We encourage all the startups in our network to apply for other project calls and competitions. Listed below are the key recurring calls available in Switzerland every year. 

A list of about 100 awards for Swiss startups is available on Startupticker portal

Boldbrain Startup Challenge

Boldbrain is an accelerator for “early stage” startups and ideas. The target of the competition is to foster technological innovation, with the goal to provide participants the tools required to assess whether their idea is valid or not, and if it has the prerequisites to be transformed into a scalable business. Boldbrain will provide the useful basis to start the challenging development and growth path of startups.
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The Hasler Foundation is an independent foundation, free of any corporate interests, which aims to promote education, research and innovation in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) for the well-being and benefit of Switzerland as an intellectual and industrial centre. The Foundation provides its support by financing or co-financing selected educational, research and innovation projects and undertakings in the field of ICT.
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Innosuisse is the Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency. It is a federal entity under public law with a separate legal personality. Innosuisse’s role is to promote science-based innovation in the interests of industry and society in Switzerland.
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Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, Texas, and the UK - and with vertical programs in digital health and fintech - MassChallenge is committed to strengthening the global innovation ecosystem by accelerating high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. Each year, MassChallenge accelerates the most startups in the world through our zero-equity, competition-based model.
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Prix du Jeune Entrepreneur

Promoted by the French External Trade Advisers in Switzerland, the objective of the competition is to award the best entrepreneurial project in connection with France or Switzerland, whatever the field of specialisation: service, product, trademark, etc.
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SEIF Awards

Tech for Impact - The startup competition for impact driven tech entrepreneurs across Europe

The SEIF Awards Tech for Impact target European impact entrepreneurs who develop or make innovative use of technologies to tackle social and/or environmental challenges and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A total prize money of CHF 40’000 is at stake, each award grants the winner a prize of CHF 10’000.This is also a great opportunity to increase international visibility, gain reputation, as well as to pitch in front of impact investors and sustainability business leaders.
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>>venture>> is the leading competition for up-and-coming entrepreneurs in Switzerland. Founded by Dr. Thomas Knecht in 1997, the competition empowers young innovators to develop their business ideas into startup companies. A joint initiative of ETH Zürich, McKinsey & Company, Knecht Holding, Innosuisse and EPFL, >>venture>> has been led by the >>venture>> foundation since 2013.
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Venture Kick

Venture Kick was launched in 2007 with the vision to double the number of spin-offs at Swiss universities, to accelerate the time-to-market and to raise the attractiveness of these young companies to professional investors. Venture Kick offers a nine-month kicking process in order to effectively support young entrepreneurs with high-potential business ideas on their journey from science to market. We identify, structure and promote promising businesses with a unique approach and program. The focus on business development, which means that we focus on customers and not technology, and the tightly structured program, results in flourishing development of the entrepreneurs.
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W.A. De Vigier Award

Since the foundation’s establishment in 1987, the goal of the W.A. de Vigier Foundation has been to actively invigorate business development and further provide direct financial support (à fonds perdu) to young people with innovative business ideas wishing to build performance and growth oriented businesses in Switzerland. In the past 29 years, the foundation has distributed over CHF 11 million of seed capital. The results are about 84 flourishing startups, successful IPOs, multiple company exits and above all, many newly created jobs. The great track record of W.A. de Vigier Award winners is noticeable in the Top 100 Swiss Startup ranking: The top spots are regularly occupied by previous W.A. de Vigier Foundation Award winners.
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