Business

Innovation

Business Briefing— Global

Preface

An indian energy start-up, an African hotel group and a Turkish taxi designer, plus other companies making waves this month.

Christian Vögeli, Dakar, Dybuster, Energy, Middle East, Prosthetics, Recycling

Power to the people

India [ENERGY]

Founded in 2007 by three entrepreneurs aiming to “liberate rural India from darkness”, Husk Power Systems is an energy start-up generating low-cost electricity from discarded rice husks. Based in Bihar, where the average household income is €2 a day, the system delivers affordable power to the poorest and most remote areas of the state, while also mobilising a workforce of local people.

“We wanted to wire up places that the government deemed unreachable,” says co-founder Manoj Sinha. “But we needed a cheap, simple…

Q&A

Christian Vögeli

CEO, Dybuster

Switzerland

Christian Vögeli’s Dybuster company sells award-winning therapy software, which was designed to help the dyslexic son of his professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Why is this education sector big business?
Some 30 million people suffer from dyslexia in Europe alone and we already have 20,000 users in Switzerland. Licences cost €103 a year for individual users.

How does it work?
Dybuster represents a word as a combination of colours, shapes, structures and music, instead of just a sequence of black letters on white paper.

The biggest challenge?
Schools like the idea, but buying decisions are not always rational or innovation-friendly.

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