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.
- Has all required information been submitted and is it correct?
- Have the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Scientific Integrity been met?
- Has the start-up been incorporated in Switzerland within the last ten years?
- Does the start-up employ five or more full-time equivalents?
- 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 succeed, 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 1 of the Scale-up Coaching programme is approved
Innosuisse informs you by email 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 email 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 and submitted to Innosuisse as a new application in a subsequent Scale-up Coaching call, provided that the criteria that formed the basis of the objection 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
The Innosuisse coaching vouchers are limited for use with the coaching options offered and cannot be paid out.
No, Innosuisse Certification is not a requirement to be eligible for the Scale-up Coaching.
The application cannot be edited once it is submitted. The Innosuisse office will reach out to you if it needs further clarification and/or documents are required.
All Innosuisse coaches have a proven track record of their expertise. Further information on the individual coaches is provided in the Innosuisse online tool. The information provided there is sufficient to make a selection. 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.
Yes. It is recommended approaching coaches who are relevant for your business challenges. You can approach and select individual coaches using the Innosuisse online tool. Innosuisse can support you with the selection.
Coaches are paid for their flexible coaching services on an hourly basis at a standard rate. 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.
The submitted report/application cannot be edited once it is submitted. However, it is possible to send an updated pitch deck by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at the latest three days before the presentation at the Scale-up Award meeting. Any other additional documents after the submission are not considered for the evaluation.
You will be provided with an official template by Innosuisse that can then be uploaded to the Innosuisse online tool.
No, the portion of the budget that has not be used cannot be paid out.
Last modification 09.01.2023