«First Ventures» focuses on entrepreneurial UAS students such as Sarah Harbarth (FHNW) who want to pursue their innovation projects during their studies or immediately after graduation. The project contributions of a maximum of CHF 150,000 pave the way for the establishment of their own spin-off. For the duration of the First Ventures project, the project managers are employed by the University of Applied Sciences and have full budget autonomy.
Start-up projects in the early phase can apply for smaller grants of up to CHF 25,000 or CHF 50,000, while advanced projects can apply for CHF 150,000 in order to be commercialised:
|PROOF up to CHF 25,000
|Check project idea for feasibility
|VALIDATE up to CHF 50,000
|Validate business case
|EXECUTE up to CHF 150,000
|Implement product/service on the market
The evaluation and decision phase takes one month for «Proof» or «Validate» applications and three months for «Execute» applications.
The «First Ventures» program not only provides financial support, but also individually tailored business training and coaching sessions as well as access to a broad start-up network. The curriculum is designed to equip the potential company founders with the tools they need to successfully put their business idea into practice.
We are looking for innovation projects with high impact potential for the economy and society that offer concrete solutions to problems and at the same time meet the quality standards of the respective research and development area. The applicants are distinguished by their professional expertise, willingness to take risks and personal commitment.
Before submitting a proposal, applicants interested in participating are requested to contact the First Ventures program management.
Projects can be submitted to Gebert Rüf Stiftung by one of the quarterly deadlines (1 February, 1 May, 1 September, 1 December) in accordance with the guidelines for submitting an First Ventures proposal.
Applicants for «Proof» or «Validate» grants of up to CHF 50,000 are invited to present their project to the board of trustees via Zoom within one month of submitting their project. The funding decision will be communicated within 1-2 days of the presentation.
Applicants applying for an «Execute» grant of CHF 150,000 will be invited to present their project to the board of trustees after the first round of evaluation. The funding decision will be communicated within 1-2 days after the presentation. These selected candidates can complete a pitch training programme:
|Presentation to the board of trustees
Approved projects can find more information on the support agreement, reporting and project communications here.
Dr. Marco Vencato, Deputy Director, Gebert Rüf Stiftung, St. Alban-Vorstadt 12, 4052 Basel, marco., tel. +41 61 270 88 20 vencato@grstiftung. ch
Christoph Läser Photograph AG Basel