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About us


The Swiss Innovation Monitor is developed to address the need for more visibility of Swiss startups, and improve accessibility for collaboration opportunities between startups and established companies and/or research.


The initial team managing this project (including the website, database and analyses) are from the ZHAW School of Management and Law and eqlosion. The project is financed by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), and additionally supported by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and Innosuisse.

The agrifood vertical is an additional thematic focus and a collaboration between the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the ZHAW School of Management and Law, the competence center foodward and the ZHAW Life Sciences und Facility Management

For Startups

ZHAW Services
  • Sign up for our database and upload your Logo or log in here and complete your data!
  • Sign up to the newsletter for information on funding, sector meetings, events, awards and other support related specifically to Swiss environment and energy startups. Sent max. 5 times per year from the Innovation Monitor with content from our wider stakeholder network.
  • Startups interested in support, further training or coworking space can check the possibilites at Startup Campus or at the ZHAW RUNWAY Incubator
  • swiss female-founders map - a project of startup campus and impact hub

  • FAQ - About the database

    Which organizations are included?
    The database includes high potential projects and companies based and working primarily in Switzerland, founded or active since 2000 and still operational. The organizations range from early ideas and concepts up to a founded company or established startup trying to capture a larger market space.
    The startups presented in the Innovation Monitor database are categorized based on several different parameters, but are similarly Swiss, active, and not founded before 2000. When a company is closed, sold, or develops to the point of a more established company, they are no longer part of this database. (If your startup or project is missing or if you would like more information, please get in touch and we would be happy to assist you.)

    What data is collected?
    For each project / company in the database, we update the following data on a yearly basis. Some of the information comes from our yearly survey.

  • Name, short description, founding year, legal form
  • Number of employees, genders, background of founders
  • Business area, technology, development phase, customer segments, impact area, target markets
  • Contact data of founders and /or CEO
  • Support received like awards, investments etc.

  • How to work with the database?
    Only active startups and companies are visible on the website. Startups can be selected by area, technology and canton. Find more information about search fields and filters in this article. In case you are interested in further data analysis or want to do projects together, please get in touch.

    Contact us

    Foodward Foundation
    Geerenweg 23b
    8048 Z├╝rich