Swiss Accelerator Network

bringing together the best Accelerator Programs in Switzerland

The Swiss Accelerator Network combines the best acceleration programs in Switzerland. As digitalswitzerland we are connecting and fostering the Innovation Ecosystem in Switzerland and helping it to scale internationally. Therefore, we are happy to form this network with the leading accelerator programs in our country. We are collaborating to give Startups and Scaleups from all over the world the best accelerator environment possible.

Early Stage

Who is it for?
Early stage startups

Unique Offering

  • Unique Accelerator in southern Switzerland
  • 800 hours of coaching and free work space
  • 170’000 total prize value

Most important dates:
Application Deadline: Mai – July
Program runs from September – December

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Who is it for?
Startups who have a complementary team, a scalable business model and a MVP

Unique Offering

  • A complete startup platform
  • Only accelerate 3 startups per year to put all resources to make your startup successful

Most important dates:
Open enrollment – startups can apply anytime

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Who is it for:
Early stage startups, across all industries which raised less then CHF 500K in equity and have under CHF 1 mio. in revenue

Unique Offering:

  • An established international community of 1975+ startups
  • World class mentoring from industry experts and a tailor made program
  • Free office space, non equity cash and several in-kind prizes of up to CHF 1 mio.

Most important dates:
Application Deadline: March
Program: June-October

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ScaleUp

Who is it for?
Deep Tech Scale-ups or Series A-type Startups that want executive-level access to leading corporates, top universities and large organizations

Unique Offering

  • B2B/market access to Switzerland for later-stage startups
  • Accelerator composed of serial entrepreneurs
  • Program that takes no equity, is no distraction for startup executives and focuses on deal-making rather than investment

Most important dates:
Application Deadline: End of May
Program: September – November

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Industry focused

Who is it for?
FinTech, RegTech and InsureTech startups with an existing prototype

Unique Offering

  • High-level access and collaboration opportunities with our global network of banks, insurance companies, regulators and investors
  • Internationally renowned coaches and mentors
  • 15k expenses coverage and 6-months free of charge office spaces in Zurich

Most important dates:
Application Deadline: June
Program: September – March

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Who is it for?

Digital healthcare tech startups who solve the health challenges and unmet needs of young people

Unique Offering

  • Up to 50,000 CHF in non-dilutive funding and free creative space
  • Coaching and access to the Basel Healthcare Innovation ecosystem
  • Chance to gain exposure to experts at DayOne Conference prior to main program

Most important dates:
Application: May – July
Program: January – June

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Who is it for?
EdTech startups with an existing innovation/product that envisage to transform education and learning through technology

Unique Offering

  • Switzerland’s first collaborative, membership based co-working space focusing solely on EdTech
  • Based at the heart of learning sciences, community of 75+ EdTech startups, access to a unique ecosystem around EdTech
  • Not a classic incubator but rather a ‘lifelong’ partner/accelerator

Most important dates:
Open enrollment – EdTech startups can apply anytime

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Who is it for:
Healthcare startups who are looking for industry access, market know-how and access to labs.

Unique Offering:

  • 15 months acceleration phase
  • Highly experienced advisors from the healthcare industry
  • Infrastructure, industry access and funding

Most important dates:
Application Deadline: May
Program: Phase I September to November, Phase II January to December

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Who is it for:
European startups that tackle climate change

Unique Offering:

  • 18 month of coaching, office space in 21 support locations and 14 EU countries.
  • Up to €85,000 in seed funding with no equity taken
  • Access to Climate-KIC’s Europe-wide network

Most important dates:
Application Deadline: End of January, End of July
Program: Summer (April – September), Winter (October – March)

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Contact

digitalswitzerland
Matthias Zwingli
Project Manager Startup Enablement
+41 79 811 30 03
matthias@digitalswitzerland.com