AIT Swiss Camp – Day 4

AIT Camp Switzerland – The Zurich experience

Zurich, 28 April 2016 (Thursday, Day 4)

Usually the day before an important activity is filled with tension and nervous steps around the room. But not in Zurich, not in AIT Camp! The morning before the final pitch session was full of information and great tracking for a successful enterprise. Mr Stefan Steiner provided relevant financial statements and concepts on the start-up evolution, from its birth to market incorporation. Also, economical indicators and ratios commonly used in the entrepreneur talk were present and discussed, in order to always increase the valuation of your activity.

In the afternoon, the IT group took a tour through Teralytics, a company aiming to transform raw, human activity data into valuable insights, by gathering geo-location, demographic and shopping behaviors into specific profiles. In an anonymous fashion, the data is processed to find the answers to the world´s most challenging questions. A great hint for the future! Later on, both groups (IT and Life Sciences) had the privilege to meet the Evernote GmbH in Zurich. Mr Pierre-Emmanuel Boiton showed us the headquarters and we talked about his impression of the app growing in the digital market.

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Leaving Evernote HQ, near the Limmat River, our tour through Zurich started! Walking around so many “strasses” we found the main building of the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH), the Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich. It´s a fantastic place, with a great mix of ancient and modern architecture, beautifully arranged within its walls or outside, in a great terrace with an awesome view of the entire city. Between churches and gardens covered with colorful tulips, we reached Zurich downtown, the Grossmünster, the Bürkliplatz and the famous Bahnhofstrasse, one of the main streets of the city, connecting the Hauptbahnhof to the Lake Zürich, with its fancy stores and wealthy banks. For a final stress relief, we went to Bierhalle Wolf, a restaurant with great live music and delicious würst and asparagus risotto!

Let the pitches begin!!

Lucas Secchim Ribeiro, B. Pharm, M.Sc., Ph.D.