How to get funding in Switzerland

In order to grow your business, you will inevitably need funding. The process of raising money can be very challenging and frustrating as it is hard  to find suitable investors. Drawing from our past experiences, we can offer some exclusive insight on this topic by providing valuable tips and tricks as well as general information and resources. With our guide, we specifically cover the subjects Funding Phases, Pitch Decks, Valuation and Terms and Legal. Our goal is to offer some guidance by making information on the topic of funding accessible to young founders. We strive to enable them to find investors successfully, allowing them to make their vision happen.

Encouraging Female Founders

We strongly believe that diversity enables innovation. Therefore, we want to increase the number of female entrepreneurs. We aim to work closely with existing and regional organisations that already specify in supporting women in the startup environment. In the pursuit of this objective, we also aim to spark interest for MINT-subjects in girls and women, as well as facilitating the compatibility of career and family.

Standardized Investor Fact Sheet

Every founder of a young Startup knows the challenge: getting funding can be a hustle.
We can relate to this from our own experience. One can get easily overwhelmed by the many different application processes and requirements given by the different investors, organizations and business angels.
To make things easier for you, we are creating an Investor-Factsheet in collaboration with the main investor organizations of Switzerland (Wingman, SICTIC, Start Angels) as well as smaller ones. The goal is to centralize information to give you a quick overview so you can focus on the main goal: GET YOUR FUNDING.

Youth Entrepreneurship

It is often forgotten that innovative startups are enormously important for the future of society and occupy an eminent place in the Swiss economy. It is our concern to bring the startup world closer to the youger generation and to awaken their interest in following their own ideas. We want to inspire young people for entrepreneurship and introduce them to this path as a career choice and opportunity. Unfortunately, this hardly happens today.
By the end of 2022, we will hold 150 guest lectures at Gymnasien throughout Switzerland and thus want to pick up the talents of tomorrow!

Startup research

Startup Research

The startup sector is on the rise and gaining more and more attention. At the same time, there is a devstating standstill in data acquisition, which makes evaluation and analysis impossible. Therefore, it is important to create a solid data basis in order not to lose any information on startup-related topics. This deep dive can be made possible through studies. Our goal is to record the problems and successes of all stakeholders in the Swiss startup ecosystem in the form of representative data. With the help of strong partners, the Swiss Startup Association would like to specifically address certain startup topics and make the results freely accessible. This data-based, scientific overview enables us to bring the fast-growing and successful Swiss startup scene even more into the focus of business, politics and society.

Terms and conditions you need to understand

There are definitely more interesting topics to talk about than terms and conditions regarding financing agreements. Nevertheless, it is necessary to understand key legal documents and their implications. If you neglect them, it might hit you hard at a later point in time. That’s why we are creating guides which will help you understand the key terms and their implications.

More Business Angels in Switzerland

As the Swiss Startup Association, our goal is to create a collaborative network of existing investor and startup organisations. We want to generate and promote synergies within the startup community in Switzerland. As specific project, we want to increase the number of active Business Angels in the country by informing, advertising and educating future investors. As an additional venture, we seek to simplify and encourage investing forms such as crowdinvesting. By doing this, we intend to create a more attractive environment as well as opportunities for both investors and startups.

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If there is a topic that concerns not only you but many startups or would improve the startup ecosystem – get in touch with us!

We can’t work miracles. But we’re working on the issues so that one day you can work miracles!

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