Academia-Industry Training (AIT) for Swiss startups

Academia-Industry Training (AIT) for Swiss startups

The Academia Industry Training (AIT) is an initiative by the Leading House and Swissnex in Brazil. The AIT helps Swiss startup talents innovate and develop their entrepreneurial and business skills. Swissnex in Brazil serves in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs as an annex of the Consulate General of Switzerland in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and acts as a global network on behalf of Switzerland to expand education, research, and innovation. The AIT, whose goal is to connect Swiss researcher-entrepreneurs with their Brazilian peers, consists of two phases: a training camp in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo predominantly organized by Swissnex in Brazil, and a second training camp in Switzerland headed by the Leading House.

This is the 8 th cycle of the AIT, running from June 2021 to May 2022. 10 Swiss startups will be chosen, and the Innovation Grant of CHF 10,000 will be awarded to the most promising Swiss research breakthrough project on the last day of the Swiss Camp in April 2022. Camps will be held online if Covid-19 restricts international travel. A trip to Brazil will follow once the pandemic conditions allow it.

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 further contacts with the industry, and clarify intellectual property issues. The AIT will provide the opportunity to network at an international level, to foster new partnerships and collaborations, and to have access to an emerging market. The program is meant for Master or PhD students, PostDocs, and researchers from Swiss universities, Universities of Applied Science, and research institutes as well as centers of technological excellence with research track-record working on a non-profit basis. The entire event will be free of charge for the 10 selected participants, including food, travel, and accommodation expenses in Brazil and Switzerland.

Aims and Objectives of AIT

  • Promote innovation
    • Help participants transform their research into a high-potential startup
    • Augment relevant skills to take research from the lab to the marketplace
    • Improve market application by developing participants’ ideas with the help of peers, experts, and potential customers
  • Favor the exchange of knowledge and expertise between Switzerland and Brazil
    • Provide connectivity to industry-specific, high-level researchers
    • Assist engagement between researchers and entrepreneurs to understand new market opportunities and exploit new synergies
    • Incentivize transfer of know-how
  • Provide researchers the tools needed for better understanding industry environment
    • Deliver interactive workshops on entrepreneurship, business plan writing, intellectual property, market entry scenarios, funding strategies, and pitching
    • Encourage best business practices and social impact
    • Induce an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Promote networks to foster new partnerships and collaborations
    • Accessibility to a wide, international network of peers, mentors, and industry experts
    • Support young scientists in establishing first partnerships with industry and potential investors
    • Maximize contact with top scientists from key institutions


  • Be a Swiss citizen or foreigner with a residence permit
  • Have minimum a Master’s degree in any area of scientific knowledge
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Provide a Curriculum Vitae
  • Be affiliated to a Swiss University, University of Applied Science, or research institute

Applications Close: June 20

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