Swisscom StartUp Challenge

  • In 2018, the Swisscom StartUp Challenge is taking place for the 6th consecutive year. It offers Swiss high-tech start-ups in the early and extension stage with international growth ambitions an exclusive opportunity to take part in a business acceleration programme in Silicon Valley.

Benefits for the winners

Pitch training to prepare for the trip
One-week business acceleration programme – tailored to the start-up’s specific objectives.
Learn from the personal experiences of top entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and tech companies from 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 from Swisscom Ventures

StartUp Challenge 2018 timetable



Apply with your innovation.


Swisscom and venturelab select the 10 most interesting start-ups from all applications.

Announcement of
the 10 finalists


Public Voting

Choose your favourite from the 10 finalists – and win a fantastic prize.

Pitch Training

Preparation for the final with venturelab.


The 10 finalists pitch to the jury.

Announcement of
the 5 winners



Getting ready for the trip to Silicon Valley.

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 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.


INVOLI 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



CHF received from Swisscom Ventures and other investors













of all finalists are still enjoying business success


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


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


A fast jump into Silicon Valley