Committed to Switzerland.

National funding agency for entrepreneurship and innovation in Switzerland

Initiative Switzerland

As a private promotional agency, Initiative Switzerland supports innovative ideas and projects in all parts and language regions of Switzerland, working purposefully to promote competitiveness and prosperity in Switzerland. Through its activities and projects, Initiative Switzerland aims to contribute to Switzerland’s ability to sustainably secure its top global position and innovative prowess. Initiative Switzerland is a non-profit organization that is committed to Switzerland and is financed by F.G. Pfister Holding.

Through audacity, innovation, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and the highest possible quality, Switzerland has established an excellent reputation. Multilingualism, our political system, cultural diversity, imposing landscapes and all the people who live here distinguish Switzerland as a unique country set in the heart of Europe. Initiative Switzerland has set itself the goal of making an active contribution to the successful development of our country. As a private, non-profit promotional agency, we support innovative ideas and projects in every part of the country and in all language regions. We therefore focus on promoting entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation – for an aspiring and successful Switzerland of tomorrow.


Prix Suisse 2023

Marco Odermatt honored with the Prix Suisse 2023.

Federal Councillor, Viola Amherd, awards the Prix Suisse to the athlete Marco Odermatt on Saturday evening in front of around 400 invited guests from business, science, politics and sport in the Kursaal in Bern.


Radical inventions and intelligent ideas often inspire people to pursue their creative urges and realize their dreams. During the gala evening in Bern, ongoing projects are presented that are supported by ‘Initiative Switzerland’ and are representative of Switzerland’s innovative prowess. Behind them are people who believe in their projects and their further development.

There are several exciting projects that are currently supported by Initiative Switzerland.


26. June 2024

Prix Suisse 2024 Keynote

The world-famous bestselling author, visionary and historian Professor Dr Yuval Noah Harari will give a keynote speech on the impact of artificial intelligence on society, the economy and politics on the 9th of November 2024 at the Prix Suisse awards ceremony in the Kursaal Bern.

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19. June 2024

Prix Suisse Award 2024

On 9th November 2024, the Prix Suisse will be awarded for the fourth time. The award is presented annually to an outstanding Swiss personality from the fields of business, science, sport or culture. This year's Prix Suisse honours an exceptional figure from the field of culture and goes to Büne Huber from Patent Ochsner. Federal Councillor Beat Jans will present the Prix Suisse 2024 in a festive ceremony in the Kursaal Bern in the presence of four hundred invited guests from business, politics, administration, sport and culture and honour Büne Huber for his outstanding achievements and great merits as a musician, painter and artist.

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25. May 2024

True Story Award 2024

The winners of the True Story Award 2024 were announced in Bern on Friday evening. Federal Councillor Elisabeth Baume-Schneider opened the award ceremony in front of 300 guests, including the 36 nominated reporters. Afterwards, cartoonist Patrick Chappatte outlined the current state of the global media landscape in an exciting keynote speech. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the three award winners by the main jury.

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24. May 2024

One Young World

From May 23 - 24, 2024, the One Young World Switzerland National Congress took place, for which Initiative Switzerland is a Gold Partner. Young leaders from Switzerland were able to spend two exciting days on the topic of “Leadership with Integrity” and expand their network.

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21. November 2023

Partnership EntrepreneurSkills 2024-2025

Shortly before the Prix Suisse was held, the Swiss Initiative confirmed its continued partnership as "Leading Partner" of EntrepreneurSkills.

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13. October 2023

Meeting of the presidents of the parliaments

On October 13, 2023, the President of the National Council Martin Candinas invited to the meeting of the presidents of the parliaments in the Federal Palace. Initiative Switzerland supported the event and surprised the guests with a gift, which will now be distributed from the federal capital to all language regions of Switzerland.

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28. June 2023

Prix Suisse 2023 Program

President Bill Clinton comes to the Prix Suisse 2023, ski racer Marco Odermatt is honored for his outstanding achievements and the reigning world culinary champions show their skills.

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25. May 2023

2291 Festival launch

On May 23, 2023, the 2291 Festival took place for the first time in the Kursaal Bern with around 200 interested participants. While during the day the participants were able to deal with various future topics in workshops, in the evening the discourse was put into the extended round and in various panels the speakers were able to provide valuable food for thought for the future.

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20. May 2023

2291 Festival

On May 23, 2023, the 2291 Festival will take place for the first time in the Kursaal Bern. At this newly created festival, 2291 offers thematic spaces for colorful thoughts, opens surprising new perspectives, expands comfort zones and creates a momentum for projects. At this festival, what can change Switzerland tomorrow is created.

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13. November 2022

Prix Suisse 2022 Awardnight

The Prix Suisse 2022 goes to Martine Clozel. The award was presented by the President of the National Council, Irène Kälin, the highest Swiss citizen. Martine Clozel is a doctor, scientist and entrepreneur. In 1997, she co-founded Actelion and, in 2017, Idorsia, which builds on her 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical research. The Prix Suisse is an annual award presented by the non-profit organisation Initiative Switzerland to prominent figures who have made outstanding contributions to Switzerland.

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10. October 2022

Connexa Helvetica in Ascona

The fourth Connexa Helvetica event was held in October 2022 at the Eranos Foundation in Ascona. At this meeting, the discussion focused on the myth of "storytelling" and how important it is to tell your story. In the intimate round, two talents of the region met with the COO of the Locarno Film Festival, Raphaël Brunschwig.

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30. September 2022

Connexa Helvetica in Ilanz/Glion

The third Connexa Helvetica event was held in September 2022 at the Haus der Begegnung in Ilanz/Glion. The focus of the discussion at this meeting was the Romansh language and its significance and importance. In addition to around 15 interested people, the National Councilor Martin Candinas (CVP) also took part.

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