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University of Basel

Startup Coaching & Mentoring

Innovation Entrepreneurs

The University of Basel offers a Coaching & Mentoring Program for startups. Startups are helped as early as possible in the following areas:

  • Transformation from "lab thinking" to "startup thinking"
  • Project/startup setup & formation of a team
  • Business strategies
  • Strategies in intellectual property
  • Financing & foundation of the company

Ideally, startups can then apply relatively quickly for an Initial Coaching Support at Innosuisse, valued at 5,000 CHF.

Even after entering the Innosuisse Startup Coaching, startups of the University of Basel will still be supported, e.g. in networking, entrepreneurial thinking, finding customers, investors & mentors. The degree and intensity of support varies depending on the interest & commitment of the startup itself.

The program is geared towards:

  • Members of the University of Basel (students, researchers, academic staff) with a startup idea or project.

Selected startups and startup projects also have the possibility to rent offices at good conditions at the Innovation Space of the University of Basel, Gewerbestrasse 24, Allschwil (3rd floor). It is possible to rent closed offices of various sizes as well as a “plug & play” concept (monthly ticket for 222 CHF). Joining the Innovation Space offers the opportunity for regular exchanges with other startups and the innovation team of the University, thereby allowing to work effectively and creatively.

The Coaching & Mentoring Program of the University of Basel will be run in close cooperation with Unitectra (Technology transfer of the University of Basel) and includes local and international partners and top-level coaches. Specifically for life science startups, EVA AG is a partner of the Program.


How do I sign up?

Interested people apply for a check-up meeting with an email to the Innovation Office with a brief description of the startup idea.

The Innovation Office generally helps all startups with a first check-up. Further support will be decided on a case-by-case basis and is also dependent on assessment by Innosuisse.

  • Christian Elias Schneider

    Head Innovation & Entrepreneurship

    Christian Elias Schneider
    University of Basel President's Office Innovation Petersgraben 35
    4001 Basel
    Tel. +41 61 207 58 72 Cell +41 79 429 23 39
  • Alessandro Mazzetti

    Manager Innovation Alliances

    Alessandro Mazzetti
    University of Basel President's Office Innovation Petersgraben 35
    4001 Basel
    Tel. +41 61 207 60 27
  • Virginia Schumacher

    Startup Advocate

    Virginia Schumacher
    University of Basel President's Office Innovation Gewerbestrasse 24
    4123 Allschwil
    Tel. +41 61 207 60 36
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