Ecological benefit demonstrable
The applicant can prove that its innovation directly or indirectly reduces carbon emissions.
Project in the marketing phase
Successful applicants are in the marketing phase. The technology will have been market ready and have already generated revenue or rather a reliable sales pipeline. The required creditworthiness may also be based on projected future earnings, as long as this is plausibly represented in the business plan. However, the company may not be heavily indebted or insolvent. Equity must be positive. Subordinated debt cannot eliminate over-indebtedness.
Innovation as a prerequisite
The innovation can be a novel technology/product/service, or the further development of facilities and techniques (or parts thereof). Activities such as consulting, training and further education, and providing information are excluded from the support provided by the Technology Fund.
Value added in Switzerland
A fair share of the value added should occur in Switzerland.
Lenders from Switzerland
Only loans from banks or other appropriate lenders based in Switzerland will be granted a guarantee. However, both the applicant and/or lender may be a Swiss subsidiary of an international group.
Guarantee as key factor in success
The lender will confirm that without the guarantee, the loan would not be granted at all, or only at a higher interest rate.
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