Innosuisse Business Concept Course


Startup Campus


Do you want to realize your business idea? In this semester course you will learn the most important basics for founding and managing your own startup. You will get an introduction to the Swiss startup ecosystem including the necessary tools and valuable personal contacts. Together with a team you will work on a startup idea and develop it over 12 weeks - whether this is your idea or somebody else’s will be decided at the beginning of the course by a voting and the assessment of experts. At the end of the course, you will have a strong business concept in hand, which your team can pitch to investors and industry experts. Maybe you will also meet your future co-founders in this course.

Target group

Motivated and ambitious Bachelor and Master students as well as doctoral students of the University of Zurich can attend the course, which is also open to participants from other universities. Admission to the Business Concept Course is based on an application in which participants outline their business idea and/or motivation. Priority will be given to participants with a business idea that is science or technology based and highly scalable.


Course dates

The course evenings take place on Tuesday or Wednesday evening. One course evening lasts 4h.

Cohort 1:

September: 21 | 28                                                                                                    Bootcamp: either Saturday, 25th September full day (if physical) or Friday, 24th September evening + Saturday, 25th half day (if online)                                            October: 05 | 12 | 19 | 26                                                                                    November: 02 | 09 | 16 | 23 | 30                                                                            December: 07                                                                                                   

Cohort 2:

September: 22 | 29                                                                                                Bootcamp: either Saturday, September 25 full day (if physical) or Friday, September 24 evening + Saturday, September 25 half day (if online)                                            October: 06 | 13 | 20 | 27                                                                                    November: 03 | 10 | 17 | 24                                                                                  December: 01 | 08

Assessment / ECTS Credits