MassChallenge Switzerland Cohort 2021 on the starting blocks

97 early-stage startups will join the MassChallenge Switzerland 2021 Accelerator Program. Among them are 19 Swiss companies. These selected startups have been rigorously vetted by a community of more than 220 expert judges and represent the top 10% of applications from around the world.

For the 2021 program the MassChallenge Switzerland team has designed an on-line / on-site hybrid accelerator program. The startups come from 31 countries spanning over 4 continents and have the potential to create widespread impact across industries. The cohort composition is mostly agnostic, additionally, there is a special track of 30 startups that make up our Sustainable Food Systems track. In detail:

  • 31% are sustainable food systems, and will join the special Sustainable Food Systems track
  • 20% are general, retail, and consumer goods
  • 14% are high tech  
  • 21% are healthcare and life sciences
  • 10% are clean tech and energy
  • 4% are social impact

Matt Lashmar, Managing Director of MassChallenge Switzerland said, “I’m pleased to welcome this outstanding group of startups to the 2021 program. They out-competed over 1,000 startups to get selected and represent the top 10% of applicants. An interesting trend is that the vast majority of this year’s cohort are purpose driven startups whose ideas have huge potential to add value to the world-at-large. I’m looking forward to connecting them to our partners and mentors, so that together the MassChallenge community can help them grow their businesses and add some value back to society”.

All selected start-ups can be discovered in the attached document that can be downloaded below. The Swiss participants include:

Sustainable Food Systems Track

Galventa: compound with a release pattern based on micro pellets for use in the relieve of sleep inertia symptoms

Healthcare / Lifesciences 

anavo medical: Nanoparticle paste to boost wound closure, keep bacterial infections in check and tissue alive

Babylat: device for protein enrichment of human milk, with proteins extracted from human milk for preterm babies 

Epios: personalized and precision management of brain disorders using daily life monitoring and therapeutics.

miniMarrow (stealth mode)

Parithera: liquid biopsy to isolate more tumour cells circulating in the blood stream enabling precision oncology

Spirecut: surgical instruments for percutaneous treatment. No skin incision, less complications, early return to normal life.

TissueLabsa platform for creating organs and tissues in the lab. The start-up offers biomaterials, equipment, and services for 3D bioprinting.

VAY: B2B solution training computers to perfectly perceive and predict human motion using just a regular camera to digitize physical therapy, rehab & fitness

High Tech 

VISENSE: remote error diagnosis solution that gives you real-time insights into industrial production errors

XRnanotech: Nanoscale X-ray optics allowing to investigate the smallest ever structures with unprecedented image quality


NaturLoop: Cocoboard, the first 100% bio-based panel for the furniture and construction industry

nul: eco-friendly alternatives for personal and household care that actually work

Energy / Clean Tech 

Cyltronic: world's first electric cylinder for the direct replacement of standard based pneumatic cylinders

Heatneutralproducing worlds most efficient, cost effective and scalable heating system for homes and industry and supplying CO2 neutral fuels 

Oxyle: efficient wastewater treatment with game-changing reactors that degrade >90% of toxic & persistent pollutants from effluents

SmartHelio: IoT sensor for solar panels helping to generate more clean energy and prevent e-waste

UNISERS: detecting the invisible defect sources during the manufacturing of computer chips and enables financial benefits of $2b-20b/year.

Social Impact 

Plastogaz: Plastogaz develops plastic valorization technologies centered on catalysis helping customers to switch from a linear to a circular economy

During the 4 months of acceleration, the selected 97 startups will be able to engage with industry experts, corporates and investors, while receiving world-class mentoring, tailored programming, free co-working space and numerous key networking opportunities. The accelerator program will culminate on October 28th at the MassChallenge Switzerland Awards Ceremony, when the best startups will be rewarded with up to CHF 1 million in zero-equity prize money, as well as several other in-kind prizes. Since 2016, MassChallenge Switzerland has been a leader in helping startups across Europe grow their businesses, with 396 alumni raising $497M in funding.

(Stefan Kyora)