Editorial

The positive feedback from the Start-up Ecosystem in Switzerland
motived us to do it again.

The Swiss Venture Guide’s intention is to give future and actual entrepreneurs, investors, politicians and the general public a better understand of what a great country Switzerland is for Innovation.

In 2011 we are presenting you the Swiss Venture Guide 2011 as a Full Version again.

We added some interesting Cover Stories for you.

Potential Support Organizations for Swiss Start-ups are presented in a more detailled way again.

Of course you will discover the 10 Companies we believe are on the way to success. Not always an easy choice to make!

You will also find the Investor Profiles, all of them members of CTI Invest.

Furthermore an overview regarding Businessplan Competitions for high tech start-ups in Switzerland is provided.

To close see important and helpful Links on your way.

This edition of the Swiss Venture Guide was possible thanks to the great support of the Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI.

I wish you an encouraging reading, hope to meet you soon!

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

Cover Stories

This year we decided to add more interesting information regarding the Start-up Ecosystem in Switzerland.

The Cover Stories are following the simple rule:
Do good and talk about it!

Also actual trends and issues are addressed.

We would like to thank the contributors of the Cover Stories for making this edition more valuable.

Start-ups on the Way to Success

In this section ten Swiss High Tech companies on the way to success
will be presented.

The criteria for selection were:

  • closing of one or several financial rounds > CHF 1 Mio.
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  • having paying customers or a product ready for the market entry (except in Biotech).

Of course there are many more Swiss High Tech companies that would qualify for this section.

One other interesting aspect of these companies is, that they took advantage of most Swiss support organizations and got involved with investors related to CTI Invest.

 

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Investor Profiles

In this section we present portraits of domestic and international venture capital investors and business angel networks. All of them are members of CTI Invest, the leading Swiss financing platform, which regularly organizes match-making but also networking events for Swiss high-tech companies and the investor members.

Today, CTI Invest has approx 80 members, most of them are profiled here.

Individual investors (business angels) are not portrayed for privacy reasons.

More information about CTI Invest, its members and events can be found here: www.cti-invest.ch

Startup Competitions

Prix Vittoz "Cap International"

(visit)

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

Company Logo

(visit)

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

Company Logo

(visit)

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

Prize
CHF 50’000
Deadline: January

Swiss Economic Award

Company Logo

(visit)

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

Company Logo

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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

Company Logo

(visit)

Short description / Eligibility
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

Company Logo

(visit)

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

Company Logo

(visit)

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

Prize
Booths on important trade Fairs
Deadline: June

Innovation Prize Freiburg

Company Logo

(visit)

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

Company Logo

(visit)

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

Company Logo

(visit)

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

Prize
CHF 98’696.04
Deadline: October

IMD

Company Logo

(visit)

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

Prize
Support from MBAs and EMBAs
Deadline: November

Heuberger Winterthur Jungunternehmerpreis

Company Logo

(visit)

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

Company Logo

(visit)

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)

(visit)

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

Prize
CHF 50’000
Deadline: n.a.

Venture 2015

Company Logo

(visit)

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

Company Logo

(visit)

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

Other episodes of Swiss Venture Guide

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