«First Ventures» focuses on entrepreneurial UAS students such as Remo Waser and Simon Maranda (HSLU, First Ventures 2018-2020) who want to pursue their innovation projects 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.
Gebert Rüf Stiftung encourages talented Bachelor’s and Master’s students not only to contemplate obtaining a degree, but also to embrace the idea of launching a startup. The financial stimulus gives the UAS graduates the chance to turn their own ideas into new products and services. The goal is to promote a culture of science entrepreneurship among students and strengthen business potential at universities of applied sciences.
The «First Ventures» program not only provides financial support, but also individually tailored business training and coaching sessions designed to equip the potential company founders to successfully put their business idea into practice. The curriculum will include training in entrepreneurial practice, reviewing the business idea, concrete guidelines for setting up and running startup companies, as well as needs-led coaching from experienced experts in the respective sector. The training program will be geared to the specific requirements of the selected project managers and is intended to give them access to a broad startup network.
We are looking for projects with high innovation potential for business 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 (1February, 1 May, 1 September, 1 December) in accordance with the guidelines for submitting an First Ventures proposal.
After the first selection round the preselected applicants are invited to present their project to the board of trustees. The project applicants selected for the final round can complete a pitch training:
|Deadline||Pitch-Training||Presentation to the board of trustees|
|01.12.2022||MON 30.01.2023||FRI 10.02.2023|
|01.02.2023||MON 17.04.2023||TUE 02.05.2023|
|01.05.2023||MON 19.06.2023||TUE 04.07.2023|
|01.09.2023||MON 16.10.2023||TUE 31.10.2023|
|01.12.2023||MON 05.02.2024||TUE 20.02.2024|
|01.02.2024||MON 15.04.2024||WED 24.04.2024|
|01.05.2024||MON 17.06.2024||WED 03.07.2024|
|01.09.2024||MON 14.10.2024||TUE 29.10.2024|
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 5, 4052 Basel, marco., tel. +41 61 270 88 20 vencato@grstiftung. ch
Christoph Läser Photograph AG Basel