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E-nnovation Awards 2018

20th Sep
  Call Starts 
20th Oct
  Call Ends 
31st Oct
21st Nov
  Pitch day 

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The E-nnovation Awards 2018 is a Call for Start-ups aimed at the most innovative emerging players in three booming industries: FoodTech, TravelTech and RealTech.

This innovation call is brought to you by SkipsoLabs and Swiss Post as main sponsors, in partnership with Netcomm Suisse the Swiss e-Commerce Association, Loomish, an Investment Management Firm, Farner, a leading Swiss communications agency and Artera, Swiss premium hosting and cloud provider.. The call is part of E-NNOVATION WEEK, one of the largest digital events in Switzerland, bringing together thousands of international industry leaders to discuss how innovation is driving the development of e-Commerce.

Following a rigorous screening managed by SkipsoLabs technology and Loomish investment consultants, 5 short-listed start-ups in each of the above categories will pitch their proposals to a jury of experts during the E-nnovation Day on November 21st in Baden (Switzerland), a day fully dedicated to Open innovation and the world of start-ups.

The E-nnovation Award will be presented to the most disruptive and promising applicants, one in each category. We are looking for start-ups with a significant potential to either bring in innovative solutions to the established giants in the industry or to re-think the existent consumer and business models in their respective sectors.


Looking for disruptive FoodTech start-ups that can sifgnificantly innovate various processes in the Food and FMCG Industries. We are looking for fresh FoodTech solutions that can potentially take the industry to the next level.

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From Airbnb to Blablacar – over the last decade technology has completely transformed the way people travel. We are now after start-ups that have a vison of the next big thing.

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While smart office solutions have been on the rise for a decade now, digitalisation of the traditional real estate and property sectors is just beginning. We are looking for smart, creative start-ups that have the potential to significantly contribute to this industry shift.

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Jury Members

There will be three Jury Panels, one for each industry. The Panels are comprised of established, high-profile industry leaders and potential investors, both from Switzerland and mature European markets, which provides a unique visibility opportunity to the short-listed start-ups.

FoodTech Jury

Simon Amstutz

Head of customer experience management, market and communication, Asendia Switzerland (Post CH AG)

Nina Krucker

Partner & Head of Brand Communications, Farner Consulting AG

Anthony Stam

Director of Corporate Development COFRA Holding AG

TravelTech Jury

Lukas Karrer

E-Commerce & Loyalty Director, AccorHotels Switzerland

Kurt Rossi

Member of the Management & Head of Travel and Logistics, Farner Consulting AG

RealTech Jury

Partick Lardi

Member Board of Directors ST Real Estate Holding Inc., United Arab Emirates

Renato Steck

Senior Consultant & Head of Real Estate, Farner Consulting AG

Why Join

Benefits for Shortlisted Startups

  • 5 tickets for the event on November 20th
  • A free stand on November 21st in the exhibition space in Trafo, Baden
  • Tickets for the VIP apero’ & networking with investors and corporate partners on November 20th (an invite-only event)
  • A possibility to pitch your solution in front of an expert jury panel, comprised of the main industry players
  • Visibility at several top industry events organized by NetComm Suisse during 2019
  • 1’800CHF worth of Annual Cloud Service Package by (with obligatory service acquisition of 500CHF per year)
  • Access to individual consultancy session on your start-up’s communication potential and leverage with Farner Consulting AG

Benefits for the Winners

  • Visibility among the investor and corporate community decision makers
  • Free access to one-to-one fiscal consultancy on the benefits and mechanics of fundraising/ICOs for companies established in Switzerland and how to get there
  • Free investor-readiness assessment and consulting session with the Loomish team
  • An interview in a dedicated NetComm Suisse newsletter
  • 14’400CHF worth of Annual Cloud Service Package by (with obligatory service acquisition of 1’500CHF per year)

How to Join

If you are an innovative startup operating in FoodTech, TravelTech or RealTech join the 2018 E-nnovation Awards by completing the short submission form that you can access by clicking on the "Submit" button. The submission form will ask for a brief description of your startup and to attach any supporting documentation that will allow our jury to shortlist the best startups.

Selection Process

Upon submitting your entry, before the October 20th deadline, your submission will be screened by an internal expert panel. Should your startup be selected among the best, you will be invited with other short listed startups to attend the Innovation Day at E-nnovation Week. Screening and selection will be completed by October 31st.

Pitch Day

All short-listed startups will be invited with other high-profile guests to attend the VIP drinks on November 20th, in Baden as part of the E-nnovation Week. More importantly, they will join the E-nnovation Day on the 21st with a free stand and the opportunity to pitch their startup in front of a selected jury panel. The awards ceremony will be held at the end of the E-nnovation Day.

About E-nnovation Week, 19-23 November 2018, Switzerland

Organised by NetComm Suisse in partnership with Dagorà, E-nnovation Week is an exploration of how pioneering tools can build value, grow business and provide new models that will enable tomorrow’s retail success. One of the largest events of its kind in Switzerland, this five-day series of initiatives will bring together thousands of industry leaders to discuss how innovation is driving the development of e-Commerce. E-nnovation Day, taking place on November 21, is fully dedicated to open innovation and start-ups. The program will kick off with a series of high-profile international speakers, including the Forrester Research insights into open innovation and the startup success story of The main part of the day will be reserved for the E-nnovation Award pitches and ceremony. Find out more and get your ticket here.

About SkipsoLabs

SkipsoLabs develops enterprise-class innovation management software solutions. Since 2007 we help private and public organizations harness the creativity of their employees, customers and external innovators to find solutions to internal challenges quickly and cost-effectively. We offer a combination of competition management, crowdsourcing, game mechanics and big data analytics, to scout new technologies, drive product development, create new revenue streams, foster a culture of innovation, reduce process inefficiencies and engage employees and customers.

About Netcomm

NetComm Suisse Association of e-Commerce, founded in 2012 has the aim to promote the services and support the interests of businesses working in the sector. NetComm Suisse Association contributes to the knowledge and diffusion of electronic commerce, its services and its technologies, creating initiatives aimed at consumers and operators. Among the objectives of the Association is to bring down the barriers that limit the development of the sector, and to implement communication projects for the logistical supply and distribution chain, as well as to promote digital culture towards businesses and customers. The Association also undertakes activities linked to regulation and lobbying, working with national and international institutions to create clear standards and frameworks, which is a prerequisite for growth in the sector.

About Loomish

Loomish is an investment management consultancy specialised in lifestyle retail, with a specific focus on Fashion, Food, Travel and Property sectors. We are growing and ecosystem of investors, digital start-ups, fashion brands, retailers and enterprises united to drive digital transformation in the industry. Loomish provides digital consultancy services, with a core expertise in advising on mergers and acquisitions within the sector.