Press Releases Switzerland

The State of Startup/Corporate Collaboration 2016 Study Results Unveiled

The study was the first to interview both startups and corporations on their views about their interactions. The firms surveyed 233 startups and 112 corporate respondents from March 30th to April 24th, 2016. Corporate respondents included Microsoft, Pfizer, KLM, Cisco, Xerox, and IBM, among many other leading companies.

Among other insights, the study uncovered five key learnings:

MassChallenge Announces 2016’s Highest-Impact Startups

MassChallenge is a no-equity, not-for-profit accelerator that helps only the highest-impact startups in the world. Impact is defined by the startups themselves - ranging from scientific breakthroughs to providing clean drinking water to millions to disrupting established industries.

MassChallenge Switzerland Announces First Cohort

The complete list of finalists can be found here

Applications Open for MassChallenge Switzerland with Up to CHF 1 Million in Awards

The announcement took place at the first-ever MassChallenge World Startup Summit held in collaboration with the 2016 LIFT Conference, where top MassChallenge alumni participated in a pitch competition to win equity-free cash prizes totaling $10,000. All participating MassChallenge teams were inducted into the new MassChallenge Hall of Fame. Swiss startups also participated in a pitch competition.

MassChallenge Expands Global Accelerator Network into Switzerland

Four founding partners are supporting the MassChallenge Switzerland launch: Bühler Group, already a diamond sponsor of MassChallenge in Boston, Nestlé, Inartis Foundation and Swiss Economic Forum.

“Switzerland is a well-established leader for innovation and industry,” said MassChallenge Founder and CEO John Harthorne. “Launching a new accelerator in Switzerland that is connected with our other global hubs will dramatically expand the open innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Switzerland, as well as greatly enhance the MassChallenge network in Europe.”

MassChallenge Extends Global Reach with Record Number of Applicants

Applicants for both 2015 programs can be viewed here (note: stealth entrants not visible to the public):

MassChallenge Names 128 Startups to 2014 Accelerator Class

"We are incredibly grateful to our judges and partners for helping us to identify the startups that will drive global impact,” said MassChallenge Founder and President Akhil Nigam.