About
Team Boldbrain
Operations team 2021

Boldbrain Startup Challenge is an accelerator for innovative ideas organized by Fondazione Agire with the collaboration of USI Startup Centre.

Aims

To become Switzerland’s most recognized accelerator program for early-stage startups.

Vision
Operations team

Barbara Pin

Barbara Pin

Program Manager

Andrea Farei-Campagna

Andrea Farei-Campagna

Startup Relations

Umberto Bondi

Umberto Bondi

Startup Relations
Marketing team

Fiorenza Trento

Fiorenza Trento

Marketing Manager

Luca Calderara

Luca Calderara

Marketing Associate

Anastasia Bedova

Anastasia Bedova

Marketing Support
Our roots

Upon the initiative of the then USI Start-Up Promotion Center (now USI Startup Centre), the first competition for the best business idea in Ticino, known as the “BSI Prize,” was born in 2008.

A few years later, in 2014, the competition changed its name to “StartCup Ticino.” Since 2016, the entry of the Department of Finance and Economy (DFE) of the Canton of Ticino has marked the willingness to financially support not only all five finalist projects, but also the StartCup Ticino acceleration program, i.e., a path of accompaniment of the competing projects, during which the startuppers meet with experts from various business sectors who help them define and improve their processes and the development of their business model. In 2017, in order to better level the degree of preparedness of the finalist projects and foster entrepreneurial culture, a coaching period was offered to 25 StartCup Ticino projects in collaboration with the Agire Foundation, lasting about 3 months. The result that emerged was so exciting for the participants that it motivated the organizers to take a further leap forward and renew the identity of the project, so that it could be exported beyond the Alps and be able to compete with the major programs that already existed nationwide. Thus, in 2018, Boldbrain Startup Challenge, the accelerator program for startups in Ticino, was born.
iWin, 1st prize 2018