With the UZH Entrepreneur Fellowships in BioTech and MedTech, the University of Zurich provides funding, training, lab facilities and expert advice to young researchers in life sciences and related fields who intend to start up a company based on their own research carried out at UZH.
UZH Entrepreneur Fellows will be given the opportunity to further develop their technology, product or novel service and to evaluate the potential for the commercialization of such a technology, product or service before founding the company.
An UZH Entrepreneur Fellowship amounts to CHF 150’000 and is given for a period of 18 months. Fellows are free to decide on how to spend the money (e.g. for their own salary, the employment of co-workers or for consumables).
As part of the fellowship and besides their work on the project, fellows take part in the BioEntrepreneurship & Innovation (BEI) Program that conveys and trains the fundamentals of business start-up and management in a hands-on manner, and are supported by the Therapy Development Accelerator (TDA) that provides professional expertise in project management and business development.
UZH Entrepreneuship Fellows have access to a fully equipped research infrastructure at the UZH IncubatorLab; a shared MedTech and BioTech laboratory space hosted by the Institute for Regenerative Medicine and located in the Bio-Technopark in Schlieren. Hence, the UZH IncubatorLab does not only offer state-of-the-art infrastructure but also serves as an opportunity to exchange with other Entrepreneurship Fellows and the entrepreneurial community at the Bio-Technopark.
Unitectra supports the fellows on commercialisation issues, such as the protection of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyright), licenses and the creation of spin-off companies.
Who can apply?
Eligible candidates for the UZH Entrepreneur Fellowships in BioTech and MedTech
- must either complete their doctoral degree (PhD) in life sciences or related fields at UZH within six months after the application deadline or are currently working as postdoctoral researcher at UZH;
- must submit their project as a single applicant;
- have to be supported by an UZH professor (host professor) who is ready to act as a mentor during the fellowship and will provide the necessary lab space and infrastructure to carry out the project.