Deadline: April 28, 2016 | Apply here
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Dates: June 30, 2016
Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Participate in >>venture>> 2016 and kickstart your business with Switzerland’s premier startup competition!

Venture startup competition is an initiative of the ETH Zurich, Knecht Holding, the innovation promotion agency CTI and McKinsey & Company, Switzerland. The leading Swiss-wide start-up competition supports young entrepreneurs in founding a company. »venture» 2016 – like previous »venture» editions – aims to put to use untapped innovation potential by encouraging young entrepreneurs to develop a business idea into a start-up company. A number of renowned companies from Swiss industry and commerce sponsor the competition. Experienced coaches support competition participants in the development of their business idea or the preparation of their business plans and in the search for suitable partners and the necessary capital.

Participants also receive feedback from the team of highly qualified jurors. The more than 100 jurors belong to one of two groups: entrepreneurs, who evaluate the formal and business aspects of an idea, and investors, who evaluate its financial attractiveness.

Venture Startup Competition 2016: Why Participate?


Be inspired by 200+ experienced coaches. Their competent support is a key success factor in the »venture» competition. You will benefit from receiving competent, constructive, and personalized feedback. Our coaches are successful entrepreneurs and managers from a variety of industry sectors, as well as investors, lawyers, and professors. They support the teams on a voluntary basis throughout the entire competition.


Make valuable contacts that can help you start a successful business. Meet potential new team members, coaches, »venture» alumni and key players from the Swiss start-up scene at our events. Get in touch with investors, get feedback from experienced jurors and earn the chance to present your start-up to the »venture» advisory board.


The media will follow »venture» 2016 closely. Winning a prize will give your business idea and your future company valuable publicity. Feedback from coaches, jurors, and investors as well as pitch trainings will help you to develop and sharpen your business.


Follow the steps below to get the most out of your participation:

  1. Understand
    Make sure you understand how the competition works. However, don’t hesitate to contact the managers if you have any questions.
  2. Register
    You need to register on the >>venture >> online platform to participate. Registration is free of charge and requires three simple steps:
  • You register as a participant and create your personal profile.
  • You register your project to create your project page.
  • If you are part of a team, link your team members to your project.
  1. Get support
    There are two ways you can get support at >>venture>>: Join their events and work with a coach. Both are free of charge.
  • At the events, you can find new team mates, get your business plan challenged by their coaches, or meet potential investors. Some events require online registration.
  • The team of 150+ coaches is ready to help you. Once you have registered your project online, you can search for a coach that suits you. Coaching takes place independent of the events. 
  1. Submit
    Before you submit your document, please check the content of your business idea or business plan. You can either submit a business idea or a business plan. To submit your project, simply upload your business idea or business plan to your project page before the submission deadline. You can change your upload anytime before the deadline. If your submission meets the formal criteria, it will automatically enter the competition.
  2. Get feedback
    The jury will not only rate your project but also give you detailed written feedback. Make sure you study it in detail and don’t hesitate to contact your jurors if you have questions.
  3. Celebrate
    Whether you are among the winners or not – come celebrate at the award ceremony at the ETH Zürich. All winners will present their business ideas and plans and you can look forward to an interesting key note speech.

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