Innosuisse Scale-up Award


In order to gain access to phase 2 of the Scale-up Coaching programme, you will have to present your business growth goals and the resulting business growth concept at a Scale-up Award meeting to a committee of experts and representatives of the Innovation Council of Innosuisse. The committee will decide on your admission to phase 2. If the decision is positive, you will receive the Innosuisse Scale-up Award.

Evaluation and decision

The presentation is assessed based on the initial Scale-up Coaching application requirements and considering the outcome of phase 1 of the programme.

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 company at an appropriate stage of maturity?
    Do past growth performance, annual revenue, raised financing, size of the team, management competencies and other elements testify to the scale-up stage of the start-up?
  • Is an ambitious but yet realisable growth strategy defined?
    Has the company a high growth rate or growth potential of ≥30%?
  • Does the scale-up company have the potential to achieve a significant market share in its segment?
  • Is the product/service defendable?
    For a start-up to be successful, it is critical it has a competitive advantage. This can be a valuable IP (patent, trademark), specific know-how, or particular speed to market, etc.
  • Does the start-up team have global ambitions and committed interests in the company's growth?
    Building a start-up is very dynamic and requires a lot of time and effort. Therefore the start-up team must be committed, agile in the execution, and open for input.


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

  • Your application to phase 2 of the Scale-up Coaching programme is approved
    Innosuisse will inform you of the approval at the Scale-up Award meeting, by email and formally by letter, including the Innosuisse Scale-up Award.
  • Your application is rejected
    Innosuisse will inform you of the negative decision by letter. The communication explains why the application was not approved. A negative decision closes the coaching voucher.

This process usually takes about two to four weeks.

All required documents have to be uploaded to the Innosuisse online tool and the certification request must be sent to Innosuisse by email (

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Last modification 04.05.2021

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