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


The 10 finalists
are announced

The 10 finalists pitch to our jury.


The 5 winners
are announced

24.09. – 01.10.

Acceleration programme
in Silicon Valley


Finalists 2017


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.


CARU is a caring companion that empowers people to age where they want to. The patented IoT home emergency system CARU is installed in the home. It uses machine learning to detect critical situations and organizes assistance whenever required. It also actively prevents accidents through daily feedback on how users can improve their wellbeing.


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.


The EPFL-based company GenView focuses on 3D data visualization and data integration in complex environments. It offers GenView 3D, the next generation Digital Twin Cockpit, providing a solution for cities’ smart decision-making. GenView 3D gathers multiple-source data to give innovation-oriented cities better overall control of their key activities and operations.


Interprefy has developed a cloud-based platform for remote simultaneous interpreting of conferences and similar events. Interpreters work remotely and delegates use smartphones as receivers. Since qualified interpreters don't need to travel and no heavy equipment is required, cost savings compared to conventional technology are substantial.


LegalHub builds a human interface allowing anyone without a programming background to create, manage, publish and arbitrate smart contracts. The process is simple, quick and inexpensive, while the quality of the documents produced is of law firm standard.

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 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.


Securaxis provides weather forecasts for physical security and risk management. Using predictive analytics to assess individualized threats, and with real-time geo-localized mapping of risks, Securaxis enables people in volatile environments to make decisions the best way possible.

Swisscom StartUp Challenge Facts & Figures
since 2013


CHF received from Swisscom Ventures and other investors








of all finalists are still enjoying business success


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


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


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