TRUST, A CRITICAL NEED

Building and maintaining trust is a major challenge for tomorrow’s society and economy. Good news is innovative solutions do exist.

With a 5-month program Tech4Trust aims to boost startups developing innovative solutions to tackle the major challenge of trust and make sure to connect the participants with the organisations actually addressing trust issues.

In a nutshell:

  • High potential startups for a valuable peer2peer support
  • High quality contacts with corporates, mentors, experts and academics
  • Prestigious partners from the “Trust Valley” ecosystem (public, private & academic actors)
  • Strong presence in Switzerland but hybrid program that can be followed wherever you are

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

All startups developing innovative solutions to foster trust in our society are welcome to apply.

Priority will be given to startups:

  • Incorporated for less than 7 years.
  • Already having a product ready to be sold.
  • In the phase of acquiring their first customers.
  • Committed to attend the program activities.
  • In the field of cybersecurity, authentication, access control, artificial intelligence, data privacy, blockchain, anti-counterfeiting, traceability, GDPR, forensics, quantum, authenticity verification or related.

 

After your application, a selection is made by the Advisory Board.
The complete process is:

  • Application until 5.09
  • Examination/review of each file
  • Possible oral interview with Advisory Board end of September
  • Announcement of the selected startups in October

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Registration
Before September, 5th, 2021

Selection of participants
End of September 2021

Announcement of participants
October 2021

Acceleration program
October 2021 – March 2022

Closing ceremony
End of March 2022

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GOALS & BENEFITS

Visibility & Sales
Showcase innovative products/services and connect with potential customers

Pilots & PoCs
Creating synergies with research departments from corporate companies

Academic Partnerships
Creating opportunities for joint research projects with labs & professors

Mentoring
Exclusive 1-1 coaching by a pool of experts to accompany the startups during the program

Fundraising
Meeting investors, support in clarifying needs and development of pitching skills

Learn new skills
Workshops led by experts on tech, sales, management, legal aspects and fundraising

COMPETITION

To reward the best projects, selected partners are sponsoring special prizes at the end of the acceleration program to most promising start-ups selected by an Advisory Board

PwC SecTech Award

60’000 CHF Consulting Services

Winner: 30’000 CHF

2nd: 20’000 CHF

3rd: 10’000 CHF

And more to be revealed soon…!

ADVISORY BOARD 2021

Lajla Aganovic

Swisscom Ventures

Dr. Lan Zuo Gillet

Foundation EPFL Innovation Park

Marc Barbezat

Canton of Vaud

Vincent Bieri

Nexthink

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

Dr. Fabrice Moscheni

Fastcom Technology SA

Reshad Moussa

GEOSATIS

Christophe Nicolas

Kudelski Group

Nicholas Niggli

Republic and State of Geneva

Trust Valley
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

COACHES & MENTORS

Vera Steullet

Sonia Duc

Sanja Fabrio

Sandra Dängeli

Ria Kechagia

Philippe-Emmanuel Maulion

Trust Valley

Pedro Paiva

Trust Valley

Paul Such

Olivier Hayat

Nicolas Vernaz

Morgane Pfefferlé

Mathieu Delavy

Marie de Freminville

Liana Ugnat

Trust Valley

Jérôme Bailly

Gianfranco Moi

Fabrice Guye

Fabien Jacquier

Erick Caron

Emilie Michel

Trust Valley

Dr. Mathieu Verbaere

Trust Valley

Dr. Jean-Philippe Aumasson

Brigitte Roy

Amine Tazi

TESTIMONIALS

JULIAN NAFTULE

“We were also 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. ”

EX0-SYS

LAURENT BALMELLI

« 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. »

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Marketing & Communication