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Swiss ICT Award winners 2013

Champion Enterprise 2013: Zühlke Engineering

Founded in 1968 in Switzerland, Zühlke Engineering has built on its experience from more than 8,000 customer projects. The independent service provider offers product and software engineering (consulting, development and integration) and management consulting, and is active in start-up funding.

Today, the Zühlke Group includes local teams in Germany, the UK, Austria and Switzerland. It achieved a turnover of CHF 99 million in 2012 with 550 employees – including 350 in Switzerland – and generated a 20% increase in sales. The Zühlke Group is owned by partners who are operationally active in the company.

Newcomer Enterprise 2013: Starmind International AG

How can a company use the knowledge in the minds of its employees? Starmind develops artificial brains that make this possible. The spin-off from the University of Zurich uses a proprietary algorithm based on knowledge of artificial intelligence and self-learning neural networks. As questions are posed, this pioneering work of ‘brain technology’ automatically identifies internal experts who can answer them. All questions and answers are documented and linked, so that a corporate memory can grow. Starmind focuses on rapid problem-solving capacities and large artificial brains.


Champion People 2013: Marco Marchesi

IT security issues - be it industrial espionage, data theft by employees or supervision by intelligence organisations - are currently being discussed widely. This makes the person of the "Champion" award winner Marco Marchesi all the more interesting.

Marchesi  founded his company ISPIN AG in 1999 in Bassersdorf and has since become an important address for specialized data and information security in Switzerland. It employs approximately 50 employees and has 150 customers from all industry segments.

After successful graduation in electrical engineering, the 41 year old Marco Marchesi was employed as an application and network sengineer, later, the industrial engineer worked as a consultant and leading manager for the development of IT security area.

Since 1999 he leads the ISPIN AG successfully as CEO. Moreover, Marchesi is since 2001 president of Switzerland Chapter ISSA (Information Systems Security Association ) and since 2003 he teaches Security & Risk Management at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland .

Website ISPIN AG

Newcomer People 2013: Manuel Grenacher

The 32-year old Manuel Aargau Grenacher founded the company coresystems AG, which is according to the company, one of the fastest growing cloud application developers in Switzerland. He recorded an annual sales growth of 30 percent and more than 5,000 customers.

The company specializes in business applications for SME, is headquartered in Windisch and sells its solutions to approximately 80 % to international customers. The applications, mobility and cloud solutions support business processes and increase effenciency. As CEO and Chairman Grenacher currently employs 140 people in Windisch, New York , Sao Paulo, Freiburg, Cluj , Shanghai and London.

The son of a carpenter has completed his studies as a computer science engineer at the University of Applied Sciences Aargau and founded coresystems in 2006. In 2013 he also launched in Zurich " Mila ", a community marketplace for services of all kinds ( ). The entrepreneur also wants to "work to ensure that a tech start-up feeling arises in the region and that not all start-ups move to Berlin and to the Silicon Valley."

Website of Manuel Grenacher

Public Award 2013: dacadoo

Dacadoo is a platform for users to self-monitor their health and fitness. Based on information about lifestyle, wellness and sports activities, as well as live data from personal devices (sport watches with GPS, pedometer), users receive real-time indicators of their condition and tips for improvement. The platform is based on the patented, scientifically established ‘dacadoo health score’ and light artificial intelligence, and also uses psychological motivating principles from gaming.

Dacadoo has recorded 110,000 users, mainly from Germany, the UK and the US, and is now being promoted by insurance companies.



Special Award: Parliamentary group for digital sustainability

The " Special Award" goes to the 47 members of Switzerland's national parliament belonging to the "parliamentary group for digital sustainability". The members - national councils and the council of states - belong to all major Swiss parties and come from all over Switzerland. They promote sustainable and innovative use of ICT and are committed to "open government data."

The group was founded in 2009.

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