As of January, Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency, assumed the responsibilities of the former Commission for Technology and Innovation, including training programmes. The Innosuisse start-up training programme helps (potential) start-up founders develop their business idea, set up their company and implement a strategy for growth.
Module 1 and 2 business Ideas and Business Concept remain unchanged. They are designed for individuals who intend to start a business based in Switzerland. These may include; Students, doctoral students, staff, postdocs, professors at universities of applied sciences, Universities and research institutes. They will attain relevant knowledge, tips to prepare them for the establishment and management of a company. The programs will be held at different universities in Switzerland.
Mission-based coaching for startups
In contrast to the past, module 3 and 4 (Business Creation and Business Growth) will be held with focus on specific business branches. The fields of ICT, Advanced Engineering, MedTech or Biotech will be organised by venturelab, and social entrepreneurship by the ZHAW - Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
The goal of the new format is to provide tailored support and startup training that meets the needs of each startup in their respective branch. This will facilitate uniformity and faster knowledge transfer, enabling entrepreneurs to execute their business plans and realise their vision.
The training programs will be held on five intensive days in Zurich, Lausanne, Basel, Lugano and Bern. In Business creation, aspiring entrepreneurs will be supported by coaches from a specific field as they develop their startup. The advanced course «Business growth» will help startups grow their business. Successful entrepreneurs from different industries will provide their assistance to help them grow a thriving company.
Eligible to apply are individuals who intend to start a business based in Switzerland. Also individuals that have already set up a business in Switzerland may apply. The start-up must not be older than five years, except for pharmaceutical and medical companies whose foundation may not be more than ten years old.