WE ARE EXCITED TO LEARN ABOUT YOU AND YOUR IDEAS

WHY APPLY?

HOW TO APPLY

IMPORTANT: It’s crucial that the CEO of the company applies and goes through the entire process personally. The application deadline is January 4, 2021. Please read the FAQ below and look at the list of important dates.
You can apply in German, English or French. Start the registration and application process right here, right now! We’re excited to meet you!
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ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

We are going to evaluate:

  • Founder and entrepreneur profile
  • Innovative character
  • Overall relevance in society; the degree to which it satisfies an existing need
  • Feasibility of the project’s realisation from a
    • technical standpoint
    • financial standpoint
  • Chances of success on the market
    • size of the potential market
    • number of jobs created
  • Market competitiveness

FAQ

All entrepreneurs must apply personally and:

  • are able to present an innovative, future-oriented product or service concept
  • are dedicated to their project full time
  • have already or are about to establish a Switzerland-based company
  • have their registered residence in Switzerland
  • are (usually) not older than 45 years

We are going to evaluate:

  • Founder and entrepreneur profile
  • Innovative character
  • Overall relevance in society; the degree to which it satisfies an existing need
  • Feasibility of the project’s realisation from a
    • technical standpoint
    • financial standpoint
  • Chances of success on the market
    • size of the potential market
    • number of jobs created
  • Market competitiveness

The Selection Day Top 60 takes place at Palais Besenval in Solothurn. Most of the other assessments, preparations and the Award Ceremony are taking place at the de Vigier Sommerhaus in Solothurn.

IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMELINE 2021

COVID-19 Precautions

Keeping you safe and healthy is of utmost importance to us. The concepts we have implemented for the safety of our guests and the competing startups are based on the recommendations of the BAG.

Here are two things you can do to keep our de Vigier community safe:

  1. We ask all our guests to download the SwissCovid app on their smartphones, as recommended by the Federal Council.
  2. With your physical appearance at our events you confirm that to the best of your knowledge you are not putting other guests at risk of contracting COVID-19. If you experience any symptoms, we kindly ask you to take good care of yourself at home.

We will take the liberty of changing or canceling events if that becomes necessary for security reasons. In such cases, we will inform you via email no later than 2 days before the event. If in-person attendance becomes impossible, we will try to provide an online stream of our events. Please let us know if your email changed for our updates to reach you reliably.