Innosuisse Business Concept Course

Do you want to realize your business idea? In this hands-on semester course you will learn how to develop a strong business concept and get the tools needed to found and manage your own startup. You will receive an introduction to the Swiss startup ecosystem including valuable personal contacts.

Innosuisse pitch
Innosuisse pitch
Innosuisse Ecosystem Event

Why join this course?

The course 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 for an entrepreneur!

After the course, you will have

  • a strong business model and a clearly defined value proposition
  • an IP strategy, financial overview & ideas on how to finance your startup
  • knowledge about team performance & pitching skills
  • a professional business concept poster of your startup idea

Bring your own idea or join a team

Together with a team, you will work on a startup idea and develop it further during the 12 week course. At the beginning of the course, participants votes and experts assessment will support the decision of which ideas to work on  At the end of the course, each team will have a strong business concept in the hand. At the final presentation, the concepts are presented to an expert jury.

Target group & Admission

The Course is open to Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral students of the University of Zurich. Participants from other universities may also join the course, but are not eligible for the ECTS Credits.

Admission to the Business Concept Course is based on an application in which participants outline their motivation and business idea. You may join also without an idea. Preference is given to participants with a science-based business idea.



This course is an offered within the School for Transdisciplinary studies and is accredited with 3 ECTS

Please check with your corresponding faculty to confirm accreditation.

Course dates

Cohort 1:

Tuesday evenings 18.15 - 22.00

February: 22, 26 (Saturday, Full day Bootcamp)

March: 01, 08, 22, 29                                                                                   

April: 19, 27
May: 03, 17, 24 


Cohort 2:

Thursday evenings 18.15 - 22.00

February: 24, 26 (Saturday, Full day Bootcamp)

March: 03,10.03, 24.03.2022, 31

April: 21, 27

May:  05, 19, 24

Lead Coaches

Dr. Heiko Visarius
Regula Buob
Anil Sethi
Johanna Seeliger
Phil Bachmann