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Startup Digest Zurich - Issue #49

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Startup Digest Zurich

The personalized insider newsletter for all things startup in Zurich.

Good morning, Zurich startups and entrepreneurs!
Is everyone back from Holidays?
American Olympic gymnast Simone Biles stunned the world by withdrawing from the women’s team gymnastics final, and later the vault and uneven bars finals. After stumbling on a one-and-a-half twist she intended to be a two-and-a-half twist, Biles said she was “lost in the air”, a disoriented gymnasts refer to as the “twisties”.
Biles’ withdrawal amid the pressure of competition took courage, and is something that many of us should aspire to. Launching a startup, bringing people together to collaborate on an idea, and relentlessly pursuing product market fit come with enduring of stress that can deeply our mental health. If you find yourself struggling with that pressure, drowning in competing responsibilities, you owe it to yourself to take a break:
 “It’s okay sometimes to even sit out the big competitions, to focus on yourself,” Biles said. “It shows how strong of a competitor and person you really are, rather than just battle through it.”
There is no shame in walking away; your health is paramount:
 “I say put mental health first,” Biles said in response to a query about how she’d advise other athletes in similar circumstances. “Because if you don’t, you’re not going to enjoy your sport and you’re not going to succeed as much as you want to.”
Biles is two medals away from being the most-decorated American Olympic female gymnast, and earning her place in the top 10 Olympic female gymnasts of all time. She could have carried on, sacrificing her mental health, and perhaps won enough medals to guarantee a spot at the top for years to come. Biles, who has won championships with broken toes and kidney stones, chose not to. Would you have done the same?
Have a great week, and stay well!
Interesting Reads
Aside from fancy chocolate and a booming banking sector, its largest city, Zurich, also has a very startup ecosystem. Most recently, Zurich made it into our annual ranking of Europe’s biggest startup hubs.
This week, we took a closer look and hunted down the hottest startups in Zurich. All of the startups which we are introducing to you below were founded between 2018 and 2021. As signals for early success, we’ve been looking at factors like team size, funding, growth rate, innovation, market size. With this in mind, here are the 10 Zurich-based early-stage startups to follow in 2021 and beyond.
The Federal Council recognizes the importance of a forward-looking Swiss startup ecosystem. The Federal Council tasked the EAER and the FDJP with examining the various measures in greater detail. The findings are expected to be presented in June 2022.

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