Application for Innosuisse Business Concept Training (Fall 2021)
This training is offered in priority to those who are currently studying and working in a Swiss university or a research institutes. The following applicants can be eligible:
- Swiss university alumni and currently having a valid working permit in Switzerland can also be considered.
- Company staff working on innovation projects, graduated from a foreign university and having a valid work permit in Switzerland
Training description
Innosuisse Start-up Training offers every year an entrepreneurial training in Suisse Romande. This free, inter-university evening program, is designed and given by entrepreneurs, targeting members of Swiss universities of all disciplines who have the ambition to translate their innovative ideas into viable business.

There are many ways in which you will benefit from this program:

- Improve your business skills and learn the essentials of creating and running a company
- Shape your venture idea into a viable business or participate in the development of a promising project of someone else
- Get introduced into the Swiss start-up ecosystem and link up with entrepreneurs, business partners, investors, as well as multi-disciplinary talents coming from other universities
- Broaden your career perspectives

Only a limited number of participants (25) per city will be admitted to the program. The selection will be based on the motivation, experience and personal profile of applicants. Further information can be found below. We highly encourage you to apply.

The 12 sessions and 2 coaching sessions take place one evening per week for one semester from 5:15pm to 9:15pm.

Admission criteria
Students, doctoral students, staff, postdocs, professors from universities and universities of applied sciences (including research institutes such as IDIAP, CERN, CSEM...), start-up founder, R&D employees...

Applications are subjected to selection based on motivation, ambition, and experience.
Entrepreneur Name and Contact
First Name *
Family Name *
Email adress (personal) *
Phone Number *
Format example: +41 79 665 31 83
Zoom email (if different)
URL or linkedin (optional)
Address *
Postal Code *
City *
State *
e.g. Vaud, Fribourg, Geneva, Neuchâtel, etc.
Country *
Personal Information
Entrepreneur Birth Date (DD/MM/YYYY) *
Example: 23/04/1990
Entrepreneur Gender (statistics purpose only) *
Entrepreneur Primary Nationality (statistics purpose only) *
Primary Nationality (statistics purpose only)
Entrepreneur Preferred Language (statistics purpose only) *
Entrepreneur Linkedin profile
Project, Startup development Stage
Entrepreneur CURRENT Employment Status (statistics purpose only) *
If you are currently PhD, Post Doc, Researcher at a university or a school, please select Collaborators/researchers/students of Universities, Hautes écoles and Research institutes and not employed.
Current state of academic level (or currently completing) *
e.g. if you are currently a PhD student, please select PhD and not Master, if you are studying a bachelor you should select bachelor and not high school
Current affiliation with a School/University/Research institute (as students or collaborator) *
Field of study
Innosuisse Business Concept training program
Please select the course of your choice either located in Lausanne, Geneva or Neuchâtel. All courses are taught in English.

Course location - First choice *
Course location - Second choice *
Your Motivation
1. What is your motivation to become an entrepreneur or work for a start-up? *
2. What entrepreneurial activities/ experience have you had in the past? *
3. Outline the key entrepreneurial features of your profile.
Your Business Idea
Please fill out this question ONLY IF you have a valid business idea and if you would like to work on it during the course.

Please note that this information will be kept confidential.
Project category
1. The Problem
Please describe the problem or customer need you try to encounter with your project:
2. Your solution
Please describe your project and the solution you propose to address the problem:
3. The target addressable market
Who will be interested/in need of your product or service? Please describe your target market as precisely as possible:
4. Competition
What makes your solution unique and more attractive compared to other alternatives? Please describe the key differentiator from potential competitors:
Which grants have you already got for your project:
Clear selection
Further details
Any further details that you believe are relevant to support your candidature?
Where did you hear of this training program? Did anyone you know tell you about it? *
What entrepreneurial event/trainings /acceleration programs have you already attended? *
Multiple choice available
The information contained in this registration form will be used to evaluate your application as well as to offer services that are specifically tailored to your profile (such as individual coaching in your sector of activity). Moreover, the information can be used by Innosuisse in an anonymized way for statistical purposes as well as for survey purposes before, during and after the course to measure its impact, as well as from service providers mandated by Innosuisse for subsequent Innosuisse entrepreneurship courses, for course participant acquisition purposes. You have a right to request information as to whether your data is being processed for the purposes mentioned above. Should you not accept to be contacted by further service providers of Innosuisse, please tick this box:
Thank you very much for your application!
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