Innovation as a key driver of business performance
Swisscom Ventures has been investing in start-ups since 2007 and networking them with Swisscom in order to stimulate innovation. In the year under review, Swisscom made investments in nine new companies and eleven follow-up investments in existing holdings. These include Scandit, a leading smart data capture company. Additionally, Swisscom uses the Swisscom StartUp platform to support entrepreneurs and start-ups in Switzerland through consulting, discounts on IT and cloud services, expert know-how, coaching programmes, financing and community events.
The year under review featured the eleventh Swisscom StartUp Challenge, which was all about deep tech.
Over 240 start-ups from 27 countries have applied for a funding programme as part of the Swisscom StartUp Challenge. The three winners of the StartUp Challenge secured an opportunity to take part in a customised acceleration programme at the Swisscom office in Silicon Valley. They also gained access to the Swisscom ecosystem. They can now access workshops, coaching and a network that includes companies from the deep tech segment as well as investors. Swisscom Kickbox is an employee-driven intrapreneurship and innovation programme with a clear process, tools and resources for innovation projects. It promotes a culture of innovation within the company and works at various strategic levels: for example, in the development of sophisticated customer-centric products and services and in employer branding to help Swisscom attract the best talent. Swisscom Kickbox is also available to other companies via the spin-off rready AG.See