Start-up Coaching

Innosuisse understands the importance of a diverse and inclusive ecosystem and works tirelessly to strengthen and develop the Swiss start-up landscape.

By joining the Innosuisse Start-up Coaching, you can benefit from reliable advice and potential referrals from investors and business partners by experienced entrepreneurs and experts.

The Start-up Coaching is aimed at young companies and their founders. It offers three different programmes, each focusing on specific development aspects in a way that is tailored to each start-up and comes with a voucher for the corresponding amount and validity period.

Initial Coaching

Initial Coaching is the entry point to the Innosuisse Start-up Coaching. The programme is limited to a maximum of twelve months and gives you the opportunity to review and develop your business model and business planning in terms of market viability and to have the development stage of your company assessed, whether it is still in planning or has already been established. It aims to identify weaknesses in your business idea and define an action plan for upcoming challenges. Completion of the Initial Coaching programme is a prerequisite and helps to prepare for possible Core Coaching.

Core Coaching

Core Coaching is a follow-up to the Initial Coaching. The programme is limited to a maximum of 36 months and gives you the opportunity to refine your strategy, structure your organisation, enter the market and get expert advice on relevant topics like IP, financial planning, legal aspects or fund raising.

Innosuisse Certificate
If you successfully complete the Core Coaching, you can also request the Innosuisse Certificate confirming that your start-up is ready for sustainable growth.

Scale-up Coaching

Scale-up Coaching is a programme designed for ambitious start-ups with very high growth potential. Its main objective is to help you refine and implement your growth strategy.

The programme is split in two phases and limited to a maximum of 24 months. It is an opportunity for you to review and implement your approach, with targeted support to establish scalable processes along with an adapted organisational structure. In addition, you can get help with your networking, financing and internationalisation activities.

It is only possible to apply for this coaching voucher within a valid time period (call period).

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Last modification 04.07.2024

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