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University of Basel

Innovation & entrepreneurship funding

Innovation Funding

The University of Basel supports innovation pilot projects as well as Proof of Concept (PoC) studies in order to bring technologies to market faster. For spin-offs, it arranges a network of contacts with venture capitalists.

Innovation pilot projects on the way to the product

Innovation project funding at the University of Basel
The former "Proof of Concept Grant" of the Forschungsfonds is currently being replaced by several new instruments. Please check back here in the next few weeks.
Further information: Innovation Office

Research projects at the University of Basel
For the preparation of a larger project application (NCCR, ERC, H2020), start-up funding of a maximum of CHF 50,000 can be granted. Deadlines 1 February and 1 September.

R&D projects of Innosuisse
Research and development (R&D) projects of the CTI are an important instrument for research and development cooperation between industry and researchers from the University of Basel.

Bridge program of the Innosuisse and SNSF
Regular national calls for Proof of Concept funding for young researchers and Discovery funding for experienced researchers.

European instruments
The Euresearch office at the University of Basel advises on innovation funding within the scope of European funding sources.

Entrepreneurship – for spin-offs

Innosuisse preliminary studies funding for start-ups
Start-ups can apply to Innosuisse to receive an innovation checque, which can be used to fund preliminary studies and concept developments to discover the technology transfer potential of an idea or technology. Applications for max. 15,000 CHF can be sent to Innosuisse at any time via this form.

EVA – the Basel life sciences start-up agency
EVA offers coaching, networking and venture capital for start-ups in the life sciences. EVA is supported by Basler Kantonalbank and Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank and has close links with the Inkubator and the BioValley Business Angels Club (BioBAC).

Fifteen-month acceleration program for start-ups in the life sciences and an initiative of BaselArea.swiss. 

Venture Kick
Philantropic three-stage funding model supporting Swiss start-ups. Start-ups can win up to 130,000 CHF.

W.A. De Vigier Prize
The oldest and highest-value funding award for young entrepreneurs from Switzerland. Up to five funding awards a year, each worth CHF 100,000 pro Jahr.

Swiss Technology Award
Prize for technologies and innovations from Swiss higher education institutions, awarded during the Swiss Economic Forum.

Venture is a Switzerland-wide competition for young entrepreneurs with a total annual prize money of CHF 120,000.

ZKB Pionierpreis
Each year, Zürcher Kantonalbank hands out a prize of just under CHF 100,000 to excellent start-ups.

  • 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
  • Maarten Van Winckel

    Start-up Community & Initiatives

    Maarten Van Winckel
    University of Basel President's Office Innovation Petersgraben 35
    4001 Basel
    Tel. +41 61 207 60 36 Cell +41 78 422 54 85
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