Editorial

The motivation to undertake this “venture” was my experience of almost ten years in the innovation and venture scene in Switzerland. An entrepreneur will fi nd many recommendations and success factors in textbooks and reports, e.g. good ideas, great potential, solid patents, good team and so on.

Today I would like to present below another set of success factors, which might seem to be too obvious and common sense, so that many entrepreneurs tend to forget them.

The Swiss Venture Guide is addressing future and actual Swiss entrepreneurs, domestic and international investors, politicians, students and the general public.

The Swiss Venture Guide would not have been possible without the great support of The Innovation Promotion Agency CTI and all our partners and sponsors.

To close, I wish you an interesting and encouraging reading.

JEAN-PIERRE VUILLEUMIER
Managing Director CTI Invest
Financial Expert CTI Start-up

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Startup Competitions

Prix Vittoz "Cap International"

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Short description / Eligibility
Annual prize of CHF 100'000 for 3 Start-ups to visit and prepare the US market entry.

Prize
Prix Vittoz "Cap International"
Deadline: n.a.

Ypsomed Innovationspreis

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Short description / Eligibility
Der Ypsomed Innovationsfonds bezweckt die Förderung innovativer Unternehmungen im Espace Mittelland und unterstützt sowohl branchenunabhängige Projektfinanzierungen von Firmen in Gründung, neu gegründete Firmen wie auch solche von bereits bestehenden Unternehmungen.

Prize
Ypsomed Innovationspreis CHF 50'000.--

Trophée PERL

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Short description / Eligibility
only for companies of the region of Lausanne

Prize
CHF 50’000
Deadline: January

Swiss Economic Award

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Short description / Eligibility
yearly award for Swiss entrepreneurs with brillant achievement, max 6 years old

Prize
CHF 75’000 (total)
Deadline: February

Prix BCN Innovation

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Short description / Eligibility
At the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Banque Cantonale Neuchâteloise (BCN) this prize was created to further develop the innovation in Neuchâtel. The first prize was given in 2009.

Prize
CHF 300'000
Deadline: February

Venture Leaders

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Scientists pursuing a concrete business opportunity based on their research and startup entrepreneurs with global growth ambitions.

Prize
10 day business development program in Boston (USA)
Deadline: March

Entrepreneur of the Year

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Short description / Eligibility
admission according to entrepreneurial criteria, award for brillant achievements

Prize
Divers (World summit, IWC watch, and more)
Deadline: April

Swiss Technology Award

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Short description / Eligibility
For students, graduates, researchers; Innovation, Society, Market, Creativity

Prize
Booths on important trade Fairs
Deadline: June

Innovation Prize Freiburg

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Short description / Eligibility
Only for companies of Freiburg (CH), every two years; reward of creativity and innovation

Prize
CHF 20’000
Deadline: August

De Vigier Prize

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Short description / Eligibility
Support for company founding. Criteria: Feasability, financing, market opportunity of the product and the team Eligibility: Company based in Switzerland, fulltime engaged in company

Prize
CHF 500‘000 Total p.a., max 5 x CHF 100‘000 every year
Deadline: September

ZKB Pionier Prize Technopark

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Short description / Eligibility
For students, graduates, assistents, scientists and entrepreneurs; innovation, marketability, social relevance

Prize
CHF 98’696.04
Deadline: October

IMD

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Short description / Eligibility
Technology-based enterprises preferred, commitment of the team

Prize
Support from MBAs and EMBAs
Deadline: November

Heuberger Winterthur Jungunternehmerpreis

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Short description / Eligibility
For german-speaking swiss entrepreneurs with an idea, product or service with high growth potential

Prize
CHF 450’000 Total, CHF 150’000 each
Deadline: n.a.

Prix Start-up en Technologie

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Short description / Eligibility
Yearly award; open for young graduates and project developers

Prize
CHF 150’000 and support
Deadline: n.a.

Prix Coup de Pouce (Fondation Liechti)

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Short description / Eligibility
For early stage companies; description of the project, business and financing plan

Prize
CHF 50’000
Deadline: n.a.

Venture 2015

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Short description / Eligibility
The Swiss-wide businessplan competition, includes workshops and coaching; from the business idea to the business plan

Prize
Prizemoney to be communicated.
Deadline: n.a.

Venture Kick

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Short description / Eligibility
For college graduates and people with an innovative idea; 3 stages, 3 presentations, the grants increase from step to step

Prize
CHF 130'000 (max per company)
Deadline: ongoing

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