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Under downloads you find a word document containing the business case questions for download, in case you would like to give it a thought offline together with a co-founder. Please copy and paste your answers into the online form when you are done to submit your application. And please keep it to 3-5 lines max and don't write a thesis on it.
Email address *
Project Name *
If incorporated, use Company name with legal form, else project name or working title
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One Short! Sentence Project Description *
Say what it is in one short sentence of maximum 80 Characters. This will be used as headline for internal presentations. E.g. First point-of-care test for malaria.
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Project Lead Details
Salutation or academic title *
E.g.: Mr.; Mrs or Prof.; Dr.
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First Name *
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Last Name *
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Current Employer *
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Department *
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Position *
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Mobile Number *
Format: 0041123456789 (include country code with 00 preceeding)
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Current resident city and country of applicant *
Format: "city, country" (comma separated)
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Nationality of Applicant *
We support projects from all over the world that have an intention to relocate to the Basel area. If you are from a non-EU country, the visa process constitutes a big part of our support.
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Project Details
Project starting date *
The date when the first steps towards the project goal have been made.
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Intended or actual incorporation date *
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Project's current home town (incorporated or not) *
Format: "city, country" (comma separated)
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Intended or actual incorporation place *
The Basel region entails the cantons Basel-City, Basel-Landscape, and the canton Jura. Use the last option to specify a different location.
From where does your project emerge? *
If it is a spin-out from a company or academic institution, please give the name in the second option
Please pick the industry sector that best matches your idea *
Project Summary
With the information you provide in the following a OnePager will be generated for efficient communication of your project details among colleagues of BaselArea.swiss, external experts or for introductions to potential collaborators.
Briefly summarize your innovation (I), project (P) and mission (M) *
500 characters max - no bulle-points! E.g. We invented a novel rapid DNA assay (I) and utilize it to develop a single-use point-of-care diagnostic device (P) for early diagnosis of malaria as a first use case (M).
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Describe the first problem that you are targeting with your innovation *
650 characters max - no bulle-points! E.g. Malaria is a life threatening tropical disease that requires hospitalization for proper diagnosis and selection of treatment. Early selection of the right treatment is vital. Malaria, however, is widespread in areas with low hospital density.
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How is this problem usually solved and what are the shortcomings? *
650 characters max - no bulle-points! E.g. Currently an ELISA based rapit test is used. This test however has a high false positive rate and medication is often given unnecessarily.
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Briefly explain the technical advantage of your solution if possible. *
650 characters max - no bulle-points! E.g. Our rapid DNA assay does not require temperature cycling and can therefore be easily and cheaply implemented as a single use point-of-care test. It identifies the malaria type with 99% specificity. State of the art is only 90%.
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Describe the value proposition (VP) and unique selling proposition (USP) for the user/patient. *
500 characters max - no bulle-points! E.g. The patient can be diagnosed with the Malaria type at the point-of-care (VP) and recieves the right treatment option immideately without the need for hospitalization (USP).
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Roughly calculate the impact of your innovation in percent savings potential for the customer who makes the buying decision. *
650 characters max - no bulle-points! If you barely thought about it, just write barely thought about it. If your product does not unlock savings potential but instead allows your customers to outperform their competition and gain market share, elaborate on that. To calculate savings potential assume, you price your solution equal to the commonly used solution. E.g. In country X 100.000 hospital-based diagnostic test for malaria typing are performed. 10k wrong and 2k delayed diagnosis result in hospitalization at an av. cost of 2k $ with a total cost of 24Mio. Our test results in only 1k wrong diagnosis and eliminates delayed results, decreasing the total cost to 2Mio. The saving potential is roughly 92%
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State the savings potential in percent as number. *
We ask for the number seperately for automatic processing of your answers. If you don't know or savings potential does not apply as a value proposition, write 0. Otherwise express the percent savings potential as a number between 1 and 100. E.g. 92
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Roughly calculate the market size in your first target country and world wide? *
650 characters max - no bulle-points! Either show a rough calculation or cite an online source and include links. If you are not sure yet, just write that.
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State the market size in CHF as number. *
We ask for the number seperately for automatic processing of your answers. Start with first target country followed by world wide market separated by semicolon e.g.: 50.000.000; 650.000.000. If you don't know, just type "0; 0".
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What gives you an advantage over competition and what constitutes a key opportunity? *
500 characters max - no bulle-points! The first sentence will be used as sub-title for a one-pager. Make it significant and not too long. The rest of the text will be found within the body of the one-pager. E.g. We are the first mover in the market and have very good contacts to government decision makers. [Rest of text...]
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Briefly describe your business model, how you make money. *
250 characters max - no bulle-points! E.g. we convince government organizations and NGOs to select our product for health care interventions in developing countries.
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List key partners in your project.
Also indicate partners that you are looking for. We will help with connections to the ecosystem, if we can.
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Project Progress
What assumptions have been already validated? *
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How far are you with your product? *
How much revenue did you generate in the past 12 months? *
Format: 500.000. Don't consider the tax year but the actual past 12 months
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At what stage is the patent process? *
If a patent exists, when has it been granted?
Give at least the year, if you don't remember the exact date.
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Are base technology or only applications thereof coded or claimed in the patent? *
Who is or will be the owner of the granted patent or software code? *
Be aware that your employer owns any innovation or code that you developed during an employment if it is relevant to your job. If you developed the innovation or code during employment, specify the owner in the last option. (E.g. UKBB)
What is the stage of the licensing process of the patent or code? *
Specify the number of (1) co-founders with stock, (2) additional full-time employees, (3) part-time employees, (4) student assistants, (5) advisory board members *
Format: 2; 3; 0; 2, 4 (give 5 numbers, also specify 0, use semicolon as separator)
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Which statements are applicable to the founding team and board?
How much money went into the project in total so far? *
Format: "2.000.000". Give a rough estimate in CHF without "CHF". Count only money spent, not time. Include money spent before incorporation. Write 1 if you don't want to answer the question.
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How are you currently financed? *
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What is your financial need to reach the next value inflection point? *
Format: "2.000.000". Give a rough estimate in CHF or check the first option. Value inflection point refers to a milestone that increases the valuation of your company - e.g. patent is granted; minimal viable product is ready; first paying customers.
What kind of investors are you looking for?
Please indicate in the last option the amount that you would like to raise.
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