The Swiss Federal Foundation for Promotion of the National Economy through Scientific Research financially supports and furthers the founding of Swiss technology start-ups. Read more ›

Objectives of the Foundation

We provide financial support to innovative Swiss technology startups with the objective that the supported technologies and technical knowhow applications be commercially exploited.

Seed Money

Each year the foundation supports 4 to 6 applications with an interest free loan of approx. CHF 100’000.−. The applicant must be willing to sign a loan agreement that specifies the terms and conditions of the loan.

Your Application

The application to be submitted to the foundation encompasses 5 documents: A formal letter of request for an interest free loan, general information about the venture, a detailed business plan, a short CV of the founder, and an extract from the Register of Commerce.


Due to a strategic review, the Foundation is not accepting any new loan applications until further notice.

Reference Projects
Our Success Stories

Until 1995, the foundation supported basic research projects in Swiss universities that had the potential for economic impact if commercialized. Due to the challenging economic situation in Switzerland, as well as the almost nonexistent culture of supporting and developing young entrepreneurs, the foundation decided to redirect its efforts and attention to helping young entrepreneurs with their start-up endeavors. The effect and influence of our foundation was documented in the thesis of Mr. Markus Nieth at the institute for management studies of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich.

From 1997 up until 2019 the foundation has supported more than 68 Startups with an interest free loan.

News & Information

Grants approved by the Foundation in November 2019

During their meeting of November 29th 2019 the Board of Trustees…

Grants approved by the Foundation in November 2018

During their meeting of November 30th 2018 the Board of Trustees…


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