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  • Swiss Accelerator vs. Start-up Innovation Projects: Understanding the differences

    by Alba Saldaña | Mar 22, 2023 | Reading time: < 1 minutes | Blog

    Switzerland is known for its vibrant R&D commitment that makes this country the most innovative economy for the 12th year in a row. To support these efforts, Innosuisse has established several programmes to provide funding and resources for start-ups and SMEs. Two of these opportunities are the Swiss Accelerator Programme and the Start-up Innovation Project programme. But what are the differences between these two options?


    Swiss AcceleratorStart-up Innovation Projects
    The Swiss Accelerator Programme is designed to support Swiss start-ups and SMEs up to 250 FTEs after market entryThe Start-up Innovation Project programme is focused on supporting start-ups up to 50 FTEs prior to market entry
    Its goal is to bring new products and services through potentially scalable innovative projects to the marketThis programme provides funding to help innovation projects develop a scalable product or service, including application-oriented research
    This programme will last as long as Switzerland is not associated with Horizon EuropeThe Start-up Innovation Project programme is part of the permanent funding portfolio of Innosuisse
    Innosuisse will fund up to CHF 2.5 million for each selected projectInnosuisse hasn’t established a specific limit on the funding amount a successful project can receive
    Innosuisse will announce the annual Swiss Accelerator call soonYou must submit your application at least 8 weeks before the Innovation Council meetings. There will be 3 dates for these meetings: Summer session (May/June), Autumn session (September) and Winter session (November).

    Overall, both the Swiss Accelerator Programme and the Start-up Innovation Project programme are valuable resources for disruptive technological projects in Switzerland. Whether you are in the early stages of development or working on an innovative project, these programmes can provide the support and resources you need to succeed in the competitive world of start-ups.