Join the competition
Have a promising business idea? >>venture>> can connect you to the people and resources you need. Although the 2019 submission deadline has already passed, below, you can learn more about the competition process and what's at stake. We encourage you to subscribe to our quarterly newsletter so you won't miss out on our free workshops and a chance to network with experts, meet other future founders and compete for a chance to win up to CHF 150,000 in 2020.
>>venture>> in three steps
Submit your pitch deck
Register & submit your pitch deck
A chance to win up to CHF 150,000
Meet with investors and mentors
Pitch our expert jury
Make it to the top 10 of this round in your vertical and you'll get your own mentor and personalized pitch feedback. Reach the top 3 and you're advancing to the next round for cash prizes!
Final Pitch July 1, 2019
Final pitch and award ceremony
Prizes per vertical winner:
- 1st: CHF 50,000
- 2nd: CHF 20,000
- 3rd: CHF 10,000
Overall winner wins an additional CHF 100,000!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply to the >>venture>> competition?
The >>venture>> competition welcomes applications from anyone who has an innovative business idea and plans to set up a company in Switzerland or has already done so. Every startup team needs to have a minimum of one person 18 years of age or older and one person who is a resident of Switzerland.
When can I submit my application for the 2019 competition?
The competition is open from January 28, 2019 to April 11, 2019.
When is the deadline for the 2019 competition?
Your entry must be submitted by April 11, 2019 at the latest.
Is it possible to modify my pitch deck after submitting it?
You can modify your pitch deck anytime until the application deadline on April 11, 2019. After that, your application will be "frozen." If you are invited to pitch in the finals, you are free to update your presentation for the pitch.
What are the formal requirements for the pitch deck/project dossier?
Once you register, we will provide you with clear content guidelines for your submission. The final pitch deck/project dossier must be written in English, should have no more than 20 pages and must be uploaded as a PDF.
Will I receive a mentor or coach if I participate?
Only the finalists – that is, the participants selected as having one of the top ten projects within their respective verticals – will be granted access to our network of mentors. Finalists are then free to contact the mentors of their choosing for an introductory meeting. If both parties agree, they can individually decide on the terms that will govern their work together.
Is participation in the kickoff workshop mandatory?
No, but it is highly recommended, as you will have the opportunity to meet with investors, industry experts and the >>venture>> team.
My business idea doesn't fit into one of the three verticals (health & nutrition, hardware or software & services). Can I still apply?
If you have any questions regarding the verticals, feel free to contact us at email@example.com or +41 58 332 23 30. We can advise you as to which category is the best fit for your business idea.
I have participated in the >>venture>> competition before. Can I participate again?
If you want to re-submit the same business case, you may do so if the business case was not selected as a winner. If you want to enter the competition with a different business case, you are welcome to participate as many times as you like. You may also submit more than one business case per competition.
If you are a previous business idea track participant, you may re-enter the competition, regardless of your winning status. If you are a previous business plan track winner, you are not allowed to submit the same business case. If you are a previous business plan track participant and were not selected as a finalist or winner, you may enter the competition with the same business case.
Do participants receive feedback on their submissions?
Yes, you will receive detailed feedback at all stages except the final round with the Advisory Board.
Does the whole team have to be present at the pitch session?
We recommend that the entire team attends. However, you can choose to have your team represented by one person only.
How are the 30 finalists selected?
Our team of carefully selected jurors, composed of industry and startup experts, reviews your submission and grades it according to a scale. Projects with the highest overall grades are selected to enter the next round.
Is the data I submit to >>venture>> confidential?
We take confidentiality very seriously at >>venture>>. All jurors, Advisory Board members and mentors sign a confidentiality agreement.
Can I submit models or prototypes as part of my application?
No. We can only accept PDF documents. If you have a functioning prototype, we invite you to embed of a video of it in your submission.
How is the prize money disbursed?
Winners will receive a lump sum payment within a month of the award ceremony. The funds will be transferred to your company's bank account (or your personal bank account, if the company has not been set up yet).
Are there any restrictions on how the prize money can be used?
No. We advise winners to spend their prize money wisely on the development of their startup.
How is >>venture>> funded?
>>venture>> is funded through the >>venture foundation>> by the organizers and sponsoring companies represented on the Advisory Board. Learn more about >>venture>> here.