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 or partner firms

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

  •  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)




Programme Partners

Outreach Partners​

Let’s build the future together