MassChallenge Switzerland

Since 2016, MassChallenge Switzerland has been a leader in helping startups across Europe grow their businessesaccelerating nearly 400 startups across multiple industries that have raised more than CHF 196M in funding. 

In addition to the early-stage startup accelerator, which accepts startups from any industry, MassChallenge Switzerland has expanded its offerings to accelerate innovation in the food sector with an industry-specific track for early-stage startups as part of the 2021 accelerator. This also includes a challenge program matching later-stage startups with corporate partners in the food industry. 

Accelerator Benefits

  • Unrivaled access to 15+ global corporate partners including Nestlé, Bühler, Givaudan, Barry Callebaut, General Mills, Sudzucker - totalling over CHF 250 billion in revenue
  • World class mentoring from 550+ 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
  • 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

Timeline

Applications Open

20 January 2021

Applications Webinar

3 & 24 February 2021

Applications Close at 23:59 CET

8 March 2021

Switzerland Accelerator & Sustainable Food Specific Track Begins

29 June 2021

Awards & Closing Ceremony

28 October 2021

Sustainable Food Systems Industry Track

Operating as part of the core MassChallenge Switzerland accelerator program, select early-stage startups will receive additional specialized support and resources.The 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 production, distribution, packaging, and food disposal startups.

Startups interested in participating in the track are encouraged to apply via the 2021 MassChallenge Switzerland accelerator application, which will open on January 30, 2021. 

Sustainable Food Systems Challenge

The Sustainable Food Systems Challenge identifies later-stage startups or scaleups and matches them with a MassChallenge e partner to accelerate innovation in the food sector. Selected startups will work directly with key stakeholders within a global food corporate for one month where they’ll get access to co-development opportunities, product validation, customer connections, strategic investments, or advisor introductions. Startups with a prototype or working proof of concept are encouraged to apply by January 15, 2021 at 23:59 CET. 

Learn more and apply here

 

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Matt Lashmar
Managing Director

Matt joined MassChallenge in March 2019 as he has a passion for helping Entrepreneurs bring their ideas to fruition. He’s a qualified Coach and combines this with his extensive commercial experience. In a past life Matt worked at Procter & Gamble managing both a country and region, leading marketing, sales & commercial management across consumer focused and B2B businesses in developed and developing markets in Europe, and Asia.

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