We supports startups in order to create new jobs

The Startup Academy is a nonprofit organization, which connects people with business ideas and people with knowledge and experience. What the startups are lacking at the beginning, mentors and experts (and sometimes also university students) often have in abundance. The innovative voluntary-based approach to link startups with universities and the industry has already convinced many private foundations and companies and as a consequence let to a commitment to the Startup Academy.

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Anyone who’s interested in surprising ideas, exciting discussions and new business models is welcome at the Startup Academy. You can actively contribute as a mentor, expert, partner or student and thereby help to shape the initiative. The first step is the Startup Academy membership: Private CHF 50, Company CHF 100.

About us

Different personalities from the economy and politics are engaged in the Startup Academy. The board consists of six people and the office is run by three people.

Annual Report Startup Academy 2017 (only available in German)

Annual Report Startup Academy 2016 (only available in German)

Annual Report Startup Academy 2015 (only available in German)

Annual Report Startup Academy 2014 (only available in German)

Annual Report Startup Academy 2013 (only available in German)


Christoph Brutschin, Governing Council of the Canton Basel-Stadt

Anita Fetz, Council of States of the Canton Basel-Stadt

Dr. iur. Claude Janiak, Council of States of the Canton Basel-Landschaft

Rainer Kirchhofer, Head of Department FH Switzerland

Stephan Fricker, CEO Merian Iselin



Erich Bucher, President

Florian Blumer, Vice President

Daniel Friedmann, Finances

Markus Kindle

Daniel Meier

Felix Wenger

Esther Keller

Martin Kodde


Markus Fischer, Managing Director

Martin Steinbach


Media review

Since 2011 newspapers, radio stations and tv channels are reporting about the activities of the Startup Academy and its startups. A selection of media reports (mostly available in German only) can be found here: