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► Call for applications 2024 has been completed

The UZH Entrepreneur Fellowships, Bio & MedTech support early career researchers who intend to start up a company based on UZH research in the fields of BioTech, MedTech and Pharma.

Entrepreneur fellows are employed at the University of Zurich and work full-time to further develop a technology or novel service towards a marketable solution and strategies for the commercialization thereof.

The goal of the UZH Entrepreneur Fellowships is bridge the gap between research and market. It strengthens projects towards university spin-offs and supports motivated researchers to develop the skills needed to become confident entrepreneurs in the health sector. 


The UZH Entrepreneur Fellowships, Bio & MedTech amounts to CHF 150’000 and is awarded for a period of 18 months. The funding may be used for salaries and consumables.

Expert advice

The Entrepreneur fellows are supported throughout the program by the experienced coaches of the Therapy Development Accelerator (TDA). TDA support fellows on project management and business development and in areas such as fundraising and industry relations.

Unitectra supports the fellows on commercialization issues, such as the protection of intellectual property and the creation of spin-off companies.


The Entrepreneur fellows participate in the BioEntrepreneurship & Innovation (BEI) Program, a hands-on training course for life scientists that are eager to translate scientific results into real applications. Experienced entrepreneurs and experts share their knowledge on how to develop a first business plan and setup a successful start-up company.


Entrepreneur fellow are employed at the UZH and have access to all the IT and library resources offered by the university. In addition,  the program offers access to the UZH IncubatorLab, a fully equipped laboratory located in the Bio-Technopark in Schlieren. The lab is hosted by the Institute for Regenerative Medicine.


Selected candidates will be invited for an interview with the expert jury.

Jury members


Dominik Escher

Partner Pureos Bioventures



Zoë Johnson

Chief Scientific / Development Officer M:M Bio



Philipp Fürnstahl

Head of Research in Orthopedic Computer Science, UZH, Balgrist



Simon Hoerstrup

Professor for Regenerative medicine, UZH, Jury head


Niklas Sjöblom

Senior Director, KIRKBI



Gabriela Ecco

Senior Associate at +ND Capital



Onur Boyman

Professor of Clinical Immunology, UZH



Jan Lichtenberg

CEO InSphero



Applications for the Bio & MedTech Entrepreneur Fellowships can be submitted once a year until April 15th.

For the application you need to submit a description of your project, a 3 min pitch video, the project budget, your CV and a letter of support by your host professor/mentor at UZH.Here you can find a blank application form (for reference only). (PDF, 128 KB)

Find more information on how to apply for the Entrepreneur Fellowships here.

Register on the grants platform and submit your applicationhere.


Learn more at the Innovator Mornings!

Curious to learn more about this program?

At the Innovator Mornings event you’ll have the chance to meet previous recipients of the UZH Entrepreneur Fellowships and Innovation Grants as well as entrepreneurship coaches. The event focuses on internal exchange within the UZH innovation community and includes presentations by supported researchers and startup founders.

Check out the agenda and register for the next event!


Weiterführende Informationen


BioEntrepreneurship & Innovation Program

More about BioEntrepreneurship & Innovation Program

In the BEI program, Master and doctoral students learn the fundamentals of how to bring product ideas in the area of BioTech and MedTech to the market.


Therapy Development Accelerator

More about Therapy Development Accelerator

The Therapy Development Accelerator (TDA) offers expertise and professional coaching to startup projects and spin-offs in the field of life sciences.

Contact TDA to get advice for your Fellowship application!

Unitectra supports researcher with intellectual property and license agreements. Contact them if you want to find out if it is possible to protect your results.