MassChallenge Switzerland Unveils Top 13 Startups

Those 13 startups will present to the final judging panel. Judges will have the possibility to distribute up to 1 million CHF according to the merit of the projects that will be presented. In addition, in kind support will be provided to the more promising startups. Winners will be announced at the MassChallenge Awards on November 2nd at Univercitin Renens where the accelerator is based.

We are very proud of the achievements of all of the start-ups in our cohort. Each one has learned, become stronger and contributed to the success of the first year of MC in Switzerland, said Ian Roberts, CTO of Bher, one of the founding partners of MassChallenge Switzerland. However, we believe that the final 13 have advanced significantly during the MassChallenge programme, and have the potential to become number one in their fields and are on the cusp of major successes.

Over the past four months, the 2016 Swiss cohort has been working with mentors to refine their businesses, connecting with corporate and nonprofit organizations to explore partnership opportunities, and attending workshops to learn more about product/market fit, pitching, and fundraising.

An important number of startup enthusiasts and leaders from the global innovation ecosystem are anticipated to attend the November 2nd event to celebrate the winners.


MassChallenge Switzerland Top 13:

Switzerland | General
We shape the drone revolution by building safe and friendly entertainment drones

Switzerland| High tech
Vizir combines thermal vision and augmented reality to give fire fighters a clear vision in dark and smoky environments.

Switzerland| High tech
Fastree3D imaging sensors help recognize and measure distance to fast moving objects in real-time, enabling automotive safety

Gait Up SA
Switzerland | High tech
Gait Up makes and sells next generation wearable technology for motion analysis in the sports, healthcare and wellness industries.

homePad Solutions SA
Switzerland | High tech
homePad the first full-stack SaaS solution for rental activities – 16bn European potential market

Switzerland | Healthcare/Life Science
Intento is an EPFL spin-off developing a solution for the rehabilitation of paralyzed stroke patients.

machIQ Industrial Services Inc.
France | High tech
Industrial services marketplace for peer-to-peer spare parts purchasing & trading, and a platform for remote diagnosis & technical support.

France | General
Sensorwake improves the well-being and health of people by using the sense of smell.

Switzerland | General
Empowering supply chain inspectors to take 200x faster decisions about food authenticity & compliance to protect profitability and brand.

Taste of Kenya
United Kingdom | General
Simplifying the Kenyan Coffee Supply Chain by linking Kenyan coffee farmers to coffee roasters globally.

Switzerland | General
TwentyGreen produces a greener natural feed supplement for more sustainable animal farming.

Switzerland | Healthcare/Life Science
Versantis is a pharmaceutical company developing the first drug capture platform for the treatment of life-threatening intoxications.

Switzerland | High tech
Xsensio develops the first “Lab-on-SkinTM” sensing platform, to track biochemical information at the surface of the skin.


About MassChallenge:
MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, we are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. We also reward the highest-impact startups through a competition to win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards. Through our global network of accelerators in Boston, the UK, Israel, Switzerland, and Mexico, and unrivaled access to our corporate partners, we can have a massive impact – driving growth and creating value the world over. To date, 835 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $1.4 billion in funding, generated over $575 million in revenue, and created over 50,000 direct and indirect jobs. For more information, please visit

About MassChallenge Switzerland:
The accelerator combines MassChallenges no-equity, competition-based model with the talent and potential of Swiss startup ecosystem. Based in the Lake Geneva Region, in UniverCit(Renens), the accelerator attracts startups from Switzerland, other parts of Europe and beyond, who want to understand and access Switzerlands unique innovation culture and progress in high technology. Height founding partners are supporting the MassChallenge Switzerland launch: Bler Group, already a diamond sponsor of MassChallenge in Boston, Nestl Inartis Foundation, the Swiss Economic Forum, Foundation Bailly, Givaudan, Barry Callebaut and GEA. A high-profile supervisory board has been formed to launch MassChallenge Switzerland in 2016. Members include Stefan Catsicas, Executive Vice President NestlS.A., CTO; Calvin Grieder, Chairman of the Board of Directors & CEO Bler Group; Beno Dubuis, Director of Campus Biotech and President of the Inartis Foundation; Peter Stli, Chairman of the Swiss Economic Forum Group; Chris Thoen, Sr VP Head of Global Science and Technology Givaudan SA; Massimo Selmo, Head of Global Sourcing, Barry Callebaut Sourcing AG; Steffen Bersch, Member of the Executive Board GEA Group AG, and John Harthorne, CEO of MassChallenge.