Boost My Startup Challenge is a competition open to Swiss startups active in the areas of construction, environment, energy, water, logistics, mobility or real-estate. It is organised by the UBS Growth Advisory, a competence centre for fast-growing companies, as well as BG Consulting Engineers, a leading engineering consultancy with numerous projects and customers in Switzerland and internationally.
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- A startup based in Switzerland
- Providing an innovative product or service in the one
of the following sectors : construction, environment,
energy, water, logistics, mobility or real-estate
- Operating a data-driven business model
- Past proof-of-concept and have achieved
proof-ofmarket (through first revenues)
- A startup with high-growth potential
- An access to BG’s teams for an
objective-driven project or product co-development
- An access to BG’s unique customer network, with
more than 2000 projects in parallel, offering a firstclass
springboard for startups
- A support from UBS Growth Advisory, which has supported over 40 Swiss growth companies, by finding
the right investors for them or granting them credit
- Access to funding, either from the UBS Growth
Advisory services or from BG, upon proper matching
and long-term collaboration perspectives
- Media visibility, print or digital
Boost My Startup Challenge is a brand new Swiss challenge, born in 2021 from a common vision between UBS and BG Consulting Engineers, to put innovation at the heart of our economy and provide solutions to environmental and societal issues impacting engineering, construction, real estate, energy, logistics and mobility sectors.
Convinced that no single player will be able to meet today’s challenges alone, we have chosen to rely on collective intelligence and the creation of partnerships between organizations with different backgrounds and experience. With the Boost My Startup Challenge, we are creating an environment conducive to the development of new products and services in the engineering sector. BG and UBS bring their technical and financial expertise, as well as their customer and investor networks, to one or more startups, which in turn bring their ability to grasp digital services. It takes a good ecosystem to anchor innovative products in commercial reality. BG and UBS are convinced that collaboration between established companies and startups will enable the sustainable development of approaches that meet the societal and environmental challenges of the coming decades!
BG is a consulting engineers company engaged in the mobility, infrastructure, environment, water, building and energy sectors. The company employs 700 staff members in 24 offices, with its headquarters in Lausanne. BG benefits from a wide client base, 60% of which is from the public sector and 40% from the private and semi-public sector.
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“The startup challenge is one of our open innovation cornerstones. We offer a business development ecosystem to startups. We will support their growth, give access to our network and encourage the development of sustainable products adapted to the needs of our customers.”
UBS has supported over 40 Swiss growth companies, by finding the right investors for them or granting them credit financing. They have raised more than CHF 125 million of equity capital from investors and granted more than CHF 170 million in credit financing.
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“Networking is a critical skill for young entrepreneurs and vital for the success of their startup. It is a powerful tool in connecting with prospective customers and possible investors. Professional and active networking is so an important part of their business strategy.”
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And the 2021 winner is…
The Dübendorf (ZH)-based startup won the challenge with its software that allows energy planners to easily achieve ambitious sustainability goals for any type of site.
The program can be applied at the scale of a building, a district or even a city. Thanks to high-performance algorithms and the use of digital twins, the software can simulate the local energy production system, storage, import or export and energy consumption.
Given the success of this first competition, the partners BG Consulting Engineers and UBS have already decided to launch a second edition of the Boost My Startup Challenge!
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News & inspirations
Network Partner of the Boost My Startup Challenge, it was an honor to conduct an interview with Eric Plan, Secretary General of CleantechAlps, a network that strives to position Western Switzerland as a recognized center of competence in the field of clean technologies. Let’s get to this interview: a true apology for creativity and cleantech.
As a network partner for the Boost My Startup Challenge, we had the honor of conducting an interview with Patrick Barbey, Director of Innovaud. You most probably already know about the innovation and investment promotion agency for the canton of Vaud, but let us dive a little bit deeper into their activities and key role they are playing towards Vaud startups as well as SMEs and large companies.
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