Grants and Affiliations

Kandou is a spinoff of EPFL. The Kandou offices are located within the University’s Innovation Square, a set of 12 buildings erected in 2012 and devoted to business innovation. The EPFL has been active in the support of new business since the early 1990’s when the foundation of the Innovation Park was established as the Science Park (PSE)....

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Kandou got the kick in 2011, when it successfully completed the three business idea phases to receive 130,000 CHF funding from the Venture Kick foundation. The three-stage funding program is established to support technology startups. Five prestigious foundations finance venture Kick: Gebert Ruf Stiftung, Ernst Gohner Stiftung, Opo-Stiftung, Avina...

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Kandou received funding from the Swiss Confederation’s Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) Start-up foundation. CTI was established in 1996 and has coached 243 companies and created 3,500 new jobs. Over 85% of the companies to receive coaching and funding from CTI since 1996 are still in business. ctistartup.ch

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In 2010, Kandou was awarded an MICS Spin Fund. The MICS SPIN FUND aims at fostering the creation of economic value out of MICS-related technologies, through the creation of start-ups or the generation of intellectual property (IP) business. MICS SPIN FUND provides the complete salary for two team-members, for up to 12 months and 20kCHF for material ...

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FIT, The Foundation for technological innovation, focuses on pre-seed funding for technologies that are innovative and marketable. Fit views itself as the fourth “F” in the phase of investment involving “friends, families and fools”. Kandou received funding from FIT in 2011. fondation-fit.ch


The federal foundation for the advancement od the Swiss economy through scientific research was founded in 1918 and has an endowment of 2.5 million Swiss Francs devoted to the promotion of technology for the creation of economic activity in Switzerland. Kandou Busr received a grant of CHF 100,000 from the Volkswirtschaftsstiftung....

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The Prix Vittoz was established by the PSE in conjunction with the Economic Promotion of Canton de Vaud (SELT) to help startups expand their business outside of Europe. Each year, 3-4 startups are given funding to travel to the United States to assess market opportunities and build relationships. Kandou Bus was awarded the Prix Vittoz in 2011.

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Kandou Bus, S.A., the world’s highest performance and lowest energy SerDes technology company, has announced that it has completed a $15M investment with Bessemer Venture Partners. The resources will enable Kandou to expand research and accelerate the development, productization and deployment of Kandou’s Chord™ signaling SerDes technology. Kandou has developed Chord signaling for enhanced communications between chips inside electronic systems ranging from cell phones to servers and high performance computing.

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