Innovation has always been and will always be the key factor for Switzerland’s prosperity.


The challenge.

The Innovation challenge is an invitation to the leading minds of the country to jointly develop innovative concepts and crazy ideas and to put them into action.

Each team forms the starting point of cooperation on a specific topic (e.g Mobility, Health, Finance, etc.). They formulate an ambitious but concrete goal: a Bet, to which the proof of feasibility has to be delivered by the members of the respective roundtable. The bets are implementation-oriented, fast-paced projects and achieve directly measurable impact, for example, by newly established spin-offs, established MVPs (Minimal Viable Products), implemented pilots, ventures, research centres, collaborations, and so on.

As a result, the Innovation challenge offers the opportunity to work on the topical development of digitalswitzerland.

The challenge demonstrates why Switzerland is a model for sustainable innovation. It opens up potentials, creates new networks and visibly positions Swiss strengths and values within the global competition.



  • Visioneering: Event organized by the Verticals and/or digitalswitzerland at which Grand Challenges are defined that have a global scope but can be solved locally (in Switzerland).
  • Grand Challenges: Defined during Visioneering event or by input from digitalswitzerland members. The Challenges have a global scope but can be solved and scaled in Switzerland.
  • Roundtables: If at least three organizations (at least two of them being digitalswitzerland members) decide to tackle a Grand Challenge, they form a Roundtable. They then have 6 months to launch one or more Bets.
  • Bets: Projects managed by at least 2 digitalswitzerland members that are implementation-oriented, fast-paced and deliver measurable impact. A Bet derives from a Roundtable and has a 2 year time horizon.
  • Matterhorn: If a Bet is successful, and meets qualitative and quantitative requirements defined by digitalswitzerland, the Bet may obtain the status of a Matterhorn, a flagship project that promotes Switzerland as a leading innovation hub.


The digitalswitzerland challenge is not only open to its members, but also to all other relevant Swiss actors who want to promote innovation and digitization in Switzerland:

  • To participate in the digitalswitzerland challenge, you must be connected to a bet or to a Roundtable.
  • To launch a Roundtable at least three organizations must come together. At least two organizations must be digitalswitzerland members. Digitalswitzerland supports the launch of a Roundtable.
  • To launch a Roundtable the head of the team must originate from a member organization of digitalswitzerland.
  • The Roundtables deal with topics and/or questions (grand challenges) that originate from the visioneering.
  • Roundtables can also be created bottom-up; the topics and/or questions (grand challenges) of these Roundtables must be agreed with digitalswitzerland.
  • The Roundtables have 6 months to launch a Bet.

The Bets organize the financing of their project themselves. They are supported by digitalswitzerland in terms of content and by the network of digitalswitzerland.

  • The Bet is an ambitious but concrete goal. It originates from a Roundtable. A Bet has a time horizon of 2 years.
  • To launch a Bet at least two organizations must come together. Both organizations must be digitalswitzerland member.
  • Each Bet has a Bet Captain who heads the table; the Bet Captains put interests of their organization in the background.
  • The head of the team – the Bet Captain – must originate from a member organization of digitalswitzerland.
  • The Advisory board of the digitalswitzerland challenge decides on the accreditation of the Bets; it has the right to exclude Bets which do not meet the formal and qualitative requirements of the challenge.
  • The Bet Captain together with the other members of the bet-team decides on the accreditation of new members of the Bet-team. Each Bet-team organizes itself.
  • Bets set themselves international benchmarks; also roundtables pledge to participate at the Pitch and Demo Day.


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