For ventures in the growth phase with an innovative project in the field of Agriculture, Food or Biomass.
Agri & Co Challenge is a call for projects initiated by the State of Fribourg, located in the heart of Switzerland. Aiming at fostering collaborations, creating new value chains and enabling innovative initiatives which will in turn contribute to a sustainable economic development, Agri & Co will supports 16 promising projects, offering up to 500 000 Swiss francs in total alongside several other benefits. 154 companies from a total of 53 countries submitted their projects through one of our two programs; the “Relocation Program” or the “Remote Collaboration Program, which have been specifically developed to fulfill the needs of different company profiles and thus maximize the innovation and collaboration potential.
offers the unique opportunity to be one of the first ventures to relocate to the brand new “Agri & Co Innovation Center”. Formerly used by a big pharma company for its research, the Agri & Co Innovation Center is now owned by the State of Fribourg who has the ambition to make it a hub dedicated to innovation in the field of Agriculture, Food and Biomass. It has many offices, production halls, brand new laboratories and wide agricultural land/crops! Each winner of the Relocation Program also receives 30 000 swiss francs in cash and benefits from individually tailored support including mentoring, coaching and a privileged access to our network as well as the opportunity to gain great visibility through media exposure.
The Remote Collaboration Program
offers companies, not willing to relocate to the Agri & Co Innovation Center but still interested in entering the Swiss market, the opportunity to discover the Agrifood ecosystem of Fribourg and Switzerland and to develop long term collaborations, new value chains and targeted business partnerships between Swiss-based actors and their home-based company. The winners of the Remote Collaboration Program win a discovery week during which they visit different companies and meet potential partners.
The Agri & Co challenge is supported by 4 of the most prominent Fribourg and Swiss companies in the Agrifood sector.