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


The 2018 finalists


AAAccell is a spin-off company of the University of Zurich. The team consists of two former bank CEOs, 11 professors and several PhD/Master students from University of Zurich, ETH, Columbia University New York and others. AAAccell links together academic excellence, artificial intelligence and algorithmic power and develops high-tech software solutions for the finance industry in the field of asset and risk management based on the latest breakthroughs in science.


v-Labs is a Swiss software company that has developed a specialist Augmented Reality (AR) application for excavation work. Its innovative solution allows excavator operators to work more efficiently and reduce any damage to underground infrastructures. It combines geographical information, high-tech positioning systems and AR to create the first usable AR-solution for excavation.


HumanAI enables smartphone users to protect, control, and monetize their personal data for artificial intelligence by providing a privacy-preserving data exchange system. The system uses blockchain technology and edge computing to run AI models directly on smartphones. As a result, users and businesses benefit equally from the unlocked data while complying with the new data protection laws.


TeleRetail is an autopilot software and autonomous transport system developer. It develops autopilot software systems for self-driving robots to automate industrial, urban and rural logistics while minimizing the ecological footprint of transportation. The company’s award-winning “Aito” AutoPilot System drives robots of almost any size autonomously while avoiding emissions and traffic congestion – reducing the energy consumption and space requirements of transport by up to 90%.


Dotphoton is a quantum-inspired raw image compression solution for professional applications: it makes raw images up to 10 times smaller while preserving the quality – saving time and money for image storage, transmission and analysis. It is enabling the next generation of high-quality imaging and processing solutions in photography, cinema, AI, biomedical and aerospace.


Exeon Analytics

Exeon Analytics fights advanced cyber attacks using award-winning algorithms. It often takes months, if not years, to detect data breaches because they are well hidden among millions of regular user activities. The ExeonTrace security analytics and visualization software allows companies to understand their network traffic and detect hidden cyber attacks and data breaches.


Technis markets smart flooring solutions for people flow management and monitoring in complex environments. Innovative sensor technology and deep learning algorithms recognize the direction of movement and other events such as falls on the floor. Activity can be tracked in sensitive areas to deliver precise, real-time monitoring of movements and venue use, with actionable data for resource optimization and security. Introducing Smart Flooring as a Service (SFaaS).


An EPFL startup initiated in 2014 and incorporated in January 2016, ROVENSO makes agile sensing robots for challenging and harsh environments. Based in Switzerland, it also has workshops and offices in Shenzhen (China) in partnership with HAX Accelerator. It has pilot projects with paying customers in China and Switzerland in the fields of firefighting and security surveillance.

Futurae Technologies

Futurae offers a secure authentication portfolio. Sound-based sensor fusion and other technologies combined through machine learning are used for IOT, single device and continuous authentication, transaction signing, and easy device migration. Currently based in the financial and insurance market, Futurae was founded by top cybersecurity researchers from ETH Zurich and business leaders.


Sentifi is a leading provider of financially relevant crowd intelligence. Its solutions are viewed more than 180 million times per month and used by the world’s leading financial service organizations to gain unique insights on over 50,000 traded companies, currencies and commodities and the events that impact them. Sentifi uses machine learning to rank and listen to over 14 million financial influencers.

Swisscom StartUp Challenge Facts & Figures
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of all finalists are still enjoying business success