StartCup Ticino 2017

acceleration program and awards for innovative business ideas

The Winner of STARTCUP Ticino 2017 Award is



Dicronis develops innovative pharmaceutical products for the early diagnosis of diseases with high and urgent medical needs. The first product, Lymphit, is a so-called activity tracker that controls the function of the lymphatic system in a simple, safe and economical way, even from home. In particular, Lymphit contributes to drastically reducing, in combination with a specific treatment, the development of lymphoedema, a serious side effect of certain cancer therapies, to which up to one million patients are at risk annually, in Europe alone.



The other finalists: EXead, BigOmics, Modula and Swissponic





StartCup Ticino is a competition for new and innovative business ideas or projects, conceived or realized in the Canton Ticino by promoters seeking to create new start-up companies.

On December 6, 2017, the top five ranked projects will be awarded with rewards of 50'000, 30'000, 20'000 or 10'000 CHF
and will be automatically admitted to the second phase of the selection for the Swiss Economic Award and to the 3rd Venture Day Ticino.


The initiative

The StartCup Ticino competition is an initiative of the USI-SUPSI Start-Up Promotion Center (CP Start-Up) promoted by the Ticino Regional Innovation System aiming at fostering entrepreneurship in the territory. The purpose of the competition is to reward the most innovative and promising business projects, conceived or realized in Ticino in recent years.

The awards and the sponsors

Thanks to the contribution of the Department of Finance and Economics of the Canton Ticino, through its Economic Development Office, the EFG Bank Sponsor, the institutional partners - USI, SUPSI, AGIRE foundation - the top five finalists of the StartCup Ticino 2017 will be awarded with rewards of:

  • 50'000 CHF to the StratCup Ticino 2017 winner
  • 30'000 CHF to the second ranked project
  • 20'000 CHF to the third ranked project
  • 10'000 CHF to the fourth and fifth ranked projects

Thanks to EMBA the winnwer will be awared with a scholarship  for the Master in Business Administration at USI.

Andromeda Innovation, Connect Switzerland, STARTUPS.CH and yourCFO, respectively, will offer the top three winners free business consulting sessions.

Thanks to the cooperation with the Swiss Economic Forum and with the Swiss Startup Invest the top five business projects will be admitted to the Swiss Economic Award and to the 3rd Swiss Venture Day Ticino.

The objectives

With this initiative, and with its regular activities, the CP Start-Up - as part of  the Regional Systems for Innovation -, the Cantonal Department of Finance and Economics, EFG and the institutional and co-operation partners aim to contribute to economic development and employment of the Canton of Ticino, fostering the emergence of the most innovative and promising business ideas, by encouraging and supporting the creation of new businesses.


  • Organizer

  • Sponsor


Institutional partners




Co-operation Partner



Media Partner



The StartCup Ticino 2017 includes an Acceleration Program after the first selection phase.


Press Release December 7, 2017 (Italian): Dicronis wins the StartCup Ticino 2017

Comunicato Stampa 17 Novembre 2017 (Italian): Annunciate le 10 startups semifinaliste

Comunicato Stampa 27 Ottobre 2017 (Italian): Concluso l'Acceleratore Cantonale, al via la selezione finale

Millevoci September 14, 2017 (Italian): StartCup Ticino

Special webpage Rete Uno (Italian): Rete Uno e StartCup Ticino 2017

Press Release July 21, 2017 (Italian): 3 mesi d’accelerazione per 25 progetti innovativi

June 9, 2017: La StartCup Ticino riparte e... accelera 

May 8, 2017: ANDROMEDA Innovation joins The Startup Ticino 2017 as Co-operation Partner

Press Release May 2, 2017 (Italian): Al via la «StartCup Ticino» 2017


For more information

Phone: +41 58 666 4706

Address: Via Carlo Maderno 24, Lugano