The Sparks IPO Academy has been predominantly designed for executives of Switzerland’s high-potential, fast-growing SMEs. This fast-track program prepares and equips respective companies for a potential IPO on the Swiss stock exchange’s Sparks segment. It has been jointly developed with the leading capital market specialists in Switzerland.
Throughout the IPO Academy, full discretion will be exercised and the names of the participating companies will only be published with their consent.
Previous and current participants span sectors from robotics, to medtech, biotech, industrials, and fintech, and include several former Winners and Runners-up of the Top 100 Swiss Startup Award.
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- Application Form 2023/2024
- Archive: Edition 2021/2022
The number of participants is limited, which makes it possible to directly interact with renowned industry experts and expand your network in the Swiss capital market ecosystem. In addition, you will benefit from the following:
Gain certainty on whether an IPO optimizes the value of your SME.
Connect with key capital market specialists to assess whether an IPO is the right next step for your SME.
Know your next steps.
Whether an IPO is on your roadmap or whether you want to give your SME the ability to rapidly execute an IPO when the time is right, we have your individual needs covered.
Understand how to optimize the success of your IPO.
Learn the secrets of maximizing the impact of your IPO – our partners have decades of experience and have played key roles in IPOs during that time.
Some of the Companies That Benefit from the Program:
The training program is structured in three phases and extends over a period of six months. The Academy is set up so that it as compatible as possible with entrepreneurs’ busy schedules.
Each module will be presented by renowned industry experts of the relevant subject. This maximizes your learning and optimally strengthens your network. You can find more details on what will be covered in each of module below.
Costs and Time Expenditure
Snacks, meals and after-work drinks are of course offered. But the participants must themselves cover the costs for their accommodation during the two-day event in May as well as their travel and insurance costs.
The program is aimed at C-level representatives1 of fast-growing SMEs
- which want to get ready for public capital markets with the ambition of financing further growth.
- where an IPO on Sparks is a likely scenario in the short-/mid-term.
- which were founded over two years ago.
1 C-level commitment is expected for the entire duration of the training program.
Application Process 2023/2024
In order to ensure the high level of exclusivity of this training program, the number of companies admitted is limited to 15 every year, while five companies are nominated each year by Venturelab out of its Top 100 Startup Ecosystem.
The participants of the seminar are selected by the end of September of every given year. Admission is based among others on the above criteria and on the receipt of applications.
The newly launched Mentoring Pool offers candidates of the Sparks IPO Academy exclusive access to 1-1 meetings with experts from the Swiss capital market. The companies deepen their knowledge in individual mentoring sessions and increase their IPO readiness in topics of their choice.