Innosuisse is looking for science-based startup women entrepreneurs to coach start-ups


Innosuisse would like to strengthen its pool of women coaches to support science-based start-ups through its unique personalized milestone-based coaching program. The scheme is designed to advise, inspire and provide overall business support to en-trepreneurs to help them turn their science-based and innovative business ideas into successful start-up companies and accelerate their growth. Potential candidates are invited to submit their applications until 4 August 2019.

The program also includes specialized support in various areas such as legal and regulatory advice, support for international market entry and help in securing necessary financing. Start-ups that receive a coaching voucher from Innosuisse can only use this voucher to procure themselves coaching services from Innosuisse accredited coaches. After the start-up has chosen a coach and both parties have mutually agreed to the coaching terms, Innosuisse pays the coach for its coaching services via a voucher system. (cf Innosuisse's Funding Ordinance)

The quality of the Innosuisse coaching programme depends heavily on the deep experience, know-how and professional network of its coaches, who have first-hand experience of running and growing their own companies. Coaches are assessed every two years to determine if they continue to meet the Innosuisse quality requirements.  

The role:
The coach provides active business coaching and support of start-up companies that have been issued an Innosuisse coaching voucher. The coach works with the CEO and/or management team of the start-up, beginning with an in-depth assessment of the business idea and plan. The coach then works with the company to achieve the defined milestones set in the Innosuisse voucher within a given timeframe. Throughout the collaboration, the coach proactively supports the start-up by evaluating and highlighting special needs and actions to take. Moreover, the coach opens doors to the scale-up nationally and internationally by proposing external and internal network support.

The requirements:

Business: The most important criteria to become a coach is to have experience as founder of a science-based innovation start-up or as part of the executive management team. Additional experience as start-up coach/mentor or as member of start-up boards is an advantage.
Management: To have significant experience in one or several of the following manage-ment competencies: Strategy formulation, business modeling, industrialization, product development, marketing and sales, internationalization, financial planning, fundraising, organizational development, leadership, team building, etc.
Innovation: To have led science-based innovation projects from conception through product development to commercialization.
Networks: Very strong network of business partners and, ideally, investors in Switzerland and abroad. Excellent industrial/business relations in Swiss and in international start-up ecosystems.
Personality: Open, excellent communicator, prepared to listen, used to work autonomously and motivated by teamwork. Ready to collaborate with other Innosuisse accredited coaches.

It is important for us to have women in the coaching team who love working with start-ups, who can inspire and motivate young founders and who are dedicated to the challenge of coaching science-based start-ups. If you fulfill our requirements and would like to enter our selection process, we kindly ask you to send your application to with the title “Female Coach Application_Name”. Applications shall include:

  1. Your motivation letter explaining why you wish to coach scale-ups for Innosuisse and where you will add value to our activities
  2. Your filled-out Innosuisse Female Coach Accreditation Form (DOC, 87 kB, 09.07.2019)
  3. Curriculum Vitae

Important note: Candidates will go through a pre-screening. Only pre-selected candidates will be invited to an interview. Only complete applications including all 3 documents will be considered.

Application deadline: 4 August 2019

Questions? Please contact: Crisel Ann Ringgenberg:

Last modification 10.07.2019

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