.5 million Series A round Sep 03, 2013
KeyLemon, a Spin-Off of the Idiap Research Institute and a leading provider of face and speaker recognition solutions for authentication purposes, has closed a Series A investment. The investment round was co-led by Debiopharm Investment and Swisscom Ventures.
Koemei has been selected as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2014 Aug 27, 2013
As part of a general policy of open-sourcing our work at Idiap Research Institute, we are pleased to make available ISS: Idiap Speech Scripts. Aug 13, 2013
ISS is a collection of scripts for maintenance of speech databases and dictionaries, and for training and testing of models for ASR. The scripts in turn are reliant on many other packages including HTK/HTS, Juicer and the ICSI speech tools.
Koemei selected in the top 5 favorite companies from 500 Startups’ sixth batch demo day Jul 29, 2013
Silicon Valley’s 500 Startups is starting to make the rounds in its latest demo day for its sixth batch of accelerator companies.
International Create Challenge - cradle of innovation in Valais Apr 04, 2013
"L'actualité économique décryptée avec Pascal Gentinetta, directeur d'economiesuisse"
EmoGen reçoit la Bourse The Ark et passe la première phase du concours Venture Kick Mar 08, 2013
Crédit: Cédric Luisier, TheArk, 08.03.2013 Source:
Koemei, Idiap spin-off, starts collaboration with Aljazeera Feb 19, 2013
International Create Challenge 2013 Feb 04, 2013
Call for participation open
KeyLemon signs biometric agreement with Fujitsu Dec 05, 2012
KeyLemon has signed a license agreement with Fujitsu which will see KeyLemon’s technology used in a new line of desktop PCs.
Koemei ranked n°29 out of Top 100 Startups in Switzerland Nov 05, 2012
Digital archives: Swisscom Shops and Cinetis SA sign a partnership Sep 27, 2012
Big success for the 1st edition of the International Create Challenge Sep 24, 2012
28 participants, 12 selected projects and 6 awarded teams
ICC broadcasted in local TV canal 9 Sep 05, 2012
L'interview de François Foglia
ICC International Create Challenge launched Sep 03, 2012
Idiap Spinoff "KeyLemon" is now hiring Aug 17, 2012
KeyLemon is now looking for brilliant and passionate software engineers, motivated to integrate a small team and work on multiple projects in a high energy environment.
Un challenge pour start-up à Martigny Aug 10, 2012
Ils ont trois semaines pour transformer leurs idées en produit. 28 chercheurs ou entrepreneurs sont dans les starting-blocks d’un concours international inédit.
Douglas Crets: You Want Disrupt With That? Why New York is Good for Silicon Valley Tech Jun 01, 2012
University of Geneva Selects Koemei for Automatic Speech-to-Text Transcription. May 23, 2012
Cloud-Based Audio Transcription Enables Swiss University to Automatically Transcribe and Index Lectures.
TechCruch, DISRUPT NY, May 2012. Koemei Is Out To Transcribe All Video And Make It Searchable. May 23, 2012
Koemei on stage at the Demo Spring 2012 Apr 20, 2012
DEMO Spring 2012 - Hyatt Regency - Silicon Valley - Santa Clara, California - April 17 - 19, 2012
Call for the International Create Challenge (ICC’2012) first edition is officially open: a unique opportunity to turn ideas into startups. Apr 05, 2012
Koemei selected to participate in Demo Spring 2012, Silicon Valley, US. Mar 22, 2012
Koemei is one of the 50 participants selected to participate in Demo Spring 2012 in Silicon Valley. More than 800 startups applied to the selection process.
KeyLemon launches its new product “LemonDay” Jan 10, 2012
Martigny, Switzerland, January 6th, 2012– KeyLemon S.A. is announcing today the launch of a new version of its product which comes with a new plugin called the LemonDay. The plugin allows to track your face evolution by saving automatically one image day after day. Collect photos of yourself, create a movie of your evolution and share it in the most simple and effective way.
Koemei partners with Entwine to integrate automated transcription services on Matterhorn Platform. Nov 02, 2011
From Switzerland to Silicone Valley, two high technology start-ups come together to enhance and enlarge the Media learning experience.
Klewel is proud to present its new product "Triskel". Sep 05, 2011
Triskel: a multimedia capture station along with an online publishing portal.
Ingressio and KeyLemon join forces to develop Identification Verification Solution based on face recognition technology Jul 27, 2011
Koemei wins the elevator pitch contest from Venture Leaders May 12, 2011
The 1st Idiap iPhone application on the AppStore: a face recognition App Apr 12, 2011
Koemei one of the winners of Venture Leaders 2011 Apr 04, 2011
Cinetis awarded prestigious European Prize at CeBIT 2011 Mar 02, 2011
Klewel was selected as an official supplier of the famous Lift11 conference Feb 16, 2011
KeyLemon released a Mac OS X version of its face recognition software. Feb 15, 2011
Dev-Audio is pleased to announce the release of the Microcone SDK. Feb 02, 2011
2010 IMD start-up competition winners - Koemei, Idiap Spin-off, selected Dec 17, 2010
Every year, IMD searches for the most promising startups it can find to work with the MBA students. Over the past 13 years over 180 early-stage ventures have profited from this collaboration. Today, IMD representatives (Jim Pulcrano and Benoit Leleux) announce the twenty startups that have been selected to work with our MBA and EMBA students in 2011. Among them, Koemei (Idiap Spin-off) will participate to the venture.
Koemei, new Idiap spin-off is born ! Dec 13, 2010
KeyLemon cuts a deal with one of the most important computer manufacturers in Brazil. Aug 17, 2010
Video-clip 2.0 pilot on Jun 02, 2010
MOBIO – 1st video of a MOBIO use case is out. May 27, 2010
The story follows the customer experience of a mobile wallet user. The level of security through biometric authentication increases with the amount of the transaction (no authentication for a soda, face authentication for a 40-Euros purchase, face and voice authentications for a cash withdrawal or a purchase above 100 Euros)
The first MOBIO prototype embedded on a Nokia N900 Mar 31, 2010
KeyLemon among the top 100 of the 2010 Red Herring 100 Global Feb 08, 2010
First prototypes of the new microphone array from Dev-Audio Feb 03, 2010
Idiap just received the new prototype of a microphone array device which includes the improvements developed during last year project (see previous news below). No more need of bulky cables (see comparison picture) which are now replaced by a simple USB connexion, but also no more need to carry an external soundcard with you; all you need is your Mac and the microphone array.
Automatic Video Captioning Jan 11, 2010
Klewel in partnership with the Idiap Research Institute has conducted an AMIDA mini-project on automatic captioning of video lectures.
TDRV allows easy surfing across recordings of political sessions Dec 23, 2009
Combined efforts from HES-SO Valais (Industrial Systems Institute) and Idiap improve the portability of Dev-Audio's microphone array device Nov 26, 2009
Online speaker verification demonstration Oct 19, 2009
Try to identify the true speaker.
Webcast of the AlpICT / Lake Geneva Region at the ITU World Telecom 2009 Oct 06, 2009
Live webcast from ITU World Telecom 2009
Opening of the "Klewel France" subsidiary Sep 21, 2009
Klewel is now implanted in France
Klewel in the top 5 of the AIPC Innovation Award 2009 Jul 16, 2009
Idiap Showroom Jul 09, 2009
Idiap has now a new showroom to demonstrate its technology
KeyLemon : Winner of the Red Herring 100 May 14, 2009
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