Startup Tour Bangalore 2014

For Swiss Startups and Enablers from ICT, CleanTech and MedTech.
30 Nov – 4 Dec 2014 in Bangalore, India

Event Details


November 30, 2014 10:30 am - December 04, 2014 2:30 pm


Participation is free of charge (excl. flight, visa, accommodation)


During the Startup Tour Bangalore Swiss startups and enablers can get hands-on experience of the local startup ecosystem and validate their assumptions and market potential. The Startup Tour is an intense four and a half (4.5) day program taking place in different locations in and around Bangalore.


30 Nov

EveningWelcome dinner at swissnex India premises, centrally located in the city of Bangalore; opening address by Dr. Balz Strasser (CEO swissnex India) and Jon & Barbara Maim (Swiss startup Minsh); introduction of participants

1 Dec

MorningKick-off at swissnex India with key note speeches by Guhesh Ramanathan (Excubator), Dr. Jay Warrior (Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber Physical Systems), Sartaj Anand (egomonk) and Shashi Kiran (Construkt Festival)
AfternoonSite visits at Microsoft Accelerator and co-working spaces such as Jaaga and Cobalt, and interactions with selected local startups and entrepreneurs
EveningDinner with curated session, hosted by YourStory (India’s biggest digital platform for startups and entrepreneurs) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE, ‘Fostering Entrepreneurship Globally’)

2 Dec

MorningExpert talk on business culture by Leena Pishe Thomas; individual meetings with experts from Excubator (ICT, CleanTech) and InnAccel (MedTech) to advance in individual product/service innovation for the Indian market
AfternoonTailored individual visits to potential future customers and end-users for both B2B and B2C business models, arranged by Excubator (ICT, CleanTech) and InnAccel (MedTech)
EveningDinner at Arbour Brewing Company, one of the leading startup breweries in Bangalore

3 Dec

MorningCoffee and reflections at swissnex India.
Expert talk on IP/Legal framework and incorporation by Neeraj Gupta + Q&A.
CII Yi Introduction and Open conversations
AfternoonWorkshop (design thinking) at Srishti Labs
EveningDinner Hosted By Srishti

4 Dec

MorningStartup Pitch Fest with selected local startups from ICT, CleanTech and MedTech in collaboration with our local incubation partners Microsoft Accelerator, Kyron and Excubator
AfternoonGroup and panel discussion on “Swiss Startups in India: Potential & Challenges in Present and Future”
EveningClosing addresses and roof top dinner hosted by the Consul General of Switzerland with CEOs of Swiss companies (Bühler, Swiss Re) and Swiss startups in Bangalore (Minsh, Pracman, Sofies)

Startups and enablers are encouraged and welcome to extend their stay beyond the Startup Tour. swissnex India can help you in creating an individual program. Startups can make use of swissnex India infrastructure and office facilities.

(*) The detailed final program will be sent to participants in the first week of November 2014.

Click here to register.


For whom

  • Swiss startup founders and managing partners
  • Startup coaches and mentors
  • Directors and managing partners of incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces
  • Academic staff working on technology transfer and startup promotion
  • Organizers of Swiss tech conferences and events
  • Journalists and bloggers with a focus on startups

in the fields of Information & Communications Technology (ICT), CleanTech and MedTech


Why Bangalore?

Bangalore is worth a journey. With 9 million inhabitants from all over India and across the world, Bangalore has evolved from being the IT Outsourcing Hub to the Silicon Valley and Startup Capital of India. The city is brimming with abundant young talent, incubators and accelerators, and world-renowned academic institutions as well as cutting edge R&D centers of companies like Google, IBM, Biocon, Bühler and Unilever. swissnex India is appropriately positioned in the heart of Bangalore city with a credible network to assist Swiss startups’ swift market entry into India.



The program is free of charge. swissnex India and the local partners will provide for lunch and dinner, local transport and site visits from 30 November to 4 December 2014.

Participants will take care of their flight (750-1200 CHF), accommodation (approx. 500 CHF for 5 nights), visa (approx. 200 CHF) and insurance coverage.

CTI startups may be eligible for a one-time travel stipend from the Gebert Rüf Stiftung for up to 2 people (2×1000 CHF). Please contact us for further details.



1 Sept 2014Applications open
15 Oct 2014Applications close
29 – 30 Nov 2014Arrival of participants (Saturday evening or Sunday morning)
30 Nov – 4 Dec 2014Startup Tour Bangalore
From 5 Dec 2014Optional individual stay



A maximum of 20 participants can attend the program. swissnex India will confirm registrations on a rolling basis. Please sign up through our registration form.

Prateek Khare ( and Andrina Beuggert ( will be pleased to answer your questions.


Supported by CTI Market Entry Camp


Local Partners