Pioneer Fellowships

Help make brilliant ideas come real

How can good ideas be turned into marketable products? How can someone doing basic research become a successful entrepreneur? Year after year, young scientists at ETH Zürich are confronted with precisely these questions.

The programme
Pioneer Fellowships enable the most talented scientists to develop their brilliant ideas into commercial products– with a starting capital of 150,000 francs, coaching and the necessary infrastructure, our scientists can develop products for the good of society, and bring these to market launch.

Evaluation Procedure
Pioneer Fellowships are awarded via a competitive process. Once a year, 10 to 15 of the most promising candidates are selected by a panel of experts chaired by ETH Vice President Research and Corporate Relations. The Pioneer Fellows are mainly financed by private donations. Further information on the program is available here.

By supporting our Pioneer Fellowship program, you can enable ambitious young researchers to develop entrepreneurial skills. You will be part of their success – all the way from initial idea to commercial application. Not least, you will be further strengthening Switzerland’s position as a business location.

Impact of your support - 2010 – 2017

80  Fellowships awarded since 2010

18 Fellowships currently being supported

54 companies founded by fellows