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Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about startup days.

General FAQs

The most important answers to your general questions about startup days.

What are the startup days?
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startup days (SUD) are the nationwide business and networking event for startups, investors, SMEs and corporates in Switzerland. Together we foster meaningful interactions, explore business opportunities, and gain insights into the startup ecosystem in just one day in Bern.

When and where will the startup days 2025 take place?
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The startup days will be held on 14 May 2025, at Kursaal in Bern. The address is Kornhausstrasse 3, 3013 Bern, Switzerland. The door opens at 8 o’clock and we start at 8:30 am with the central opening.

What can I expect at the startup days?
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The startup days offer a diverse range of activities, including keynote speeches, panel discussions, interactive workshops, matchmaking sessions (1:1 meetings), the Youngsters pitching, and the exhibition area with over 30 booths. Attendees can expect to hear from industry leaders, gain valuable insights from experts, engage in interactive discussions, network with like-minded individuals, explore potential business opportunities, or find funding and mentoring.

Who can attend the startup days?
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The startup days event is open to anyone interested in the startup ecosystem and the latest trends and opportunities. To name a few: entrepreneurs, startups, investors, industry professionals, innovators, politicians or academia.

Can I showcase my new business at the startup days by pitching?
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Our pitching format is called Youngsters: All Swiss innovators in the pre-seed or seed phase, founded within the last 24 months, with a focus on DeepTech or AppliedTech are invited to apply to pitch. 

The application window opens in autumn. Find more information here.

What are the 1:1 meetings or matchmaking feature?
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From 8 April 2025 all attendees can register to the matchmaking session in their agenda. In total, there are four slots: 9:30 to 10:15, 11:00 to 12:45, 14:15 to 15:30 and 15:30 to 16:15. After registration you can scroll through the participants and arrange 1:1 meetings in advance of the event. If both parties agree, you will meet face-to-face in our matchmaking area for 15 minutes.

Find further information here.

When can I register for the sessions?
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The program will be launched at the beginning of March 2025. From that day on, every participant can register for the sessions.

Where do I find the startup days app for my smartphone?
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In addition to the desktop access to your startup days profile, you can also download our app – Android and IOS. With the app, you can easily access all features with your smartphone: your agenda, messaging tool and your e-ticket. Log in with the same data like on the desktop registration platform.

Can I sponsor or partner with the startup days event?
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Yes, we’re always looking for interesting and collaborating partnerships. Visit our partner page for more information and fill in our form to become a partner (sponsorship or partnership).

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
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Don’t hesitate to send an e-mail to: hello@startupdays.ch

Tickets FAQs

The most important answers to your questions about buying tickets.

How can I register for the startup days?
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In order to purchase a ticket for our event, you will need to register on our online platform first. To do this, you need to create an account. If you have attended any of our previous startup days, you can use your existing login details. Once you have filled in all the necessary information, you can select your ticket type and proceed with the payment process. We recommend that you register early, as the number of spaces is limited. Please use the following link to get started: https://sud25.startupdays.ch/promotion-code

Where do I find my startup days ticket?
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Shortly before the event, we will activate your ticket on the startup days app where you will be able to access it. You can already now download the app: android or iOS . Log in with the same data as on the desktop registration platform.

Where and when do I get my participation documents (badge)?
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On 14 May 2025 on your arrival to the Kursaal, you will walk through the registration. First you show your e-ticket on your smartphone that you can access on the startup days app – Android or iOS. Then we will hand you over your badge and you’re ready to network.

Unfortunately, I cannot attend. Can I return my ticket?
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Yes, you can return your ticket. Please, note our terms and conditions and cancellation fees (Number 12). Send an e-mail to hello@startupdays.ch to start the process.

Can I transfer my ticket to someone from the company?
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Yes, you can. Please, send the name and email address of the new person to hello@startupdays.ch.

Pitching Youngsters FAQs

The most important answers to your questions about the pitching for startups.

When does the next application window open for startup days 2025?
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We’ll open the application window for the next pitching opportunity in autumn. Stay tuned – we’ll announce it in our newsletter and social media.

Who is eligible to apply for Youngsters?
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Swiss startups in the seed or pre-seed phase founded within the last 24 months. The venture works in two key areas – DeepTech or AppliedTech – and can demonstrate an initial success, e.g. team, service/product, financing or market.

What are the focus areas for innovation in this format?
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We welcome startups in two key innovation areas:

  • DeepTech: solutions and products based on very expensive basic or applied research
  • AppliedTech: general software or technology-based solutions
Can startups outside of Switzerland apply?
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Currently, Youngsters is dedicated to startups within Switzerland. That means your startup is founded in Switzerland, your headquarter is in Switzerland or one of your founders is Swiss.

What’s the benefit for investors?
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Investors will discover the latest newcomers with innovative ideas in the Swiss startup ecosystem. Explore ventures in seed or pre-seed phase founded within the last 24 months and which hasn’t been on any stage before.

What makes Youngsters different from other pitching events?
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Youngsters focuses on early-stage startups who are on the market for not longer than 24 months. The startups have the chance to present their innovation for the first time to the whole Swiss startup ecosystem. Additionally, the refreshed pitching format provides Youngsters a platform to approach investors, gain visibility, and receive personalized feedback.

What criteria will the jury use to select the startups?
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The jury selects young companies that stand out in a promising technology which is scalable, and at the same time the startup has already built up a motivated team.

What’s the “Catch of the Jury”?
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Among the few startups selected to present their innovation on stage at the startup days, there are a handful of “catches” that particularly impressed the jury. We call this group “Catch of the Jury” and they are chosen after the live pitches and receive an extra portion of support, e.g. mentoring, coaching, alumni group, featuring in podcast, guest at the Secret Launch 2025.

Is there a fee to apply or participate?
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No, there is no application or participation fee. We believe in providing equal opportunities for all qualifying startups.

Event FAQs

The most important answers to your questions during the event.

I’ve got a child/children. Do you provide childcare?
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Yes, we provide childcare with „familizy pop-up kita by pop e poppa“ at startup days. As a participant, you can bring your children of any age to the Kursaal. Trained teachers will supervise your children in a child-friendly environment. The experienced team takes into account the developmental stage of your children. This offer is included in the ticket prize. Please note, the capacity is limited. All participants will receive a message to sign up a couple of weeks before the event starts. If you haven’t received an email yet, watch out for the next one or contact us: hello@startupdays.ch.

What is the dress code at startup days?
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Come as you’re most comfortable or in business casual.

What catering is provided during the event?
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In the morning, the Kursaal catering will provide you with some breakfast snacks. Throughout the entire event, drinks are available. For lunch, well-selected food trucks will spoil you with a variety of vegetarian food. At the farewell-apéro, you get again snacks provided by the Kursaal catering and drinks.

Are there any meeting rooms to hold business-meetings during the event?
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At the event location itself we provide different corners with tables and chairs, where you can check your daily business tasks. If you’re looking for a closed meeting room, then we recommend to check out the business center of the Hotel Kursaal.

Is there a live-stream of the keynotes and sessions?
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No, we do not provide any live-streams. We encourage you to come to Bern and enjoy the networking onsite. After the event we provide the sessions on-demand in our Content Hub.

How can I access the on-demand sessions after the event?
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After the event, the on-demand sessions will be available on the website in the Content Hub or on the startup days platform in the agenda.

Follow the instruction to access the on-demand sessions on your startup days profile:

  • Use the app or the desktop to log in.
  • Click on the session in the agenda.
  • A new slide window opens.
  • Scroll down to find the video.

Arrival FAQs

The most important answers for your arrival.

Can I get to the Kursaal by public transport?
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We recommend to use public transportation: From main station you take the tram number 9, stop: “Kursaal”.

What parking facilities are available?
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The Kursaal is directly accessible by car. Parking facilities are in place (chargeable).

Where can I find accommodation?
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Thanks to „Bern Welcome“ we have reserved an allotment of hotel rooms: From backpacker hostels to luxury hotels, from suites in the middle of the Old City and rooms on the banks of the Aare river to apartments in the trendiest neighbourhood. Book your accommodation here.

Are there checkrooms available at the event location?
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Yes, there are supervised checkrooms right at the entrance of the street Kornhausstrasse 3, 3013 Bern.