Business Ideas
Module 1

Feel the Start-up Groove

Startup Stories

Get to know successful founders as well as alumni from past Innosuisse Start-up Trainings who will talk about their personal startup stories (of success AND failure) and share their founding experiences with you. A real necessity for anyone who wants to take the plunge into entrepreneurship!


What can I expect?

  • STARTUP STORIES: Listen to entrepreneurial success stories and stories of failure!
  • INSPIRATION: Watch successful entrepreneurs pitching!
  • ASK QUESTIONS: Get involved in Q&A with the speakers about factors of success in business. Receive answers to specific questions about setting up a company in Switzerland.
  • HOW TO START A STARTUP: Get to know background information about where to get startup support (institutions, technology transfer, startup centers, coaching, business prizes, investors etc.).
  • NETWORKING: Connect to interesting people!


Who can participate?

Everyone who is interested in entrepreneurship and consider starting an own science- or technology-based business; especially motivated and ambitious members of a Swiss university or University of Applied Sciences (students, doctoral students, postdocs, professors etc.).


When and where do the events take place?

Business Ideas events are evening events that take place several times during the semester – but at different locations (e.g. ETH Zurich, University of Zurich, ZHAW, University of St. Gallen etc.) and with different speakers and entrepreneurs. So it is worth attending more than one Business Ideas event!


Language & costs

The Business Ideas event is offered exclusively in English and is FREE OF CHARGE (registration is mandatory).


How can I sign up for the event?

You can register on our website at any time, just select the event which you want to join. (Note: If you already have a business idea, you can apply in parallel for the Business Concept course (Module 2).)


If there are any open questions, please contact us:



+41 (0) 58 934 65 00 (Mo-Fr, 9 am – 5 pm)

Upcoming events
Startup Stories - Female Founders
The entrepreneurial mindset
Career Path: Entrepreneur!
«I think female role models are essential for hopefully seeing more female founders in the Swiss startup scene soon.»

Dorina Thiess
Piavita AG

«Besides inspiring keynotes and information about support offerings from Innosuisse, the Business Ideas Events are a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and those interested in setting up an own company.»

Ramona Lieser
Runway Startup Incubator

«In my opinion there are way too few women in the start-up ecosystem in Switzerland. I am committed to offer my support to help other women become the best version of themselves.»

Luiza Dobre
Komed Health AG

Offers and application
Start date
Start date: 27.10.2021
Language: English
Place: Startup Stories - Female Founders
Start date: 03.11.2021
Language: English
Place: The entrepreneurial mindset
Start date: 10.11.2021
Language: English
Place: Career Path: Entrepreneur!