Innosuisse and its event partnerships

Where to find Innosuisse in 2019?

Throughout the year, Innosuisse presents its funding opportunities at events in which it is a partner that are organised across the country and abroad. On stands or during conferences, workshops or pitches lasting a few minutes, members of the Swiss Innovation Agency meet students, young entrepreneurs, business leaders and researchers.

The Swiss Economic Forum has been honoring the exceptional achievements of up-and-coming companies at a national level since 1999. Convinced by the potential of their younger-generation founders and managers, SEF.Alumni seeks to leverage their immense entrepreneurial experience for the long term. Founded in 2014, the exclusive network fosters cross-sectoral experience sharing and new business opportunities. The membership is open to the winners and finalists of the Swiss Economic Award as well as to companies awarded by SEF4KMU. The network currently counts 80 members.

Swiss Economic Forum AG’s SEF4KMU growth initiative promotes Swiss entrepreneurship. It offers practically oriented support to companies that have a solid market presence. Companies that have undergone the certified qualification process can be awarded the “SEF.High-Potential SME” label and thus gain access to the partners’ growth modules.

Past partnerships


Swiss Innovation Forum

21 November 2019, Congress Center, Basel

The Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF) is attended by 1,100 decision-makers from all sectors in Switzerland, southern Germany, Vorarlberg and Alsace. Discussions and presentations centre on innovation, new products and projects from the fields of technology, creativity and design. The Swiss Technology Award, the most important technology prize in Switzerland, is presented annually at the SIF.


Female Innovation Forum

19 September 2019, BMW Group Brand Experience Center, Dielsdorf

The aim of the Female Innovation Forum (FIF) is to promote young female entrepreneurs, make female innovation visible and create an innovation ecosystem for female entrepreneurship. The FIF also confers the Female Innovator of the Year award.


Digital Day Switzerland

3 September 2019, various locations in Switzerland

The aim of Digital Day is to make digitalisation a tangible experience for the Swiss population, while stimulating in-depth debate on this topic and highlighting the opportunities and challenges associated with it. More than 150 free activities in various areas of digitalisation take place at over 12 locations throughout Switzerland.


Swiss NanoConvention

6-7 June 2019, EPFL, Lausanne

The Swiss NanoConvention brings together key Swiss and international players in the nanotechnology field from academia, industry and politics. It provides a platform for connecting people, networking, exchanging ideas and generating new ones. The core topics of this conference include information and communication technologies, life sciences, optics, energy and sustainable development.


Swiss Medtech Day

6 June 2019, Kursaal, Bern

Every year, various players in the medical technology industry meet on Swiss Medtech Day to explore and discuss new industry trends. More than 600 people take part. Keynote speeches, breakout sessions, the presentation of the Swiss Medtech Award and networking at the exhibition are key features of the event.


Swiss Startup Day

28 May 2019, Kursaal, Berne

The aim of the Swiss Startup Days (SUD) event is to promote investments in Swiss start-ups. Regular features of SUD are inspiring keynote speeches, panel discussions, interactive masterclasses and a pitching battle in which start-ups can showcase their ideas to potential investors. Start-ups can also expand their personal network and exchange business ideas in 1:1 meetings.


Swiss Economic Forum

23–24 May 2019, Congress Center Kursaal, Interlaken

The Swiss Economic Forum (SEF) is the main conference on the Swiss economy. Every year, 1,350 participants from business, academia, politics and the media gather in Interlaken to exchange ideas and network. The SEF also aims to encourage entrepreneurship and contribute to the promotion of young companies. The Swiss Economic Award is presented at the event each year.


Swiss Biotech Day

7 May 2019, Congress Center, Basel

Swiss Biotech Day is the annual event of the Swiss biopharmaceutical industry. This event is aimed at members of the Swiss Biotech Association as well as entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, analysts, policymakers, industry players and the media. Swiss Biotech Day brings together more than 600 people from around 20 countries. Thematic round tables are organised on finance or production and licensing.


PME Forum Forward

7 February 2019, EPFL, Lausanne

The purpose of the FORWARD forum is to provide a general reflection on the challenges and latest developments in digital innovation and the practical concerns of companies. The forum is aimed at SMEs and all academic players, research institutes, start-ups and large companies. All sectors are represented. FORWARD’s audience comprises product and service companies as well as technology and traditional companies looking for innovation opportunities. FORWARD has a national scope. It hosts nearly 1,000 participants from all over Switzerland, with a particular focus on French-speaking Switzerland.


The startup competition >>venture>>

28 January 2019, ETH, Zurich
7 February 2019, EPFL, Lausanne

Award ceremony:
1 July 2019, ETH, Zurich

This annual competition supports start-ups in three distinct sectors: health & nutrition, hardware, and software & services. Participants can take part in workshops, establish contacts in the world of Swiss start-ups and access a network of coaching and mentors. And there are also CHF 150'000 to be won into the bargain. Innosuisse co-organises this event.


CES Las Vegas

8–11 January 2019, Convention Center, Las Vegas

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the biggest trade show dedicated to technological innovation and presents the main high-tech trends each year. More than 4,500 manufacturers, developers and equipment suppliers gather to present innovative technologies to the world and establish business relationships. The event draws business leaders and start-up founders from a wide range of backgrounds.

Last modification 22.11.2019

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Claudia Wyss
Events & Partnerships Specialist

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