14 May 2019, ZURICH-- Starting this year, >>venture>>, Switzerland’s leading startup competition, has been revamped and has doubled its overall prize money in order to continue to drive innovation across Switzerland. The competition, conceived in 1997 to empower young entrepreneurs to venture forward in their startup journey, has created a leaner version in 2019 which now consists of submitting a 10-20-page business case under one of the following 3 verticals: Health & Nutrition, Hardware, or Software & Services. It is with much enthusiasm that >>venture>> has announced the top 10 finalists per vertical for 2019.
“Due to the changes in the competition, we received an unprecedented amount of applications this year, which we’re really proud of, but was no easy feat for our jurors. They had a big challenge of choosing only 10 finalists out of so many and diverse submissions.” stated Dr. Lea Firmin, CEO of >>venture>>.
The 2019 >>venture>> finalists are listed below in alphabetical order per vertical:
The 30 finalists, chosen out of over 250 submissions, will now undergo a round of pitch training from investors and communications experts and partner up with mentors from the >>venture>> database. Finalists will then have to work those pitching skills to make it through the second round of the competition, from which only 3 teams per vertical will be crowned as winners.
On July 1, 2019, the 9 winners will go head-to-head in front of our Advisory Board and the overall winner will be announced at the >>venture>> Award Ceremony, receiving a total of CHF 150,000 in non-dilutive cash.
“We’re really looking forward to the next round because this is where we can start to work together with the startups and help drive their business forward. Our participants often tell us that the training and mentorship we provide is invaluable and it’s exciting to see their evolution from this point on,” stated, Dr. Firmin.
>>venture>> is Switzerland’s leading annual startup competition co-organized by ETH Zurich, McKinsey & Company, Knecht Holding, Innosuisse, and EPFL. Established in 1997, it is governed by the non-profit, >>venture foundation>> with the purpose of empowering entrepreneurs and fostering innovation across Switzerland. Participants can apply starting January each year under one of the following three industry verticals: Health & Nutrition, Hardware, and Software & Services. >>venture>> offers a total of CHF 350,000 in non-dilutive funds, mentorship and an extensive network of experts. For more information, please visit www.venture.ch