Core Coaching grants you a voucher worth of up to CHF 50,000 for coaching sessions with Innosuisse accredited coaches over a maximum period of 36 months.
What is included in the Core Coaching
In order to be eligible for Core Coaching, your start-up must meet the following requirements:
- Innovative and science-based business idea
- Start-up has already set up 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) or about to incorporate a company in Switzerland (existing Swiss address required)
- Business idea has high market potential and is defendable (IP, know-how, speed to market, etc.)
- Business model is scalable and executed by an ambitious team with the potential to achieve the goals
What your application should include
The application is to be submitted online in the Innosuisse online tool and should include:
- Description of the innovative business idea
- Value proposition of offered product/service and explanation of competitive advantage
- Business model including description of target customers, market potential and competition
- Business plan including general company status, details on operations, financial projections and funding status
- Description of the team and their commitment and company growth plans including board members and potential partnerships
- SWOT Analysis and milestone proposals for the next 12 months and for 2-3 years
- Any relevant company documents (e.g. investor pitch deck, company presentation, etc.)
Through the Federal Administration’s eIAM system (“electronic identity and access management”), you can register for access to the application platform Innosuisse Analytics. eIAM manages a user’s access rights. This step is only necessary when registering for the first time.
The code is generated by the Federal Office of Information Technology, Systems and Telecommunication FOITT. You can click on “Neuen Bestätigungscode anfordern” to request a new confirmation code. The codes sometimes take a short period of time to arrive. You can also follow the instructions on the CH-LOGIN Help under “SMS reception affected (mTAN has not arrived”. If this does not work, please contact the FOITT helpdesk at +41 (0) 58 465 88 88 or email email@example.com.
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On the platform Innosuisse Analytics under “My Applications”, enter the code under “Enter Code”. The invitation code can be used to add new project members to projects.
You can submit your application in German, French, Italian or English.
The user who locks the screen must first return to the overview, then log out. If the browser window is closed directly then the system will block editing. If this should unintentionally happen then log in again, open the application and exit correctly via “Overview” -> “Logout”.
(In the case of start-up coaching, this only applies in status “NEW” before the application is submitted.)
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Yes, the character limit is always stated in the input field at the bottom right. Spaces count as characters.
You can change your postal address directly on the platform Innosuisse Analytics under “My profile”. The changes are automatically applied to the application if it is in status “New”. Please contact the relevant team in charge of your project to change an address for current projects/vouchers.
Innovation cheque or innovation project: firstname.lastname@example.org
Start-up Coaching: email@example.com
If you are granted a voucher, you can search for coaches using the platform Innosuisse Analytics. Various search functions and the coaches’ skills profiles are available to help you find a suitable coach for your project. You will also find the coaches’ contact details so that you can enquire about a potential partnership with a relevant coach in advance. As soon as you have found a coach, you can use Innosuisse Analytics to invite this coach to support you during the coaching programme.
When initially being granted a voucher, Innosuisse will assist you in choosing a lead coach by issuing a recommendation to help you begin you coaching programme. Furthermore, at any time in the programme, if you have trouble finding a suitable coach, Innosuisse or your lead coach will be glad to help you.
N.B.: The voucher can only be redeemed with coaches in Innosuisse’s list of qualified coaches.
Coaches are paid for their flexible coaching services on an hourly basis at a standard hourly rate of CHF 200 (all inclusive). Special coaches are paid at set flat rates which depend on the service. This service is typically a bundled package e.g. in form of a clearly defined workshop.
The whole payment process is managed directly and electronically on the platform Innosuisse Analytics.
When a coach invoices for hours worked, a notification will appear on your dashboard under the heading “new payment requests”, marked with an orange exclamation point. If you click on the exclamation mark, you can access the invoice details and directly approve or reject it.
The relationship between you and Innosuisse will be a funding relationship. The associated rights and obligations are set out in the "ruling" you will receive when your application has been approved.
Your partnership with a coach is governed by a standardised contract model from Innosuisse. This is available under the heading "Documents" on the platform Innosuisse Analytics. Every additional partnership with another coach or special coach requires an additional contract. You need to set the portion of your budget that you want to give to each of your coaches as compensation for their services. This amount will be agreed directly between you and the coach concerned. If necessary, the budget can be changed at any time by mutual agreement online on the platform Innosuisse Analytics.
The contract is usually concluded between you and a coach without any involvement from Innosuisse. However, Innosuisse may request evidence that a suitable contract has been concluded. Innosuisse must also be informed by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you or the coach wish to amend the contents of the contract template. This is required so that Innosuisse can check whether the amended agreement is still compatible with the legal basis.
 A ruling is a legal term for the paper document that Innosuisse sends to the applicants. This document contains the decision as to whether an application for coaching was approved or rejected.
You will find a copy of the contract in the “Documents” section of your voucher on the platform Innosuisse Analytics. When you invite a coach for coaching activities, you must accept the terms of the contract that will bind you to the coach.
The voucher is managed solely via the platform Innosuisse Analytics. This tool shows your milestones, which coaches you are working with and how much of your budget you have left. You can also use this tool to perform tasks such as inviting more coaches to work with you on your start-up.
Frequently asked questions
The Innosuisse coaching vouchers are limited for use with the coaching options offered and cannot be paid out.
Yes. Successful completion of the Initial Coaching by Innosuisse is a prerequisite for application to the Core Coaching programme.
The application cannot be edited once it is submitted. However, it is possible to send an updated pitch deck by email to email@example.com at the latest three days before the presentation at the Core Coaching Acceptance meeting. Additional documents will not be considered for the evaluation after submission.
All Innosuisse coaches have a proven track record of their expertise. Further information on the individual coaches is provided in the Innosuisse online tool. Extensive interviewing is therefore not expedient. However, it is recommended you contact and briefly discuss the match with a specific coach. Innosuisse can support you with the selection if you are unsure.
The relationship between you and Innosuisse is a funding relationship. The associated rights and obligations are set out in the “decision” you will receive when your application has been approved. A “decision” is a legal term for the paper document that Innosuisse sends to the applicants. This document contains the decision as to whether an application for coaching was approved or rejected.
Your partnership with a coach is governed by a standardised contract, which is implemented in the IT tool and automatically becomes effective as soon as that coach decides to accept your invitation to work together. You will need to specify a portion of your budget to be assigned to each coach for their services. The budget amount is to be agreed between you and the relevant coach directly. If necessary, the budget can be amended at any time in the Innosuisse online tool by mutual agreement.
Under certain circumstances it is possible to change the lead coach. This matter should first be discussed with the lead coach and subsequently requested with Innosuisse by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Coaches are paid for their flexible coaching services on an hourly basis at a standard rate (lead coach) or by a lump sum per workshop (special coach). The whole payments process is managed directly and electronically in the Innosuisse online tool.
The voucher is managed solely via the Innosuisse online tool provided by Innosuisse. There you can see which coach(es) you are working with and how much of your budget you have left.
The Innosuisse coaching voucher is only valid for Innosuisse-accredited coaches and cannot be used for coaches outside of the programme.
You will be provided with an official template by Innosuisse that can then be uploaded in the Innosuisse online tool.
The certificate reflects remarkable progress achieved during the Innosuisse Core Coaching programme and it confirms that your start-up is ready for sustainable growth considering various criteria.
Companies with this award get increased publicity, are more attractive to potential investors and improve their access to additional events, initiatives and programmes.
No, the portion of the budget that has not be used cannot be paid out.
Last modification 22.12.2022