Maker Week 2018

Swiss startups and Innovation enablers are invited to apply for this hardware acceleration week in India, to evaluate manufacturing opportunities and partnerships.

Event Details


swissnex India
#26, Rest House Crescent Road, Bangalore, Karnataka 560001 India


November 07, 2018 9:00 am - November 14, 2018 6:00 pm


Registration is free. For other expenses, check 'Cost' section.

Invinting Swiss stakeholders associated with the making and hardware based prototyping community with one of these objectives for visiting India –

Swiss Stakeholders

Startups: Founders or CXOs of Swiss startups with
– focus on Hardware prototyping or manufacturing and,
– interested in engaging with the Indian market
Needs / Objectives of the Visit
– Hardware prototyping
– Manufacturing or sourcing needs
– Market access is bonus but should not be the only goal as part of maker week

Innovation enablers, founders, CXOs or Professors from:
– Academia
– Makerspaces
– Incubators/ Accelerators
– Innovation organisations
Needs/ Objectives of the Visit
– Meet and evaluate stakeholders for potential Indo-swiss collaboration
– Engage with India’s ecosystem of makerspace organisations or event, startups and counterparts

Note: This program is NOT for pure-hobbyists who do not fit in the above eligibility criteria.

Envisaged Outcomes

India market entry – for Swiss startups, this tour will act as a market validation camp to meet potential stakeholders to consider India as the destination for
– Manufacturing and Prototyping
– Operations and access to key industrial sectors like Medtech, Aerospace and Defense, etc.
– Business Development to create your niche market for your product in India

Collaboration/ Partnership – Discovery of mutual strengths and possible exchange between Indian and Swiss organisations in the fields of innovation, startup, education, social impact and joint programs.

Connect the Academia/ Innovation ecosystem – Institution to institution connect for exchange of startups, experts, best practises and the corporate industrial sectors.

Sectors Covered

Sectors, based on India’s strength in key manufacturing industries are:

Lifesciences: Medtech, Healthcare, Biotech and Pharma
Cleantech: Energy, Waste, Water and Air
IOT, Robotics and Electronics across Automobile, Logistics, Electric machinery
or Space-tech industries
Material Sciences and Agritech

In addition to catering to the hardware manufacturing, the making theme also applies to solving key challenges in the Education and Social Impact sectors.

To look at sectors from perspective of investment and support from Government of India, see the Make-In-India website. To know more of the program, click here.


swissnex India will only cover the local costs such as accommodation, ground transportation and logistics while in India.

Airfare costs (such as international return economy flights (approx. 950-1300 CHF), intercity flights in India (approx. 200 CHF), Visa (approx. 200 CHF), Travel and health/ accident insurance and meals are to be borne by the participants.

swissnex India will send multiple entry business visa invitations to final participants by 10th October 2018.


20th June 2018 – Applications open for competition
20th June – 20th August 2018 – Rolling basis 1:1 discussion with interested individuals
10th August 2018 – Applications close
20th August 2018 – Shortlisted participants announced
1st September 2018 – Participants send copy of their confirmed flight ticket
20th September 2018- Participants profiles and Final program
7th –14th November 2018 – Making and hardware bootcamp in India 2018


Maximum of 8 participants will be chosen to attend the program. swissnex India will confirm registrations on a rolling basis.

If you are interested in participating, apply here.

If you have queries, please contact

Peek into this video to know more about Bangalore’s makerspaces –


Read more about the Making Community in India