«Taking over a company for me means to take responsibility. Responsible planning, accountable and decent relations to all involved, and clear structured planning— these are essential. I strongly identify with the company and the work of my predecessor, and this has helped me to cope with the challenges raised in the establishment of my own company. To top it all a good gut feeling is important in the acquisition of a company — without a “good” feeling a vital factor is missing!»


«Successors revitalize enterprises through appropriate takeovers. Together we find the fitting approach and support implementation.»

Arie Verkuil

The support programme for succession management (acquisition or sales of a business)

The SwisNEXT Challenge supports businesses and individuals who are actively looking for a succession plan and for those who wish to sell or take over a business.

The programme of eight months offers attractive awards and tailored education and mentorship programmes, as well as access to sponsors and potential business partners. The challenge is open to enterprises actively looking to hand over their operations and individuals who wish to take over or sell a business , as well as individuals or companies who develop businesses to be sold to an investor in the mid-term. We will accompany and support you in the process.

You may apply as an individual or as a team.

The competition lasts eight months and is divided into three phases. There will be a selection process at the end of the final round. Participants have the opportunity to win prize money amounting to 30,000 CHF. The winner will be awarded 20,000 CHF and two runners up will each be awarded 5,000 CHF.


Benefit from:

  • consultations with experts in the field (sparring partners)
  • personal coaching 
  • a mentoring programme
  • workshops
  • training, motivation and networking events


Stefan Philippi, M.A. (lic. phil), Administrative Head

Prof. Dr. Rolf-Dieter Reineke, Business and Academic Head

University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW)
School of Business
Institute of Management
Bahnhofstrasse 6
5210 Windisch