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 for a short meeting. Finally, the Innosuisse Innovation Council will decide whether to accept and decline your application to phase 1 of the Scale-up Coaching programme and you will be notified. This process usually takes four to six weeks.

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 start-up been set up as a business in Switzerland within the last five years or the last ten years in justified cases (e.g. time-intensive life science start-ups)?
  • Does the start-up employ five or more full-time equivalent members

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?
  • Has an ambitious but still realisable growth strategy been defined?
  • Has the company a high growth rate or growth potential of ≥30%?
  • Has the scale-up company the potential of achieving a significant market share in its segment?
  • Is the product/service defendable?
    For a start-up to succeed, 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 Innosuisse Innovation Council decides on your application based on the given information and assessments:

  • Your application to phase 1 of the Scale-up Coaching programme is approved
    Innosuisse will inform you of the approval by email and formally by letter. You start your coaching once approval is confirmed.
  • Your application is rejected
    Innosuisse will inform you of the negative decision by email and formally by letter. The communication will explain why the application was not approved.

A rejected application can be revised and submitted to Innosuisse as a new application in a next Scale-up Coaching call, provided that the objected criteria have been changed and the remaining requirements are still met. The newly submitted application will be re-evaluated according to the usual evaluation process.

Frequently asked questions

Last modification 04.05.2021

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