The TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award has existed since 2011. Since then, the event has become bigger and attracted international attention. The prize-winning start-ups have accumulated a total of 11.1 billion Swiss francs in investor capital and have already created 16,149 jobs. This has not escaped the attention of international investors from Silicon Valley, Boston, and China, who attend the TOP 100 Swiss Investor Summit in order to invest in the most promising startups.
Number of start-ups that have reached the top 100
Number of start-ups that have gone public
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Major international interest in the event shows that the Swiss startup scene can easily compete with Silicon Valley and others. "We have no reason to hide," says Stefan Steiner. Quality levels are high on the technical front in particular, thanks to ETH Zurich and EPFL Lausanne. The startups from these institutions are much in demand, and have often been acquired by tech giants such as Apple and Facebook.
The innovative skills of young Swiss entrepreneurs are also on show in other sectors. Among this year's TOP 100 startups are firms in the healthcare, biotechnology, life sciences, medical technology, cleantech, drones, and fintech sectors. Although startups from Zurich and Lausanne are over-represented, entrepreneurs from the whole of Switzerland also feature on the list.