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2019: New challenges & milestones for our StartUp Challenge alumni

2018, with all its highs and lows, is over – our StartUp Challenge alumni Eugenia Balysheva (Dotphoton), Sandro Schmid (Aaaccell)...


StartUp Challenge 2018: Off to Silicon Valley

August 14th, another summer day in Bern. While others were enjoying the sun, the ten finalists of the Swisscom Startup Challenge were preparing their presentations...


The StartUp Challenge jurors all agree: ‘Like everything in life – the more you put in, the more you get out.’

On 14 August, a ten-member jury will select five start-ups to travel to Silicon Valley with Swisscom and Venturelab for a one-week business...


EcoRobotix, AlgoTrader and 1Drop Diagnostics: the last business year in brief

Although they work in completely different fields, Aurélien Demaurex, Andy Flury and Luc Gervais had one thing in common in 2017...



“Think business with Penny Schiffer”

Part 3: Consumer sales

After finding out more about SME and enterprise sales, it’s time to take a look at consumer sales.



“Think business with Penny Schiffer”

Part 1: SME Sales

In the first part of “Think business with Penny Schiffer”, we dived deeper into SME sales.



Working together to shape the City of the Future


Eleven weeks, eight start-ups, one vision: smart cities. Working together with cities and companies, the Kickstart Accelerator finalists...


Intrapreneurship vs Startup Scouting – Do we want to make or buy Corporate Innovation?

In my role as Head of Startup Initiatives at Swisscom I am not only responsible to scout the “right” startups for the different business units...


A fast jump into Silicon Valley



For its fifth time in a row the Swisscom StartUp Challenge brings five Swiss startups to the Silicon Valley for a tailor-made acceleration program...


Big Data for Big Impact:
Improving quality of life


As we are enjoying summer, we are all frustrated when we plan to meet friends in the city centre and end up in a traffic jam...


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 there...


"10 Fintech Startups Ready to Kickstart"


It's been one week since the selection bootcamp of this year's Kickstart Accelerator took place that we, as a sponsor of the fintech vertical, were part of.


StartUp Challenge 2017 –
201 Startups Have Applied


201 startups have applied for our StartUp Challenge! To get some background information about them, we summarized some key...


The Power of Communities in the Digital Age


From Kelly Hungerford to Alisée de Tonnac, 8 incredible women have been invited to talk about their role as a community builder...


"The angel community is still incredibly monolithic"


Brigitte Baumann is the Co-founder of Go Beyond Early Stage Investing and part of this year's jury of the Swisscom StartUp Challenge.


Swisscom StartUp Challenge: Why You Should Apply


The fifth Swisscom StartUp Challenge is under way: Penny Schiffer, Head of Startup Initiatives at Swisscom, tells you what to expect and...


A success story: Startup Challenge winner Advanon


As one of the most successful fintech startups in Switzerland, Advanon closed its second financing round in January 2017, including an investment...


Scouting for Startups – Learnings from our 1st Call for Innovation


Last Friday, 11 successful startups from Europe, Israel and North America pitched their solutions as part of our newly introduced Call for Innovation.


Lessons Learned: Five Fintech Startups from the Kickstart Accelerator

They have been selected among the ten fintech startups from the Kickstart Accelerator being part of the 3 month program that aims to push...


«Passengers are impressed like they would be of a magic trick»


One year ago, one of the ten finalists of the Swisscom Startup Challenge, the startup BestMile was selected as the audience’s darling...


Just bring a measure of intrapreneurship to your company

How do I promote intrapreneurship and innovation within my company? Swisscom has just started holding courses for companies who want to find an answer to this question – in theory and practice.


Founder interview: ‘Car was my first word as a child’

The digital vehicle assistant Autosense has been live for 50 days. CEO Jaap Vossen spoke with us about obstacles, pride and jitters during the founding process.


An accelerated start in the start-up scene

The air is stuffy and the atmosphere is tense. Sixty start-ups pitched at Kickstart Accelerator’s bootcamp in Zurich in early July for a spot on the mentoring programme. Comments...


Helping drones to see


Autonomous drones are mostly blind when in flight. But Manu Lubrano and his start-up Involi are now looking to change this – with a network of sensors that monitors...


StartUp Challenge 2018 –

238 Startups Have Applied

238 startups have applied for our Swisscom StartUp Challenge 2018! To get some background information about them, we summarized some key characteristics...


“Running a start-up is a marathon”

A year is a long time in the life of a start-up. There is not much opportunity for reflection, but the ability to adapt to new situations is a must...


“Think business with Penny Schiffer”

Part 2: Enterprise Sales

In the first part of “Think business with Penny Schiffer”, we dived deeper into SME sales.



"Switzerland stands out because of its originality of content and the quality of its..."

To develop a scalable sales model for your own business, you need to know what kind of customers you’re dealing with.


Building a Bridge between Startups and Corporates


It's always the same with the Kickstart Accelerator – you think the program only just started when you realize it's almost over...


"The power of networking is so big here in the Valley" – about the 2017 Acceleration Program

Sunday 24 September, 4pm. The CEOs of the five winning start-ups AlgoTrader, ecoRobotix, 1Drop Diagnostics, OneSky and Advertima have just....


“We have additional potential to link available data together better”


HackZurich 2017 was remarkable, inspiring… and is already consigned to the history books. Five international teams worked on the Datasport...


"If it wasn't for the Kickstart Accelerator, we would still be talking about that project"

Kickstart Accelerator offers a specialised programme for intrapreneurship projects from the participating partners. Within the vertical Smart...


8 Smart-City Start-ups and 1 Intrapreneur team will join the Kickstart Accelerator in September

This year’s Kickstart Accelerator boot camp took place in beautiful Zurich and Swisscom, as a partner of the Smart City acceleration program...


Call for Innovation – The Inside Out Approach to Scout Startups


Call for Innovation (C4I) is a new initiative to scout startups. What is it about and why do we need it? André Schraner, initiator of the C4I, is answering...


“We need a new image for coffee”



Coffee connoisseurs are hardly in short supply. One who has completely devoted himself to the subject is Benjamin Hohlmann. The 34-year old is a...


"Signing a deal with three of the largest Swiss companies gave us a lot of credibility"

Janis Graubins, CEO of Notakey hit the jackpot of last year's Kickstart Accelerator.



One year later: Nanolive, Winner of the StartUp Challenge 2016


It's been one year since the startup Nanolive applied for the Startup Challenge – had the chance to go to Silicon Valley and...


"When the start-up adviser becomes a regular customer"


Swisscom employs a nine-person advice team specialising in new businesses. The team helps customers in the exciting start-up phase and...


"Come with a product or even revenues – not just slideware"


These days, many large corporates work with start-ups. From the start-ups’ point of view, these opportunities raise numerous questions...


Playing in the Top League: The Startup Challenge Winners in Silicon Valley

Imagine the most exhausting day you could have in your job. One where you couldn’t take a single minute to relax...


A live demo @ Stanford, crazy VC meetings and lot of great advice


Last Sunday, the five winners of the Swisscom Startup Challenge boarded LX38 to fly out to San Francisco for a week full of business meetings...