The TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award celebrates its first 10 years in 2021 and presents some impressive numbers: 438 Swiss deep tech start-ups created 11,100 new jobs and raised CHF 6.1 billion in the last decade. The organisation shines the spotlight on some of Switzerland’s most promising start-ups.
Investors, business representatives and start-up founders alike always mark this day in their agenda: The TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award night is a must in the Swiss start-up scene and has been coined the ‘Swiss start-up Oscars ceremony’. With the introduction of the TOP 100 ranking of the most promising start-ups in Switzerland back in 2011, a true benchmark platform was born.
Jordi Montserrat, co-initiator of the TOP 100 ranking, explains:
It is said that it takes 10 years to become a good investor, so this is an excellent time to look back at what the TOP 100 has become after a decade. The TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award started as a one-evening award ceremony in 2011 with the ambition to promote the strengths and diversity of Swiss start-ups when they did not enjoy the visibility and recognition they deserve.
The platform comprises a full range of activities to support the Swiss start-ups selected by the jury: the award night is a highly anticipated networking event where the best start-ups are crowned, an Investor Summit attracts international investors, and the ‘Scale-up Ranking’ focuses on start-ups that are older than five years. In addition, regional investor pitches and satellite events are held throughout the year, and the annual TOP 100 Swiss Startup Magazine is available in four languages and is distributed in Switzerland and abroad.
Up to now, a total of 438 start-ups with a focus on deep tech have been featured by TOP 100 Swiss Startup Magazine. Thanks to these young companies, 11,100 new jobs have been created and CHF 6.1 billion raised. Fifty-six exits and three IPOs top off the impressive track record of the group of selected start-ups.
To mention just some of the best known success stories:
- Doodle: Simplifying how we schedule meetings
- GetYourGuide: Guiding the travel industry into the future
- Beekeeper: Developing a productivity platform for frontline workers
- MindMaze: Creating the universal platform for brain health
- Climeworks: Subscribing to the fight against climate change
- Scandit: Blending the physical and digital worlds
- DeinDeal: Paving the way for Switzerland’s e-commerce sector
- Bestmile: Orchestrating the transportation revolution
- Piavita: Transforming the veterinary industry with a holistic data approach
A special anniversary book dedicated to the history of the Swiss start-up scene and the TOP 100 ranking shows the impact over the last 10 years. The title of the anniversary book describes the passion everyone shares for start-ups: ‘World shapers of tomorrow: Startups building our future’
The organisation behind the TOP 100 ranking is Venturelab. It has been designing and operating flagship start-up programmes in Switzerland such as Venture Kick, Venture Leaders, the TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award, or Innosuisse Start-up Training to support the best entrepreneurial talent since 2004.