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In January 2020, 5 Swiss design studios took part to the Swiss Design Accelerator in San Francisco. This pilot project was initiated by Pro Helvetia, swissnex San Francisco and Design Prize Switzerland. After a preliminary coaching phase in Switzerland, the studios were offered a skill development and pitch training and matchmaking meetings.


Thirteen winners out of the 44 nominations were announced at the prize-giving ceremony of Design Prize Switzerland on Friday, 1 November 2019. The evening became a networking hotspot of the Helvetian design industry for the 800 guests from all parts of the country and various industries.

In short, the awards went to solutions that did not simply create added value by solving problems in a comprehensive and practical way. The award-winning entries also underline the fact that design is a key economic discipline and, as a driver of innovation, plays a central role in successfully managing the continuing transformation of all areas of life.