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.

Call for projects 2023

Innosuisse will probably continue to publish calls for projects for the Swiss Accelerator as long as Switzerland is not associated with the EU's framework programme for research and innovation. The Federal Council will decide on the transitional measures 2023 in spring of this year, presumably.

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

  • domiciled in Switzerland and with a Swiss company ID number;
  • already established on the market;
  • employing no more 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 for Horizon Europe. Innosuisse is expected to issue an annual call for projects for the Swiss Accelerator programme until Switzerland is again associated with the European Union’s research framework programme.

Last modification 12.05.2023

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