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

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.

Learn more about us

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.

Upcoming Events

Generic Ideation Campaign

Calls open until 12 November 2021

Annual Event

02 December 2021

Our food system is broken

Our food system is broken!

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

The challenge is open,
submit your idea, now!

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…..

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….​

We mentor from the idea to your prototype

Ideation Phase

Exploration Phase

Continuation Phase

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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.

Our Team

Meet our experts

Nadine Lacroix Oggier
Grégory Grin
Design Thinking