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Startup Visa

Switzerland deserves the best talent! We fight for you.

ESOP Tax burden

We want Swiss startups to be interesting employers.

99% Initiative

We want Swiss startups to be interesting for investments!

Explore the Startup Vision

Swiss startups are on the rise, and so is their influence on our national policies. Meet Andri Silberschmidt, National Councillor and Vice President of the FDP, who’s actively working towards a brighter future for startups in Switzerland.

In this video, Andri discusses the developments of recent years, upcoming milestones, and the hurdles that startups face on their journey. Join the conversation and watch the video to discover the exciting and important prospects for Swiss startups!

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Consultation 16.442

Startup employees with shares are exempt from working time recording

Employees of start-ups with shareholdings in the company should be released from the obligation to record their working time.

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Startup Visa

We want to break down barriers for starting a business in Switzerland.

Launching a business in Switzerland is relatively easy  for C-Permit holders (ie. Swiss permanent residents). However, when it comes to foreigners, the rules tend to be stricter.

Facilitating admission for foreigners with Swiss university degrees.
Learn more about this initiative and how it tackles skilled worker shortages. Let’s unlock Switzerland’s workforce potential together.

ESOP Tax burden

Improvement and unification in the taxation of employee shares

For many startups, it´s usual to create a so-called “Employee Stock Option Plan” (ESOP) to make sure that key or even all employees receive a benefit for their commitments.

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Nevertheless, the framework conditions in Switzerland are not yet ideal.

The Swiss Startup Association fights for you, so these conditions will improve.


Swiss Startups facing Financial Challenges

While early-stage funding remains accessible in Switzerland, raising larger amounts is challenging, forcing startups to seek funds abroad.

During the Swiss Economic Forum 2024, Raphael Tobler, President of the Swiss Startup Association and some Startup founders briefly explain the current situation regarding the financing of start-ups and scale-ups in Switzerland.

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Creation of an innovation fund

The Federal Council is commissioned to create an innovation fund that will be funded from various sources. This fund is intended to make it possible to invest in startups that need to develop in order to bring novel products and services to the market.

The topic will be discussed in the Council on Thursday, September 28, 2023.

Learn more reading the motion and this document.

99% Initiative

We have been advocating for the concerns of startups in this important vote.

The success of the 99% initiative would have been damaging for the Swiss startup ecosystem.

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The capital income tax discourages investors. Already today, eight out of ten start-ups fail on average, and the investors lose their investment if it does not work out. If it does, they have to get their return, because they ultimately bear the financial risk. However, if the majority of the proceeds go to the state, the incentive to be entrepreneurial dwindles and as a result, less is invested.

We are happy that the initiative have been rejected.

Relevant Blogposts

Position on the Juso Tax Initiative (99% initiative)
Standpunkt Zur Steuer Initiative Der Juso (99% Initiative)

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