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

24.03. - 07.05.
Application
Submit your application.

07.05. - 28.06.
Selection
Swisscom and venturelab choose the 10 best start-ups from all the applicants.

29.06.

The 10 finalists
are announced

31.07. - 11.08.
Public Voting
Choose your favourite from the shortlist of 10 – and win a fantastic prize.
17.08.
Pitch
The 10 finalists pitch to our jury.

18.08.

The 5 winners
are announced

24.09. – 01.10.

Acceleration programme
in Silicon Valley


Apply now for the Swisscom StartUp Challenge


Take your chance and apply today for the Swisscom StartUp Challenge 2017! The five winners will travel to Silicon Valley for an individually tailored business acceleration programme.






2016 Winners


Fashwell

Fashwell has developed an app with an image analysis algorithm that enables users to find and buy their favourite fashion products online.

www.fashwell.com

Nanolive

Nanolive has developed a new type of technology that enables scientists to conduct 3D microscope-based exploration of living cells without damaging them.

www.nanolive.ch

Qumram

Qumram has developed a big data platform on which online data can be entirely and lawfully captured and subsequently retrieved at any moment.

www.qumram.com


Advanon

Advanon enables SMEs to finance their outstanding invoices easily, quickly and transparently through investors.

www.advanon.com

Xsensio

Xsensio creates next-generation wearable devices that will track non-invasively a large number of parameters that can currently only be tracked in blood.

www.xsensio.com



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

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