LAUSANNE

SWITZERLAND

Since 2016 FAN Switzerland has helped 298 startups raise over 120M CHF in funding to accelerate their businesses. We have unique connections to global Food corporations 

actively working in our accelerator to find high potential startups to collaborate. 

Our Sustainable Food Systems program focuses on startups involved in the production, 

distribution, packaging and disposal of food, and offers specific events and mentors dedicated to Food and Packaging. 100% of the 2019 cohort would recommend the program to fellow founders.

Location Contact

Oana Monica Vrabie

Marketing & Communications Manager

E: oana@masschallenge.org

T: +41 (0)21 697 11 21

Why select Lausanne?

Unrivalled access to corporations

We facilitate startup connections to Nestlé, Bühler, GEA, Givaudan, Barry Callebaut, Südzucker, Amcor & more. We know what our partners are looking for and advise startups on how to work with corporations, so that engagement is simple and effective.

World class mentoring

On average each startup has three mentors, as well as access to expertise from 600+ experts, plus a tailored program curriculum. Many are entrepreneurs who have created (and exited) a startup. Our world class curriculum has 350+ hours of activity. 

Connections to investors

More than 65% of finalists raise funds during or immediately after the program.

THE PROCESS

Apply

Apply now for FAN 2020

Get selected

Share your vision  

Join

Join an accelerator programme at your preferred location

Participate

Participate in the four month acceleration period

Pitch to win

At the end of the accelerator, pitch your idea, showcase your business and win

"Participating in EIT FAN run by MassChallenge in Switzerland was an amazing experience and a HUGE value add. They have offered us workshops run by experts as well as introductions and visits to several global corporates. We would not be able to access such great mentors if not for them and we would not be able to expand to the Swiss market so swiftly. Overall, we are extremely thankful for giving us an opportunity and taking us onto the program."

—  Monika Tomecka, Co-Founder and Director of uFraction8, WINNER EIT-FAN 2019

“Being part of the EIT Fan Accelerator Network and accelerated by MassChallenge Switzerland was an amazing experience where we had the opportunity to learn all the different subjects on how to build a successful startup. The direct access to the corporate partners was also an added value of this accelerator. We strongly recommend the MassChallenge Switzerland location for its excellent organisation and team support we received during the entire program and beyond”

—  Tiago Pessoa, Founder of Agri MarketPlace, WINNER EIT-FAN 2018

“We were very impressed by the efficiency and professionalism of the MassChallenge staff and program. The team always looked after our interests, connecting us with the right corporate partners and had a good feeling for the stage and needs of each startup. We have filled our 2019 pipeline with the best multinationals we could ask for, right at our doorstep. The years of experience running a global accelerator were clear and much appreciated.”

—  Daniel Protz, CEO & Founder of FlavorWiki (2018)

“What is very unique about FAN/MassChallenge Switzerland is the fact that it successfully combines a north-American “no fear to fail” bravado and risk-investing mindset with the European technical rigor and academic heritage, attracting some of the best startups. This unique formula will lead to a future “power house” of the European economic system, driving economic growth and job creation. FAN/MassChallenge can provide to its partners elements such as entrepreneurial spirit, selectivity and a sense of urgency that can fortify and boost one’s commitments and goals.”

—  Ian Roberts, CTO, Bühler (2016-present)

SUCCESS STORIES

2018/2019 highlights and success stories

Agri Marketplace is a global digital platform that puts farmers and producer organisations directly into contact with their agro-industry customers, cutting out the middleman in the value chain and ensuring greater transparency, fair trade and easier access to the global market. Founded in September 2016, the company rolled out its online technology solution in 2017.

After having participated in the 2018 EIT-FAN program and being accelerated by MassChallenge Switzerland, Agri Marketplace closed a EUR 600K financing round, continued to win many other prizes and distinctions and has already hosted more than EUR 5.3 million in transactions involving agricultural products, published EUR 3+ million offers value, and has +650 B2B users in the various markets in which it operates.

uFraction8

Huge congratulations to Dr Brian Miller, Managing Director and Dr Monika Tomecka, Executive Director, uFraction8, winners of FAN 2019.

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