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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 ›

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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.

Deadlines

Applications can be submitted at any time. Two assessment cycles are conducted annually. For each cycle there is an application deadline. To be considered for the next assessment cycle, the application must be entered:
by April 15th 2018

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 2016 the foundation has supported more than 55 Startups with an interest free loan.

News & Information

Grants approval by the Foundation in June 2017

During their meeting of June 30th 2017 the Board of Trustees…

Grants approval by the Foundation in November 2016

During their meeting of November 25th 2016 the Board of Trustees…

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