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 Innosuisse Innovation Council. 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, financing raised, size of the team, management competencies and other elements testify to the scale-up stage of the start-up?
  • Has an ambitious yet realisable growth strategy been defined?
    Does the company have 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 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 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 terms of execution and receptive to input.
  • 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 and assessments submitted:

  • 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 and by email and IncaMail, including the Innosuisse Scale-up Award.
  • Your application is rejected
    Innosuisse will inform you of the negative decision by IncaMail. The communication will explain 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 are to be uploaded using the Innosuisse online tool and a review request is to be sent to Innosuisse by email (

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Last modification 21.07.2023

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