Swisscom Ventures is the venture capital arm of Swisscom AG, the leading telecommunications and IT provider in Switzerland. Since our inception in 2007, we have invested in over 35 IT, digital media and telecommunication companies from our offices in Switzerland (Zurich and Lausanne) and the USA (Silicon Valley). As a strategic investor, we offer entrepreneurs access to our technical infrastructure and market channels in addition to financial support.
It provides a unique opportunity for Swiss high-tech start-ups to pitch their products and services to an expert jury and win a business acceleration programme in Silicon Valley. The Swisscom StartUp Challenge is open to all early- and extension-stage tech start-ups in Switzerland. Chosen from the ten finalists, the five best start-ups win a tailor-made business acceleration programme in Silicon Valley.
Well-renowned venture capital research platform CB Insights recently published a list featuring the most active corporate VCs in the world in 2016. With 9 new investments in 2016, Swisscom Ventures came in as 2nd most active telco/CATV corporate VC and 19th most active corporate VC in the world overall.