La Forge

A 4-month startup acceleration program for companies developing innovative solutions to improve trust in an era of disinformation, cyberthreats and global misuse of our private and personal data. 


cybersecurity – authentication – access control – data privacy – anti-counterfeiting – traceability – GDPR – disinformation

A global need

Building and maintaining trust has become a major challenge in our era of massive data collection, disinformation and cyberthreats. Adding to this the GDPR introduction and the risks associated to a non-conformity with the policy, the need for innovative solutions to support companies in their efforts to establish trust with all their stakeholders is critical:

  • Access to sensitive data need to be controlled more efficiently.
  • Authentication methods need to be of utmost reliability with the least possible user experience cost.
  • Exchange of information needs guaranteed security, and privacy must be preserved.

The challenges faced are numerous, and the solutions exist. There is a need to connect the different actors offering solutions with the organisations facing problems in a collaborative manner.

About the program

Start date
October 7th, 2019

End date
January 2020

4 Months

Application deadline
September 8th, 2019



Showcase your product country-wide

Connect with new potential customers and access our partners networks, including solution integrators

Pilots / PoCs
Create synergies with research departments from corporate companies

Academic Partnerships
Discuss opportunities for joint research projects with labs & professors from universities 

9h of exclusive 1-1 coaching by a pool of experts to accompany you during the program

Meet investors, clarify your needs and improve your pitching skills

9K CHF Cash Prize
3 x 3’000 CHF will be awarded to selected startups

Learn new skills
4 Workshops led by industry experts on tech, sales, management, legal aspects and fundraising skills.



All startups developing innovative solutions to foster trust in an era of disinformation, cyberthreats and global misuse of our private and personal data are welcome to apply to this program. However, priority will be given to startups:

  • Incorporated in Switzerland for less than 7 years.
  • Already have a product ready to be sold.
  • Are in the phase of acquiring their first customers.
  • Are in the field of cybersecurity, authentication, access control, data privacy, anti-counterfeiting, traceability, GDPR, authenticity verification or related.
  • Committed to attend diligently all the program activities



To reward the best projects, the Canton de Vaud is sponsoring a cash prize of 3 x CHF 3’000 at the end of the acceleration program to three start-ups that meet the following conditions:

  • Has made substantial progress during the acceleration program: validated their business concept through thorough market investigation, established a viable business model, built a great operational team, potentially initial sales. 
  • Founders have demonstrated a strong entrepreneurial mindset, are able to effectively motivate and lead a team, to develop a strong business network, and to communicate effectively with board members /investors /stakeholders /customers/ to reach their objectives.
  • Has shown a strong commitment to the program activities.

The selection of the prize winners is done by a jury composed of experts of the sector, the management of the acceleration program and a representative of the Canton de Vaud.


Jérôme Bailly

Business Developer & Marketer for the Token Economy, Crypto Valley Association

Dr. Laurent Balmelli

Professional in Cybersecurity

Sébastien Contreras

Information Security Manager, Tetra Laval International

Raffaello Dolci

Head of Swiss Digital Acceleration Team, Cisco

Nicolas Loeillot

Chief Innovation Officer, Groupe Mutuel

Massimo Lucchina

Head of Business Development Europe, Samsung

Frédéric Mauger

Partner & Cofounder, Sysmosoft

Pedro Paiva

IoT/Digital Business Transformation Leadership

Prof. Sylvain Pasini

Professor in computer security, HEIG-VD
Head of Y-Security competence center

Paul Such

Founder & Director, Hacknowledge

Dr. Mathieu Verbaere

Head of Architecture, ELCA


 + many more coming soon




Lan Zuo Gillet

Deputy Managing Director at EPFL Innovation Park

Bastien Rojanawisut

Incubator & Acceleration Program Manager at EPFL Innovation Park