Digital Entrepreneurship: Bootcamp

Shape the future of digital transformation!

The University of Zurich offers the “Digital Entrepreneurship: Bootcamp” for aspiring entrepreneurs in the digital sector. The Kickbox innovation process will guide you through the bootcamp and introduce you to “lean startup” tools.

Work on your own startup idea

During the bootcamp you will focus your time and resources on your own startup idea. The Kickbox process will help you along the way to work independently on the validation and prototyping of a customer centered product. Bring your own idea or join an entrepreneurial team for 8 weeks and work together on a digital product. Each team will receive a prototyping budget of 100 CHF.

Kick-off: 23 October

  • Inspiration and motivation
  • Record a one-minute video pitch
  • Meet your peers and find your team
  • Meet your coaches


  • One-sentence pitch
  • Design ideal customer personas
  • Problem solution fit with value proposition canvas
  • Business development with business model canvas
  • Visualization and rapid prototyping
  • Test your first prototype with customer interviews and validate

Midterm: 19 November

  • Present results of your first prototype
  • Share learnings and challenges


  • Qualitative customer interviews
  • Validation with quantitative customer tests
  • Refine your business case (B2C, B2B, B2B2C)

Pitch Coaching: 27 November

Course Dates

Kickoff meeting: 23 October 2019, 13:00 – 18:00

Midterm meeting: 19 November 2019, 13:00 – 18:00

Pitch training: 27 November 2019. 13:00 –18:00 

Final pitch: 18 December 2019, 13:00 – 18:00 


The possibility of receiving 3 ECTS-credits is currently evaluated within faculties.


  • Dr. Kynan Eng, iniVation AG
  • Jan Fülscher, senozon AG
  • Dr. Maria Eva Håkanson, UZH Innovation
  • Loïc Schülé, Denteo AG
  • Beat Seeliger, Panter AG
  • Julien Weissenberg, VisualSense AI
  • Alex Stöckl, Wingman AG
  • Katrin Winiarski, UZH Innovation

Final Pitch: 18 December

  • Final pitch in front of expert jury
  • 3 min. presentation, 6 min Q&A 
  • Winning team receives wild card to an advanced coaching bootcamp and a price of 500 CHF 

Target Group

UZH students and researchers of all faculties who are motivated to work entrepreneurially on a digital product idea. Participants with determined project ideas or existing technologies are welcomed.


  • Prof. Dr. Harald Gall - Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Informatics
  • Dr. Maria Olivares - UZH Head of Innovation
  • Katrin Winiarski - UZH Innovation Officer