Fostering a culture of open innovation 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

21.3 million Swiss francs are budgeted to enhance 1000 radically innovative Ideas.

Leading House

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


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

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 1000 radically innovative ideas out of 12 NTNs.

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

Join our Webinars

Get to know how to boost your innovation process and ask all your questions to get ready to participate in the upcoming NTN Innovation Booster. It only takes 30 minutes. 


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Why you should apply

Our food system is broken!

Resources are under pressure when it comes to nourish up to 10 billion people by 2050. 

Malnutrition and hunger are major causes for human health issues. 

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


We will focus on 3 verticals

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…..


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….​

We mentor from the idea to your prototype

Ideation Phase

An ongoing process supports the emergence of innovative ideas, solutions and teams.

> Ideas can be awarded with CHF 1’000

Exploration Phase

Implementing agile tools and human-centered design methodologies. Teaming up with interdisciplinary partners. Prototype and validate with final users.

> winners are awarded with up to CHF 20’000 and further mentoring hours

Continuation Phase

Your Project is ready for the next steps. Be it more research, piloting or market entry. 

> Get access to further funding.


You want to know more?

The innobooster aims to bring a diverse group of people together in order to work on 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, …)

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.

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Our Team

Meet Our Experts

Nadine Lacroix Oggier
Grégory Grin
Design Thinking