«I see the Swiss Cultural Challenge (SCC) as a unique program in Europe, pioneering capacity building in cultural entrepreneurship. The Silicon Valley start-up culture success rules, developed with tech companies in mind, do not apply mutatis mutandis to cultural initiatives. The greatest merit of the SCC is that it has developed a special training environment for projects that are focused on creating culture and social impact. With its critical and at the same time practical approach, the program has great potential of becoming Europe’s influencer in the field of cultural entrepreneurship.»
The Swiss Cultural Challenge is a supportive programme for creative and cultural professionals. The Challenge frames aesthetic and social questions in an entrepreneurial framework.
Young cultural entrepreneurs working in Switzerland are eligible for the programme. These include master students and alumni of art, design and music academies, who are able to consolidate economic, social and creative approaches into their projects. With the Swiss Cultural Challenge ideas or concepts of master students and alumni of art, design and music academies can be explored and contextualized in a supportive environment – through mentoring, workshops and network events. A maximum of 15 proposals will be developed into entrepreneurial viable concepts in the course of the challenge.