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For start-ups building the future of digital trust and cybersecurity

An acceleration program that helps the world’s most promising companies in the fields of cybersecurity and digital trust to get their business ready for market through top-notch mentoring, strategic support and training from leading industry partners.

During a 6-month program, Tech4Trust accelerates startups in cybersecurity and the digital trust space and help them secure funding, start pilots and future-proof their operations for faster and long-term growth.

Start-ups developing innovation solutions that tackle current digital trust challenges can apply until 28 August 2022.

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STARTUP BENEFITS

Why join Tech4Trust?

Exposure


Gain strong visibility through demo days and roadshows

Network


Access the Trust Valley ecosystem and top-level partners

Investors


Meet key investors and secure your next funding round

Coaching & mentoring


Get exclusive coaching & mentoring sessions with high-level experts

Training program


Improve your strategy and operations through high-quality workshops

Cash & in-kind prizes


Win prizes worth up to 150K sponsored by État de Vaud, PwC Switzerland and Fortinet

Pilots & PoCs


Find synergies with corporate companies & academics and start collaborations

WHO CAN APPLY?

Eligibility criteria

Startups developing innovative solutions to foster trust in our society and matching the following criteria are welcome to apply:

  • are incorporated for less than 7 years
  • already have a ready-to-market product or solution.
  • are in a customer acquisition phase.
  • are active in the program’s focused expertise and fields.
  • are committed to attend all the program’s activities.

Expertise

Threat Intelligence, Quantum security, Forensics, Neurotechnology, Industrial IoT, Critical Infrastructure, SCADA, Robotics, AI, Access Control, Cybersecurity, Authentication, Data Privacy, Blockchain, Anti-counterfeiting, Traceability, GDPR, Authenticity Verification, Cloud Security, Anonymized, Data Management, Edge Cloud, Digital self-determination, Digital Governance, Peace Tech

Fields

Space, Smart Cities, Agritech-food, Health, Finance & Insurance, Mobility, Education, Industrial Sector, ICT, Peace, Democracy, Humanitarian Aid, Sustainability

Timeline & Program

27 August 2022

Application deadline

9 September – 6 October

Startups selection by Advisory Board

6 October 2022

Announcement of selected startups at Trust Valley Day, including pitch and booth.
Rolex Learning Center, EPFL

12 October 2022

VC event in partnership with TechTour

17 November 2022

Demo Day Geneva at Trust in Innovation Conference

23 November 2022

SICTIC Investor Day

7 December 2022

Zug Roadshow in partnership with Crypto Valley

18 January 2023

Zurich Roadshow in partnership with PwC Switzerland

January 2023 (TBC)

EU Roadshow at Winter Conference

February 2023 (TBC)

Geneva Roadshow in partnership with Geneva Centre for Security Policy

9  March 2023 (TBC)

Wallis Roadshow in partnership with CCI-Valais, the Ark & Groupe Mutuel

16 March 2023 (TBC)

Yverdon Roadshow in partnership with HEIG-VD & Y-Parc

28 March 2023 (TBC)

Silicon Valley Roadshow in partnership with swissnex San Francisco

6 April 2023

Demo day & Awards Ceremony

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Our Track Record

70+

seed to Serie A companies

50+

leading industry partners

4

editions since 2019

150M+

fund raised by portfolio

What people say about the Tech4Trust

Testimonials

« The Tech4Trust community has enabled us to forge successful strategic partnerships such as the one with Microsoft Azure. This partnership strengthens the security around patient data that is at the heart of the KimboCare initiative. We are feeling very proud and grateful for our time and experience with Tech4Trust. »

Franck Tiambo

Founder @ Kimbocare

« The Tech4Trust program allowed us to connect with the amazing local network of experts as well as, all together will other startups, present an incredible diverse offering. »

Harry Halpin

CEO @ Nym Technology

« The Tech4Trust program has been an incredible springboard for our young startup specialized in the field of data encryption in public clouds. We were able to exchange with remarkable coaches and above all benefit from an unparalleled visibility. The support of the canton of Vaud and the TrusValley has been a great help to start our developments and market our solutions to our first customers. »

Nagib Aouini

CEO @ DuoKey

“We were very fortunate to have extremely qualified mentors who allowed us to better orient our strategy and thanks to which we were able to obtain really relevant information and recommendations which helped us to move forward. ”

Julian Naftule

EX0-SYS

« The program is an unique opportunity to meet high-motivated innovators and experienced folks with a security mindset. It provides a platform for visibility at the national level, with an appearance at the Swiss CyberSecurity Days. It does not get better than that. »

Laurent Balmelli

CEO @ Strong.Network

See the program in action

Advisory Board 2022

Lajla Aganovic

Logitech

Marc Barbezat

Canton of Vaud

Vincent Bieri

Nexthink

Leo Bolchanine

AdNovum

Ubavka Cutile-Nikolova

VP at Barclays Private Bank

Yan Borboën

PwC Switzerland

Raphaël Conz

Canton de Vaud

Olivier Crochat

C4DT, EPFL

Stéphane Duguin

Cyberpeace Institute

Cédric Enzler

eXpert Solutions

Antoine Geissbühler

Université de Genève

Patrick Ghion

Police de Genève

Bolko Hohaus

SICTIC (Swiss ICT Investor Club)

Jean-Philippe Lallement

Foundation EPFL Innovation Park

Dr. Vincent Lenders

Cyber-Defence Campus armasuisse

Sylvain Jaccard

Switzerland Global Enterprise

Frédéric Mauger

Sysmosoft

Christophe Nicolas

Kudelski Group

Nicholas Niggli

Republic and State of Geneva

Martin Von Muralt

Réseau national de sécurité

Line Pillet

HES-SO  Valais-Wallis

Trust Valley

Sylvain Pasini

HEIG-VD

Patrice Perche

Fortinet

Jean-Marc Rickli

GCSP, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Trust Valley

Paul Such

Hacknowledge

Alain Couttolenc

Chief Development and external relations Officer

Yohann Perron

Innovaud

Vera Steullet

Nestlé

Francesca Bosco

CyberPeace Institute

Christophe Bouillard

Chief Information Security Officer

Simone Fortin

MSC Cruises

Lennig Pedron

Trust Valley

Coaches & Mentors

Amine Tazi

Brigitte Roy

carlos moreno

Carlos Moreno

dominique_guinard

Dominique Guinard

Trust Valley

Dr. Jean-Philippe Aumasson

davor pavuna

Em. Davor Pavuna

Fabien Jacquier

Fabrice Guye

francois d haegeleer

François D’Haegeleer

Gianfranco Moi

Trust Valley

Jérôme Bailly

jerome michaud

Jérôme Michaud

Julien Levis

laura tocmacov

Laura Venchiarutti-Tocmacov

Trust Valley

Laurent Balmelli

marcel_egger

Marcel Egger

Marie de Freminville

Mathieu Delavy

Micha Roon

Micha Roon

Morgane Pfefferlé

Pascal Marmier

Trust Valley

Pedro Paiva

philippe niederhauser

Philippe Niederhauser

Philippe-Emmanuel Maulion

Ria Kechagia

Sandra Dängeli

Sébastien Genet

Vera Steullet

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Vicken Bayramian

Meet the team

Lennig Pedron

Director @ Trust Valley

Flaminia Giuncato

Program Manager @ Trust Valley

Josua Rochat

Program Lead @ Trust Valley