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Call for projects

Call for Participation: Swiss Green Economy Symposium 2023

30 May 2023

About Swiss Green Economy Symposium

Since 2013, the Swiss Green Economy Symposium has shown by means of practical examples how business, politics, research and civil society can together contribute to more prosperity, protection of the environment and a more peaceful community life. Mutual exchange drives reciprocal learning. New innovative possibilities for solutions can be identified and recipes for success shared. The symposium inspires its participants, top executives and opinion leaders to concrete actions. With over 1000 participants, it is the biggest event for Business & Sustainability in Switzerland.

About SGES



30 May 2023

Pro Helvetia is offering young Swiss designers the opportunity to participate & showcase their projects in a major event on Sustainability & Business in Switzerland: the Swiss Green Economy Symposium in Winterthur, taking place on 6 and 7 September 2023. This year’s topic is “Creating greater impact together”.  The selection of the participating studios is made through this present call for participation, open until 30 May 2023.

Through this call, Pro Helvetia is looking for projects that propose ambitious and radically new solutions to current challenges for a more sustainable world. They should significantly improve people’s lives in an innovative, smart, engaging, and exciting way in fields such as product design, textile, material design, mobility, environment, wellbeing, or health. 

Project owners may submit a project up to seven years after completing their studies or founding their company. This call is open for designers who are Swiss citizens or permanently reside in Switzerland. 

In addition to the showcase, the designers will be offered opportunities to participate in matchmaking and networking events organised in collaboration with Lifefair. 

The selected studios will benefit from the following services: 

  • Be part of the Swiss Green Economy exhibition (on both days 6 and 7 September 2023)
  • Access to personalized matchmaking opportunities
  • Financial support for travel & accommodation expenses (CHF 400.- / per studio) 

To participate in the 2023 SGES delegation, please send your PDF application to by 30 May 2023. 

The application file must include: 

  • Studio contact information
  • Short biography (maximum 500 signs including spaces)
  • Short description of the project(s) you want to show (maximum 800 signs including spaces)
  • Visual material of the project
  • Entrepreneurial goals regarding the project and your presence during SGES

We are looking forward to discovering your projects and will get back to you shortly by the beginning of July. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Helen Muggli

We look forward to your registration!

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.