Innovation cheques stimulate the innovation potential of SMEs and start-ups

The Innosuisse innovation cheque is an important tool for SMEs and start-ups to strengthen their innovation potential and reduce innovation risks. It also supports the growth and performance of innovative companies. More than three quarters of innovation ideas continue to be pursued upon completion of the preliminary study. These are the results of a survey conducted by INFRAS as part of Innosuisse’s impact monitoring.

Innovation cheque impact

For the first time, Innosuisse has commissioned an impact study to assess the impact of the innovation cheque. Those surveyed comprised all SMEs and organisations that were awarded an innovation cheque between 2019 and mid-2022. From among the 1,540 organisations, 537 responded.

The results show that the innovation cheque makes a significant contribution towards Innosuisse’s impact goals:



The Innosuisse innovation cheque

As an SME or other type of organisation with fewer than 250 full-time employees, you can apply for an innovation cheque (preliminary study) worth up to 15,000 Swiss francs to assess the viability of your innovation concept. This voucher enables you to commission idea studies and analyses of the innovation and market potential with a Swiss research partner in all subject areas and to test the collaboration with the research partner.

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Last modification 26.10.2023

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