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Swisscom StartUp Challenge

Swisscom StartUp Challenge 2021

Boosting the future of cyber security

The Swisscom StartUp Challenge 2021

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.

What's in store for winners during the exploration programme?

Access to security infrastructure

Access to security applications and existing Swisscom Services as well as the infrastructure used in the customer environment.

Access to the Security Community

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.

New cooperation opportunities

Exploration programme and invitation to our Swisscom Outpost in Silicon Valley (US) for a selected start-up.

Applicant requirements

  • A cyber security prototype, product or solution
  • The team must be able to present a fully functioning prototype or product during the exploration programme (in the Swisscom environment if appropriate).
  • The application must be usable in Switzerland
  • An ambitious and visionary research or start-up team

What’s in store for the 5 winners?

  • A one-week exploration programme with Swisscom’s Cyber Security Community and access to Swisscom’s infrastructure (remote option)
  • Mentoring from Swisscom cyber security experts and partners
  • Development of marketing and sales skills
  • Individual pitch training and coaching from our partner Venturelab
  • Discussion of cyber security experiences with leading entrepreneurs and venture capitalists
  • Building a network of potential customers and business partners
  • Consideration given to a business partnership with Swisscom and investment from Swisscom Ventures
  • Invitation and network building for a selected start-up at our Swisscom Outpost in Silicon Valley (US) The programme will be tailored to the individual needs of the start-up.


17 May to 4 July 2021


Submit your application with your security case from the field of cyber security at

5 July to 31 August 2021


Swisscom selects the 10 most interesting cases from all applications

1 September 2021

The 10 finalists are announced

Pitch training

Preparation for the finals with Venturelab (remote option)

1 to 16 September 2021

Public voting

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)

Programme Partner

Media Partner

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Outreach Partners​

The Swisscom StartUp Challenge’s jury and mentors

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.


Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler

Chief Digital Officer, Swisscom

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Philippe Vuilleumier

Head of Group Security, Swisscom

Kathrin Hösli

Head of Exploration, Swisscom ​


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Cyrill Peter

Head of Cyber Security Services, Field CTO, Swisscom


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Dusan Vuksanovic

Security Director and Advisor, Swisscom


Egon Steinkasserer

Chief Product Officer, Swisscom

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Dominique Mégret

Head of Swisscom Ventures, Swisscom


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Marcus Dahlén

VP Cyber Security & CISO at Swisscom Outpost

Friederike Hoffmann

Head of Connected Business Solutions, Swisscom

Stefan Steiner

Co-Managing Director at Venturelab

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