The Boldbrain Startup Challenge 2019 is launched

iWin, the startup from Ticino that won the Boldbrain Startup Challenge 2018
iWin, the startup from Ticino that won the Boldbrain Startup Challenge 2018

Institutional Communication Service

15 May 2019

On Tuesday, May 14, at a press conference held in Lugano, Fondazione Agire presented the second edition of Boldbrain Startup Challenge, the competition for innovative entrepreneurial ideas organised in collaboration with CP Start-Up of USI Università della Svizzera italiana and supported by the Department of the Economy and Finances of the Canton Ticino and sponsored, from this year, by BancaStato, the cantonal bank of Ticino.

Cash prizes totalling CHF 120K, over CHF 60K of prizes in kind, 600 coaching hours provided, over 20 coaches available, 20 startups selected for the 90-day accelerator program, 4 focused workshops, 1 exclusive investor day, and 5+1 finalists – these are the numbers that describe the 2019 edition of Boldbrain Startup Challenge, the premier startup competition organised in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland which has become a righteous part of the network of Swiss accelerators.

Boldbrain Startup Challenge is the first and only accelerator in Ticino for early-stage startups that selects 20 innovative ideas to grow and develop through an intensive three-month training program (“accelerator”) with coaching sessions and four focused workshops (Value Proposition Design, Finance, Pitching, and IP). At the end of the accelerator phase, the regional jury of Boldbrain selects the ten most promising projects that will take part in the final awarding ceremony, on December 4 in Lugano. The final event, to be held at the USI Lugano campus Aula magna, will see the national jury of Boldbrain declare the five winning projects and award them with cash prizes ranging from CHF 40K for the first ranked to 10K to the fifth ranked. From this year, a sixth finalist will earn a special prize of CHF 10K awarded by public vote from the participating audience.

In addition to the cash prizes, a series of awards “in kind” will be granted by a number of sponsors, starting with the coaching sessions, organised by Fondazione Agire and offered to all 20 competing projects, and the focused workshops, such as the Value Proposition Designmodule offered by INNO3 SUPSI. As for the finalists, the first ranked will earn a full scholarship for the USI Executive MBA program, worth CHF 45K, two full-days of consulting offered by yourCFO Consulting Group, consulting vouchers worth CHF 1500 offered by CONNECT Switzerland, and a packaged voucher for coaching, counselling and investors’ presentations worth CHF 1500 offered by Andromeda Innovation. Other in kind prizes include a special CHF 2700 granted by Hemargroup for 20 consulting hours in the field of electronics engineering.


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