About AIT

The AIT is an initiative by the Leading House for the Latin American Region, Startup@HSG, and swissnex Brazil to help Swiss startup talents innovate and develop their entrepreneurial and business skills. The AIT consists of two phases: a training camp in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and a second training camp in Switzerland. The AIT aims to transform high-level applied research into market applications. The main objectives of the program are to help participants advance business plans, establish contacts with the industry, clarify intellectual property issues, network at an international level, and foster new partnerships and collaborations.

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Sciencepreneurs Wanted

10 startups will be chosen and an Innovation Grant of CHF 10,000 will be awarded to the most promising research project/startup to support market application and internationalization. Entry is awarded on a competitive basis to selected projects with entrepreneurial potential.


Are you a…

  • Swiss researcher?
  • Bachelor, Master, PhD or PostDoc?
  • Proficient in English?
  • Looking to transform your research into a market innovation?

Then download the application form and send it together with your CV latest by July 01, 2018 to rocio.robinson@unisg.ch and eduard.mueller@unisg.ch

Application form


AIT applicants are expected to participate both in a one-week acceleration and mentoring program in Brazil (Nov. 2018) and Switzerland (Apr. 2019). Food, travel and accommodation expenses in the Brazil and Swiss Camps will be covered. The program is free of charge!


startups have the chance to take part


for the most promising project

12 days

of activities in Brazil and in Switzerland


participation costs


“I had a great experience in Brazil where I was able to increase my business network. The most important takeaway message was that the first minutes we have with investors/clients are the most important and will define how the collaboration will evolve. We learned how to pitch well and how to grasp the attention of the public and make them interested in knowing more about our idea.”
Ana Martins, EPFL PhD student

“The AIT program was a great opportunity to meet potential partners and customers on the spot. The contacts made by swissnex Brazil proved to be very valuable and gave our company a unique chance to enter the Brazilian market.”
Noris Gallandat: Winner of the AIT innovation Grant 2018

Important Dates

July 01, 2018

Application Deadline

July 13, 2018

Jury Day

November 02, 2018

Kickoff Meeting

November 2018

Brazil Camp

April 2019

Swiss Camp


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