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 Startup DAYs 2018

Organized by digitalswitzerland and Startup Invest, the Startup DAYs 2018 will take place in Bern on September 25th-26th.

More information on the programme and registration here. 


Is your startup good enough for the TOP 100? Prove it and apply now!

The Best Swiss Startups

In order to get a representative overview of the most promising startups in Switzerland, the IFJ Institut für Jungunternehmen launched the TOP 100 STARTUP AWARD, together with the Journalistenbüro Niedermann and the Handelszeitung. For the sixth time, we will gather the TOP 100 Swiss startups in one list.

Application Criteria

The criteria for your application are simple: your startup has to be innovative, independent (no subsidiary) and the founding date cannot be before 1st of January 2012. Startups which are older aren’t startups anymore…

Sign up on the right.

If your startup qualifies for nomination, we will contact you with more details on how to create your profile on

The experts will then evaluate the nominees and pick their personal Top 10 each (their No. 1 will get 10 points, No. 2 gets 9 points etc.). They will base their evaluation on your profile, so make sure to keep it up-to-date! Your final ranking depends on the total number of points you get and will be published in September.

Join us at the TOP 100 STARTUP Event!



RobotUnion – The pan-European Robotics Acceleration program 

RobotUnion will select 20 startups that will be financed with up to €223,000 equity free in cash plus acceleration services. The 20 startups selected will receive €3,800 each in cash equity free and services in the first phase. The 10 best of these startups will enter in the product acceleration program and will receive up to €120,000 in cash equity free. Finally, the 4 best startups will receive up to €100,000, so in total they can receive up to €223,000 equity free in cash plus services.

The four best startups will also have the possibility to be privately funded with around €1M with the help of BlumorphoOdense Seed and Venture and Chrysalixthat are part of RobotUnion consortium.

Selected companies would be able to participate in a 12 months online Premium Acceleration Service, led by top Research and Technology Organizations from all over Europe, key world-class digital ecosystem professionals and entrepreneurs.



esa Business Incubation Centre

Why shall we apply as a start-up?

  • Up to 500k € in seed financing
  • Access to broad network of corporate and research partners
  • Access to ESA network and facilities and European ESA BIC network
  • Business support: by cutting-edge IFJ programs, and by selected corporates
  • Technical support: up to 80 hours by companies and research organisations
  • Networking amongst relevant start-up peers, and access to Impact Hubs in Switzerland

How does it work?


Who can apply?

Any start-up project or any start-up incorporated in Switzerland less than 5 years old and with a space connection. See Q&A and application documents for details. 


New Innosuisse Start-up Training courses all over Switzerland!

Do you have a business idea and want to successfully launch your startup? Or have you already founded your company and are now ready for growth?

As of 2018, Venturelab offers new Start-up training courses (commissioned by Innosuisse) to enable entrepreneurs to execute their plan at different stages.

The courses are divided in two modules of 5-day intensive workshops: Business Creation helps aspiring founders with an innovative business idea to achieve their action plan, while Business Growth supports incorporated Start-ups in accelerating their growth plan. Learn, among other things, to master a convincing pitch, define a business plan, secure funding, generate leads and grow leadership.

To match every participants? needs, each module has been tailored to a specific industry: ICT, Advanced Engineering, Biotech and Medtech. Trainers have been selected from entrepreneurs, investors and experts from each sector to offer specialized hands-on experience, and each participant will also get 3 hours with a dedicated personal coach.
For the “Business Creation” courses in your specific industry (focus on building a business), apply here:  

If you want to push your existing startup to new heights (focus on growing a company), apply here:

If you want to boost your project / Start-up and benefit from industry specific training, apply online now! There is no application deadline, but the courses (max. 15 participants) are first come, first served.

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Kickstart Accelerator – Robotics & Intelligent Systems

Are you working on a game-changing venture in the field of machine learning? Does your drone startup need validation and feedback, both on a technical as well as on the business level? From big data to robotics, from hardware to software, from artificial intelligence to machine learning – we are looking for disruptive technologies and applications solving environmental challenges as well as improving the way machines and humans interact with each other. Get access to Switzerland’s leading universities with their research labs in robotics and machine learning and meet world leading corporates with crucial R&D activities in and around Zurich.

Find out how to apply here. 

BRIDGE Proof of Concept

Have you earned your spurs as a young researcher and come up with an idea for developing your research results into a marketable product? And are you looking for an opportunity to test and refine your idea. Then BRIDGE Proof of Concept is just what you are looking for.

BRIDGE Proof of Concept helps young researchers to apply their research results and gain the confidence needed to make a market entry. The projects may target innovations of all kinds from all research areas.

Click here to find out more about BRIDGE

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