Swiss Accelerator: 753 applications submitted

The Swiss Accelerator is generating a lot of interest. The first phase of the call for projects ended on 10 May 2022 and a total of 753 Swiss companies submitted a short application. The funding amount requested per application averages 1.85 million Swiss francs. Innosuisse has recruited 50 additional experts to evaluate these applications. 

Under this transitional measure, start-ups and SMEs can apply for direct financial support for individual projects with significant innovation potential. The focus is on advanced innovation projects with a high level of risk, but that also have great potential for disruption.

The 753 applications are divided thematically as follows:

Innosuisse Swiss Accelerator figures May 2022

They are distributed regionally in Switzerland as follows:

Innosuisse Swiss Accelerator figures per region May 2022

A total funding budget of an estimated CHF 86 million is available for this Swiss Accelerator call for projects. The next step is for around 100 applicant companies to submit a full application. They will be invited to do so by Innosuisse after their short application has been assessed.

With the Swiss Accelerator, Innosuisse launched a competitive funding offer in April as a transitional measure for Horizon Europe, as Swiss start-ups and SMEs currently do not have access to the Accelerator Grants of the European Innovation Council (EIC).

Experts for the evaluation

Innosuisse has recruited 50 additional experts to evaluate applications under the Swiss Accelerator. From the 244 applications received, the Innovation Council submitted a total of 50 people to the Innosuisse Board of Directors for election in April.

44 percent of the elected experts are women. 14% are Italian-speaking, 18% francophone. They all have a high level of business expertise in various innovation sectors. They began their mandate on 1st of May.

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Last modification 23.05.2022

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