Call now open for the 5th AIT Edition & Innovation Grant!

The AIT is an initiative by the Leading House for the Latin American Region, Startup@HSG, and swissnex Brazil to help Swiss startup talents innovate and develop their entrepreneurial and business skills. The AIT consists of two phases: a training camp in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and a second training camp in Switzerland. 10 startups will be chosen and an Innovation Grant of CHF 10,000 will be awarded to the most promising research project/startup. The AIT aims to transform high-level applied research into market applications. Entry is awarded on a competitive basis to selected projects with entrepreneurial potential. The main objectives of the program are to help participants advance business plans, establish contacts with the industry, clarify intellectual property issues, network at an international level, and foster new partnerships and collaborations.

Eligibility  (are you a…)

  • Swiss researcher?
  • Master, PhD or PostDoc?
  • Proficient in English?
  • Looking to transform your research into a market innovation?

Why you should apply…!

  • Develop your research into a high-potential startup!
  • Boost your business idea to enter emerging markets: Brazil!
  • Learn from industry experts, peers and mentors!
  • Establish partnerships at an international level!

Program & Important Dates!

AIT applicants are expected to participate both in a one-week acceleration and mentoring program in Brazil (Nov. 2018) and Switzerland (Apr. 2019). Food, travel and accommodation expenses in the Brazil and Swiss Camps will be covered. The program is free of charge!

Application Deadline – June 25, 2018 / Jury Day – July 13, 2018 / Kick-off Meeting – November 02, 2018 / Brazil Camp – November 2018 / Swiss Camp – April 2019

Then download the application form and send it together with your CV latest by June 25, 2018 to and Cc:

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For more information about the 5th AIT Camp, please download the Official Call.

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You can learn more about the AIT 2017 Brazil Camp in the video below.


The Centro Latinoamericano-Suizo of the University of St.Gallen (CLS HSG) has been mandated by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) to act as Leading House, granting incentives and developing joint research cooperation projects with the Latin American region, including Switzerland’s bilateral science and technology AIT program with Brazil.


Along with individual science and technology counselors around the world, swissnex Brazil works on behalf of Switzerland to promote science, education, art and innovation.


The Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC) exerts its strategic functions, promoting research and studies that result in the generation of knowledge and new technologies, and in the creation of products, processes, management and national patents.


The Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) main duties are to promote scientific and technological research and to encourage the formation of Brazilian researchers.