Evaluation and decision


First, your application will be formally reviewed. Then, it will be assessed by an independent expert according to defined criteria. The expert will get in touch with you to arrange a short meeting. If your start-up meets the coaching criteria, you will be invited to a Core Coaching Acceptance meeting to pitch to a committee of experts and a representative of the Innosuisse Innovation Council. At the end of the meeting you will be informed whether your application is accepted or declined. This process usually takes about two months.

Criteria for evaluating your application

Applications are assessed based on the initial application requirements.

Formal criteria:

  • Has all required information been submitted and is it correct?
  • Has the Initial Coaching programme from Innosuisse been successfully completed?
  • Have the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Scientific Integrity been met?
  • Does the start-up have a Swiss address?
  • Is there an intention to incorporate a company in Switzerland?


  • Has the start-up been incorporated in Switzerland within the last five years or the last ten years in justified cases (e.g. time-intensive life science start-ups)?

Assessment criteria:

  • Is the business model innovative and science-based?
    The developed solution and/or business model has to be considered a novelty on the market and can be associated with a scientific discipline.
  • Is the product/service defendable?
    For a start-up to be successful, it is crucial that it has a competitive advantage. This can be a valuable IP (patent, trademark), specific expertise or particular speed to market, etc.
  • Does the product/service have high market potential?
    Is there a demand for the developed solution with a sufficiently high, realistic market size?
  • Is the business model scalable?
    A company can achieve strong and profitable growth in a short period of time if it has a repeatable, scalable business model.
  • Is the team ambitious and fully committed to building the business and open to input?
    Building a start-up is very dynamic and requires a lot of time and effort. Therefore the start-up team must be committed and agile in terms of execution.
  • Is the business idea sustainable?
    The business idea must not have any negative impact on the sustainable development of society, the economy or the environment; ideally, it should actively contribute to sustainable development.


The Innosuisse Innovation Council decides on your application based on the information provided and assessments:

  • Your application is approved
    Innosuisse informs you by e-mail that your application has been approved. You will also receive an official letter by IncaMail within the following few weeks. Coaching will begin as soon as the coaching voucher has been activated in the system.
  • Your application is rejected
    Innosuisse informs you by e-mail that your application has been rejected. An official letter setting out the reasons for the rejection will be sent to you by IncaMail within the following few weeks.

A rejected application can be revised at any time and submitted to Innosuisse as a new application, provided that the criteria that were not met have been changed. The newly submitted application will be re-evaluated according to the usual evaluation process.

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Last modification 05.01.2023

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