Swiss Accelerator

Swiss Accelerator projects for SMEs and start-ups after market entry

With the Swiss Accelerator, Innosuisse supports projects by Swiss small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups after they have entered the market.

This competitive funding programme is aimed at individual start-ups and SMEs that are carrying out innovation projects with above-average innovation potential. The aim is to commercialise new and innovative products and services quickly and effectively, which in turn should accelerate the growth of Swiss companies already established on the market.

The Federal Council has not earmarked any funds for the Swiss Accelerator in the transitional measures 2024 for Horizon Europe.

Therefore, there will be no call for projects in 2024. It is currently unclear whether and when there will be a new call for projects. Last update: 10.04.2024

This opportunity is aimed exclusively at individual Swiss SMEs and start-ups (not consortia):

  • based in Switzerland (i.e. the company’s headquarters is in Switzerland) and registered in the Swiss registry of commerce;
  • already established on the market (i.e. already producing and selling a product or service according to the respective specifications);
  • employing less than 250 full-time equivalents
    (for companies that are part of a group, the number of full-time equivalents across the entire group of companies is decisive);
  • with the ambition to commercialise the project results quickly and effectively and to scale accordingly.

> Requirements in detail

In the assessment, the text of the funding ordinance and the corresponding implementing provisions are always determining.

IMPORTANT: Start-ups that have not yet entered the market are not allowed to submit applications for Swiss Accelerator projects.

Is your start-up not yet present on the market with products or services?

Then the start-up innovation projects might be of interest to you. It is not possible to submit simultaneous applications to the Swiss Accelerator and for start-up innovation projects due to the defined criteria.

Comparison Swiss Accelerator/Start-up innovation projects

Programme comparison Swiss Accelerator and start-up innovation projects
*The Swiss Accelerator is a transitional measure due to Switzerland's current non-association with Horizon Europe. To date, it has been implemented in 2022 and 2023.

The Swiss Accelerator is a transitional measure for Horizon Europe. 

Last modification 01.05.2024

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Swiss Accelerator

Ursula Brunner
Kathrin Kramer
Laura Lang
Donat Rüttimann
Alessia Salmina
Jade Son-u-Ta

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Audit and Assurance
Jörn Graf

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Application platform Innosuisse

Application platform

The Innolink platform is used to submit and manage applications to Innosuisse. 

FAQ zu Innosuisse

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the FAQ about the Swiss Accelerator here. (PDF, 257 kB, 04.10.2023)

Patent research

End of free services with the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI)

The patent search services previously offered free of charge to Innosuisse applicants via the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property have been discontinued.

However, costs associated with research into intellectual property issues may still be covered as part of the direct project costs chargeable for approved applications from the following funding schemes:

  • Innovation projects with or without partners
  • Innovation projects for start-ups
  • Swiss Accelerator