Whether you are in the process of developing your business plan, validating your technology, or building a strong and complementary team, the Innovation Office can help you get you get access to the best support and experts.
Starting your Journey
As a beginning entrepreneur, it's important to acquire additional business skills to start your adventure on the right foot. One of the ways the Innovation Office supports this transition is through organizing an evening course non-exclusively aimed at members of the university.
A potentially useful tool, is the Start-up Coaching from InnoSuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency. Through a tiered approach, starting with business plan coaching, you can get access to the network of experienced coaches in the InnoSuisse network.
Building your Team
Over the past years, the Innovation Office has developed a large community of people supporting and / or working in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. This has resulted in many successful connections, helping start-ups to find new team members or advisors who bring in additional expertise, and building a cooperative ecosystem for industry, academia and entrepreneurs.
A great place to get to know this community is coming to one of our Entrepreneurs Club meetings. These monthly digital or physical meetings are filled with discussions on various topics, sharing of important news, and making personal connections.
Keeping the company healthy
For members of the University of Basel, the Propelling Grant is a great way to start their entrepreneurial journey. This grant, with a maximum of CHF 50.000, is meant to financially support high-risk / high-reward financial discoveries and help scientist on their road towards founding a company or collaborating with an industrial partner.
For start-ups that are more advanced, the Innovation Office organizes select investor meetings, aimed at creating value for both parties. Many of our current initiatives are geared towards providing new (international) financial opportunities, in addition to the extensive funding opportunities already available to start-ups.