Startupticker – live from Silicon Valley

26.09.2016 09:00

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Startupticker’s Stefan Kyora joins the five Swisscom Startup Challenge winners on their trip to Silicon Valley this week. We accompany the start-ups as they meet investors, potential partners and customers, and we report live from Palo Alto, Stanford (picture) and San Francisco. 

Swisscom has organised a week-long business development trip for start-ups that want to challenge their business model in a global context, and are not afraid to do so in the most vibrant and competitive tech ecosystem on the planet, Silicon Valley. Swisscom has used its network to organise individual meetings for each participating start-up in order to meet investors and potential business partners. The quality and diversity of the meetings make the trip unique. 

The five start-ups selected this year are Advanon, Fashwell, Nanolive, Qumram and Xsensio. “We’re expecting to expand our network within the States and to meet high profile VCs, as well as people that can help us with a potential market entry within the US. We’re also looking forward to taking the Silicon Valley spirit back to Switzerland,” says Phil Lojacono, founder and CEO of Advanon. Esmeralda Megally, CEO and co-founder of Xsensio, adds: "I plan on talking to as many potential customers during the week as possible to get market feedback."

The week starts at the Swisscom Outpost in Menlo Park today and an introduction to swissnex San Francisco will follow. On Tuesday, the individual part of the week begins: the start-ups will have meetings, visit accelerators and organise their own events. Nanolive is holding a lunch event at Stanford University (picture) for potential buyers of its 3D Cell Explorer and other business partners. Along with Yann Cotte and Lisa Pollaro, Nanolive’s first user at Stanford University will also participate in the event and will share insights about his experience.

Several articles will be published on the website during the week, as we accompany the start-ups and talk to representatives of young and established Swiss companies with offices in Silicon Valley.

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