SwissInnovation Challenge Asia

The SwissInnovation Challenge Asia is a unique promotion programme with an integrated innovation competition for projects at the ideation, conceptualisation and start-up stage as well as for established businesses. We guide and support you during the programme to bring your project to the next level. You also have the chance to win prize money and get invited to exclusive events in Switzerland! If you have an internationalsiation strategy in place you may also compete for the special award dedicated to internationalisation.

The SwissInnovation Challenge Asia takes a holistic approach in realising innovative business ideas. The programme of nine months offers attractive awards, relevant training modules and workshops in entrepreneurship and innovation, personal coaching and mentoring, matchmaking of international innovation partnerships, networking events as well as access to an impressive network in the innovation and entrepreneurship communities. The challenge is open to businesses, non-profit organisations and individuals who wish to introduce and implement an innovation or who have worked on an innovation already for some time. The business idea can take the form of a product or service innovation as well as an organisational or management innovation. We will guide and support you along the way.

Building on the tremendous success of the SwissInnovation Challenge which has been conducted in Switzerland for the last two years, FHNW has decided to launch the programme in four ASEAN countries initially: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. To make it happen, FHNW can tap into its extensive network in the region with leading universities, governmental agencies and businesses. Applications from other ASEAN countries are welcome and we will arrange for you to apply for a place in the competition closest to you.

The competition is divided into three phases, each followed by a selection process in the form of pitches. Participants who reach the final phase have the opportunity to win prize money amounting to 23’000 USD in each country. The cash award for the 1st prize is 15’000 USD, for the 2nd and 3rd prize it is 5’000 USD and 3’000 USD, respectively. In addition, you can win the special prize „internationalisation“ worth 5’000 USD which will be awarded to the one project across Asia with the most convincing internationalisation strategy.

For some impressions of the SwissInnovation Challenge Asia in action, watch this short video.