Swisscom StartUp Challenge

  • A unique opportunity for Swiss start-ups

    The Swisscom StartUp Challenge is being held for the fifth successive year. It provides an exclusive opportunity for Swiss early and extension stage tech start-ups, in particular in the FinTech, smart cities, artificial intelligence, e-commerce or high-tech industries.


The winners receive

Pitch training before the trip
Individual business acceleration programme, tailored to the wishes and objectives of each start-up
Opportunity to learn from the personal experiences of top entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and high-tech companies in Silicon Valley
Further development of marketing and sales skills
Mentoring and challenging by Swisscom and venturelab experts
Evaluation of business cooperation with Swisscom and investment by Swisscom Ventures


StartUp Challenge 2017 timetable


29.06.

The 10 finalists
are announced

17.08.

The 5 winners
are announced

24.09. – 01.10.

Acceleration programme
in Silicon Valley




  


These are the winners of the Swisscom StartUp Challenge 2017!

These 5 start-ups convinced the jury with their business model. They took part in the acceleration programme in Silicon Valley from 24 September to 1 October, benefiting from the personal experiences of top entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and tech business leaders.


Advertima

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

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

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

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.



Swisscom StartUp Challenge Facts & Figures
since 2013


73m

CHF received from Swisscom Ventures and other investors

650

applications



40

finalists



21

winners

80%

of all finalists are still enjoying business success

Blog

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


Interview

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


Blog

A fast jump into Silicon Valley