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We support smart participation

The Prototype Fund supports projects that strengthen digital participation in the Swiss democracy. 

With a grant of up to CHF 100.000, we enable software developers, hackers, data journalists, creatives and political activists to realise their tech idea, from the concept to the first demo. You and your team can code and develop innovative open source prototypes during a period of six months. Additionally you will receive coaching, consulting and networking opportunities with tech and other communities.

The application period is over. The prototyping phase lasts from 1 September 2020 until end of February 2021 (Timeline). 

The Prototype Fund Switzerland is a joint initiative by and  Mercator Foundation Switzerland.

Further important information can be found in the FAQ.

Who can be funded?

Self-employed developers and small teams who have a work permit in Switzerland can apply for funding. 


A project can be supported with a maximum of CHF 100,000. At least 5 innovative projects will be supported.

Time frame

You have 6 months time for the implementation from concept to prototype.

Open Source

Your results must be made publicly available under an open source license.