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The MICS SPIN FUND aims at fostering the creation of economic value out of MICS-related technologies, through the creation of start-ups or the generation of intellectual property (IP) business. All technologies, IP and know-how close to MICS technical focus will be considered, provided they have been generated by a MICS laboratory or by any other activity, including external, having a strong link with a MICS laboratory.


The MICS SPIN FUND provides the complete salary for one or two persons teaming, for up to 12 months and 20kCHF for material.


The MICS SPIN FUND is specifically dedicated to PhD students, Master students, senior researchers or professors from MICS labs, or from any other institution collaborating with a MICS lab. Proposals from external private persons may also be considered, provided they have strong links with a MICS lab.


As the NCCR MICS has terminated its activities on 31 Oct 2012, new applications can no longer be accepted.


16 business ideas have been funded through the MICS SPIN FUND program, leading to the creation of 10 companies (incorporated and pursuing their businesses) and over 65 jobs.

More details on these ideas and companies are provided below:

SensorscopeGather sensor data rapidly and with no effort. This is Sensorscope primary goal to respond to the growing interest and concern for ubiquitous measuring and control systems. The Spin Fund began in July 2008 and ended in June 2009; the company was incorporated in March 2009 (http://www.sensorscope.ch).
Sensorscope offers a complete solution for the data collection and management of sensor systems: flexible and easy to configure, Sensorscope solution allows non-technical personnel to measure any-time any-where.
Contact point: contact@sensorscope.ch


StreamForgeStreamForge is all about sharing sound and videos with large audiences. Based on their highly scalable and cost-efficient peer-to-peer streaming technology, they enable users to easily share live content with their friends or followers.  StreamForge business idea’s funding began in December 2008 and ended in May 2009, and the company was incorporated early 2009 (http://www.streamforge.net). Contact information: pascal.vonrickenbach@streamforge.net


sreee! business idea’s funding started in November 2008 and ended in April 2009; the company was incorporated June 2009 and unfortunately stopped its activity at the end of 2010. sreee! was focusing on mobile social networking games, producing a skeleton of a backend and rule engine that allows for game-like social networking activities and semantic parsing of the data created.


KoubachiGive your plant a voice! This is the leitmotiv of Koubachi (http://www.koubachi.com/). Koubachi revolutionizes the way household objects are communicating with you. Koubachi business idea’s funding began in December 2008 and ended in April 2010, and the company was founded mid-2009. Contact information: info@koubachi.com


The Spin Fund of SENTRY’s business idea started in December 2009 and ended in November 2010. The objective was to promote novel technological solutions that provide a secure positioning of a device, object, or person, based on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), such as the widely used GPS. As the market need is not established at this stage, no company has been created yet.


Doxolo business idea’s funding started in April 2010 and ended in July 2010. The objective was to provide a real-time trading platform for agile visual creation, comparison and real-time evaluation of trading strategies. After meetings with people in this domain we finally came to the conclusion that the market is really small and Doxolo’s solution didn’t fit the needs of customers. There was no company creation.


BmobHow to make the use of parking spaces in cities more efficient?  This is Bmob’s ultimate goal. Bmob business idea’s funding began in May 2010 and ended in April 2011. The company (http://www.bmob-park.com/) was created in May 2010. Bmob is focusing on providing parking information to the largest possible user base, using novel architecture that mixes dedicated sensors with data mining. Contact information: michal.piorkowski@bmob-park.com.



VidinotiVidinoti is specialized in developing augmented reality technologies and associated intellectual property. Vidinoti offers an augmented reality development kit allowing mobile application developers to seamlessly integrate augmented reality in their own apps.
PixLiveVidinoti also offers PixLive, the first social augmented reality application (http://www.pixlive.info). It allows you to bring life to your environment! The funding of the business idea started in September 2010 and ended in August 2011. The company was founded in July 2010.


ScalaScala business idea’s Spin Fund started in October 2010 and ended in September 2011. The objective is to make it easy to build web-scale software based on the open-source Scala programming language. The Scala Solutions company was founded in 2010; the team, with several other leaders from the Scala and Akka communities, decided later to form a new, larger and stronger company called Typesafe (http://typesafe.com/).
Contact information: martin.odersky@epfl.ch

3DB3DB Technologies business idea started in May 2011 and will end in April 2012. The company aims at developing low-power, integrated solutions for secure distance proximity verification. The company’s mission is to transform the access to valuable assets into a pleasant, convenient and highly secure experience, using proximity information. Access to vehicles and buildings (e.g., electronic keys), access to implantable medical devices are prominent applications of the technology. The solution development and market analysis are underway to decide on the start of a company. Contact information: boris.danev@inf.ethz.ch

KandouHow to build a world of green speed, where electronic devices run faster, on less energy? This is the main focus of Kandou. The business idea’s funding started in April 2011 and will end in March 2012. Kandou Technologies (http://www.kandou.com/index.html) was created mid-2011. The technology can lead to a significant  (20%-50%) reduction of the energy used by electronic devices worldwide, which by conservative estimates is 350 billion kWh annually. Contact information: amin@kandou.com.
The technology is based on a new signaling method called Kandou signaling whose effect is demonstrated in the diagrams.


GeostatisThe GEOS project addressed both the reinsertion problems of persons under electronic monitoring and the preservation of the safety of the general public, under the Swiss law. The funding started in April 2011 and will end in March 2012; S1 Tracker was founded in October 2011 (http://www.s1tracker.ch/). High precision (geo-localization with accuracy), high security (cryptography, defense against attacks, anti-spoofing) and long autonomy are the main achievements.  Contact point: james.colli-vignarelli@s1tracker.ch


Pix4DThe objective is to enable existing lightweight flying robots to become the new generation surveying and mapping tools. With its unique technology, Pix4D is able to combine the thousands of images taken by these flying robots into meaningful 2D and 3D representation of the environment. The quality of these maps are similar or even better than the ones from satellites or airborne, at a fraction of the price and with an incredible ease of use. The funding started in May 2011 and will end in April 2012 and the company was founded in June 2011. 
Contact point: christoph.strecha@pix4d.com


The MICS spin fund was used to create a web service for finding the best crop from a user uploaded picture. The web service, called Croppola  (http://www.croppola.com) has gained immense popularity soon after its launch. Work is in progress to monetize the product with the help of API’s and mobile apps. Contact information: radhakrishna.achanta@epfl.ch


SerafinaThe miniature submarines Serafina Mk I (left) and Mk II (right). Their small size (only 50 cm length and 5 kg weight) makes it easy for a single operator to deploy them in large groups.

Obtaining information about the underwater environment is crucial to ensure the health of ecosystems such as oceans and lakes as well as assessing the reliability of reservoirs used for drinking water and hydro-electricity.
Our goal is to develop a small (length ca. 70cm), mass-producible and affordable autonomous robotic submarine. A large group of these submarines will be able to effectively sample large bodies of water. The business idea’s funding started in November 2011 and will end in October 2012.
Contact point: alexander.bahr@gmx.de

Hello SlideThe Spin Fund started in October 2011 and will end in September 2012. The vision of the Hello Slide project is to transform the way people learn with an educational engine that provides customized, on-demand, at-your-own-pace learning over the Web. Over the past decade, the Web has provided an answer for some of the most basic human needs. The need for communication was addressed by sites such as Facebook and Skype; the need for entertainment by YouTube and Digg, and the need to travel by Kayak and Airbnb. However, the need for education is still largely unmet, even though the amount of knowledge that the average person needs to assimilate is rapidly growing. Here is a vast, unexplored opportunity to transform the way educational content is created and delivered over the Web: The Hello Slide wants to address it.
Contact point: pedro.pinto@epfl.ch


For any further information or discussion, please contact:

Roland Pesty 
Industrial Liaison Officer
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CH-1015 Lausanne
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