venturelab - fast track for startups!

From 2004 to 2014, venturelab conducted 202 entrepreneurship events with more than 23‘000 participants from Swiss universities and organized 3‘225 course modules to train innovative startup projects, as mandate by the Swiss Confederation.

A great number of successful startups have emerged from these courses. Many have expanded internationally, raised several hundred million Swiss francs from investors and created thousands of new jobs.

Since 2015, venturelab focuses as a private initiative on the best startup talents with the ambition and the potential to grow internationally. For this, previous successful founders support the next startup generation. They not only invest their experience and knowledge: They also invest in seed capital to push exciting projects.

Leading Swiss companies also collaborate with innovative young entrepreneurs as partners of venturelab, benefiting startups with visibility and a global network.

Finally, thanks to the support of several partners, the “Swiss National Startup Team” are going international with the venture leaders business development programs and travel to Shanghai, Boston, New York, Beijing or Silicon Valley.

venturelab is part of the IFJ Institute for Young Entrepreneurs Corporation, a company founded in 1989 now employing 25 startup enthusiasts in St Gallen, Lausanne and Zurich. IFJ has established itself as a leader and reference in the Swiss startup scene. The company offers support to startups with its business plan software and can provide them with up to CHF 130,000 in seed capital through the venture kick program. Company incorporation services as well as leading accounting solutions are also available.

Contact address

German-speaking Switzerland, Tessin

c/o IFJ Institut für Jungunternehmen
Kesslerstrasse 9
9000 St.Gallen

Tel: + 41 (71) 242 98 88


c/o IFJ AG
EPFL Innovation Park
Bâtiment C
1015 Lausanne

Tel: +41 (21) 533 09 80

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