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Trademarks and Trademark Protection – Part 1: What Actually Is a Trademark?

A trademark is often the first thing customers see of a company. It makes them remember the company, as it enables to create associations with it. But what can form a trademark, and why is it so important not only to maintain a trademark, but also to protect it legally? In a series of articles, […] more…

Debt Collection– Part 4: Continuation Request

It is particularly important for start-ups to receive their remuneration on time. Unfortunately, it is not always the case. If payment reminders do not help and negotiations fail, the last resort is a debt collection procedure. If needed, an outstanding debt is caused to be paid under duress. In a series of four articles, STARTUPS.CH […] more…

Debt Collection– Part 3: How to Remove an Objection

It is particularly important for start-ups to receive their remuneration on time. Unfortunately, it is not always the case. If payment reminders do not help and negotiations fail, the last resort is a debt collection procedure. If needed, an outstanding debt is caused to be paid under duress. In a series of four articles, STARTUPS.CH […] more…

October Start-Up Report: With Significant Growth into the Fourth Quarter

In October the willingness to start up new businesses in Switzerland continues to grow unabatedly. As shown in the latest start-up report by STARTUPS.CH, last month as many as 3,576 new organisations were registered with the Commercial Register. This represents a growth of 12.59% compared with the same period of the previous year. more…

Swiss Economic Award 2018: sign up now!

Since 1999, the Swiss Economic Award has been assigned at the Swiss Economic Forum. This is the most prestigious young entrepreneur award in Switzerland. The prize is awarded for three categories. Each winner will receive CHF 25,000 prize money, well-founded expert feedback and the chance to introduce themselves to the general public through the media […] more…

Debt Collection – Part 2: Default Summons and Objection

It is particularly important for start-ups to receive their remuneration on time. Unfortunately, it is not always the case. If payment reminders do not help and negotiations fail, the last resort is a debt collection procedure. If needed, an outstanding debt is caused to be paid under duress. In a series of four articles, STARTUPS.CH […] more…

Debt Collection– Part 1: What Is the Debt Collection Procedure and How Is It Launched?

It is particularly important for start-ups to receive their remuneration on time. Unfortunately, it is not always the case. If payment reminders do not help and negotiations fail, the last resort is a debt collection procedure. If needed, an outstanding debt is caused to be paid under duress. In a series of four articles, STARTUPS.CH […] more…

New VAT Rates in Switzerland

The VAT rates in Switzerland are going to change: instead of going up, for the first time ever they are going down, even if probably only for a short period of time. The normal rate, which applies to almost all services, is now being reduced from 8% to 7.7%, the special hospitality rate to 3.7% (from 3.8% […] more…

Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation – 500 Million Swiss Francs of Venture Capital for Fresh Businesses

Late this June the starting gun was fired to bring the Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation into being. The project is advocated by well-known politicians and businesspeople, with Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann leading the way. The purpose of the new fund is to complete what is offered now, to improve the framework conditions for start-ups in Switzerland […] more…

Changes in the VAT rates

Since 2011 a percentage of additional financing has been deducted from each VAT rate and assigned to the disability insurance fund. As at 31 December 2017 this temporary increase in VAT is going to be abolished. If the 2020 pension scheme reform were adopted, the tax rate would be directly increased once again. However, since […] more…