Design Switzerland is initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.
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Call for Participation: Copenhagen Matchmaking Programme


3 December 2023


Pro Helvetia invites a selection of Swiss design studios to take part in a tailor-made matchmaking programme in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 4-7 March 2024.

The programme aims to foster business opportunities between selected studios and the local design industry. In addition to individual matchmaking meetings an organized two-day guided tour to selected companies and their factories will help deepen the understanding of the Danish Design industry. The programme will be operated in collaboration with the Copenhagen Design Agency, a local partner specialized in PR and communications for the creative industries.

The 4 selected design studios will individually benefit from:

Prior to the trip

  • Individual preparation sessions (goal identifications, portfolio check up, etc.)

During the trip

  • One-to-one meetings with industry players
  • Guided tour to selected companies, their showroom and factory

Each studio will receive a financial stipend (CHF 800.-) for accommodation and travel.

Participation criteria:

  • The design studio’s practices should have commercial reach and a strong interest in connecting with Danish design companies
  • The studio’s practices should be responding to current challenges and addressing the needs of society (inclusivity, sustainability, equitability)
  • The applicants may submit a project up to seven years after completing their studies or founding their studio
  • The applicants must be Swiss citizens or permanently reside in Switzerland

Additional information:

  • One of the four spots is open to a programme’s alumni
  • In parallel to the programme, designers are encouraged to proactively organize additional meetings with the local design community.

To take part in this programme, please fill this form by 3 December 2023 (23:59 CET).

We are looking forward to receiving your application and will get back to you by mid-December.

Upcoming maintenance work

The application portal myprohelvetia will be updated from 1.1.-7.1.2024. Due to these changes, open applications must be finalized and submitted via the current online portal ( by the latest 23:59 on 31 December 2023. Until this date, the deadlines and criteria outlined in the current guidelines and calls for applications apply. New applications can be created and submitted in the application portal as of 8 January 2024.