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Startup Visa

Switzerland deserves the best talent! We fight for you.

99% Initiative

We want Swiss startups to be interesting for investments!

ESOP Tax burden

We want Swiss startups to be interesting employers.

Startup Visa

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

Regarding the legal framework, launching a business in Switzerland is relatively easy and accessible for Permit C 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.

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.

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.


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.

Relevant Blogposts

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

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