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Applications for the Swisscom Startup Challenge 2018 have opened

In 2018, the Swisscom StartUp Challenge is taking place for the 6th consecutive year. It offers Swiss high-tech start-ups in the early and extension stage with international growth ambitions an exclusive opportunity to take part in a business acceleration programme in Silicon Valley.

The five best applicants will win a Business Acceleration Program in Silicon Valley, from October 21st to 26th 2018, as well as a chance of investment or collaboration with Swisscom.

The application deadline is May 21st, 2018. Ten finalists will be selected from all the applications to pitch in front of a top-class jury in August. The five winners will then fly to Silicon Valley.

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New Innosuisse Start-up Training courses all over Switzerland!

Do you have a business idea and want to successfully launch your startup? Or have you already founded your company and are now ready for growth?

As of 2018, Venturelab offers new Start-up training courses (commissioned by Innosuisse) to enable entrepreneurs to execute their plan at different stages.

The courses are divided in two modules of 5-day intensive workshops: Business Creation helps aspiring founders with an innovative business idea to achieve their action plan, while Business Growth supports incorporated Start-ups in accelerating their growth plan. Learn, among other things, to master a convincing pitch, define a business plan, secure funding, generate leads and grow leadership.

To match every participants? needs, each module has been tailored to a specific industry: ICT, Advanced Engineering, Biotech and Medtech. Trainers have been selected from entrepreneurs, investors and experts from each sector to offer specialized hands-on experience, and each participant will also get 3 hours with a dedicated personal coach.
For the “Business Creation” courses in your specific industry (focus on building a business), apply here:  

If you want to push your existing startup to new heights (focus on growing a company), apply here:

If you want to boost your project / Start-up and benefit from industry specific training, apply online now! There is no application deadline, but the courses (max. 15 participants) are first come, first served.

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Kickstart Accelerator – Robotics & Intelligent Systems

Are you working on a game-changing venture in the field of machine learning? Does your drone startup need validation and feedback, both on a technical as well as on the business level? From big data to robotics, from hardware to software, from artificial intelligence to machine learning – we are looking for disruptive technologies and applications solving environmental challenges as well as improving the way machines and humans interact with each other. Get access to Switzerland’s leading universities with their research labs in robotics and machine learning and meet world leading corporates with crucial R&D activities in and around Zurich.

Find out how to apply here. 

BRIDGE Proof of Concept

Have you earned your spurs as a young researcher and come up with an idea for developing your research results into a marketable product? And are you looking for an opportunity to test and refine your idea. Then BRIDGE Proof of Concept is just what you are looking for.

BRIDGE Proof of Concept helps young researchers to apply their research results and gain the confidence needed to make a market entry. The projects may target innovations of all kinds from all research areas.

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