Volunteers are at the heart of our organisation, connecting startups with universities and the business community. This distinguishes us from all other startup support organisations in the world. Anyone who wants to give time, knowledge and experience to startups on their own initiative can get involved: as a mentor, expert or student.
What makes our volunteering unique
As a mentor, I am the first point of contact for a startup for 18-24 months – with a time commitment of 2-4 hours per month. The “Senior Mentoring Board” ensures that everyone is optimally prepared for this demanding activity and can develop themselves professionally: from “Junior Mentor” to “Senior Mentor” (with certificate).
An expert is an experienced professional with specific expertise (marketing, law, controlling, etc.). They are called in when a start-up needs specialist help or expertise to solve a problem – i.e. only selectively, when the mentor cannot answer specific questions. The time required is around 6-8 hours per year.
We offer internships for students from Swiss universities, universities of applied sciences and colleges of higher education to support, advise and accompany start-ups. An internship can last between three weeks and several months. Certain universitities allow for those who complete an internship during their studies to add 3 or 6 ECTS credits to their studies. (Internships are also possible after graduation).