Thanks to the backing of our partners, you can benefit from our services free of charge.
In addition to the validation of their business model, strategy and the awarding of the SEF.Growth High Potential Label, SEF.Growth is characterized by targeted support modules that help start-ups to address their challenges in a targeted manner and to be more successful more quickly. In addition, participants of the program benefit from services in the area of networking and from the various platforms of NZZ Connect.
BUSINESS MODEL CHECK
The SEF.Growth Business Model Check is a virtual stage giving (young) entrepreneurs the opportunity todiscuss their growth strategy and obtain valuable feedback from an expert audience.
Take advantage of the opportunity to present your business model to a high-calibre panel of entrepreneurs and strategyexperts from the network of the Swiss Economic Forum and its partners.
Every month, SEF.Growth offers selected start-ups the opportunity to present and challenge their business model in a 60-minute online meeting. Thanks to our partnerships, the Business Model Check is for free.
Present your growth strategy and receive immediate and professional feedbackon your pitch. Validate your strategic options with a neutral outside perspectivefrom experienced specialists.
Following your participation, we will provide you with a suitableselection of further support opportunities with the SEF.Growthprogramme and its partners.
As part of the Strategy Assessment, you will receive an in-depth analysis of your growth strategy. For selected companiesin the middle of a growth and scaling phase, we offer detailed, practical-oriented and personal strategy coaching.
A tailor-made expert team of experienced entrepreneurs and specialized consultants will be assembledfor your company.
During the two-hour video call, critical success factors can be openly discussed with the team of experts.
SEF.Growth High Potentials receive additional benefits from the Swiss Economic Forum, such as a one-year membership to the SEF.FounderCommunity with the opportunity to participate in the Swiss Economic Forum.
They also receive access to exclusive financing offers from SEF.Growthfounding partner UBS as well as targeted support from the other SEF.Growthpartners.
Quality Label & added values
Companies that successfully pass the Strategy Assessment can obtain the quality label “SEF.Growth High Potential”. The label strengthens your position in the market among customers, suppliers and financing partners.
The SEF.Growth High Potential label also improves your chances of applying for the Swiss Economic Award, Switzerland’s most prestigious prize for young entrepreneurs.
In addition to the Swiss Economic Award, the Swiss Economic Forum is also responsible for the Swiss Technology Award and the new SEF.Women Award.
The findings from the assessment are made available to you in a short report. In addition to an assessment of the company, we show potential for optimisationand further development.
Your advantages: Through a professional outside-in view, you will recognise the value drivers, success factors and scenarios that underlie the success of the business model. The report also forms the basis for the award oft the quality label “SEF.Growth High Potential”.
You have invested a lot in your company and your products. Protect your intellectual property and your innovation on the market. Our module “IP Strategy” supports you in this challenging task.
This module is offered by the Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE)-one of the main partners of SEF.Growth:
The IGE is the federal government’s center of excellence for all issues related to patent and trademark protection, indications of source, design protection and copyright.
In the protection of your innovations and your intellectual property, the IGE supports you with:
An introduction to intellectual property (patents, trademarks, designs, copyright) worth CHF 300.-.
Learn from the experts the basics of intellectual property protection and how this is relevant to your business.
Accopained Patent Research
An accompanied patent research worth CHF 900.-.
During half a day, you will benefit from the knowledge of a patent expert and receive first information on the technicalstatus and advice on the patentability of your idea or invention through the search.
Patentent Enviromental Analysis
A patent environment analysis worth CHF 1800.-.
You will receive meaningful information on competitors and developments in a technology area during the one-day analysis and meeting.
In the “Legal Advice” module, you receive support tailored to your needs in legal matters relating to your business activities and growth plans. This is made possible in cooperation with the lawyers of our partner Prager Dreifuss:
Individual Short-Term Risk Assesments
Learn from the experts which legal and tax aspects are relevant for your company and whether your current measures offersufficient protection for your further development.
A personalized initial consultation and analysis of selected legal issues in the context of your business activities and growthplans, tailored to your needs.
Analysis ABG/ DSGVO
With digital and fast-growing business models that generate a lot of data and have to comply with foreign legislation, it is oftendifficult for a young company to familiarize itself with all the regulatory requirements.
In this case, our legal experts quickly bring clarity and security.
Labour Law Issues
Advice on labor law and corporate law issues, such as support for the introduction of employee share ownership programs.
You will have the opportunity to review your current employment contracts or incentive programs or to obtain best practice approaches from a legal perspective for the implementation of such management tools.
Get customized support for your internationalization project in cooperation with our partner Switzerland Global Enterprise:
Individual Country Consulting
You get access to the experience and expertise of Switzerland Global Enterprise consultants for recommendations on how toproceed with your internationalization.
In addition, S-GE has a top-class international network of helpful contacts and gives you direct access to and support fromcountry experts in your target markets.
You will receive an individual consultation to evaluate your focus areas, followed by a country consultation.
S-GE Export Sparring Programm
The export support tailored to you personally takes place within the framework of a two-hour consultation. During the in-house workshop with the S-GE experts, your individual needs are taken into account and your specific questions areaddressed.
In a first step, the S-GE experts work with the candidate to develop answers to the most important questions aboutinternationalization, such as “Is our business model suitable for internationalization?”, “How do we find out whichmarkets are most attractive for us?” or “How do we test our decisions abroad?”. This is followed by a one-hour individual country consultation with one of the 30 Swiss Business Hubs to clarify local market opportunities and entry strategies.
The workshops build logically on each other and can be booked individually or in series:
> The international Business Model.
> The choice of the export market.
> The planning of the market entry
> The first steps in the market
Following-up to the consultation, you will receive concrete and individual recommendations for action for successfulinternationalization from the expert in each case. If possible, relevant information and contacts will be identified, whichwill clarify and facilitate the further steps into first export markets. The workshop can be conducted in German, French or English.
Situation Analysis financial management
Put your organization and your business and financial plan on a secure footing. Benefit from the experience and comprehensiveknowledge of the financial experts of our partner FS Partners AG.
The situation analysis serves as a basis for the future financial direction of the company. It should show at an early stage whichmeasures should be taken to enable solid growth.
You will receive an individual initial consultation with feedback from our experts on the development possibilities of yourfinancial management tools, such as your ERP and reporting structures, the existing key figures and those to bedeveloped, as well as operational elements such as cash collections, inventory management and other financialmanagement processes.
Structure Business Plan And Financial Story
The financial story is a derivation of the strategy and long-term orientation of the company. It is primarily used to controlthe company and as information for stakeholders (banks, investors, etc.).
Within the framework of our consulting module, you will find out in which points your business plan contains formal orcontent-related gaps or contradictions, which you can have corrected with the help of our experts.
Provides guidance on the correct formal structure of budgeted income statements, balance sheets and cash budgets.
Support in the definition and detailed derivation of your revenue streams and cost drivers.
Support in the development of scenarios, sensitivity analyses as well as in the preparation for upcoming investmentrounds and the modulation of the cap table.
Establishment of professional financial structures
A solid foundation in the financial department is the basis for successful growth. It serves not only legal requirements in the various jurisdictions in which you operate, but also the efficient and successful management of your company.
You will receive a sound benchmark from our experts on how fit your financial management structures are and wherethere is a need for development as well as which best practice approaches can be easily implemented in your organization.
As part of a situation analysis, you will receive feedback on the structures of your financial organization and your management tools (ERP, KPIs) and which optimization measures you can implement in your processes (accountsreceivable, accounts payable, accruals and deferrals, master data or inventory management).
Independent review of the “ideation content” of a start-up with the aim of identifying new business areas and exploiting themarket potential in the area of conflict between desirable – viable – feasible – sustainable.
With “the view from the outside” by an independent development service provider, which offers technology and productdevelopments in various industries, the module “Ideation Review” is to show possibilities how a start-up company can open upnew markets within the framework of a diversification strategy, if necessary.
List of possible business areas for the start-up’s technology / product andproposal further procedure.
Position Statement R&D
Assessment of the current project status (technology and product development by means of gap analysis). Identification of risks (organizational, technological).
The results of the “R&D status assessment” sub-module are equally valued by start-ups and their investors due to Helbling Technik’s technological independence. They are important input parameters for a robust business plan, i.e., profitability analysis in terms of time, investment (ROI), and associated risks.
Independent assessment of project status (maturity, main risks) and needs formulation and proposal of further procedure, e.g., draft development plan (procedure & activities, milestones & deadline, invest-budget).
Analysis Product costs
Use of proven methodology and tools as well as many years of experience in product cost management for an analysis ofproduct costs.
And the Identification of risks (design, manufacturing technologies, production, supply) and Outlining of optimizationpotential.
Estimation of the product costs depending on the production volume and the suggestion of a further procedure, e.g. for theoptimization of the product costs.
Advantages: Investor-estimated methodology for determining key business plan metrics (costs, prices, sales, returns).
Use of the proven methodology and tools for an analysis of the sustainability of a product.
Identification of main levers to improve the ecological footprint (materials, product life cycle (creation, life, disposal), energy, environment)
Assessment of the sustainability of a product proposal for further action to optimize the ecological footprint.
Advantages: the recognized methodology allows a statement on the sustainability of one’s own products to consumers, authorities, society and investors
Banking & Funding
The Banking & Funding module is offered by our founding partner:
The UBS offers a free banking package for start-ups & everyday business life.
With the streamlined UBS banking package for start-ups, you get exactly the accounts and cards to take your business forward. As a young company, you’ll receive a free capital deposit account through the UBS Start Business start-up platform, as well as a fee-free CHF business account and a free UBS Business Prepaid Card for the first year. Apply online now .
Your business is already up and running and you want to get smarter about administering your banking transitions, ensurepayments are received or are ready to expand abroad? Let our experienced advisors and product specialists advise you today. Make an appointment.
Our founding partner UBS makes it easier for suitable and selected companies to access bank credits and investor’s equity. – Based on our expert appraisal carried out as part of the Strategy Assessment, UBS offers attractive growth credits that are factoring in a company’s growth opportunities as well as financial prospects. Next to its growth credit offering UBS Growth Advisory also operates a professional equity fundraising service to facilitate a company’s access to professional private and institutional equity investors that are looking to invest directly in growth-phase companies.
UBS evaluates attractive Swiss growth companies with annual commercial revenues of at least CHF 1 million and a proven strong growth trajectory for both financing tracks, bank credits or equity fundraising. Over the past few years, UBS has facilitated debt and equity financing of more than CHF 200 million in fast-growing young enterprises with SEF high-potential label.
The module Banking & Funding is offered in cooperation with our founding partner.
Access to the Swiss Economic Forum conference portfolio
As the organiser of various national conferences, the Swiss Economic Forum encompasses a wide range of topics and an extensive network of industryrepresentatives. All conferences offer a limited number of presentationopportunities for selected young enterprises and SME in the form of an exclusiveSEF.Growth initiative stand and as part of specific zones at the conferences.
Opportunity to apply for limited free tickets
We also issue a limited number of conference passes to selected youngenterprises and SME with business models that are a good match with the topicof the conference in question.
Are you interested in receiving an invitation to one of our national conferenceplatforms?
If so, contact us and let us know which conference you are interested in.
The annual SEF.Growth programme also includes various free networking eventsthat allow young enterprises, SME and programme partners to exchangeknowledge and ideas in an informal setting. These events include:
SEF.Growth Networking Lunches
These start with an exciting business talk and end with a mutually beneficialnetworking lunch for entrepreneurs in an exceptional atmosphere..
SEF.Founder Conference at Swiss Economic Forum: Special event for young enterprises and SMEs
This highly sought-after and exclusive special event, part of the SEF.Growth initiative for young enterprises and SMEs, takes place during the annual Swiss Economic Forum (SEF). Following the event, participants have the chance toattend the popular SEF networking evening, one of the highlights of the mainconference.
SEF.Growth Best Practice Events
In association with our partners, we give young enterprises and SMEs theopportunity to take part in events focusing on specific topics. Topical issues arediscussed with representatives of our partners, guests from politics, wider societyand selected companies, and examined from a variety of angles. The events arealso an opportunity to get to know our partners, find out about the services theyoffer and meet their representatives in person.
Relevant and practical discussions and talks with entrepreneurs and experts
The Swiss Economic Forum organises regular virtual or face-to-face roundtable discussions featuring first-class guest speakers, along with panel discussions on relevant topics in the areas of business, politics and society that give young entreprises and SMEs in particular the opportunity to learn and share ideas about current trends and best practice.
Exclusive access to the SEF.Founder network
Graduates of the SEF.Growth programme have the opportunity to become a member of the Swiss Economic Forum’s exclusive SEF.Founder network.
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Young enterprises and SME often lack direct access to the key decision-makerswithin an industry. This network of leading representatives of the businesscommunity, politics and society is one of the Swiss Economic Forum’s corecompetences. With this in mind, we have established the “Meet IndustryLeaders” module.
Through our platforms, we bring business and politics together and create thebasis for new ideas to be developed. Our strong position means we are able to getan industry’s opinion leaders together around a table, giving emerging youngenterprises and SMEs the opportunity to present their case at exclusiveroundtable discussions and make the right contacts.
The following roundtable discussions are currently available: generalmanagement, real estate, sustainability, technology and innovation.