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Swisscom StartUp Challenge

Swisscom StartUp Challenge 2020

Shaping the future with 5G

About the StartUp Challenge

The Swisscom StartUp Challenge 2020 is looking to the future. 5G is the next generation of mobile telecommunications and offers a wealth of new opportunities for our smart digital society. With ultra-fast, robust broadband connections and low latency, 5G will transform our lives, our business activities and our society. Let’s join together to shape the future! ​

If you are a start-up or a research team keen to harness the potential of 5G, then apply with your product or prototype for the Exploration Week in Swisscom’s 5G Lab and take your products to the next level alongside our 5G experts. ​

What the winners can expect during the Exploration Week

Lab environment  

Working with the latest 5G architectures (from the access to the core, including a Faraday cage) in which E2E testing can take place

Swisscom live network

Access to the live Swisscom 5G network at a range of different locations (indoor, hotspots, on trains, rural environments)

Access to 5G devices

Access to 5G smartphones, hotspots, tablets, laptops, existing Swisscom services and testing tools

5G Experts

Support/mentoring by 5G experts from Swisscom and the partner firms/programme partners



Opportunities to interact with potential customers, partner firms or investors

An attractive programme of events

An unforgettable week in Switzerland including a visit to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and Swiss innovators of business/technology

What the applicants need

  • A prototype/product that requires 5G functionality and is unviable or has only limited viability with 4G
  • During the Exploration Week, the team must be able to demonstrate that the prototype/product works in the live 5G network or the 5G lab

What the winners receive

  • Analysis of business cooperation with Swisscom and investment by Swisscom Ventures
  • A one-week exploration programme with access to one of the world’s most advanced 5G networks
  •  Mentoring and challenges set by Swisscom experts and programme partners (Venturelab, Ericsson, Qualcomm)



Until October 11th, 2020


Apply with your 5G Case on

December 17th, 2020


The 10 finalists pitch to the jury (Remote Option)

October 12th to November 26th, 2020


Swisscom and Venturelab select the 10 most interesting cases from all applications.

December 17th, 2020

Announcement of the 5 winners

November 26th, 2020

Announcement of the 10 finalists

December 22th, 2020 and January 14th, 2021

Briefing Exploration Program

The preparations are now running (Remote Option)


November 26th to December 17th, 2020

Public Voting

The public votes online for their favourite. Great prizes to win.

March 22th to 26th, 2021

Exploration Program in the Swiss 5G Lab from Swisscom

December 3rd, 2020


Preparation for the final with Venturelab. (Remote Option)


Programme Partners

Outreach Partners​

The Swisscom StartUp Challenge’s jury and mentors

The jury includes members of the Swisscom Group Executive Board and representatives from Swisscom Ventures and programme partners Venturelab, Ericsson and Qualcomm. During the Exploration Week, experts from Swisscom and the programme partners will provide support and guidance to the winners.


Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler

Chief Digital Officer, Swisscom

Christoph Aeschlimann

Chief Technology and Information Officer, Swisscom

Kathrin Hösli

Head of Exploration, Swisscom ​


Patrick Weibel

Head of 5G Program, Swisscom


Dominique Mégret

Head of Swisscom Ventures, Swisscom


Dario Vieceli

Head of TV & Smart Products ad interim, Swisscom

Friederike Hoffmann

Head of Connected Business Solutions, Swisscom

Egon Steinkasserer

Chief Product Officer, Swisscom

Corinne Andenmatten

Head of Wireless Story, Swisscom

Enrico Salvatori

Senior Vice President & President Qualcomm EMEA

Martin Bürki

Managing Director Ericsson Switzerland

Stefan Steiner

Co-Managing Director at Venturelab

Hall of Fame

Let’s build the future together