Tinamu Labs joins the Swiss Microsoft for Startups program and thereby becomes part of the global Microsoft ecosystem.


Tinamu Labs technology enables the safe use of computer-controlled drones in every environment. Through the Microsoft for Startups program, Tinamu Labs gains direct access to Microsoft’s latest technologies, global expertise and customer and partner ecosystem.

The Zurich-based ETH spin-off Tinamu Labs offers an automated end-to-end solution based on drones, which allows inspection flights to be carried out automatically even indoors and in challenging environments. The system is based on a patented technology and operates independently of GPS. The data collected during the inspection flights is analyzed using state-of-the-art Microsoft cloud technologies and forwarded to the customers ensuring the highest level of data privacy.

Tinamu’s solution has been well received by the market, not least due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has increased the need for automated remote inspections without on-site human intervention. Among the first customers is the energy group Axpo, while various companies in the energy, mining and trading industries are also evaluating the solution for possible remote inspection, predictive maintenance and asset monitoring.

Tobias Nägeli, co-founder and CEO at Tinamu Labs, says: “We are very excited to be part of the Microsoft for Startups program. It gives us direct access to trusted cloud services that enable us to analyse customer data by ensuring absolute data privacy. As I already had a strong relationship with Microsoft research in Cambridge during my PhD, it is even more exciting to me being able to work closely with Microsoft Switzerland professionally.”

Andrew Reid, Head of the Swiss Microsoft for Startups program, says: “The technology and the value proposition that Tinamu Labs offers to the growing market is very attractive and has appealed to us from the beginning. We were also very impressed by the team, which has a very strong expertise and is highly focused, but still very open to learn and share to jointly advance to the next level. We believe these are the ideal prerequisites for future success.”

The Microsoft for Startups program in Switzerland enables B2B startups to scale through access and support for state-of-the-art cloud technologies, direct connections to engineering and business experts, and exposure to a global network of customers and partners.

Tinamu Lab was founded in late 2018 by David Lanter, Daniel Meier, Samuel Oberholzer and Tobias Nägeli as a spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). The team combines over 15 years of experience in drone control and computer vision and enables secure and reliable image capturing with drones. Drones can now be commercialized not only in established markets but also in new markets for image and data acquisition, interior inspection and warehouse management.

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