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Winning startups that got a kick

  • Stemergie Biotechnology SA

    Virginie Clément

    “Our technology would have remained a research tool if Venture Kick would not have given us the kick to turn it into a business.”

  • InSphero AG

    Jan Lichtenberg

    „Venture Kick offers great support, which helped us a lot to speed up our way to market and find suitable investors.“

  • Optotune AG

    Mark Blum

    “The kickers camp is a great opportunity to discuss and improve your business. Very productive!”

The jury: 100+ investors and industry experts

  • „Venture Kick is definitely one of the best supports a young entrepreneur could find. Not only money but lot of expertise and networking is accessible.“
    Diego A. Braguglia
    VI Partners AG
  • „Venture Kick is a great program for young entrepreneurs, helping them to build successful businesses which result in vital contributions to the growth of the Swiss economy.“
    Philip Bodmer
    Bodmer & Partner Consultants AG
  • “It is our duty to support the entrepreneurial spirit in our country. In this context Venture Kick is a very good instrument to ensure the success of emerging companies in the coming decades.”
    Andrea Pfeifer
    AC Immune SA

Strong growing impact


The results of Venture Kick since 2007

Started in September 2007 Venture Kick provides spin-off projects at Swiss universities with pre-seed capital, coaching and access to professional investors. Members from a jury pool (100+ leading startup experts across Switzerland) evaluate and support 16 spin-off projects in three sessions every month.

Since the inception of the program, 350 startup projects were supported with CHF 13.760.000 in pre-seed capital (up to CHF 130.000 per Venture Kick winner), which attracted CHF 602.000.000 in financing volume. Additionaly, the supported startups received hands-on coaching during 197 kickers camps.

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Supported projects per university

In 2014, a total of 348 projects applied to the Venture Kick program. The number of submissions is usually around 29 per month. Approximately 59% came from the German part of Switzerland, and 41% from the French part.

63% of the supported projects originate from the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology of Zurich and Lausanne. The remaining projects are distributed among 18 different universities, indicating that Venture Kick is well implanted on a national level.

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Supported projects per sector

The analysis of submissions by sector shows that all high-tech disciplines are represented. However, most projects can be counted in the "Information & Communication Technologies", the largest sector in 2014, followed by life sciences (biotech and medtech sectors). 21 % of the supported startups are from electronics, mechanics and micro/nano technologies, and 9 % are cleantech projects.

13% of all submissions are made by women. This is remarkable even if one considers the low proportion of women among doctoral students, professors and assistants. Nevertheless, this encourages us to continue promotional efforts in favour of women pursuing a career as entrepreneurs.

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Turning scientific innovation into entrepreneurial activity and job creation is the basis of societal and economical prosperity. In the very early stages, startups bear very high risks that are neither carried by public money nor by private investors. Supporting seed stage startups fills a crucial gap and is therefore purely philanthropic.