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Swiss-Turkish Startup Program

Swiss-Turkish Startup Program

Is your Startup ready to internationalize? Do you want to benefit from connecting to the Swiss/Turkish Startup landscapes? Are you interested in exchanging knowhow and innovation across boarders? Do you want to expand your network and get in contact with relevant stakeholders in Switzerland/Turkey?

Background of Program
Each year, given the favorable technological surroundings for startups, roughly 40,000 new companies are established in Switzerland – placing the nation in 2nd place within the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI), of 2019. Thus, in the European region Switzerland is leading the ranking, not least because of the outstanding performance in offering opportunities for startups, process innovation, and high growth. In the area of AI, Switzerland is home to world-renowned universities and research institutes. This proximity to cutting-edge research is one important reason why renowned tech giants such as Google, IBM, or Microsoft run their AI research from here. In relation to its population, the country boasts the highest number of AI patents worldwide, which emphasizes its great innovation potential. 

Turkey averages at establishing 550 new startups each year, with $488 million in angel & VC funding raised between 2010- 2018, is the largest startup hub in Southeast Europe. Turkey’s population is both digitally connected and active, evidenced by being the 10th largest market for Facebook, 6th largest market for Instagram, 6th largest market for Twitter, 3rd largest market for TikTok, and the 8th largest market for YouTube globally. Turkish tech startups have stepped up to participate in the global AI race. The country is in the process of formulating an AI strategy that will become a bridge between private stakeholders and public policies, boosting research in the field.

The Swiss-Turkish Startup Program aims to  
- connect the Startup landscapes of Switzerland and Turkey 
- foster an exchange of knowhow and innovation 
- open doors to relevant stakeholders 

09:00 - 11:00 CET



Target audience Switzerland and Turkey based Startups using AI technology and active in the following sectors: Automotive, Energy & Renewable Energy, Pharma, Food, Textile, Infrastructure & Construction
Organizer S-GE, Swiss Business Hub Turkey, Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Turkey
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Details of the program

Virtual qualifier with 10 preselected Swiss & Turkish Startups
- Virtual Pitching-Event in front of the jury
- Selection of 4 startups for final events (2 per country)

Criteria for Startups

Criteria for Startups

We are looking for Swiss and Turkey based startups active in Artificial Intelligence within the defined sectors:  

  • Automotive 
  • Pharma 
  • Energy & Renewable Energy 
  • Food 
  • Textile 
  • Infrastructure & Construction 

 Criteria for Eligibility 

  • Should be Swiss or Turkish based 
  • Being a business duly established according to the law it is subject to or that is applied, having no obstacle or prejudice for operating and being a legal entity according to the relevant law 
  • Being a company is no more than 5 years old as of January 1, 2021 
  • Having a working prototype of their products, services or solutions in any of the fields stated in the program manual for each country 
  • Being able to document traction or generating revenue 
  • Shouldn't receive/raise more than $500.000 

 Criteria for Evaluation 

  • The level of innovation 
  • Potential for globalization 
  • Validation in the field of practical feasibility of the undertaking 
  • Business model, which means opportunities for increasing the number of customers and revenues 
  • Technical implementation in terms of product functionality and user experience 
  • Adequacy in relation to the fields set by the organizer 
  • Founding team members competencies 

Overall Program

In hopes of this leading to a future exchange in knowhow and innovation sharing, the Swiss Business Hub in Turkey alongside Switzerland Global Enterprise and the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Turkey will be granting the winner of the Grand Finale following prices:  

  • CHF 7.500 Grant per winner team  
  • Free flights (Winners [CH and TR, 2 persons per winner team] will fly to the other country and stay there 1-2 weeks. Flight tickets will be provided.) 
  • Meet investors 
  • Meet experts and industry leader: Get a mentorship 
  • Media Coverage: Interviews with winners during Swiss Days 2021 
  • Membership to Switzerland Global Enterprise for one year 
  • Silver Sponsorship to Swiss Turkish Chamber of Commerce in Turkey for one year 
  • Announcement on Websites/Social Media: Displayed at S-GE, Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Turkey and Global AI Hub

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Logo Consulate General of Switzerland in Istanbul Swiss Chamber of Commerce Turkey Logo AI Global Hub
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