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SVOX AG (acquired by Nuance)

SVOX AG was founded in April 2000 as a spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Its core product is text-to-speech (TTS) software. The multiple award-winning SVOX technology is used in fields such as telecommunications, call centers, multimedia/Internet, automotive, mobile devices and consumer electronics. SVOX differentiates itself by offering customized TTS. With SVOX's software architecture customers are offered a TTS engine adaptable to their technical and market needs.

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Elevator Pitch
SVOX is a leading provider of speech output solutions for the automotive and mobile device industries. SVOX’s core product is the SVOX Text-to-Speech system. The company makes electronic devices talk by converting written text into natural-sounding and easily comprehensible speech. Its focus on embedded speech allows for specifically optimized solutions that are small, fast and multilingual. Customers are offered a speech engine that can be easily tailored to their technical and market needs.

Contact Information
Baslerstrasse 30
Zürich 8048
+41 (43) 544 0620
+41 (43) 544 0621
Norman Rohr
+41 43 544 0623

Company Facts
Founded:Apr 2000
Founders:Volker Jantzen, Christof Traber
CEO:Volker Jantzen
CTO or technical lead:Marcel Riedi
CFO or finance director:Bettina Hein
Head of Sales:Brona Collins
Head of Marketing:Norman Rohr

Sector:Speech technologies
Funding raised:Yes
Funding sought:Yes
Seeking Partnerships:Yes

Non-executive Board Members

  • Dr. Christof Traber, Principal Scientist, SVOX AG
  • Prof. Dr. Göran Grosskopf, Former Chairman , Tetra Laval Group
  • Dr. Beat Curti, Founder, Bon Appetit
  • Dr. Dietrich Ulmer , CEO, Siemens Mobile Acceleration
  • Prof. Jan P. H. Van Santen, Ph.D. , Director, Center for Spoken Language Understanding, Oregon
  • Gian Vital, Former CEO, Alcatel Switzerland
  • Ernst Bruder, Founder, EBOB AG

    Key Customers

  • Swisscom
  • D-Link
  • Siemens
  • DaimlerChrysler
  • NEC

    Key Business Partners

  • Temic
  • Telisma
  • Asahi KASEI
  • Invoxis
  • Code Factory
  • ONCE
  • Voice Genie
  • Siemens VDO
  • D-Link
  • Voice Robots
  • Sonorys Technology
  • Harman Becker
  • Linguatec
  • Nokia

    Key Competitors

  • Scansoft

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