In collaboration with the "Swiss Economic Forum," we launched "SEF4KMU" in 2012, which helps us support startups and SMEs in their early stages. A neutral team of experts can look over startups’ strategies according to the principle of “entrepreneurs helping entrepreneurs.” Especially promising SMEs will be awarded the quality label of “SEF – High Potential SME” and will receive easier access to financing and advance payment guarantees, as well as support with risk management, safeguarding innovation, preparing business and financial plans, and scaling production. In regards to financing, we make accessing outside capital and equity easier.
The "Swiss Economic Award" is the most significant award for startups in Switzerland and has been awarded by the "Swiss Economic Forum" since 1999. We also award CHF 25,000 for outstanding business accomplishments, alternating in the categories of “Service Sector,” “High tech/Biotech” and “Production/Commerce.” The winner receives a comprehensive service package that consists of useful feedback from experts, valuable media exposure, and access to the unique SEF Network.
The “Swiss Technology Award” is Switzerland’s most important prize in the area of innovation and technology transfer. At the “Swiss Innovation Forum”, candidates in the categories “Inventors”, “Start-ups” and “Innovation Leaders” will be distinguished for outstanding innovations and developments that exhibit above-average market potential and enormous potential for growth. The winners will each receive an individually tailored support package comprising marketing and communication measures, feedback from knowledgeable experts, valuable contacts and simplified entry into the “SEF4KMU” growth initiative.
The “Prix Sommet” is a UBS initiative that supports SMEs in the Valais region.
Three companies are selected and coached throughout the year by acclaimed experts to address the biggest challenge each one is currently facing. At the end, the company that’s made the most progress is awarded the “Prix Sommet” at the award ceremony.
By means of this program, UBS Valais provides entrepreneurs in the canton an active and open network. Throughout the year, they receive inspiring ideas and concrete solution approaches they can use to address their challenges.
The "swiss export" association has promoted the export activities of Swiss companies since 1973 and is the largest organization promoting exports in the country. The association is a network that both advocates for improving conditions for companies active on an international level and imparts relevant knowledge. The swiss export day and swiss export journal are two of the association's most important activities. We’ve been a main partner for many years and offer trainings in trade and export finance.
Since its founding in 2007, the CEO network “Powerpreneur” has become the most important economic meeting of forward-looking and innovative entrepreneurs in Switzerland. We have supported it since its founding by contributing our global expertise and providing access to specialists who answer the numerous questions entrepreneurs have.
SEF Alumni is a network of entrepreneurs for winners and finalists of the Swiss Economic Award and SEF High Potential SMEs. It's an exclusive platform that advocates for sharing experiences across industries for new business opportunities. We have partnered with it since its founding because of the confidence we have in the potential of the young leaders of today.
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