Impact Acceleration

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 Tech for Impact Awards, where more than 3,800 impact start-ups have been evaluated. Since 2019, SEIF Awards finalists have gone on to successfully raise over CHF 86 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 2,000 impact start-ups and granted exclusive access to an international angel investor network.

Tech for Impact Awards

Since 2011, the SEIF Tech for Impact Awards Awards targets 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 Tech for Impact Awards have been established as a quality label in the impact ecosystem over the past 10 years. Together with our partners – UBS and Julius Bär – we provide finalists with a unique opportunity to increase international awareness, pitch in front of impact investors and establish a positive reputation in the impact ecosystem. Each Award grants the winner CHF 10,000 as well as non-financial support from the corporate partners.

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Impact Academy

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 and towards specific challenges of the startups, whereas SEIF gives valuable insights into impact matters. At the end of the program, selected startup have the chance to pitch in front of an expert community and potential impact investors.

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Zoé Dumont de Chassart
Impact and Project Manager

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