Swisscom StartUp Challenge: Off to Silicon Valley!
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Swisscom StartUp Challenge: Off to Silicon Valley!

August 17th, a hot, sunny day in Biel. While others were enjoying the sun, the ten finalists of the Swisscom Startup Challenge were preparing their pitches and doing some last minute changes before they had to pitch in front of our jury. Who will make it to the Valley? We summarized the day in a short video and present you the winners.



These are the winners:


Advertima creates artificial intelligence that analyzes the people around it. It recognizes features like age, gender and emotions, and reacts by creating personalized and positive experiences. This brings proactive customer interaction from the virtual into the real world. Using its understanding of humans, Advertima AI is on track to become better than any human at making others happy.


AlgoTrader is the first fully integrated algorithmic trading software solution for hedge funds and trading companies. It allows automation of complex, quantitative trading strategies in forex, stocks, derivatives and cryptocurrencies – everything a typical hedge fund needs for its daily operations. The software is available both in the cloud and on premise.


ecoRobotix develops autonomous weeding robots to strongly reduce herbicides in several row crops, resulting in lower weeding costs and benefits for human health and the environment. Weeds are identified with artificial vision and sprayed with a fast robotic arm. The machine is fully solar-powered and controlled with a smartphone.

1Drop Diagnostics

1Drop Diagnostics saves lives through better and faster portable medical diagnostics. It enables personalized healthcare through actionable health information that is accessible to anyone at any time. The device detects multiple biomarkers from a single drop of blood immediately in front of the patient. It thereby facilitates the early detection, prevention and management of disease.


OneSky builds infrastructure in preparation for tomorrow’s drone revolution, ensuring drones’ safe integration into today’s aviation world. It offers an online platform which gathers data from a network of scaled-down control towers, enabling virtually anybody to see surrounding air traffic and to hold intelligent tools for low-risk flight plans, automatic avoidance strategies and privacy control.

What’s coming next?

Our team, in collaboration with our Outpost in Silicon Valley, is now building up a tailored business acceleration program for each of the winners, consisting of meetings with investors, potential clients. The trip will take place in the week of October 25. We will keep you updated about what the startups will experience there!


Also, find a selection of picture of the event here.

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