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Companies that want to base their activities in the Canton can benefit from the active support of the Fribourg Development Agency in accessing additional funding incentives present within the Swiss market.

Funding to determine the viability of your project

The Seed Capital Fribourg Foundation grants loans called “Seed Capital” or “seed loans” to projects that are in the process of validating the technical and commercial viability of their idea. For example, the financing will enable project promoters to better define market needs by meeting potential client companies, to define product specifications and to produce a first prototype that will be used to effectively demonstrate that the idea has a real commercial potential.


Fondation Seed Capital Fribourg
c/o Fri Up
Passage du Cardinal 11
1700 Fribourg

T +41 26 425 45 00

Funding to get started

Capital Risque Fribourg is aimed at innovative companies that create jobs in the canton of Fribourg and develop products with high growth potential. Its intervention takes place mainly to support the acceleration phase of development, when the feasibility of the project is demonstrated, and the first sales have been made. Capital Risque Fribourg disposes of a capital of CHF 12,000,000 and takes limited minority shareholdings over time, up to a maximum amount of CHF 750,000 per company. This financing is provided by co-investing with other investors in financing rounds in the range of CHF 1 to 3 million.


Capital Risque Fribourg Ltd
Françoise Cudré-Mauroux
c/o Fribourg Development Agency Pérolles 25
P.O. Box 1350
1701 Fribourg

T +41 26 304 14 00

Loan guarantee to secure access to bank credit

Cautionnement romand Western Switzerland’s Loan Guarantee Cooperative facilitates access to bank credit (operating loans or investment) in favor of independent and SMEs (except agriculture) who do not have the required equity nor sufficient guarantees, to achieve their project. The cooperative promotes economic development and job creation in the Cantons of Fribourg, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Valais and Vaud. It can commit to a credit amount of up to CHF 1,000,000.– satisfying a variety of needs (company creation, investment in machines and equipment, financing of inventory, etc.).


Cautionnement Fribourg
Boulevard de Pérolles 25
P.O. Box 1350
1701 Fribourg

T +41 26 323 10 20

Finance your Applied Ra&D

Innosuisse is the Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency. It is a federal entity under public law with a separate legal personality. Innosuisse’s role is to fund science-based innovation in the interests of industry and society with the aim of increasing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Switzerland. Innosuisse provides support in accordance with the subsidiarity principle: it only supports projects if the innovation could not be implemented and market potential would not be tapped into without funding. It gives SMEs in Switzerland easy access to the knowledge and resources of research institutions and particularly fund projects with a very high level of innovative potential. Innosuisse also also offers expert support in the form of individual coaching for start-ups and for people interested in setting up a company.


Innosuisse Swiss Innovation Agency
Einsteinstrasse 2
3003 Berne

T +41 58 461 61 61

Promotes the creation and the development of companies

Effort Fribourg grants loans in the form of microcredits up to CHF 30,000.00 to support the launch or development of commercial, craft or service projects and activities in the city of Fribourg. These loans are intended to enable the launch of activities for which it is generally difficult to obtain a bank loan. They must be used for the development of new business models, new processes or innovative products, even in companies that are already active. Effort Fribourg also supports the development of new projects by offering expert advice and follow-up throughout the loan period. For each project, you will benefit from the access to our local and professional network to accompany you towards success.


Effort Fribourg SA
Rue de l’Hôpital 2
1700 Fribourg

T +41 26 351 72 13