Swiss Cultural Challenge

«Making society fairer calls for innovative forms of entrepreneurship. Many artists and designers struggle with this, as dealing with economic values in the development of their cultural and social capital is often perceived as contradictory. Through the Swiss Cultural Challenge, we try to show ways in which entrepreneurial thinking and a critical, socially responsible attitude can be connected and put into practice.»

Matthias Einhof Designer (Co-Founder and Director ZK/U, Mentor of the Swiss Cultural Challenge)

Through its incentive programme Swiss Cultural Challenge, the initiative Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship supports creative personalities, cultural practitioners and initiators who wish to advance their founding idea and are ready to assume responsibility for themselves and society. In the critical phase between studying and a professional career in art and design, the initiative backs the requisite steps in project and business development through offering workshops in management, business, law, and communication, individual mentoring as well as discursive formats and exhibitions.

Regardless of whether a project just needs a few finishing touches, whether a new format is being developed, or whether the venture is still in its infancy: the capacity-building programme provides time and space for creative and cultural workers to test and experiment– always with the current societal challenges in mind. Swiss Cultural Challenge advocates a transdisciplinary, cooperative and collaborative approach. It provides guidance to projects after graduation, enables encounters, provides space for critique, inspiration, and experimentation for the purpose of sharpening and enhancing a proposed business idea. Collaboration partners include like-minded experts and initiatives as well as museums, business companies and associations, as well as foundations.