Editorial

Dear Reader

This is the already the fourth edition of the Swiss Venture Guide.

The Swiss Venture Guide’s intention remains to give

  • future and actual entrepreneurs
  • investors
  • studends
  • politicians
  • the general public

a better understand of the innovation strength in Switzerland.

In the Swiss Venture Guide 2012 you will find

  • interesting Cover Stories
  • profiles of Support Organizations for Swiss Start-up‘s
  • 15 Start-up Companies we believe are on the way to success
  • Investor Profiles of the members of CTI Invest
  • an overview regarding Businessplan Competitions
  • and helpful Links.

This edition of the Swiss Venture Guide was made 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

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

Cover Stories

This year again we included interesting information regarding the Start-up Ecosystem.

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

There are many good initatives in the Ecosystem of which all should be aware of.

We would like to thank the contributors for making this section so valuable.

Start-ups on the Way to Success

In this section Swiss High Tech companies on the way to success are presented.

Instead of 10 we decided to present 15 this year, as the choice to have only 10 was just too difficult to make. All of them deserve to be presented here! Still there are many more Swiss High Tech companies that would also qualify for this section.

The criteria for selection were:

  • closing of one or several financial rounds > CHF 1 Mio.
    and/or
  • having paying customers or a product ready for the market entry

One other interesting aspect of the presented companies is, that all of them took advantage of most Swiss support organizations and got involved with investors linked to CTI Invest.

 

Venture Support

  • CTI Project
  • CTI Start-up
  • CTI Entrepreneurship
  • CTI Invest
  • ETH Zurich – ETH transfer
  • venture kick
  • De Vigier Foundation
  • venture leaders
  • IMD
  • »venture foundation»
  • Euresearch
  • Switzerland Global Enterprise
  • swissnex Boston - Consulate of Switzerland
  • swissnex San Francisco
  • TECHNOPARK® ZURICH
  • TECHNOPARK® AARGAU
  • TECHNOPARK® WINTERTHUR
  • TECNOPOLO® LUGANO
  • BIO-TECHNOPARK® Schlieren-Zurich
  • TECHNOPARK® LUZERN
  • EPFL Innovation Park Foundation
  • Basel Inkubator
  • Blue Lion
  • Creapole SA
  • Eclosion
  • Empa
  • STARTFELD
  • Innovaud
  • The Ark
  • grow Gründerorganisation Wädenswil
  • BaseCamp4HighTech
  • Centro Promozione Start-up
  • Eidg. Stiftung zur Förderung Schweizerischer Volkswirtschaft durch wissenschaftliche Forschung
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Swiss Excellence
  • CTI Project

Investor Profiles

In this section we present portraits of domestic and international venture capital investors and business angel networks.

All oft 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 oft them are profiled here, with the exception of some industrial partners and individual investors (business angels) 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

(visit)

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

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011