The back­bone of this pub­lic organ­i­sa­tion com­pris­es of vol­un­teers who offer their time, knowl­edge and expe­ri­ence freely to star­tups. We are look­ing for vet­er­an busi­ness per­sons and entre­pre­neurs who enjoy social­is­ing and wish to expand their busi­ness net­work. In Start­up Acad­e­my, you can opt to vol­un­teer as a men­tor, expert or student/intern.


You accom­pa­ny a start­up over a peri­od of 18–24 months as a con­tact per­son and dis­cus­sion part­ner, which should aver­age to a vol­un­teer­ing time of about 2–4 hours a month

“My task is to pro­vide moti­va­tion and ask questions.”

“I like to dis­cuss excit­ing ideas with inno­v­a­tive people.”


Lawyers, busi­ness experts, trust man­agers, mar­ket­ing experts, etc. pro­vide adhoc sup­port to star­tups when ques­tions arise that start­up men­tors are unable to answer. Vol­un­teer­ing time for experts com­pris­es about 6–8 hours per year.

“Coop­er­at­ing with Start­up Acad­e­my is a win-win sit­u­a­tion for us.”

Céder­ic Zeller

“Start­up Acad­e­my is like a melt­ing pot of inno­v­a­tive ideas.”

Lau­rent Gachnang


Depend­ing on avail­abil­i­ty and inter­est, you will be called in to accom­pa­ny a par­tic­u­lar start-up, help var­i­ous start-ups with spe­cif­ic prob­lems or sup­port Start­up Acad­e­my with spe­cial projects (e.g. the organ­i­sa­tion of nation­al and inter­na­tion­al com­pe­ti­tions). Var­i­ous col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties addi­tion­al­ly reward your com­mit­ment with ECTS points, which can be cred­it­ed to your studies.

“I would not have been able to have such expe­ri­ences at university”

“My time at Start­up Acad­e­my Basel was a very enrich­ing experience.”