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Switzerland is an innovative and open economy – today also start-ups can benefit from this. More and more start-up programmes and competitions are open for companies from abroad. Several deadlines are coming close.


In startup competitions, participants can win cash to finance their business, support to accelerate their development, or both. In Switzerland, organisations have scheduled competitions for which startups from abroad can apply too. The following registration deadlines will soon expire.

Kickstart Accelerator, 27.05.2018 – Aspiring startups can apply for four verticals: FinTech & Crypto, Food & Retail Tech and Smart Cities & Infrastructure and EdTech & Learning. The jury will select 30 startups and intrapreneur teams focusing on deep technologies such as AI, Big Data, Blockchain and Robotics to develop their ideas with coaches and its partners. Read more about the programme in our interview with Christoph Birkholz, Program Lead at Kickstart.

Blockchain Competition, 31.05.2018 – The Competition offers startups and teams working at Blockchain applications for finance and real estate the opportunity to win cash and access to industry executives, coaching and free office space in the Crypto Valley Labs Genesis Hub in Zug. Two winners will each receive $100 000.

Agri & Co Challenge31.05.2018– Up to 15 startups in the field of Agriculture, Food or Biomass will compete for a prize of 500 000 Swiss francs alongside several other benefits. Aspirants can submit their applications in one of the two programs: “Relocation Program” or the “Remote Collaboration Program".

The digitalswitzerland market entry boot camp for start-ups from abroad - operated by Impact Hub Zurich - takes place from 4 to 8 June. The matchmaking day for corporates and start-ups is on 5 June. It is still possible to register for this market entry camp. Deadline: 23.5.2018

More awards and deadlines are available in the startupicker awards directory under the Assets section.