Last Friday, 11 successful startups from Europe, Israel and North America pitched their solutions as part of our newly introduced Call for Innovation. We have launched this program because we want to identify and implement outside technology better and faster.
Nowadays we need to scout in a very focused way to be successful:
Swisscom has partnered for this Call for Innovation with two other telecoms: We have joined forces with TeliaCompany from Sweden and Proximus from Belgium in looking for innovation. Doing a Call for Innovation is a lot of work through strong alignment with business lines, active outreach during the application phase and close engagement with the startups. Looking at the outcome of this we believe it’s been well worth it!
The eleven finalists are startups from Europe, Israel and the US offering software that can virtualize and enhance the network functions of a telco. A specialized, yet crucial area for any network operator in the world. Because this field is so core and niche at the same time, we were very proud to have attracted quite mature startups with high relevance to what we are doing. It was already difficult to go down from 55 applications to 11 finalists. Selecting the winner was really tough, then.
These are the winners of our first Call for Innovation:
The three winners: Metaswitch / Swisscom; TeliaCompany / ImVision; Proximus / Immanta
Scouting for Startups and new external technology is often driven by what is out there:
It is tough and the impact on the bottom line is our main objective. Nonetheless, we look positively in the future because have learned what it takes to attract and integrate great startups:
In 2017 we will do calls for innovation in other areas such as big data, security and in artificial intelligence. Update: the 2nd Call vor Innovation is around Business Cases leveraging Telco Data. More info and application. Stay tuned for more topics.