Swiss Cultural Challenge

«Swiss Cultural Challenge: Culturally and aesthetically rich design blends here with healthy processes and the question of social relevance. The recognition of existing real needs and gaps can form the basis for entrepreneurial action and independent creative answers within an artistic space. Today, these solutions can hardly be found and successfully implemented single-handedly; transdisciplinary discourse and cooperation in international networks are vital. The Swiss Cultural Challenge is about accompanying this path with an intense and varied approach.»

Friederike von Wedel-Parlow (Founder and Director Beneficial Design Institute, 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 communication, law, finances, 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, diversitary and cooperative 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.