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More than CHF 16m invested, over 400 startup projects financed, more than CHF 896 million in financing volume and 3.434 jobs created - this is Venture Kick's track record since the private initiative was launched in the fall of 2007 by the Venture Kick Foundation (Consortium).

Double the number of spin-offs

Venture Kick aims at early identification, structuring and promotion of promising business ideas with a clear vision: to double the number of spin-offs at Swiss universities, to accelerate the time-to-market and to raise the attractiveness of these young companies for professional investors.

Money and practical know-how

Venture Kick helps potential entrepreneurs by giving them the opportunity to win up to CHF 130,000 in pre-seed capital. Moreover, startups can also use the know-how of experienced experts and entrepreneurs and be granted access to a national network of investors. Venture Kick provides a unique and leading approach with a proven track-record of creating new high-tech startups in Switzerland.

A broad network of investors and experts

Venture Kick is working in close collaboration with all Swiss universities and relevant organisations in the field of hightech entrepreneurship. A strong link to these organisations is established thanks to the jury pool consisting of more than one hundred important individuals representing the Swiss startup ecosystem.

Who stands behind Venture Kick

Venture Kick is a philanthropic initiative of a private consortium and is organized as a foundation hosted by «Fondation des Fondateurs». As an umbrella foundation, it is monitored by the Swiss Federal Supervisory Board of Foundations.

Today, the initiative is financed by private foundations, companies and individuals: Gebert Rüf Stiftung, ERNST GÖHNER STIFTUNG, Fondation ProTechno, Rising Tide Foundation, OPO-Stiftung, FONDATION LOMBARD ODIER, Debiopharm Group, André Hoffmann, Hansjörg Wyss and Martin Haefner.

The Venture Kick Foundation gave a mandate to IFJ Institut für Jungunternehmen for the operation of the initiative. With its mandate, Venture Kick has an experienced management team with Beat Schillig and Jordi Montserrat from IFJ. They report to the Strategy Board.

The Strategy Board defines the medium- and long-term goals and direction of Venture Kick. The Strategy Board consists of Igor Fisch (Selexis SA), Suzanne Schenk (ERNST GÖHNER STIFTUNG) and Pascale Vonmont (Gebert Rüf Stiftung).

Contact in German

Venture Kick – An Initiative of the Venture Kick Foundation

c/o IFJ Institut für Jungunternehmen AG

Kesslerstrasse 9
9000 St.Gallen

Phone: +41 (71) 242 98 68
Fax: +41 (71) 242 98 99


Contact in French

Venture Kick – An Initiative of the Venture Kick Foundation

EPFL Innovation Park
Bâtiment C
1015 Lausanne

Phone: +41 (21) 533 09 82
Fax: + 41 (71) 242 98 99


Press Releases

The latest press releases about Venture Kick.


Annual report 2015


Flyer 2015


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.