Startup network

International initiatives


Stimulating the energy and enthusiasm of entrepreneurs to lead the charge with new climate-positive business models is a powerful way to address climate change across sectors and systems. Climate-KIC identifies, supports and invests in entrepreneurs through every stage of innovation, helping them move from initial concepts, through testing and demonstration to achieve commercial scale.


Since 2016, MassChallenge Switzerland has confirmed its position as an innovation & entrepreneurship catalyst in Europe, receiving over 1000 applications and accelerating 144 startups to date. By connecting startups with the experts and resources they need, we are helping young entrepreneurs change the world for the better. From developing AI assisted smart eyewear for the blind to processing waste in Africa, to drones for viticulture, our alumni always rise to the challenge!


National initiatives


Startupticker publishes news about Swiss startups on their achieved milestones and at the same time about available support program offered by various support organizations and programs.

Startup INVEST

Startup INVEST is the leading Swiss financing platform connecting Startups, Investors and Corporate industry leaders.


The Swisscom Startup Challenge gives startups the opportunity to win a business acceleration program in Silicon Valley! Apply until 21 May 2018.

Technology Fund

The Technology Fund offers loan guarantees to Swiss companies whose novel products contribute to a sustainable reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Technopark Allianz

The Technopark Allianz is the Alliance of Technoparks in Switzerland, providing office space and support for start-ups and young entrepreneurs. We are dedicated to technology transfer, curate our companies and support them, so that they bring tomorrow's technology to practice.

Venture Lab

Venturelab is a national startup training program, founded by IFJ (Institute for Young Entrepreneurs) in 2003. It has since then conducted 202 entrepreneurship events with more than 23‘000 participants from Swiss universities and organized 3‘225 workshop modules to train innovative startup projects.

Venture Kick

Venture Kick is a philanthropic three stage-funding model initiated to support Swiss startups with enough funding to kick-start their entrepreneurial success. Startups can qualify to receive up to CHF 130,000 in start capital. After each stage, promising entrepreneurs are also offered professional guidance in developing their business through the 2-day kickers’ camps and connection to an incredible network.

Social Impact Award

Social Impact Award (SIA) is an idea competition and incubation program designed to empower young citizens (from 16 to 30 years-old) to take action as social entrepreneurs by transforming their ideas into viable projects. SIA takes place in more than 17 countries worldwide and Impact Hub takes the lead on implementing the program in Switzerland focusing on local needs and partnering with local universities, youth-led organisations and entrepreneurship networks.

PHARE 7 Management Solutions

PHARE 7 Management Solutions (“P7MS”) is working with exciting life sciences start-ups and growth-stage companies to launch products, accelerate business growth and drive adoption of their therapies in the market.


SEIF supports and promotes individuals or teams seeking to apply innovative business ideas to respond to current social and/or environmental problems, otherwise known as “social enterprises”. We do so by offering companies programs, consulting, training and general support according to their needs and stage of development.


Eastern Switzerland

Be-Advanced AG

Be-advanced AG supports local entrepreneurs and startups by offering two acceleration programs: the Be-advance startup challenge and the HighFlyer program. Furthermore, Be-Advanced AG helps to connect startups with its network and gives them visibility through its communications channels.

ETH ieLab

The ETH Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lab (ieLab) is the home of Pioneer Fellows (grant holders) and ETH spin-offs. The ieLab provides coaching by serial entrepreneurs and industry experts, provides entrepreneurship training, organizes events and gives access to investors and the Swiss start-up ecosystem.

Student Project House

Student Project House empowers students to make their own ideas happen!

RUNAWAY Startup Incubator

RUNAWAY Startup Incubator offers a tailor-made startup & spin-off support. A key element of the incubator is the accompanying startup coaching. The aim of the coaching is the entrepreneurial aptitude and business acceleration of the startup towards market entry and positioning.

W.A. de Vigier Stiftung

The W.A. de Vigier Award is the oldest and highest endowed prize for young entrepreneurs in Switzerland, awarding 5 x CHF 100‘000 each year. The foundation's goal is to provide direct financial support for highly innovative entrepreneurs who want to launch performance and growth oriented businesses in Switzerland.


Western Switzerland


Enable invests in tomorrow’s technology, today – by providing early-stage funding, expertise and passion


Gotham is the biggest coworking space in Switzerland. 15 coworking, coliving and event spaces will be opening in the next 2 years in prime locations.

EPFL innogrants

The EPFL Startup unit encourages and supports startup creation through events, business trips and grants (xGrants, Innogrants).

Impact Hub Lausanne

Impact Hub (Lausanne) inspires, enables and connects entrepreneurs and innovators to prototype new models for a society that works for all. We offer access to an inspiring working space, a vibrant learning community, startup incubation programmes, inspiring events and innovative workshops and courses. As a member, you join a community of over 15 000 members in 100+ Impact Hubs across the world, innovating for a new kind of economy.


GENILEM mission is to empower entrepreneurial spirit, thanks to trainings and long term coaching for innovative entrepreneurs. Since 1995, more than 230 startups have been coached during 3 years, entering a very selective and intensive program, focused on sales, leadership and go-to-market strategy.


Southern Switzerland

CP Start-up

Centro Promozione Start-up (CP Start-up) is an incubator and accelerator for innovative ideas settling in Ticino.