Numerous institutions offer various forms of support for the creation and development of small and medium-sized enterprises. Here is a selection of the most important ones in Switzerland, in particular those receiving funds from the Confederation and the cantons.
Setting up a company is an exciting experience, but it can also be a risky one. Several institutions provide support for the creation and development of SMEs in Switzerland. They offer a wide range of services, such as assistance in setting up a company, provision of key economic information, financing of sustainable projects, support for internationalization, etc.
In order to be listed on this page, organizations and initiatives that support* creators and managers of SMEs and start-ups must meet the following criteria:
- The institutions must offer their services in at least two national languages or in one national language plus English.
- Institutions supported by the Confederation and/or the cantons are given priority. Examples include associations, foundations, NGOs, umbrella organizations and institutes.
- The services offered by these institutions should not be used for promotional purposes, but should provide added value to SME founders and entrepreneurs.
- The offer must fulfill a certain quality level (state of the art). This means that the website of the offer must correspond to the current or the latest state of technical development.
*Please note that the SME Portal team selects from among existing support offers and therefore there is no guarantee that an institution will appear on this page.