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USDA develops science and technology to rapidly measure grain traits; improve grain storage and handling systems; and minimize wind erosion through studying physical processes and developing predictive models and erosion control systems. A multidisciplinary team develops high speed sorters that select specific grain properties using imaging, acoustics, near-infrared spectroscopy, and other sensors; and uses a unique full-scale research grain elevator to study grain quality changes during storage and handling. Visit website.

EMPA is an interdisciplinary research institution for material science and technology within the ETH Domain. EMPA’s research and development activities are oriented to meeting the requirements of industry and the needs of our society, and link together applications-oriented research and the practical implementation of new ideas, science and industry, and science and society. The Electronics/Metrology/Reliability laboratory has many years of experience in designing and developing automated systems to monitor and measure and thermal properties of objects. Visit website.

Agroscope Changins-Wädenswil research station ACW is the Swiss federal institute in charge with all aspects of plant production and plant protection. ACW is in charge with the official VCU (value of cultivation and use) variety trials for wheat and maize in Switzerland. Among other, the ACW carries out the annual monitoring of mycotoxins of the Swiss bread wheat harvest and participates in the European Fusarium ring-test and other transnational initiatives on mycotoxins research. Visit website.

ETHZ (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in a world leading university and its Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) is a top-quality unit that provides novel research and teaching, which covers the whole field of food and nutrition. The Laboratory of Food Biochemistry does research mainly in the field of lipid chemistry and cereal chemistry (dietary fibre and fibre co-passengers). The goal of the group is to understand the links between specific composition of the food constituents and their effect on the nutritional and physical characteristics of foods. Visit website.

National Instruments Switzerland introduces a program designed to provide significant sponsorship for Swiss companies planning to use NI technology (Graphical System Design) to develop their complex industrial or scientific systems. Most innovative break-throughs in science and technology have been developed by small, entrepreneurial technology companies. To foster their efforts, National Instruments Switzerland introduced a program designed to provide significant sponsorship for Swiss companies planning to use National Instrument Technology to develop their complex industrial or scientific systems. The goal of this program is to accelerate the competitive market readiness for those companies and therefore increase their chance of success and fast market adoption. Visit website.

Venture Kick aims for an early detection and promotion of promising business ideas at Swiss universities and schools of higher education. The goal of this privately-funded support initiative is to double the number of spin-offs by accelerating the founding process and by making startups attractive for professional investors. Start-ups can also take advantage of know-how from experienced experts and entrepreneurs and be granted access to a national network of investors and start-up experts. The projects are evaluated by a panel of experts and investors based on the business potential demonstrated and the achievements made in business development Visit website.

Financed by the innovation promotion agency CTI, Venturelab offers individual training modules specifically designed for start-ups. Its mission is to offer individuals like you, who are interested by entrepreneurship, the know-how and contacts required to successfully start their own company. Priority is given to start-ups in high-tech fields such as computer science, life sciences and bio- or nanotechnologies. Visit website.

For over 20 years, the IFJ is committed to the Swiss start-ups stage and has acquired a detailed knowledge of the field. Behind the IFJ institute, the resource N°1 of the Swiss start-ups, there is a team of 25 talented and enthusiastic people, entirely devoted to the Swiss start-up panorama and who help everyday entrepreneurs in achieving their dream by providing support and networking. Visit website.

"Science to Market" is the CTI credo. Companies work with universities to generate new knowledge that can be used to develop products and services and bring them to market. The CTI's KTT initiative strengthens regional knowledge and technology transfer between universities and regional industries. Local professionally run KTT consortiums provide assistance to SMEs and universities by facilitating contacts and helping them to develop projects. Innovative Swiss companies and researchers also gain access to international programmes and networks such as IMS, ESA and EUREKA. Visit website.

"Céréales Vallée, innovation catalyst in cereals Thanks to innovation, Céréales Vallée contributes to give value to cereals chains in order to respond to the major food, non-food and environmental challenges our society is facing. As a key actor of bioeconomy, Céréales Vallée is pushing cereal chains value development at a regional, national and international levels to match with growing needs. As the only French competitiveness cluster involved in the entire cereal chain - from consumer products to seeds - Céréales Vallée brings together a unique combination of skills with regards to innovation in cereals, and mobilizes both public and private actors, from research, industry and academia. Céréales Vallée facilitates the setting-up and the coordination of innovative R&D, industrial, training and international projects, in a highly competitive and worldwide business context. Its strategy is based on 4 major strategic priorities, linked to the needs of all stakeholders in agricultural value chains. Visit website.

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