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 6, 2020. 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!
APPLY HERE / HIER ANMELDEN / INSCRIVEZ-VOUS ICI
Or would you like to learn more about our foundation and the application process before you decide to join the competition? Come to our Orientation Event on November 27 at the Sommerhaus in Solothurn!
RSVP ORIENTATION

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

  • The CEO must apply personally!
  • Innovative entrepreneur profile
  • Innovative, future-oriented product or service concept
  • Formation of an AG (PLC) or GmbH (LLC) based in Switzerland to realize and market the project
  • Full-time involvement of the company CEO
  • Residence in Switzerland
  • Usually not older than 45

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

Please check the list of important dates further down on this page.

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.

The deadline is January 6, 2020.

IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMELINE 2020

  • October 1, 2019
  • January 6, 2020
  • February 13, 2020
  • April 27 and 28, 2019
  • To Be Defined
  • June 3, 2020
  • Registration Opens

    APPLY HERE / HIER ANMELDEN / INSCRIVEZ-VOUS ICI
  • Registration Deadline

    Please submit your application until January 6, 2020!

  • Selection Day

    The Top 60 Startups pitch their ideas in front of our jury and a selected group of investors at the Palais Besenval in Solothurn.

  • Presentation Days

    The Top 16 startups present themselves and their ideas in front of our jury at the Sommerhaus in Solothurn.

  • Prep Days

    We will spend two days fine-tuning your pitches at the Sommerhaus in Solothurn. We’re bringing presentation coaches, graphic designers and our managing director for maximum support.

  • AWARD CEREMONY

    The Award Ceremony starts at 17:30 at the Sommerhaus in Solothurn, where the Top 10 startups present their companies. The winners will be announced in front of a selected audience.