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Distinction Between Doing Business and Pursuing a Hobby

The distinction between doing business and pursuing a hobby is often not fully clear. It is crucial, however, because engagement in activities can obtain various classifications under tax law. According to the Federal Court, there are two elements that decide whether you do business or not: appropriateness of profit and pursuit of profit. Nonetheless, each […] more…

Emotional Costs of a Start-Up Founder

Launching a start-up is considered hip. Everywhere you can hear and read about companies that have made a breakthrough or have been acquired for enormous sums of money. Little is said about failures and their backgrounds. And when you hear someone talking about the cost of a start-up, it is usually personal, capital, acquisition or […] more…

CredEx: New Swiss Mortgage Exchange

The mortgage platform CredEx (Credit Exchange) is going to turn the Swiss mortgage market upside down. Financial advisors can place loan applications of their customers on the platform. Afterwards lenders submit their bids. Thus a relationship between mortgage customers and institutional lenders should be created and, consequently, best interest rates achieved. Lower Interest Rates due […] more…

Investments into European Start-Ups at Record Levels

The first half of 2018 has brought European start-ups so much capital as never before. Compared to 2017, this year 27% more funds have been raised. Compared to other countries, Switzerland ranks fifth. This is shown by Start-Up Barometer Europe 2018 from EY, which reviews how European start-ups are funded. Switzerland Ranked Fifth In the […] more…

Calculate your VAT correctly

The Swiss VAT law provides companies with the possibility of choosing between two VAT calculation methods (based on an agreed lump-sum or actual proceeds) and three types of taxation (effective, net-tax rate or flat-rate taxation). We show you the differences. In general, each company operating in Switzerland which has an annual turnover of more than […] more…

FLYERALARM DESIGN SERVICE – WE CAN PUT YOUR IDEAS TO PAPER

Do you need custom designed business cards, flyers and posters? We can help you – from your initial concept right through to the finished product. We can even design your personal printed and promotional gifts. Our professional designers will create a fixed-price design package for you. Already got ideas of your own? No problem! We […] more…

Credit Suisse now making CHF 200 million of venture capital available to Swiss SMEs

Credit Suisse has announced an expansion of its venture capital vehicle Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital AG on the occasion of yesterday’s Entrepreneurs’ Day and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Alfred Escher. With the additional capital, the bank wants to further expand its commitment to Switzerland as a center of economic activity and contribute […] more…

Interview with Simon Incir, founder of Commercialgate.ch

There are many real estate portals where you can advertise your apartment or property.  However, most of them only focus on the residential housing market or do not list commercial properties. The company Commercialgate, founded via STARTUPS.CH, offers the solution. Here entrepreneurs can look for commercial space but can also buy or sell an entire […] more…

The Future Should Bring Tax Breaks for Start-Ups

In June 2017 the National Assembly adopted a motion regarding tax breaks for start-ups. On 24 September 2018 it was also approved by the Council of States. Both the Federal Council and a minority in the Council of States unsuccessfully recommended dismissing the motion due to the fiscal discrimination of taxpayers. Now the Federal Council […] more…

Swiss Economic Award 2019

In the framework of the Swiss Economic Award, the young entrepreneurs of the year are once again honoured. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2019. The award ceremony will take place on 23/24 May 2019 at the Swiss Economic Forum (SEF) in Interlaken. We at STARTUPS.CH are pleased to support the Swiss Economic Award […] more…