venturelab - fast track for startups!

venturelab was launched in 2004 as a national training program for innovative high-tech startups. Since it was originally mandated by the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) to coordinate the initiative, the IFJ Institute for Young Entrepreneurs has conducted over 3,122 venturelab course modules all over the country which included more than 27,211 participants.

A great number of successful startups have emerged from these courses, including 72 of the Top 100 Startups in Switzerland. Many have expanded internationally as well as raised several hundred million francs from investors and created thousands of new jobs.

Working in close partnership with the CTI, venturelab organizes its venture ideas and venture challenge training modules at universities all over Switzerland. In addition venturelab provides high level training programs for industry partners and corporate clients.

We do not compromise on quality – Our trainers are all successful and seasoned entrepreneurs themselves. Long run participants are selected based on their personal profile and the quality of their business idea. Our courses are highly pragmatic and customized and can be implemented directly into business practice.

venturelab workshops are free as they are funded by the CTI and various other business partners. However, please note that spaces are limited and reserved to applicants with innovative and ambitious start-up projects. venturelab is in charge of the Swiss start-up team program and plays an active role in spotting out potential future team members.

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.

venturelab – the fast track for startups!

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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