Start-up Innovation

Innosuisse is dedicated to fostering start-up innovation by providing support to science-based projects with significant potential for innovation. These projects are rooted in application-oriented research and play a crucial role in preparing start-ups for their initial market entry.

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Innosuisse plays a vital role in supporting start-ups during their pre-market phase by enabling the realization of science-based innovation projects that possess substantial potential for innovation. These projects serve as a solid foundation for start-ups as they embark on their journey to enter the market for the first time.

Eligibility criteria

  • Based in Switzerland ¬†and has a Swiss company identification number
  • Established not longer than 5 years ago
  • Startup not on the market yet
  • Scalable business model
  • Maximum 50 Full Time Equivalent
  • Has the financial means to bear the envisaged personal contribution (at least 30% of the project costs)
  • Has an initial analysis of intellectual property rights

As part of our commitment to promoting start-up innovation, Innosuisse provides financial support for eligible projects. It’s important to note that Innosuisse covers up to 70% of the direct project costs, allowing start-ups to access substantial funding.

To ensure a shared investment and commitment, participating start-ups are required to contribute a minimum of 30% of the project costs from their own resources. This co-funding approach encourages start-ups to take an active role in their projects and strengthens their dedication to achieving success.

Funding Rate
0%
  • Projects are submitted through the Innolink portal
  • Projects can be submitted¬†on an ongoing basis
  • Unlimited financing
  • Max 36 months projects
Evaluation

  • Formal evaluation by Innosuisse
  • Evaluation by 3 independent experts

Eight criteria based valuation

  • Level of innovation
  • Added value in Switzerland
  • Methodological quality
  • Staff expertise
  • Sustainability
  • Cost-benefit ratio
  • Financial performance of the start-up
  • Intellectual property

Topics

  • ICT: Information & Communications Technologies
  • E&E: Energy & Environment
  • ENG: Engineering
  • SSBM: Social Sciences & Business Management
  • LS: Life Sciences

Timeline

All year ICT E&E ENG SSBM LS
May Meeting
24.05.23
25.05.23
24.05.23
23.05.23
June Meeting
02.06.23
September Meeting
06.09.23
14.09.23
13.09.23
14.09.23
14.09.23
November Meeting
22.11.23
30.11.23
30.11.23
30.11.23
29.11.23

Innossuise Timeline

  • As of 14 February 2023, the application tool is open for new applications.
  • Innosuisse advises to submit your application at least 8 weeks prior the Innovation Council meeting.
  • Following the evaluations, Innosuisse will inform you within two weeks about the invitation to the pitch.
  • Results are issued approx. 4 weeks after the pitch date.
Summer ICT E&E ENG SSBM LS
Proposal Preparation *
24.01.23
25.01.23
24.01.23
23.01.23
02.02.23
Suggested Submission
24.03.23
25.03.23
24.03.23
23.03.23
02.04.23
Innovation Council Meeting
24.05.23
25.05.23
24.05.23
23.05.23
02.06.23
Pitch Date
14.06.23
22.06.23
07.06.23
15.06.23
22.06.23
Autumn ICT E&E ENG SSBM LS
Proposal Preparation *
06.05.23
14.05.23
13.05.23
14.05.23
14.05.23
Suggested Submission
06.07.23
14.07.23
13.07.23
14.07.23
14.07.23
Innovation Council Meeting
06.09.23
14.09.23
13.09.23
14.09.23
14.09.23
Pitch Date
27.09.23
05.10.23
27.09.23
28.09.23
12.10.23
Winter ICT E&E ENG SSBM LS
Proposal Preparation *
22.07.23
30.07.23
30.07.23
30.07.23
29.07.23
Suggested Submission
22.09.23
30.09.23
30.09.23
30.09.23
29.09.23
Innovation Council Meeting
22.11.23
30.11.23
30.11.23
30.11.23
29.11.23
Pitch Date
13.12.23
14.12.23
13.12.23
14.12.23
12.12.23

* Based on Lira’s experience and expertise, it is necessary to designate 2 months prior to the submission, in order to prepare the proposal.

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