Innovation pilot projects on the way to the product
The Propelling Grant
The Propelling Grant is a non-dilutive and highly competitive grant of max. CHF 50,000, aimed at financially supporting high-risk / high-reward scientific discoveries from the University of Basel and validating the discoveries as a “Proof of Concept”.
The Propelling Grant is an instrument which can support a project in two possible directions, both equally viable. One, as a non-dilutive financial instrument on the path to a future entrepreneurial venture (i.e. startup). Two, as supporting funds to validate a technology which has a strong lead for a commercial / industry partnership, but lacks a validation step (i.e. “too early to collaborate”)
R&D projects of Innosuisse
Innosuisse offers two different innovation grants that are relevant for innovation projects in different development stages. For nascent start-ups with a high-risk invention, Innosuisse offers the opportunity to acquire funding without an implementation partner. For incorporated start-ups, there is the opportunity to get additional funding for a research collaboration.
For incorporated start-up companies
Innosuisse Innovation Checque
Start-ups can apply to Innosuisse to receive an innovation checque, which can be used to fund preliminary studies and concept developments to discover the technology transfer potential of an idea or technology.
EVA – the Basel life sciences start-up agency
EVA offers coaching, networking and venture capital for start-ups in the life sciences. EVA is supported by Basler Kantonalbank and Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank and has close links with the Inkubator and the BioValley Business Angels Club (BioBAC).
Fifteen-month acceleration program for start-ups in the life sciences and an initiative of BaselArea.swiss.
Philantropic three-stage funding model supporting Swiss start-ups. Start-ups can win up to 130,000 CHF.
W.A. De Vigier Prize
The oldest and highest-value funding award for young entrepreneurs from Switzerland. Up to five funding awards a year, each worth CHF 100,000 pro Jahr.
Swiss Technology Award
Prize for technologies and innovations from Swiss higher education institutions, awarded during the Swiss Economic Forum.
Venture is a Switzerland-wide competition for young entrepreneurs with a total annual prize money of CHF 120,000.
Each year, Zürcher Kantonalbank hands out a prize of just under CHF 100,000 to excellent start-ups.