The closing event, with the prize-giving, took place on 26 June 2000 at the ETH Zurich. The project was financially supported by many people from Swiss business, some of whom also participated as members of the Advisory Board.
In addition to assisting people in the competition, the supporting material available had an effect beyond its expected users. The German-language handbook for the competition, “Planen, Gründen, Wachsen”, was issued in a second, expanded edition. The supporting material available on the web site was used by an ever-increasing number of visitors to the site. The free financial planning software was dowloaded over 10,000 times. Information events at the ETH Zurich were visited by about 2,000 people.
The business plan competition, »venture» 2000, developed into one of the most important driving forces for innovation in Switzerland. In Phase 1, 120 business ideas were submitted, and in Phase 2, 75 business plans were handed in.