Development

Development is a generic term. This page describes business trips and accelerators. These supports help start-ups to develop.

Business trips

Venture Leaders

ventureleaders. Take the first step to global expansion. The ten-day business development program is specifically structured to help achieve this goal.

European Venture Program

EPFL is a co-organizer of the European Venture Program with TU/e (Eindhoven), TUM (Munich) and DTU (Copenhagen). Reserved to EPFL students.

Silicon Valley Startup Camp

The local cantonal bank BCV has followed with the Silicon Valley Startup Camp which offers a short trip to ten young students.

Innosuisse & Swissnex: Acceleration Trips

Innosuisse & Swissnex

Market Validation Camp is geared towards early stage startups looking to test their product and business model in ecosystems outside of Switzerland. 1 week – 1month in the startup hub Market Entry Camp. An accelerating program for Swiss startups who are serious about entering a market abroad. 1 to 3 months in the startup hub. Contact local Swissnex office: SF, Boston, NY, Brazil, China, India or the global swissnex.org

XGrant

From 2018, members of the EPFL ecosystem have the possibility to benefit from 2 desks at Swissnex SanFrancisco. This gives the chance to entrepreneurs to test their product in the US market as well as organising meetings with US investors. For more information: contact [email protected]

Accelerators In Switzerland

Kickstart Accelerator

Kickstart Accelerator. 11-week program which is open to the best international early-stage startups with a promising prototype within our 6 verticals: FinTech, Food, Robotics, Smart Cities, Healthcare, EdTech. In Zürich, Basel & Lausanne

wiss Startup Factory

Swiss Startup Factory. From ideas to market in 3 months.Expert input sessions, 1to1 mentor sessions, a collaborative work environment, expert pitch training, and the best network of entrepreneurs & investors. Based in Zürich.

MassChallenge Switzerland

MassChallenge Switzerland. Each year, MassChallenge awards up to $2m in equity-free cash prizes to help high-impact startups succeed. Based in Renens.

Fintech Fusion

Fintech Fusion. 3 industry-shaping vertical accelerators

F10

F10. F10 is a Zurich based FinTech Incubator and Accelerator that supports and guides Startups in transforming their ideas into successful companies, all the while stimulating worldwide collaboration with international finance organizations.

Biopole Startlab

Biopole Startlab. The best start for life science entrepreneurs. Based in Lausanne.

ESA BIC CH

ESA BIC CH: 2-year program for start-ups that are younger than 5 years, registered in Switzerland, which have or can come up with a space connection. The incubated start-ups receive 200’000 € in non-dilutive funding and access to a broad network offering business and technical support. Start-ups from all over Switzerland are welcome to apply. Selection rounds take place twice a year.

Outside of Swizerland:

  • Ycombinator. Y Combinator created a new model for funding early stage startups.
  • Techstars. Each year, it chooses over 300 companies to join our three month mentorship-driven accelerator, investing $120K and providing hands-on mentorship and access to the Techstars Network for life.
  • Startup Bootcamp. A global family of 21 industry-focused programs support startups with direct access to an international network of the most relevant mentors, partners and investors to help them scale.
  • Seedcamp. It invests early in world-class founders attacking large, global markets and solving real problems using technology.