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Swiss banks distributed more than 16.5 billion Covid loans in one month.

Launched on 26 March and increased to CHF 40 billion on 3 April, the guaranteed credit programme developed by the Confederation and the banks to enable SMEs to finance themselves during the crisis injected more than CHF 16 billion into the Swiss economy in one month. This is equivalent to more than a quarter of the annual budget of the Confederation. Applications were mainly for small loans (up to a maximum of CHF 500,000).


First pilot for the Google and Apple-based decentralised tracing app

Several thousand people in Switzerland can now download "SwissCovid", the official application for tracing contacts at risk of transmission of COVID-19, if they wish. "This is the first time that the operating system updates from Google and Apple enable its deployment and testing on such a large scale," says Professor Edouard Bugnion, Vice-President for Information Systems at EPFL. He was at the heart of discussions with Google and Apple to have them adopt the "DP3T" protocol led by the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology.


The coronavirus pandemic causes Vaud's GDP to fall by 5.5%.

The Vaud economy is not immune to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. While growth of 1.7% this year was forecast in January, Vaud's gross domestic product (GDP) is now expected to decline by 5.5%, according to the latest CREA forecasts published by BCV, the Canton of Vaud and the CVCI. The Canton's economy could partially recover from this sharp recession next year, with growth of 3.5%.


INNOVAUD EXPAND Webinar #2 : How to adapt your regulatory plan to the COVID working conditions ?

If you missed the 2nd webinar of our INNOVAUD EXPAND webseries, you can watch it here.
How the current crisis influences the regulatory planning of startups in LifeSciences and how startups are launching covid-related products handle the “fast track” regulatory hurdles ?


25 years GENILEM

We are a GENILEM sponsor and proud to be at his side to celebrate his 25th anniversary. An anniversary year marked by unprecedented crisis and economic conditions, but one that echoes more than ever GENILEM's mission: To support entrepreneurs, those who innovate and develop solutions to meet today's challenges and build tomorrow's society. Read the inspiring testimonials of these entrepreneurs!


Stimulate the transition to new business models!

While the COVID-19 pandemic is undeniably creating problems within companies, it is also an extraordinary opportunity to observe unusual situations that may lead us to look at the future differently. How can you turn this period into an opportunity for your SME?
How can I make my business model evolve in order to do so? Discover the pmebox workshops designed to stimulate your recovery!


Call for Proposals : SI Tech4Impact Initiative

“Switzerland Innovation” Foundation is launching its first major call for proposals together with renowned partners from the Swiss economy ranging from ABB to Zurich Insurance. Grants of up to CHF100’000 will be provided for innovation projects that address the most pressing problems of our time.The first SI Tech4Impact Call for Proposals is now open from 18 May until 31 July 2020


Two new venture capital funds for Swiss start-ups

Two new venture capital funds based in Switzerland are created. Between them, they will make almost CHF 100 million available to European start-ups. This is very good news in the age of the coronavirus. The first fund launched by VI Partners will make CHF 75 million available to Swiss start-ups as a matter of priority. The other fund, named Tomahawk, has an investment capacity of 20 million francs.


Call for application : Venture Leaders Fintech

Venture Leaders Fintech brings 10 innovative Swiss fintech startups to Hong Kong from November 1st to 7th, 2020 for a week of intensive networking, business development and investor pitching. An exclusive opportunity to get to know investors and international industry experts as a member of the “Swiss National Startup team”. Until July 15th, 2020 startups will be able to apply for one of the 10 highly coveted slots.