a unique growth program

for ambitious swiss startups

SwissEF UpScaler

Faster and more successful growth for Swiss Startups thanks to power workshops for the targeted tackling of limiting growth factors. Together with our tailer-made expert task force, composed of experienced entrepreneurs and doers, you quickly achieve the desired impact.

A day of learning from the best! CEO Marc Maurer of On Running and Jeremias Meier, co-founder and long-standing CEO of Bexio, will show how they have scaled their business model on March 12 in Bern. The renowned EPFL Professor of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization Marc Gruber will provide the method and useful tools. The founder of the Swiss Economic Forum and successful entrepreneur Peter Stähli will moderate the one-day BM Booster, where 5 start-ups can benefit exclusively. First come first served! Interested?

12 2023

Congratulations to Zippsafe

Congratulations to Zippsafe! They finished the Upscaler program of the Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation after a duration of 2 years very successful. The Zippsafe team worked hard on their key growth factors together with our Entrepreneurs in residence and various experts. The result is great and the scaling is impressive!


08 2023

Top10 Scale up's

The Top10 Scale up's give a good overview of fast growing Swiss startups, which are also in focus in our UpScaler program. In almost 200 workshops so far, the SwissEF initiative supports young companies in an effective and targeted way.

08 2023

Thougher Times

Fast growing Swiss startups are also feeling the harder times when it comes to financing growth. Currently top topics in our UPSCALER workshops are "Time to Cash" in operations and "Setting the right Priorities" on the strategic level. The Purchasing Managers Index looks not very promising and 2023 seems definitely going to be a though one.

(Source: S&P Global, Bloomberg, FuW)

05 2023

SwissEF at SUD23

With over 1500 participants, Startup Days is the most important startup event of the year. As a Network Partner this year, we hosted a panel titled "How to upgrade your board". The great interest showed that questions around the right composition and strengthening of the board of directors are an important topic for startups.

The ETH spinoff greenteg was a pilot participant in our UpScaler program. The insights gained were extremely valuable for the launch of the very popular and most booked support program for startups in the internationalization phase. We congratulate greenteg on the recently realized financing round of CHF 10 million as well as on its successful scaling and wish it continued success!

06 2022

SwissEF UpScaler - New trailer

The new trailer for the SwissEF UpScaler program briefly and compactly conveys the essential elements of our growth program. A high level of individuality, a clear practical focus and the broad entrepreneurial knowledge of our experts lead to a very high value for the participating startups. Further information and a registration form can be found at www.upscaler.ch.

The SwissEF UpScaler program continues to attract great interest and is fully booked for the first quarter of 2022. No less than 13 startups are currently in the growth program. The article from Startupticker provides an overview of the participating companies.

05 2021

Top ratings for the SwissEF UpScaler program

Participants are particularly enthusiastic about the high utility value and the quick and positive impact on their business development. All participating startups now receive an exclusive CHF 80,000 funding credit, which can be used for workshops and coaching sessions with our experts and entrepreneurs.

01 2021

Successful completion of the UpScaler program for PXL Vision

Startup PXL Vision, winner of the Swiss Economic Award 2019 and EY Entrerpreneur of the Year Award 2020, increased its revenue by more than 50% last year and doubled its headcount. PXL Vision has benefited greatly from the Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation's UpScaler program during this time. CEO Michael Born says: "In eight intensive workshops, we were able to identify our limiting growth factors with experienced entrepreneurs and experts from the SwissEF network and eliminate most of them, which greatly accelerated our growth. I can highly recommend the UpScaler program to all startups that are about to go international."

09 2020

Five Startups in the UpScaler Program

Recently the UpScaler program was launched with the company Zippsafe. Zippsafe manufactures a novel locker room solution utilizing flexible textile locker bags instead of metal sheet allowing space savings of up to 70% compared to conventional lockers. In order to accelerate the growth of the company, the workshops will focus on sales and distribution. Together with PXL Vision, MyCamper.ch, Dagsmejan and Climeworks, five promising startups are currently completing the SwissEF UpScaler program.

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05 2020

SwissEF UpScaler Financing Module

As a result of the Corona-crisis, questions concerning the financing of startups are even more in focus than before. SwissEF has adapted its UpScaler program and now offers a specific financing module. Previous participants included ANYbotics from Zurich.

01 2020

SGS is a new member of the SwissEF industry network

The internationally leading goods testing group SGS SA, based in Geneva, has joined the SwissEF industrial network. SGS supports the successful internationalisation of growth companies in SwissEF's UpScaler programme. With its entry, the company is adding its international network, with 2,600 locations in over 140 countries and the extensive experience of over 90,000 employees, to help develop the next generation of internationally successful Swiss SMEs and startups.

Following the successful pilot at the end of 2018, the SwissEF UpScaler growth program is now being launched on a broad basis. Growth companies in the internationalisation phase will be supported by a pool of 50 renowned experts and an international industry network. By clicking on the picture you get detailed information, a factsheet and the registration link for interested start-ups.

05 2019

ScaleUp Network Switzerland

In order to optimally promote the scale-up of start-ups in Switzerland, EPFL Lausanne, EPFL Innovation Park, Innovaud and SwissEF have joined forces to form the ScaleUp Network Switzerland. The synergies between the individual funding programmes and the respective pools of experts are exploited in a targeted manner, experience is continuously exchanged and start-ups from all over Switzerland are systematically networked in the scale-up phase. The aim of the new cooperation is to accelerate the growth of Swiss start-ups in the internationalisation phase and thereby significantly increase the success rate.

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01 2019

Pilot Project

The UpScaler program for growth companies was tested in a pilot project with two Swiss start-ups. Both are in the midst of internationalisation, i.e. exactly in the phase on which the SwissEF UpScaler is focusing. The four-month test phase provided important insights. Thanks to the valuable experience and feedback from the experts and the growth companies, we will intensify the program even further.