Our food system is broken!

Be part of the solution and encourage a holistic and collaborative culture by means of open innovation.

Fostering a culture of innovation and co-creation to build next generations’ Swiss Food Ecosystems.

12 NTN Innovation Boosters

Swiss Food Ecosystem is one of 12 NTN initiatives powered by Innosuisse.

Radical Innovation

Financial and dedicated support of the program aims at radically innovative Ideas.

Leading House

Cluster Food & Nutrition and Swiss Food Research join forces in the Suisse Agro Food Leadinghouse


Through open innovation tools like design thinking, ideas transform into prototypes.

What it is about

NTN Innovation Boosters powered by Innosuisse are initiatives that aim to spur innovation activities through concrete ideas development and testing. NTN Innovation Boosters foster a culture of open innovation. Their activities are open to all Swiss actors who are interested. Knowledge transfer between research, business and society and foster cooperation with partners along the entire value chain of a theme. In doing so, they create sustainable competitive advantages for Swiss SMEs in particular. For the period 2021-2024 a total funding 21.3 million Swiss francs is budgeted to enhance 600 novel innovation ideas and 100 radical follow-up projects out of 12 NTNs.

Upcoming Events

Annual Event

17 February 2022

Ideation Campaign

Next call will be open in early 2022

We mentor from the idea to your prototype

Ideation Phase

Exploration Phase

Continuation Phase

Benefit from:

We will focus on 3 vertical

Smart Nutrition

Smart Nutrition solutions for:

Personalized nutrition, microbiota vs health, fermentations, digitalization, 3D printed food, proteins (alternatives & traditionals), silver economy, food disorders, salt&sugar reduction…..

Bio Economy

Bioeconomy solutions for:

Ressources efficiency​, Biomass valorization​, Circular economy


Packaging solutions for:

Functionality, food preservation & shelf life, food safety, antimicrobials, new materials, polymers, bioprinting, 3D printing, biobased, biodegradability, recyclability, new recycling streams….​


You want to know more?

The NTN Innovation Booster aims to bring together a diverse group of people in order to work on solutions fo complex challenges that require a wide range of competences. Thus, it is addressed to all parties such as students, research institutes, companies (Start-ups, SME’s, corporates, …). Actors from these sectors will form a team and participate to ideation calls and follow up co-creation interactions.

Yes, all types of innovation are welcome. Eligibility criteria: The teams going through the workshops (exploration phase) have to be members of one of the networks – Cluster Food & Nutrition or Swiss Food Research.

Value is only generated if companies and research groups actively participate and manage to develop ideas further leading to projects and products. We provide the platform and support this process at our best.

Learn more about Innovation Boosters

Watch a video about Innosuisse’s initiative by Marc Pauchard. A presentation in occasion of the NTN IB Swiss Food Ecosystems Kick-off Meeting on 24 November 2020.

Our Team

Meet our experts

Nadine Lacroix Oggier
Grégory Grin
Design Thinking

Get to know the Jury

Nadine Lacroix Oggier
Cluster Food & Nutrition
Dr. Fabian Wahl
Prof. Dr. Nadina Müller
Dr. Serge Rezzi
Swiss Vitamine Institute
Pr. Dr. Susanne Miescher Schwenninger

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