Applications for the W.A. de Vigier Award 2022 are now closed, please consider applying for next year’s cohort! We’ll start accepting applications in October 2022. Thanks for your interest!



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!


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.