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University of Basel

For researchers/entrepreneurship

Innovation Research

The University of Basel promotes the translation of excellent research into innovations and entrepreneurship. PhD students, young researchers and professors pursuing technology transfer or seeking to found a start-up are supported with mentoring/coaching. The point of contact is the university’s Innovation Office.


Innovation Research
The team at AOT – a spin-off from the University of Basel © AOT

Coaching & mentoring

  • The University of Basel’s coaching and mentoring activities bring members of the university with innovative technologies and ideas into contact with an experienced and well-connected team of experts.
  •  The Inkubator initiative of the University of Basel and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) coaches companies during their early stages and provides office space in various locations at favorable prices.


Unitectra is the technology transfer organization of the Universities of Basel, Bern and Zurich. It offers researchers at the University of Basel help with the process of commercializing research findings in relation to, for example, protecting and managing intellectual property (IP), licensing intellectual property and negotiating research contracts with private partners. Unitectra organizes the annual Brainbox event as a rendezvous for researchers interested in technology transfer.

The university has innovation-friendly guidelines for the commercial exploitation of research findings.

The University of Basel makes certain funding available for innovation projects.

  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Florian Zeilhofer

    Associate Vice President Innovation

    Portrait Professor Hans-Florian Zeilhofer
    University of Basel President's Office Innovation Gewerbestrasse 24
    4123 Allschwil
    Tel. +41 61 207 60 45
  • 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
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