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. 

TRUST TECH ACCELERATION PROGRAM

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

Duration
4 Months

4 MONTHS OF ACTIVITIES

GOALS & BENEFITS

Visibility
Showcase innovative products / services of start-ups to potential customers in Lausanne, Zurich, Sion, Yverdon, Geneva, …

Sales
Connecting startups with new potential customers and giving access to our partners networks, including solution integrators

Pilots / PoCs
Creating synergies with research departments from corporate companies

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

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

Fundraising
Meeting investors, support in clarifying needs and development of pitching skills

Cash Prize
3 Cash prize will be awarded to selected startups

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

COACHES & MENTORS


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


Edoardo Gerosa

Manager and Vigilant Service Lead, Deloitte Switzerland


Cliff Kamara

Chief Security Officer, Deloitte Switzerland


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

SELECTED START-UPS

All startups developing innovative solutions to foster trust in an era of disinformation, cyberthreats and global misuse of our private and personal data were welcome to apply to this program. However, priority has been 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

Please find below the list of selected startups, in alphabetical order. 15 startups from 5 cantons, and even one from Australia!

  1. Access InformerAccess Informer is a simple yet powerful solution for companies to collect, analyze and monitor user authorizations across key systems, including SAP, Active Directory, SharePoint and network shares.
  2. CybrQCybrQ is a SaaS platform with self-service solutions ranging from Apps/Devices, Browsing, e-Mail, Authentication to Cyber Awareness.
  3. DecentriqDecentriq is enabling businesses to identify analytics potential in datasets without having access to the data. We provide a privacy-preserving way of calculating the overlap between the desired characteristics of a dataset and the actual data.
  4. Ex0-SySEx0-SyS develops Alph@TaV Vault, which protects your data by allowing you to encrypt all types of files and folders, offering you absolute protection against unauthorized access. It is intended for everyone and is, by nature, independent of any external control.
  5. LaavaLaava’s Smart Fingerprint™ is a better unique identifier combining authentication, consumer engagement, and supply chain functionality at a much lower cost than other solutions.
  6. MedCoMedCo is the first operational system that makes sensitive medical data available for research in a simple, privacy-aware and secure way. It enables hundreds of clinical sites to collectively protect their data and to securely share them.
  7. MegaverseMegaverse is developing adaptive learning in cyber awareness.
  8. NextDay.VisionNextDay.Vision offers you to replace passwords by authenticating yourself in a simple, efficient and secure way on a multitude of services using a security key, your face or a phone.
  9. OneVisageOneVisage proposes 3 software development kits that bring one or multiple concurrent factors, including 3D facial biometry (who I am), 3D graphical authentication (what I know) and Premier ID that mixes multiple factors.
  10. PRYVPRYV is a compliance software for personal health data privacy and consent.
  11. Quantum IntegrityQuantum Integrity develops artificial intelligence for DeepFake detection.
  12. ScanTrustScanTrust provides a cloud-based, Internet-of-Packaging platform for product authentication and supply chain visibility.
  13. TeseraktTeserakt develops software to enable strong encryption between industrial IoT systems.
  14. VeintreeVeintree extends portable QR and barcode readers with a “biometrical IR video reader” add-on, allowing anonymous and GDPR compliant registration of human venous networks (and human-centered actions).

COMPETITION

 

To reward the best projects, the Canton de Vaud and selected partners are sponsoring special prizes at the end of the acceleration program to selected 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 representatives of the prizes sponsors.

WORKSHOP SPEAKERS


Kerry Choun

Co-author “The Storyboard Approach”

 + many more coming soon

MAIN SPONSOR

 

PROGRAM LED BY


Lan Zuo Gillet

Deputy Managing Director at EPFL Innovation Park


Bastien Rojanawisut

Incubator & Acceleration Program Manager at EPFL Innovation Park