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Events & Awards

Networking is the be-all and end-all in the startup world. We organize exciting events, awards and conferences all year round for those interested in founding a company, startups, coaches, but also for investors and business angels.


The Spirit of Entrepreneurial Leadership

How did the GetYourGuide founders manage to develop the start-up into a unicorn and receive almost $ 500 million in funding? Co-Founder, Tobias Rein, guest at the Pioneers’n’Legends webinar on August 24th!

Meet the Swiss startup ecosystem

This evening event takes place as part of the Innosuisse start-up training "Business Concept". Up to 30 exciting new startup ideas will be presented in a poster exhibition. Course participants have the unique opportunity to exchange ideas with several representatives of the Swiss startup ecosystem, including investors, and to make valuable contacts for possible future collaborations.

Innovative startups meet industry

The Energy Startup Day is an annual event at which innovative startups in the energy sector meet with companies, public institutions and other actors in the energy sector to forge relationships and initiate collaborations.


Our best startups

The best ideas from the Innosuisse start-up trainings carried out by STARTUP CAMPUS (Business Concept, Business Creation, Business Growth) are honored with the STARTUP CAMPUS Award.

Your chance for up to $ 25,000!

Start your startup adventure with the ZHAW Startup Challenge! With or without an idea, with or without a team - it doesn't matter! We help and bring you together with students interested in startup. Experience an exciting time with great people, learn more about entrepreneurship and self-employment and don't miss the chance of a trip to the USA.

Dream big

The ETH Entrepreneur’s Club honors the best startup ideas and concepts with the EC Award. The requirements for participation: Start-up projects that are in the early stages, have not yet been funded and are particularly innovative.

The pioneer award honors particularly outstanding technical projects with a high level of innovation, market proximity and social relevance. It recognizes the startup's commitment and willingness to take risks and is awarded annually by Zürcher Kantonalbank and Technopark Zurich.

Big ideas start small

MassChallenge Switzerland was founded in 2016 and has quickly become one of the leading drivers of innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe, connecting startups with the experts and resources they need to grow.

Companies for tomorrow

"Venture" is an initiative of ETH Zurich, McKinsey & Company Switzerland, Knecht Holding, the innovation promotion agency Innosuisse and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). The leading Swiss start-up competition supports young entrepreneurs in setting up a company.

Startup idea competition

The young entrepreneur prize for start-up ideas and concepts with high development potential is awarded every year by the St. Galler Kantonalbank to startups in Eastern Switzerland. The starting field diamond is endowed with CHF 50,000.

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