Orchestra wins the Boldbrain Startup Challenge 2019

Enrico Bottani, the software engineer who developed the platform
Enrico Bottani, the software engineer who developed the platform
The team behind Orchestra, from the left: Matteo Denicoló, Enrico Bottani e Danilo Wyder
The team behind Orchestra, from the left: Matteo Denicoló, Enrico Bottani e Danilo Wyder

Institutional Communication Service

5 December 2019

10 finalists, 6 awards, 120.000 CHF cash prizes – and more. These are the numbers of the 2019 Boldbrain Startup Challenge that, at the final event held in Lugano on December 4, saw Orchestra winning the first two prizes: a cheque worth 40.000 Swiss francs and a full scholarship from the USI Executive MBA worth 45.000 francs, as well as the audience award of 10.000 CHF.

The national jury of the Boldbrain Startup Challenge, in front of an audience of around 400 participants gathered at the USI Lugano campus Aula magna, proclaimed LocalPoint in second place (cash prize of 30.000 CHF), MANO in third place (20.000 CHF), and Qikle and Lavatazzine in fourth and fifth place respectively (10.000 CHF each). A sixth prize of 10.000 CHF was awarded by the public, through electronic vote, to Orchestra. A number of in-kind prizes were assigned as well, such as privileged access to the Swiss Economic Award and MassChallenge Switzerland for the five winners, and a voucher from the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property Protection for all ten finalists to enable their first patent search. Hemar Group, one of the sponsors of the event, awarded Mano and Lavatazzine with the opportunity to start work on the prototype of their idea.

The Boldbrain Startup Challenge is an accelerator program for early-stage innovative ideas, organised by AGIRE Foundation in collaboration with the USI Start-Up Promotion Center (CP Start-Up), with the leading support of the Department of the Economy and Finances of the Canton Ticino, and sponsored by BancaStato. Boldbrain is organised every year in the months from August to December. Applications for the 2020 edition will open in May, for details: www.boldbrain.ch.


The winners by rank

First place: Orchestra Firefighters, medical services, civil protection and other public services, still operate by old standards. Alarms are sent manually by phone, vital information is processed with pen and paper, and long command chains handling rescue operations. Orchestra is a platform that helps to optimise workflows in emergency situations, in daily operations, and their understanding of the territory, saving time and improving their effectiveness. Early warning, targeted information transfer, efficient task management and resource planning are just some of the key functions developed in close collaboration with the leaders of these organisations.

Second place: LocalPoint LocalPoint is a company that has developed a platform with which you can automatically extract and classify data from a PDF. This platform is now used by several local newspapers in Switzerland, to publish in digital format the paper version of the newspaper so that it can also be used on other devices such as mobile phones and tablets. The solution uses artificial intelligence to automatically extract data from a PDF.

Third place: MANO – MANO is a wireless glove, rechargeable, lightweight, easy to use, portable, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly. An innovative ironing system that goes beyond the limits of the traditional iron and that, with a quick and easy ironing technique, promotes a philosophy of quality of life in harmony with our fast-paced modern times.

Fourth place: Qikle – Qikle is a free (e-wallet) app that allows you to pay online and offline, quickly and securely. Simply link it to your bank account and photograph a QR code. Qikle carries out transactions based on a recently introduced European regulation, which allows third parties to initiate payments using the existing banking infrastructure. Through the connection to the (web)shop cart, Qikle creates a standardised and specific digital receipt for each payment provider. The app includes features such as overview and analysis of expenses, automated expenses, (digital) loyalty cards and customised advertising settings to receive targeted promotional offers.

Fifth place: LAVATAZZINE A VAPORE – Toavoid the use of new so-called biodegradable plastics, in offices at events, etc., you can easily go back to having coffee in porcelain cups. This invention allows you to wash quickly and practically bacteria-free only with steam. For cups and mugs.