EC Award

Do you have a simple idea you would like to pursue further? Then the EC Award is the perfect event for you!

From all applications, we will choose 14 of the most promising early stage startups. After a round of elevator pitches in the Polybahn, the 7 finalists will battle for a pool of 12'000 CHF in the final event on May 2nd. There, you will pitch your ideas in front of a panel of juries and a large audience.

Excited? Looking forward to seeing you at the final event!




 Do the magic



    Sign up and present your project on Cofoundme

    Extended application deadline:



    Participant confirmation: 26.03.19
    Lean Canvas workshop and Pitching training: 01.04.19
    Polybahn Pitch: 12.04.19
    Pitching Feedback Session: 19.04.19
    Final Event: 02.05.19

  • Enjoy the cheering audience and win up to 7'000 CHF

See the magic


  • Get your audience ticket for the EC Award from eventbrite for the final event happening on Thursday, 02.05.2019, 17:30

  • -> Come to the event and vote for your favorite project!

  • -> Enjoy amazing pitches and meet awesome people

  • Get your ticket Now


From 50 applications we had chosen 14 of the most promising early stage startups. After a round of elevator pitches in the Polybahn, the 7 finalists fought hard for a pool of prize money in the final on December 6th. At the final, they pitched their ideas in front of a panel of juries and a large audience which will decide on the audience prize.

Join us to watch and cheer for teams striving to turn their dreams into reality at this event. After the event, there will be a networking session over free burgers and beer. We invite you for an evening of big dreams, inspiration, and innovation.


Ultimate Retailing System

Runner Up Spring 2018


Winner Spring 2018

Smart Monitoring for Parkinson Disease

3rd Place 2018



Who can participate with an idea?

Everyone - teams of arbitrary size. However, we require a connection to a Swiss university (you need to be or have been a student or researcher).

  • Are there restrictions on the topics?


Are there any restrictions on the idea?

We do not allow funded ideas/startups. You must not be incorporated.

  • Are prototypes allowed?

Yes, still the idea has to be considered 'early-stage'.

How can you qualify as a team?

The EC Award Qualification Committee will pick 15 teams demonstrating extraordinary quality for the elevator pitches. The 6-7 best teams get the chance to pitch at the EC Award. Furthermore, the committee will make sure to restrict participation to idea-stage projects.

  • I have already worked on my project. I don't know if I'm still idea-stage.

Heuristic, not a rule: If your work brought you to a prototype for the purpose of getting feedback, great. If your past work already represents a respectable part of your product or business, you are no longer what we're looking for.

Is it ok to have one of the team members to be part of the EC Committee?


What should a project registration on look like?

We don't require a certain structure - just do your best to convince the voters and the Qualification Committee. Be sure to emphasize on the given judgement criteria. Furthermore, you might want to restrict the length of your content.

What will the pitches be like?

Every team will have exactly 3 min to pitch. We will not let any team have a second of overtime (hint: there will be a gong!). Slides are allowed. Immediately afterwards, the jury will randomly ask you questions for 4 min. There are no restrictions on the content of the pitch. However we want you to keep in mind, that it's all about idea-stage projects.

What are the judgement criteria for at the event?

Feasibility, monetization potential, innovation, added social and/or ecological value.

  • Do I need a ticket to join the audience?

Yes, but all tickets are free. We want everyone to enjoy the evening, which is impossible without seats, food and drinks. Still we don't want to spend an unnecessary amount of money on food and drinks - as we try to rise the prizes as much as we can.


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