Mass Challenge

Switzerland

Switzerland

Leading Innovation

Since 2016, MassChallenge Switzerland has been a leader in helping startups across Europe grow their businesses by accelerating 610 startups across multiple industries that have raised more than $985M in funding. Our flagship program is the early-stage startup accelerator, which accepts startups from any industry, and in 2023 will be comprised of the agnostic program and 4 industry-specific tracks: Sustainable Food, Sustainable Industry, Climate Solutions and HealthTech. Applications for 2023 are open! Click on the “Apply Now” button below to get started. 

 

In addition to the accelerator, MassChallenge Switzerland runs a Challenge program matching later-stage startups with corporate partners in the food industry: The Sustainable Food Solutions Challenge. More info here.

Applications Are Open

Applications for our equity-free Early-Stage Accelerator, are open until March 1st. Worldwide startups, from all industries, with high-impact solutions, are welcome to apply.

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At a Glance

610

Startups supported

985M

Funding raised in CHF

29K+

Jobs created

8.3M

CO2e Tonnes p.a. removed/ avoided

In the News

New 2023 Startup Accelerator Program, Alongside Louis Dreyfus Company Climate Resilience Prize

MassChallenge Switzerland 2022 - Awards Ceremony & Program Outcomes

2022 Top 12 Finalists & Plans for Accelerating Climate Responsible Startups

Key Dates

MassChallenge Switzerland 2023 Timeline

Webinar #1 on February 8th: register here.

Webinar #2 on February 22nd: register here.

 

Program Benefits

We only accept startups whose solution will add value to society (for example, Millions of Tones CO2 eq. removed/avoided, Millions of Litres of water saved, lives saved), and all startups in the accelerator will be advised about how to make their business climate responsible and must intend to offset their emissions or actively reduce GHG to be considered. We’ve asked our cohort if they would recommend the program to other startups; in 2022, the average score was 9+ out of 10, from 99 responses. 

To maximize their benefit from the program, Startups will need to travel and be present in Switzerland for our Boot-Camp and Half-Time activities. These events generate connections and facilitate collaboration with our partners, mentors and investors. The remainder of the program operates online. 


Participants gain access to:

  • Unrivaled access to 15+ global corporate partners including Nestlé, Bühler, Givaudan, DSM, Louis Dreyfus Company, General Mills, Südzucker, Ricola, PMI, Bystronic, SMC, Georg Fischer – totalling over CHF 260 billion in revenue
  • World class mentoring from 400+ experts and tailored programming provided with no equity taken in return
  • The opportunity to compete for up to CHF 1M in non-dilutive cash prizes and other in-kind awards
  • For Food and Climate focused startups, an additional cash prize of CHF 100k no-strings-attached for the Louis Dreyfus Company Climate Resilience Prize.

  • Switzerland-specific advice on regulations and tax, easy access to the EU market, and strong trade links
  • A proven model that has helped more than 65% of finalists raise funds during or immediately after the program

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Switzerland Industry Tracks

Our tracks operate as part of the MassChallenge Switzerland accelerator program and select early-stage startups will receive additional specialized support and resources from our partners, mentors and VCs that will help startups grow their businesses.

 

Startups interested in participating in the tracks can apply via the 2023 MassChallenge Switzerland accelerator application form, which will open on January 18, 2023.

 

Startups can be from any geography and should select the relevant track of interest in the application form. Startups DO NOT need to be in any of these industries to apply to MassChallenge Switzerland. Industry Tracks are simply an option. In 2023, Switzerland’s tracks include:

 

Sustainable Food Track

Brings together the largest multi-national food corporations, world-class mentorship from food experts, and tailored curriculum focused on sustainability, food and packaging to accelerate the impact of startups working in agriculture, food, & animal feed.

 

Sustainable Industry Track

Advances startups that support industry to cut energy and/or water consumption, minimize waste, embed circulatory principles, employ new materials & polymers, and utilize new technologies to enhance both physical and digital operational efficiency. Startups will connect with industrial companies & independent experts to discuss how their solutions can be brought to market.

 

Climate Solutions Track 

For startups from any industry who have solutions that can reduce GHG emissions. We are especially interested in startups who have technologies that can help our partners in agriculture and manufacturing sectors. Startups will get access to our partners and help from experts to grow their business.

 

HealthTech Track 

Leverages Switzerland’s strong heritage in med-tech, life sciences, social-care and education to help startups improve their propositions in this sector.

"We started out as a company based in Asia, we came out transitioning to Europe. MassChallenge helped us realize that our best opportunities are in the EU market. Without MassChallenge, we’d probably still be struggling with our future.”
Eugene Wang
Cofounder & CEO at Sophie’s BioNutrients, Swizterland 2021
“The professionalism of the organizing team and the quality of the sessions and the events was impressive. During the program we got in touch with multiple corporates, received mentorship sessions, trained our pitch and met a bunch of enthusiastic and entrepreneurial people from different nationalities.”
Adriana R. Kyvik
PhD, Technology Lead at B'ZEOS, 2021 Platinum Winner, Switzerland, 2021 
Team: Matt Lashamar, Nicolas Meneses, Hendrik Dik, Giorgia Scetta, Yefei Xia, Augustin Woronoff, Léa Sierro et Elodie Waquet.

"2022 was a record for us – 58% of startups exceeded/hit their ingoing accelerator objective; and startups scored us with their highest ever satisfaction score. We also gained across the ecosystem to enable our entrepreneurs to be 'climate responsible.' We hope this becomes the new normal for accelerators, so that startups are strategically positioned to reduce emissions and benefit society as they scale,”

- Matt Lashmar, Managing Director MassChallenge Switzerland

MassChallenge Switzerland Experts

Emmi Kavander

Kavanders & Co.

Marco Iotti

Bioloopers Inc

Patrick Pestalozzi

MindMaze

Cara Tobin

Clean Energy Venture Group

Diamond Partners

Gold Partners

In-Kind Partners