CSEM Challenge for Swiss SME
Start your Digital Journey 2019
You are a Swiss company with up to 250 employees, and you have a digitalization project? 

Leveraging its technology portfolio, CSEM will support you in its realization with CHF 100K worth of support. It’s quick and easy: make sure that your idea matches our candidate technologies, and submit your project by 9 September.

The selected company will get its “boarding pass” on 7 November on the occasion of the CSEM Business Day in Neuchâtel. Good luck!


Chaired by Georges Kotrotsios, CSEM, VP and Head of Marketing and Business Development

  • Nicolas Bürer, Digital Switzerland, CEO
  • Silvio Bonaccio, ETHZ, Head of ETH Transfer
  • Marc Grüber, EPFL, VP for Innovation
  • Raphaël Rollier, Swisscom, Digital Innovation and Transformation
  • Robert Rudolph, Swissmem, Head of Training and Innovation
  • Christian Wasserfallen, Member of the National Council, FDP.The Liberals


Conditions for participation

  • The company must be based in Switzerland.
  • The company must have up to 250 employees.
  • The company must have a product/service/turnover
  • The proposal must fit with the selected technologies.
  • The application must be delivered by September 9.


  • An internal preselection will be conducted to ensure that:
    • The company complies with the conditions of participation
    • The CSEM can meet the company's expectations.
  • The CSEM will select a maximum of 10 candidates and send these files to the jury.
  • The jury of experts will initially choose 5 finalists.
  • The name of the winner will be published on the occasion of CSEM Business Day, on 12 November.


  • The finalists will have the opportunity to deliver an elevator pitch at CSEM Business Day on 12 November.
  • CSEM will award the winning company CHF 100K worth of support.

CSEM support

  • Please note that in some cases the project may require a longer development time. In this case, CSEM will specify at the beginning that its support will be dedicated to pre-development.
  • Intellectual Property – CSEM policy will be applied for the development


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Candidate technologies

Machine learning for industry

Machine learning algorithms that allow intelligent decision-making, thereby saving time and cost while increasing accuracy.

VISARD platform

Versatile software framework which combines the latest technology in automation and robotics with image processing.

Consumer health platform

Advanced platform for human vital-signs monitoring integrated into mobile health solutions to track the health status of its users.

Additive manufacturing

By using Additive Manufacturing techniques, we provide the design and manufacture of complex mechanical structures in small dimensions.

GPS-free localization

Toolbox for GPS-free wireless system that can be adapted to specific use-cases for indoor or outdoor localization.

Smart vision systems

Smart and light-weight vision systems able to minimize the amount of data and maximize the quantity of information.

Wireless connectivity for industrial IoT

Technology bricks for developing robust and ultra-low power connectivity solutions in a wide range of industrial applications.

Connected and smart lab

Integrated platform for smart and connected laboratories to integrate laboratory equipment with low-power wireless networks.

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Your application can be submitted in EnglishGerman or French, and should include an executive summary covering the following aspects (maximum length of 500 words):

  • Your digital idea (related to a product, process or service) 
  • Market potential of your idea 
  • Expected time to market 
  • CSEM candidate technology/ies (see portfolio attached)
  • Expected demonstrator to be delivered.

You can also add some supporting documentation which you consider useful to the jury.

Please send your application in a single PDF document, which may not exceed 3 pages in total length (not including annexes) by email to CSEM digital journey.

CSEM undertakes to respect the total confidentiality of the files transmitted.