Shaping the future with innovative startups and entrepreneurs

Hospitality and tourism is one of the fastest-changing industries, constantly transforming with the latest technology and consumer trends. That is why EHL's Business Incubator exists: to support promising startups or entrepreneurial projects that relate to tourism, hospitality or food and beverage sectors.  It gathers together people who are passionate about the latest trends and technologies in hospitality or F&B, and gives them a place to bring their ideas to life, in EHL's Innovation Village. 

If you are passionate about the latest trends and technologies in hospitality or F&B, then we invite you to join our Innovation Village model. We have a variety of spaces and resources available for our partners, and we will be happy to discuss your needs.

« For us, as a hospitality startup, there could be no better partner than EHL. With a strong network, top professors, and dynamic, entrepreneurial students and graduates, we feel that working with EHL gives us great opportunities in our growth journey. »
- Ari Andricopoulos, CEO RoomPriceGenie
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Our Business Incubator Model

Our business incubator is like a wheel that turns and builds momentum, with the startups and entrepreneurs at the center.

At the heart of the village are the residents, the startups and entrepreneurial ventures, and they have access to a wide variety of resources on-site and through EHL's students, faculty and advisory services branch.

The visitors, community and followers of the innovation village draw on this entrepreneurial spirit and provide a useful sounding board for the hub's activities. 

Benefits

Residents

  • Illimited access to the Incubator
  • Fixed desk in a coworking space
  • Incorporation of the start-up to EHL
  • 6 hours per month access to the meeting rooms of the incubator
  • Access to the events & networking
  • Liking to the EHL network when necessary ( EHL professors, students, students committee, companies)
  • Access to EHL services (reception, printshop, discounts at restaurants & boutiques)
  • Increase of visibility & communication through our website, posters, newspapers
  • Member of the Community on Slack
  • Access to the common spaces of the incubator (kitchen, sleeping room, ping-pong, baby-foot)
  • Opportunity to apply to the Fit Digital by EHL « Seed» “or Growth” program (if not incorporated to EHL or less than 6 months)

Monthly Fee : CHF 350.- per desk included 2 cards to access the Incubator


Visitors

  • Access to the incubator 10 days per month during opening hours, from 7.30 am to 10pm.
  • Free seat place in the Visitor co-working Space upon availability
  • 2 hours access to the meeting rooms of the incubator & networking
  • Increase of visibility & communication through our website, posters
  • Member of the Community on Slack
  • Access to EHL services (reception, printshop, discounts at restaurants & boutiques)
  • Access to the events & networking
  • Access to the common spaces of the incubator (kitchen, sleeping room, ping-pong, baby-foot)
  • Opportunity to apply to the Fit Digital by EHL « Grant » program (if not incorporated to EHL or less than 6 months)

Monthly fee: 100.- CHF per person


Community (Members & Alumni)

  • Access to common spaces during office hours
  • Invitations to expositions and events

All Members :

Access to events, SLACK community membership, discounts at EHL outlets and Print shop, incubator card, access to the nap room, logo posted on EHL incubator digital and paper communications supports, Ping-Pong, and the incubator baby foot table.


Followers (Online Followers)

  • Stay up to date on new start-ups and innovation trends
  • Innovation Village news
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EHL's Innovation Village offers a hospitality and food ecosystem and the latest trends in hospitality.

It is powered by strategic partners and has two core missions: to support entrepreneurship, and to inspire and disrupt the food & hospitality industry.

Incubator Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs

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(Arve Air) DragonBack Innovation is a Swiss/Hong Kong based start-up with its big vision: to give people access to clean and healthy air. With our digital air quality services for hotels we create added values in real time – both for hotel guests and operations. Our Air-as-a-Service approach combines the most advanced technologies such as IoT and Big Data that leads to actionable insights and data-based decision-making.

«As we focus on the Asian hotel industry for market entry, the EHL network is of great value to us. We not only get access to relevant contacts, we also get challenged and gain new industry insights to constantly enhance our air quality services and customer experiences.»

- Kaspar Zimmerli, COO & Co-Founder Arve Air

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Between seasonal, homemade, local, organic, sustainable and healthy products, how do you make the best possible choices? 

The Beelong eco-score evaluates food to provide simple information on the environmental impact of food products, in a context where the climate emergency is more than ever topical.

EHL is a cornerstone for tomorrow's hospitality industry and it's therefore a real opportunity for a young company to grow within the incubator. Beelong benefits from EHL’s extensive network and valuable support. We also have the opportunity to implement our indicator in the F&B outlets on-site – we couldn’t be any closer to those impacted by our tool!

- Charlotte de La Baume  & Mathias Faigaux, Managing Partners of Beelong

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Blent is data platform that allows hoteliers to have a 360° overview on their business, and produce very easily highly customizable dashboards, reports, and tables for all domains: stays, F&B, accounting, SPA, IoT, etc.

And with our digital assistant you have now direct access to your data, anywhere, anytime. Whether you manage one or hundreds of hotels, Blent will consolidate your data independently of the technologies behind, and you can now group or benchmark your properties very easily.

- Christopher Meignier – CEO

Chez Bacchus Logo"Chez Bacchus hospitality is taking one of the oldest businesses to the future. How can we bring back the appeal of brick and mortar dinning experiences & retail whilst at the same time taking advantage of all the technology we have at our disposal? We have created an experimental Wine Bar/Restaurant with an integrated & hybrid retail space that challenges the way people consume wine.”

 

FreelaneFreelane is creating new digital product that will change how we travel! It optimizes the traveler's schedule in real time, by anticipating solutions to barriers, re-sequencing routes and providing bespoke adjustments, so he/she can decide on the best personalized solutions fitting with the travel diary priorities.

Freelane also identifies bespoke opportunities for hassle-free, efficient and enjoyable travel, door-to-destination. For each traveler.

Freelane is a B2C and B2B solution, available as an app and API.

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Kuneco is a crowdfunding platform designed to foster engagement among small and medium hospitality organizations, their guests and the local charities to support communities’ social development and destinations’ attractiveness growth.

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“We take immersion to innovative heights. Our soft robotic interfaces interact with the skin, combining temperature, pressure, and vibration to create a realistic tactile experience while proprietary algorithms mimic how the brain merges touch with vision, sound, and movement to create and restore lifelike multi-sensory experiences.
Our first trailblazing product, STill, offers users multi-sensory experiences immersing the human mind and body into the digital world to improve sleep, relaxation, and meditation. With STill, turn any bedroom, suite, or communal area in your hotel into a wellness space without making large capital investments. Designed with comfort and usability in mind, just place STill wherever it’s needed.”

www.metaphysiks.ch & https://still.metaphysiks.ch/

Mixfit

Mixfit is a digital health company that designs nutritional experiences to encourage lasting, positive changes in health behavior.

Their belief that the path towards a better, healthier, and longer life starts with nutrition drives everything they do.

They leverage nutrition science, cutting-edge artificial intelligence, and digital health technologies in developing their health data platform and smart counter-top nutrient delivery appliance to provide consumers with personalized nutritional drinks & deliver wellness-related insight based on their unique health data.

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NewCo is an online service that allows founders to start their own business in minutes.

Our goal is to help new entrepreneurs to start and then manage the legal and administrative formalities of their startup by developing simple and intuitive solutions.

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It feels like plastic and looks like plastic. There is just one difference: it’s made from plants and it's fully compostable.

One StepUp stands for a plastic-free world! We provide compostable packaging that returns back to the earth after use. All you need to do is throw it into your compost!

One StepUp’s packaging is just as transparent, durable and impermeable as conventional plastic packaging.

Together let’s step into a more sustainable world!

OriginFood

OriginFood offer their clients customized track & trace solutions, combining the Internet of Things and blockchain technology.

Founded in 2018 by Pierre-Alain Ceralli and Peter Gustavsson, both with extensive experience from the food and beverage industry, OriginFood focuses on helping clients fully leverage the new opportunities offered by blockchain technology to answer to the growing needs of the food industry for improved and immutable traceability and proof of origin throughout the entire supply chain and to the end consumer.

PrivateDeal developed the first smart negotiation solution designed to increase direct bookings on hotels’ websites. This unique engine lets guests offer their own price for a room and, if necessary, automatically and instantly negotiates with them the best price for both parties. PrivateDeal helps hotels driving a higher conversion rate by capturing more guests in direct thanks to a highly customer-centric approach.

“The incubator gives us the opportunity to expand our network, find faithful partners, participate to key events and benefit from the support of hospitality professionals. It is a strategic point for us in the success of our startup.” 

- Lucien Mauguin, co-founder of PrivateDeal SA.

RoomPriceGenie

RoomPriceGenie is a Swiss startup making dynamic pricing software available to smaller hotels. With a focus on excellence of pricing, allied to the necessity to aim for simplicity and low cost, we are looking to create the perfect revenue-management solution for the interconnected, big-data age.

«For us, as a hospitality startup, there could be no better partner than EHL. With a strong network, top professors, and dynamic, entrepreneurial students and graduates, we feel that working with EHL gives us great opportunities in our growth journey.» Ari Andricopoulos, CEO RoomPriceGenie

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S1NGULAR1TY focuses both on the skills of our experts and their ability to creatively transform problematic and complex managerial situations through collective action rich in value-creating opportunities. Our approach is mainly focused on the human experience and the interactions of the enterprise system.

Our consulting strategy is based on the complementarity of relevant professions and the interdisciplinary expertise. As a consulting company, the philosophy of S1NGULAR1TY is to focus on the actors who are permanently in concrete and problematic situations in order to make these situations intelligible on the one hand and also to transform these situations into opportunities.

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smartTONi is an operation management system for professional catering kitchens. It allows untrained cooks to be productive in catering kitchens.

A personal digital device advices kitchen staff step-by-step on the tasks to be done. This allows constantly high food quality at lower labor cost.

- Lorenz Bertschi CEO & Georgi Antonov – CCO

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Smeetz is the world’s first software platform for leisure organizers, using data analytics and AI-powered dynamic pricing to improve sales and market reach.

Typsy

What is Typsy? Hospitality skills suitable for any role led by world-class instructors.

  • It's a library of video courses from the world's best hospitality instructors.
  • It's an online learning platform built to make learning fast, fun and on-the-go.
  • It's a way to continuously learn new skills and connect with like-minded community members.

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Willka lets you grow local food, year-round.

Willka addresses the needs of the changing food landscape by providing the physical and digital tools to create local produce ecosystems on a global scale. With the right tools, infrastructure and support, you can become a WillFarmer, regardless of your background or geographic location.

Most of us are eating produce that has traveled thousands of miles from its source: Not only does trucking and flying our food generate harmful emissions, but the greens typically arrive well beyond peak freshness.

Willka technology makes it easy to bring people closer to their food source. The result is local, year-round production featuring fresh, sustainably-grown, and flavorful greens.

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With more than 1 billion drinks served every day, WECHEER aims to digitize every consumption moment and directly connect brands to this moment of truth. We started by incentivizing the service-staff by using the WECHEER patented smart opener to digitize each bottle they opened at bars & restaurants. Today we are going beyond the smart opener, by using OCR receipt scanning to capture all formats sold and leverage our service staff community to digitally engage with every consumer served.

"EHL is a clear fit for our business, which is centered around the on-premise sector. We've had the pleasure of hiring EHL alumni before and look forward to deepen our collaboration with EHL moving forward." – Aurèle de Bosset Co-Founder