Security-, Fintech- and Robotics Startups selected for Silicon Valley Trip


AAAccell, Dotphoton, Exeon Analytics, Sentifi and ROVENSO have been named as the winners of the sixth Swisscom StartUp Challenge. All gave a successful pitch to the jury panel at the Swisscom Braingym in Bern. ROVENSO is also the winner of the public voting.


The five winners have secured their places on the one-week Business Acceleration Programme in Silicon Valley. Here, they will learn from the personal experiences of top entrepreneurs and venture capitalists and develop their marketing and sales skills. The young entrepreneurs also have the opportunity to win Swisscom's backing in a collaboration or investment.

Winners include:

AAAccell (Zurich) develops software solutions for the finance industry in the field of asset- and risk management. Its PSARM (Portfolio Selection and Risk Monitoring) is a leading quant engine that transforms an existing portfolio (institutional or private) into a lower risk portfolio, while simultaneously improving its respective returns.

Dotphoton (Zug) is a quantum-inspired raw image compression solution for professional applications: it makes raw images up to 10 times smaller with a strong guarantee that quality is preserved, saving a corresponding amount of time and money. In a first step the company focusses on high-quality imaging and processing solutions in biomedical and aerospace.  

Exeon Analytics (Zurich) fights advanced cyber attacks using award-winning algorithms. It often takes months, if not years, until data breaches are detected because they are well hidden among millions of regular user activities. ExeonTrace security analytics and visualization software allows companies to understand their network traffic and detect hidden cyber attacks and data breaches.  

Sentifi (Zurich) is a leading provider of financially relevant Crowd Intelligence. The company uses machine learning to rank and listening to over 14 million financial influencers and connect them with events impacting global assets. Its solutions are viewed more than 180 million times per month and used by the world’s leading financial services organizations to gain unique insights on over 50 thousand traded companies, currencies and commodities and the events that impact them. 

An EPFL startup initiated in 2014 and incorporated in January 2016, ROVENSO (Lausanne) makes agile sensing robots for challenging and harsh environments. Based in Switzerland, it also has workshops and offices in Shenzhen (China) in partnership with HAX Accelerator. It has pilot projects with paying customers in China and Switzerland in the fields of firefighting and security surveillance. 

Since the launch of the StartUp Challenge in 2013, over 852 start-ups have applied to take part. This year, a record number of 238 applications were submitted for the event. Applicants come from the ICT, Cloud Services, Fintech, Artificial Intelligence, IOT, Robotics, Digital Marketing and Cyber Security sectors. The top ten start-ups pitched to the panel of experts today, Tuesday, 14 August, 2018. The judging panel included Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler (Chief Digital Officer Swisscom), Carole Ackermann (Investor and President Business Angels Switzerland), Lukas Weder (Founder of and Beat Schillig (CEO of programme partner venturelab).


Picture: Anders Bally (Sentifi), Eugenia Balysheva (Dotphoton), Lucian Cucu (Rovenso), David Gugelmann (Exeon), Sandro Schmid (Aaaccell), Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler (Swisscom) from left to right / Micha Riechsteiner Fotografie.