Get support for your innovation project

You are an SME with the following needs:

Your SME (based in Switzerland and with fewer than 250 full-time employees) is working on or planning a product, process or service innovation. For this research-based innovation, you want to work with a research partner (university, university of applied sciences etc.) and someone who can help you to get your project off the ground.

This is exactly what our mentors are meant to do.

Our innovation mentors will help you answer the following questions:

  • Our SME has an idea for a product, process or service innovation. What steps have to be taken to realise the idea?
  • Is our SME even eligible to apply for funding from Innosuisse?
  • What chances does our project have of receiving funding from Innosuisse?
  • Which research institution is the best partner for my innovation project?
  • How do I submit a project application for Innosuisse or for another funding agency (e.g. international funding programmes in which Switzerland participates)?
  • How do I come to a contractual agreement with my project partners?
  • How do I regulate issues surrounding patents with contractual partners?
  • How do I revise a funding application, for an Innosuisse project, for example, if the initial submission was not successful?

You have one of the following questions instead? Then have a look at the services offered by our colleagues:

Get support for your innovation project:

Our innovation mentors are very familiar with the Swiss funding scene and can explain various funding instruments to you. They facilitate access to technology and research and will help you set up an innovation project with a public research partner. Take advantage of this free offering for your SME.

What has to be done and what rules apply?

  • Innovation mentoring is offered exclusively to SMEs with fewer than 250 full-time equivalent employees. If your SME is part of a group, innovation mentoring is only available to you if the group has fewer than 250 full-time equivalent employees.
  • Innovation mentoring is only available to SMEs based in Switzerland. A company’s UID number is regarded as proof of having a registered office in Switzerland.
  1. You apply for the support of a mentor by filling in and submitting a short form (in which we ask for information about the company and your idea).
  2. If you are granted support, the related funding will be valid for a maximum of 12 months. Innosuisse bears the costs for the consulting services provided by mentors.
  3. You choose the innovation mentor you prefer from the Innosuisse list of mentors. If you are unsure which innovation mentor you should choose, we can help you clarify this question.

There are three different types of support service which are tailored to the specific needs of different SMEs:

  • You have a novel business idea that could have wide-ranging implications, but you don’t know exactly how to classify it. Plus, you will need support in getting the endeavour off the ground (“Basic Support” voucher).
  • You have received a “Basic Support” voucher, or you have already been in contact with a mentor, or you are already familiar with the Innosuisse projects and do not need the “Basic Support” voucher but would like to have the need for project partnerships assessed and be assisted in finding suitable partners, and/or you need help in formulating a funding application (“Partner Support” voucher and/or “Application Support” voucher).
  • You have already submitted a funding application for a science-based innovation project, which, unfortunately, was turned down. You want to revise the application with the help of an innovation mentor (“Revision Support” voucher).

Last modification 16.09.2022

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