41. 3D printing for industrialists
Thanks to its state-of-the-art equipment, TheFabLab enables manufacturers to print prototypes of their new products quickly and at a better price. The Italian structure offers designers to accompany customer requests, contrary to the traditional offer where processes are more artisanal. The start-up also offers training in the field of digital manufacturing, the Internet of Things and robotics.
Frank Gerritzen: "3D printing has a bright future. And not all SMEs will be able to afford high performance printers. So in itself, it's a great attempt, but one that is subject to stiff competition because nothing prevents a competitor from doing the same thing, cheaper, faster ... It's up to whoever will occupy the market the fastest . The company needs significant capital to deploy quickly, and aggressive marketing. "
42. Recommendation of providers
How to find the best partner locally or internationally? It is from this question that the French start-up PrestaShare was born. At the base simple file Excel, she became today a platform which counts more than 1200 referenced companies.
Raphaël Conz: "This is a very interesting concept, because we are in the recommendation of service providers, on the model of TripAdvisor but in B2B. On the other hand, is there sufficient critical mass in Switzerland? At home, businesses work primarily through word of mouth. Indeed, with our mentality, the small size of our population and our markets, the companies talk to each other and recommend themselves essentially by this means. I would bet more on a platform like this for a B2C model. "
43. Optimizing the management of workers
The construction sector also benefits from digital innovations. Example with the French start-up Site2Site, which has developed an application to simplify the management of a site: link between office and site, staff schedules, analysis of the progress of work.
Raphaël Conz: "The Swiss construction market is well developed and rich in many companies. This application could quite interest these companies. On the face of it, the Swiss clientele may prefer an application of this type rather than an investment in a customized IT tool. "
44. Limit the isolation of seniors
In France, one in four people are over 60 years old. Justine Arnoux, a former nurse, noticed that many seniors were very lonely on a daily basis. That's why she created MyDonger two years ago. This digital platform connects elderly people with "dongers" who want to spend time with them. These moments of sharing include outings, helpers (shopping or other) or visits to the home of the elderly. The service is paid: the retiree pays the "donger" according to an hourly rate agreed in advance by both parties. MyDonger receives a commission of 1.50 euro on each transaction. For now, the service has more than 500 "dongers".
Patrick Albert: "The silver economy is a promising market. Especially since the aging of our Western societies will continue. MyDonger is for me to an elderly population, but rather connected, which is found more in large cities. To also benefit older people who are less connected, I think it would be necessary to combine such a service with already existing volunteer structures. This type of collaboration would qualify the somewhat monetary side of MyDonger. As far as the business model itself is concerned, I think we need to reach a very large base of participants in order to hope to make a profit. "
45. Biodegradable toothbrushes
The Swiss consume more than 20 million toothbrushes a year. Either as much, or almost, pieces of plastic that land in the trash. Companies are tackling this accumulation of waste by making biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes, a solid and flexible material at a time. The French brand Smiloh is distinguished by its graphic products, colored with a blowtorch, and with the hair infused with the charcoal with the whitening action. It sells for 7.50 euros, mainly in France, especially at Monoprix, and in some organic stores in Switzerland. When are Swiss manufacturers, when the country is among the leaders in the oral market with companies like Trisa and Curaden?
Pascal Bourgier: "In a country that is sensitive to the quality of life and the environment, this kind of product has a good chance of success. Natural materials are in vogue and Swiss consumers are able to absorb the extra costs. Entry barriers, however, seem to me important for a start-up. It should face international competition and take a lot of steps to set up a distribution network. The bet is risky. "