Are you a venture 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 support 15 promising projects, offering up to 500 000 Swiss francs in total alongside several other benefits. Companies from all over the world can submit 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 you the unique opportunity to be one of the first ventures to relocate to the brand new “St-Aubin Innovation Space”. Formerly used by a big pharma company for its research, the St-Aubin Innovation Space 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 which we will be at your disposal for free for 2 years whilst you grow your business! Each winner of the Relocation Program will also receive 30 000 swiss francs in cash and will benefit 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 and during the Award Ceremony which will be held on November 7th 2018 in Fribourg.
The Remote Collaboration Program
offers companies, not willing to relocate to the St- Aubin Innovation Space 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 an all-inclusive discovery week during which they will visit different companies and meet potential partners. Furthermore, they will be invited to the Award ceremony, where they can meet and mingle with key actors of the Swiss market.
The Agri & Co challenge is supported by 4 of the most prominent Fribourg and Swiss companies in the Agrifood sector.