Swisscom Startup Challenge: Ten finalists announced

09.07.2015 08:34

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The Swisscom Startup Challenge selects five companies. They win a business acceleration programme in Silicon Valley and have the opportunity of an investment or collaboration with Swisscom. Today the finalists were announced.

Swisscom, in partnership with venturelab, awards start-ups in the IT and telecommunications, big data, FinTech, e-commerce, smart mobility, e-health, media and cleantech industries who want to use their products or services to conquer the world.

The ten finalists and their projects in alphabetical order:

The algorithm developed by 42matters analyses the apps that users have installed on their mobile devices and uses the information to calculate their demographic data and interests. Thanks to this anonymous user profile, advertisers and developers can get to know their target group better and send its members appropriate advertising or content in a more targeted way.

Archilogic creates digital, interactive 3D models of real estate interiors that can be explored and furnished directly in the browser. The 3D models require no software download, no app, or any previous knowledge and can easily be shared or embedded.

The Ava start-up is devoted to nothing less than the revolution of conception and prenatal health. Based on a thorough understanding of human physiology, reproductive medicine, sensor technologies and big data analytics, Ava has developed a wearable device that helps couples become pregnant.

BestMile develops a cloud-based fleet management software that brings coherence to autonomous vehicle fleets by allowing them to be operated together as a public transportation system. The company focuses on the so-called «last mile», the journey from people’s homes to their nearest connection point to the public transport system. Private sites are also targeted.

Gamaya is active in the field of smart farming. The start-up develops a large-scale hyperspectral imaging and analytics solution. By analysing the data provided by the system, it is clear when a plant or the soil needs water or nutrients. With the help of this information, chemicals can be directed to where they are needed, diseases can be identified and harvests can be increased.

The Crowd app developed by the Gimalon start-up helps users organise their free time. It is very easy to organise a meeting with friends or a party using the app. It enables groups to communicate with each other and to decide what to do, as well as where and when to meet. Another benefit of the app is that it also serves as an events calendar and personal diary.

The Monetas start-up is developing a decentralised system that can be used to conduct all kinds of financial and legal transactions. In an innovative way, Monetas connects (Bitcoin) blockchain technology for secure deposit entry with a cryptographically secured P2P network for fast, low-cost global transactions.

Using the app developed by the MUUME start-up, consumers can shop, order and pay quickly, all in one go and always via the same check-out button - whether in a shop, restaurant, on the move or at home. As a commerce and multi-channel check-in/check-out solution, MUUME offers traders quick payment and simpler book-keeping.

Privately’s “right-to-be-forgotten” solutions keep user’s content private, secure and removable on social networks. Combining end-user encryption applications (B2C), API and a service-provider platform (B2B), Privately provides an end-to-end solution for protecting users’ private content shared digitally.

The bioinformatics start-up SimplicityBio discovers multiple biomarker panels for pharmaceutical and diagnostics companies. As examples of applications, more accurate diagnostic tests can be developed and it is possible to evaluate which people respond better to a specific medicine.

More information about the Startup Challenge can be found on the Swisscom website.

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