Deeptech Nation

What future for the Swiss model?

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Available in English, French and German

« A “Must Read” : Deep Tech Nation Switzerland!
This is a fast-paced, smart and forward-looking “Must Read” for anybody involved in innovation!
I have tremendously enjoyed reading through this book by Dominique Megret at Swisscom Ventures (preface by Joel Mesot at ETH and Martin Vetterli and EPFL !). »

Frank Kumli, Head of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Basel Area Business & Innovation

About the book

The book Deeptech Nation brings up the following questions:

What is the place of Swiss high-tech in a world dominated by American and Asian giants? How can a sufficient level of technological sovereignty be ensured?

The debate deserves to be launched.

The venture capitalist Dominique Mégret, Head of Swisscom Ventures, offers us an original answer based on the historic entrepreneurial values that have made Switzerland rich for 200 years in his Deeptech Nation book. The author calls for the country’s resources to be federated around 10 “moonshots”, these large, ambitious and meaningful technological projects where Switzerland can play a leading role on a global scale.

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Market share R&D venture capital and deeptech

Leading global high tech companies (big tech)
Capitalization, $ billions, May 2021

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About the autor

Dominique Mégret has been a business strategist, entrepreneur and investor in new technologies for about 30 years. Of European culture and Franco-Swiss nationality, he left France at the age of 19 to study and work in Germany, the United Kingdom and finally Switzerland, where he has been living for the past 18 years. Passionate about innovation, he has been involved in the development of about a hundred high-tech companies in Europe, Africa and the United States.

Dominique currently heads the venture capital firm Swisscom Ventures, which he launched in 2007 as part of the Swisscom Group. Based in Zurich and Lausanne, Switzerland, and Palo Alto, California, US, Swisscom Ventures manages CHF 600 million in assets financed by Swisscom and around fifteen institutional investors (pension funds, industry groups and asset managers). Its portfolio is mainly invested in so-called deeptech technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, semicon- ductors, bioinformatics or virtual reality.

Swisscom Venture Website

« Dominque is one of the most visionary investors in Switzerland and he collected a lot of wisdom in this book. With his sharp thinking and ability to crystalize the essence of a complex business case, he successfully highlighted the key success factors that lead companies like Roche & Novartis to become global leaders. The book is a collection of business cases covering the breadth and depth of Swiss innovation over the last 100 years.

A very inspiring read, culminating with the proposal of a bold and visionary plan for capturing and realizing the massive innovation potential that has build up in the Swiss ecosystem over the last 10-20 years.»

Peter Nestorov, Co-Founder and CEO of Scailyte

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