Cyber security, one of the most important issues in our decentralised digital world, is the focus for the Swisscom StartUp Challenge 2021.
How should we go about protecting ourselves from cyber attacks and how do we empower organisations and companies to tackle security risks? How can we deploy automated processes and technological solutions to identify and defend against threats and attacks more rapidly and efficiently? What can we do to reinforce a systematic and sustainable security culture and raise employees’ awareness of how to handle workplace challenges and ‘the new normal’ safely?
If you are a start-up or research team developing products, prototypes and solutions in the field of cyber security, then apply for an exploration programme with Swisscom’s cyber security community and take them to the next level.
Here we briefly explain our three biggest challenges in the cyber security environment.
Access to security applications and existing Swisscom Services as well as the infrastructure used in the customer environment.
Support and mentoring from Swisscom cyber security experts and partners.
Building a network of potential customers and business partners. Consideration given to an investment from Swisscom Ventures.
Exploration programme and invitation to our Swisscom Outpost in Silicon Valley (US) for a selected start-up.
17 May to 4 July 2021
5 July to 31 August 2021
Swisscom selects the 10 most interesting cases from all applications
1 September 2021
The 10 finalists are announced
Preparation for the finals with Venturelab (remote option)
1 to 16 September 2021
Members of the general public vote online for their favourite
16 September 2021
The 10 finalists present their pitch to the panel (remote option)
16 September 2021
The 5 winners are announced
21 September 2021
Exploration briefing on the exploration programme (remote)
4 October 2021
Individual briefing on the exploration programme (remote)
Preperation gets underway. The joint collaboration begins.
24 to 28 January 2022
Exploration programme with Swisscom's cyber security community experts (Remote Option)
The jury includes members of the Swisscom Group Executive Board and Swisscom Security Group and representatives from Swisscom Ventures and our programme partner Venturelab. During the Exploration Week, cyber security experts from Swisscom and our programme partner will provide support and guidance to the winners.