Startup network

International Initiatives


The Climate-KIC Accelerator supports cleantech startups all over Europe through expert coaching and up to €85k in grant funding. Let’s build a low carbon economy!

Impact Hub (Zurich & Geneva)

Co-working space, innovation lab and start-up incubator created by a community of social entrepreneurs. Offering workshops, networking and collaboration opportunities for individuals, start-ups, and organizations. In Switzerland, Impact Hub is located in Zurich and Geneva.


No-equity and not-for-profit, MassChallenge Switzerland accelerates entrepreneurs across all industries through world-class mentorship, unrivalled corporate access, free office space, a massive global network, and the opportunity to win up to CHF1M through a competition.


National Initiatives



Innosuisse Start-up (formerly CTI Start-up)

Innosuisse Start-up was initiated in 1996 to help entrepreneurs with a tailored, hands-on coaching process in four phases. During a 6 to 24 month structured process, a dedicated coach will help bring the venture’s project to matureness.

Social Entrepreneurship Impact & Finance (SEIF)

SEIF supports and promotes social enterprises, by offering companies programs, consulting, training and general support according to their needs and stage of development.

Spark Works

Start-ups benefit from an agile approach that includes elements of business strategy, behavioral science, and design, packaged into a step-by-step process that any team can use and readapt to launch new ideas successfully, validate new features and test the value of entering new markets.

Startupticker is the independent, national news platform for the Swiss start-up scene. In addition, a comprehensive calendar lists events and training, and company founders can find an edited list of the most important start-up awards.

Startup Invest

Startup Invest (formerly Swiss Startup Invest & CTI Invest) was founded in 2003 and is the leading financing platform for Swiss high-tech startups. It is the organizer of big startup events such as Swiss Venture Day and Startup Day, and the publisher of the Swiss Startup Guide.

Venture Kick

Venture Kick aims at early identification, structuring, and promotion of promising business ideas with a clear vision: to double the number of spin-offs at Swiss universities, to accelerate the time-to-market and to raise the attractiveness of these young companies for professional investors.


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.


Eastern Switzerland


BaseLaunch is the healthcare vertical of Kickstart Accelerator located in Basel. Over 2 phases (15 months), the accelerator provides selected healthcare startups with support by four strong pillars: infusion of funds, industry access, insight, and infrastructure.

The Economic Promotion Canton of Schaffhausen

The Economic Promotion Canton of Schaffhausen actively supports start-ups and companies who want to pilot and execute real projects using new technologies in the canton.

ETH Transfer

ETH transfer is the technology transfer office of ETH Züurich, with a long tradition in supporting spin-offs by consulting and coaching, negotiating license agreements and connecting people.

ETH Entrepreneur Club

The ETH Entrepreneur Club is a student initiative at ETH Zürich aiming to bring entrepreneurial-minded people together and to foster entrepreneurship in Switzerland. Through start-up events, our coworking space – RocketHub and our community, we provide a platform to develop ideas, build teams and exchange experience.

Startup Campus

The consortium Zurich East is a consortium of colleges, universities, and technology parks in the Zurich, Winterthur, and St. Gallen areas. STARTUP CAMPUS provides entrepreneurship courses on behalf of the Federal Commission for Technology and Innovation (Innosuisse, formerly CTI).

Technopark Zurich

Technopark Zurich brings people together from the fields of science, technology, and economy. It is the top location for technology transfer in Switzerland and a key point of contact for innovative start-ups looking to transform knowledge into marketable products and services.


Western Switzerland

EPFL Innogrants

Innogrants was launched in 2005 with the support of Lombard Odier, to finance selected EPFL spin-offs in form of an EPFL salary. It has financed more than 80 teams et help to create 50+ start-ups. These start-ups subsequently received more than CHF 100M in additional grants and equity.

EPFL Innovation Park

The EPFL Innovation Park supports disruptive innovation and technology transfer from EPFL and other regional universities. It provides flexible office space, training and coaching/business consulting services to 170 high tech companies: start-ups, SME's and R&D centers of large corporations.

Fondation Inartis

Fondation Inartis is a nonprofit organization that promotes innovation, in particular in the tech and life science fields, and foster interactions between innovators, companies and research institutes.


The non-profit association was launched by the Canton of Vaud in 2013, to provide assistance to innovative start-up, SME or multinational corperation in carrying out its projects. This is done mainly by consulting and expertise on funding, infrastructure, as well as access to an extensive network of innovators.


Univercité is a community space located in Renens dedicated to sharing and innovation, and consist of a co-working space, makerspace, bio-hacking space (hackuarium) and MassChallenge Switzerland. Univercité is a part of Fondation Inartis.