CTI Market Entry Camps

Think of global markets right from the start.

For the past decade, Market Entry Camps have assisted the most promising start-ups to connect with thriving ecosystems in the world’s leading innovation hubs and to establish a foothold in new markets abroad.


The CTI, Commission for Technology and Innovation, represents an official federal agency of the Swiss Confederation and is responsible for encouraging innovation through the provision of findings, consulting and networks. At swissnex, two tracks are offered under the CTI Market Entry Camp umbrella.


The Market Validation Camp is geared towards early stage start-ups looking to test their product and business model in ecosystems outside of Switzerland.


The Market Entry Camp is an acceleration program for Swiss start-up companies who are serious about entering a market abroad and building up a presence.


Both camps provide tailored 1-on-1 support which includes:

  • Office space at swissnex locations around the world (desk, meeting rooms, event space)
  • Community events
  • Weekly meetings with the swissnex team to set goals and track progress
  • Targeted introductions to relevant contacts (partners, investors, mentors)
  • Up to 10 hours of expert coaching
  • Stipends for travel and accommodation


How to Apply

The Market Validation and Market Entry Camps are open to all Swiss start-ups in the CTI Start-up coaching program (pre- or post-label). Applications can be submitted on a rolling basis. Acceptance is based on predefined thresholds for quality, maturity, and fit for the respective market. Even if you are not a CTI/Innosuisse startup yet, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.


See if the CTI program is a good fit for your startup and apply for CTI coaching acceptance.


Once your startup has CTI coaching acceptance, your startup can apply to our startup team. Submit your online application outlining your key milestones for the camp. Any date can be managed, but recommended start-dates are Febuary 1st (Winter Camp) and August 1st (Summer Camp).


Your application is reviewed by representatives of CTI and swissnex.


Locations & Contact Info


San Francisco, USA – With the Silicon Valley and its highly educated, savvy workforce, plus a thriving Venture Capital scene, San Francisco is one of the most innovative places in the world by many measures. This is definitely the place to be for innovative startups in the fields of Tech, Robotics, and Information Technology.
Contact: Nicholas Dunkel

Boston, USA – The Greater Boston Area is not only well-known for prestigious universities, it is also packed with excellent research facilities, incubators/accelerators and investors are plentiful. Boston is the best location in the US for any Life Sciences (biotech, medtech, digital health, etc.) startup. Besides that, the CleanTech sector doubled its size in the past years and Manufacturing is also a very strong field.
Contact: Philippe Labouchère

New York, USA – As the capital of the financial world, NYC is best to promote your FinTech services. Additionally, this region is well-known for its creativity-driven innovation in fields such as E-commerce, FoodTech, Media, Fashion, Digital Art, and SportsTech. As the 2nd biggest region for Venture Capital money and the largest US city in terms of students, NYC has it all to help you grow your business.
Contact: Oliver Haugen

London, UK – Contact: Lutz Peter-Berg

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Contact: Adriano Bürgi

Sao Paolo, Brazil – Contact: Sylvia Romanelli

Shanghai, China – Contact: Lijun Zhang

Bangalore, India – Contact: Prateek Khare