Putting «Science Entrepreneurship» into Practice

A concern with the interaction between entrepreneurship and science stems directly from the foundation purpose of Gebert Rüf Stiftung. Promoting «science entrepreneurship» among the younger generation of academics at Swiss universities lies at the heart of the «Wissenschaft und Unternehmertum» area of activity. The goal is to transform research findings into products, companies and jobs.

Objectiv: From Research Results to Business Ideas

Venture Kick closes a key gap in the innovation chain: turning research work into promising business ideas. The pre-seed fund not only funds the first steps of people with ideas, but also develops their entrepreneurial skills. A three-stage process culminates in a sound business plan and in specific plans for putting ideas into commercial practice.

Venture Kick was launched in 2007 by Gebert Rüf Stiftung and Ernst Göhner Stiftung as a privately financed pre-seed fund. In addition to these foundations, other private partners such as Fondation Lombard Odier, Debiopharm Group, Fondation Pro Techno, Rising Tide Foundation, Engagement Migros, European Space Agency BIC, Swisscom, André Hoffmann, Hansjörg Wyss and Martin Haefner, have now joined the initiative. Since 2016 Venture Kick has been part of digitalswitzerland.


The digitalswitzerland initiative aims to position Switzerland as a leading digital innovation location. The digital transformation is changing and revolutionizing all industries and sectors through rapid technological progress, dynamic development and a transformation of business models and value chains. To remain successful in future, it is vital to consolidate strengths and optimize interfaces.

Submission of Projects

Gebert Rüf Stiftung supports the program Venture Kick financially; however, it is not involved in the operational management of Venture Kick. The programme is managed by the Institut für Jungunternehmen (IFJ).

Program Management