Business Concept

Get your startup tool box

You have a fresh and innovative startup idea? Join this 12-week acceleration program together with 25 other participants and transform your idea into a promising business concept!

In this training you will learn how to turn an idea into a promising startup. You train your entrepreneurial thinking and acting and prepare yourself theoretically as well as practically for the foundation and management of your own company. Perhaps you will also meet your potential co-founders in this course.


How do I benefit from the Business Concept course?

  • After the course, you will have a strong business model with an established business idea and a clearly defined value proposition,
  • an IP strategy, financial overview and ideas on how to finance your startup,
  • valuable knowledge about team performance and strong presentation skills
  • and a professional business concept poster of your startup idea!

  • The training also includes knowledge and experience exchange with experienced startup coaches with two personalized coaching sessions,
  • access to the Swiss startup ecosystem and lots of useful tools of an entrepreneur!
  • Get to know whether you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur!


Who can participate?

Motivated and ambitious members of a Swiss university or university of applied sciences, i.e. students, doctoral students, postdocs, professors.

A maximum of 25 participants per course will be admitted.


When and where does the course take place?

The Business Concept Course is a semester course that takes place on 12 evenings with 4 lessons each.

The course is held in parallel at several Swiss universities and universities of applied sciences.

The exact dates of the courses are listed below.


Language & costs

The Business Concept course is offered exclusively in English and is free of charge.



The best idea is awarded with the STARTUP CAMPUS Award. See some of the winners here:


How can I apply for the course?

You can apply for a Business Concept course on our website at any time. Simply select your preferred course start and apply for the course. The courses are open to all members of the university, regardless of where they are held. If you have any questions about the course offers, please contact us:



+41 (0) 58 934 65 00 (Mon-Fri, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm)

Course overview
Course overview
Current courses
ETH Zürich
UZH Zürich
ETH Zürich
UZH Zürich
Information material
Flyer with course schedule
«I learned a lot of things that researchers usually find difficult: How to make a pitch or how to appeal to investors.»

Jed Hubbs
NeuroCycle Therapeutics

«I have never pitched in my life. I learned it in the Business Concept course!»

Justinas Pupeikis

«The coaches were awesome: top people, who proved themselves in life.»

Tarun Mehra
Financial Risk Management

«After the course, our business model was much more specific and market-driven than before.»

Giacomo Cavallini
Guru Bazar

Offers and application
Start date
Start date: 26.02.2019
Language: English
Place: ETH Zürich
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Start date: 26.02.2019
Language: English
Place: UZH Zürich
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Start date: 27.02.2019
Language: English
Place: ETH Zürich
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Start date: 28.02.2019
Language: English
Place: UZH Zürich
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Impressions of the Business Concept course
Startup ideas from the course