Taking Start-ups to the Next Level!
At SEIF, we work with impact-driven founders who aim to solve our planet’s most pressing global challenges. Our aim is to support passionate entrepreneurs in establishing product-market fit and scale ventures with positive impact integrated at the core of their business model.
SEIF is well positioned in the heart of Europe’s tech for impact ecosystem with the annual SEIF Awards, where more than 3,200 impact start-ups have been evaluated. Since 2015, SEIF Awards finalists have gone on to successfully raise over CHF 40 million in equity funding.
SEIF also offers acceleration and capacity building programs in close collaboration with corporate partners. To date, our programs have supported over 1,000 impact start-ups and granted exclusive access to an international angel investor network.
SEIF Awards Tech for Impact
Since 2011, the SEIF Awards target European impact entrepreneurs who develop or make innovative use of technologies to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Thanks to the highly qualified jury and detailed selection process, the SEIF Awards have been established as a quality label in the impact ecosystem over the past 10 years. Together with our partners – UBS, PwC Switzerland and Julius Bär – we provide finalists with a unique opportunity to increase international awareness, pitch in front of impact investors and establish a positive reputationin the impact ecosystem. Each Award grants the winner CHF 10,000.
The SEIF Impact Academy offers start-ups targeted support in crucial areas of the growth phase of their impact business. The aim is to make start-ups ready for impact investments and to support them in overcoming challenges in specific areas. In this 5-month program, entrepreneurs get coaching from senior experts from the corporate world and the possibility to attend additional input sessions covering important topics around impact management, impact investing and business development. Thus, corporate partners support the start-ups on the business side whereas SEIF gives valuable insights into impact matters. And in the final pitch included in the program, start-ups have the chance to pitch in front of a wide range of impact investors.