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Anyone with a business idea or who wants to take their newly founded company further can enrol in the Startup Academy’s 24-month guidance programme. It is made up of eight steps and is jointly designed by people in different roles and with different competences. The Startup Academy provides optimal framework conditions and a target-oriented network. After successful completion, the founder receives a certificate.



Personal mentor, access to specialists, roundtables with experts and participation in Brown Bags

Training material

Checklists, templates, videos and literature


Business Model Canvas (Beginner & Advanced), Pitching, Mixed Management Pickles, Customer Experience


Portrait on the website, news on social media and presentations (networking event, Venture Caffè, cluster meetings)


Venture Caffès, networking events, cluster meetings and exchange in the Startup Academy community

Financing support

Organisation of finance panels, access to capital providers (including "GO! microcredits") Advice on crowdfunding


CHF 120.-


Admission: Admission interview

In the admission interview, the business idea is critically reviewed. At the same time, entrepreneurs and members of the Startup Academy get to know each other. Afterwards, the Startup Academy decides whether the startup will be accepted into the support process.

Month 1: Kick-Off

During the kick-off, the entrepreneur and mentor get to know each other and plan the next steps. The formal kick-off meeting is always attended by the entrepreneur, mentor and Startup Academy - and, if required, a student.

Months 2-5: Development of the business model

The start-up develops the business idea into a business model with the support of the mentor. This is presented and discussed at a meeting and the results are recorded in writing. The feedback forms the basis for further elaboration and validation.

Months 6-7: Validation of the business model

With the support of the mentor, the start-up further develops the business model into a more detailed, validatable form. This is then presented to and critically scrutinised and discussed by a panel of experts. The feedback helps to make an informed decision for - or against - starting operations.

Months 7-8: Operational start

The start-up begins operations in the appropriate legal form, supported by experts if necessary. The individual elements of the business model are updated as necessary. Financial planning enables transparent control over the first months of operation.

Months 9-19: Status Checks

After the start of operations, a status check of the company is carried out after four and eight months. Based on the business model and financial planning, deviations and current issues are discussed and possible (counter-) measures are developed.

Months 20-22: Presentation of the first business year

The presentation of the first business year is the penultimate step in the support process. The start-up presents the results of the first business year to the mentor, Startup Academy representatives, experts and possibly the student.

Months 23-24: Check-out (conclusion)

The Startup Academy support programme ends with the check-out. The right course is set for the future of the company (possibly a transfer to the scale-up programme). It is expected that the start-up will continue to be actively involved in the Startup Academy network in the future.

Application form

1Decide on a location
2Your contact details
3Describe your business model
4Describe your requirements
5Conclusion & further procedure