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Zurich is truly a GREAT place to build a startup, but most of the early-stage entrepreneurs we speak to are not aware of the local resources that are available to help them.

With applications for the Zurich Founder Institute now open, we are excited to release the Zurich Startup Ecosystem Canvas, which is currently in Draft v1 below! It was developed by the Zurich Founder Institute and local leaders Axel Kramer, Christina Senn-Jakobsen, Daniel Boehi, Daria Reisch, and Denise Loga.

This is just a DRAFT, and while we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list. There are definitely omissions on this current version. 

Are you looking to start a company in Zurich? Then apply to the Zurich Founder Institute today!

Text version included below, for ease of searching:

Startup Stages


There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

A. Inspire

  • Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters)
    1. digitalswitzerland Blog
    2. Fintech News Switzerland
    3. HelloNina Startup Blog
    4. Impact Hub Zürich Blog
    5. Oliver Flueckiger Blog
    6. PropTech News
    7. Startup Digest Zurich
    8. startupolic
    9. STARTUPS.CH Blog
    10. Startupticker.ch
  • Inspirational Events: Open, inclusive, beginner startup events (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
    1. Agro-Food Innovation Forum
    2. Bitcoin Meetup Switzerland
    3. Energy Startup Day
    4. Geek Girls Carrots CH: Attracting women to IT
    5. IoT Zurich
    6. Living Talks
    7. Nerds & Friends
    8. START Summit
    9. Startup Bites
    10. Startup Weekend Zurich
    11. StartupDays
    12. Swiss Digital Day
    13. Swiss Finance Startups
    14. Swiss Fintech Day
    15. Swiss Startups Club
    16. TECH TUESDAY Zurich
    17. TechTalkThursday
    18. Women Startups & Entrepreneurs Zürich
    19. Women Techmakers Switzerland
    20. B. Educate
  • Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspire, like 1 Million Cups, Startup Grind, Startup Founder 101, etc).
    1. Agile Breakfast Zürich von swissICT
    2. Artificial Intelligence Suisse
    3. Azure Blockchain Zürich
    4. Blockchain Meetup Zürich
    5. Chatbots Meetup Switzerland
    6. Data Science for Business
    7. Elastic Switzerland
    8. FoodPreneurs Meetups by FoodHack
    9. FuturesHub
    10. HaskellerZ
    11. Homegate Engineering
    12. Machine Translation Meetup (MTM)
    13. mHealth Switzerland by HEALTHINAR
    14. Microsoft Azure Zürich User Group
    15. Ruby on Rails Schweiz
    16. Rust Zurich
    17. SEBA
    18. Startup Founder 101 Zürich
    19. Startup Grind Zurich
    20. STARTUPS.CH Academy
    21. Swiss Insurtech Meetup
    22. Swiss Kaggle Group
    23. Voice Meetup Zürich
    24. Web3 Zug
    25. WordPress Zurich
    26. Zürich C++ Meetup
    27. Zurich EdTech
    28. Zürich Growth Hacking Meetup
    29. Zürich HashiCorp User Group
    30. Zurich Machine Learning and Data Science
    31. Zurich Python User Group
    32. Zurich Scala Enthusiasts
  • Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development. (Ex. bootcamps and comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute, General Assembly, Lean Startup Machine, code camps, etc)
    1. .NET User Group Zürich
    2. Agile Testing Meetup Zürich
    3. AWS Swiss User Group – Zürich
    4. Big Data Developers in Switzerland
    5. Big Data, Zurich
    6. Cloud Native Computing Switzerland
    7. Code4Fun
    8. CoderDojo Zurich
    9. CV Labs - Switzerland
    10. Data Science, #ODSC Zürich
    11. DevOps Meetup Zürich
    12. digitalswitzerland Startup Bootcamps
    13. Docker Switzerland
    14. educationdigital
    15. Founder Institute
    16. GDG Zürich
    17. Health 2.0 Zürich
    18. IxDA Zurich
    19. Lean Startup Academy
    20. Lean Startup Machine Zurich
    21. Lean Startup Zürich
    22. Master21
    23. OpenTechSchool Zurich Meetup
    24. Pantalks
    25. Power BI User Group Switzerland
    26. ProductTank Zürich
    27. Propulsion Academy AG
    28. Propulsion Academy Meetup
    29. RubyMonstas - Programming for Women
    30. Startup Board Academy
    31. Startup Campus
    32. Startup Zentrum Zürich
    33. Startzentrum Zürich
    34. Swiss Healthcare Startups
    35. Swiss MongoDB User Group
    36. Swiss Small Biz Bootcamp
    37. The Startup Way
    38. venturelab Training
    39. Web Zürich
    40. women++: tech and career dev workshops
    41. Zürich ReactJS Meetup
    42. Zürich Startup: Idea to IPO

C. Validate

  • Team Formation: Resources for teaming up. (i.e. events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)
    1. Agile GOTO Nights
    2. CoFoundersLab
    3. Cofounding
    4. cofoundme
    5. Crypto Valley Forum
    6. CryptoMondays Zug
    7. Entrepreneurs and Startups in Zurich
    8. Entrepreneurs’ Organization
    9. ETH Zurich Entrepreneur Club
    10. ETH Zurich Entrepreneur Club Startup Speed Dating
    11. FounderDating
    12. Professional Women Group
    13. Skill/Time Exchange
    14. Startup Scene Zürich - Synergy Spirit
    15. Startup Sucht
    16. StartupBlink Zürich
    17. StartUs
    18. The Zurich Entrepreneur Meetup Group
    19. UX Schweiz – Last Thursday Talks
    20. UX WIZARDS
    21. Winterthur Startup and Innovation Meetup
    22. Women in Digital Health
    23. Zürich Blockchain Developers
    24. Zurich Data Scientists & Machine Learners
    25. Zürich Entrepreneurship Meetup
    26. Zürich Internet Entrepreneurs Meetup
    27. Zurich Legal Tech Meetup
    28. Zurich Networking Group
    29. Zürich Women in Machine Learning and Data Science
  • Build First Product: Hackathons & resources to build. (i.e. hackathons and other builder-focused events and resources)
    1. #hackzurich
    2. 3D Printing Zürich
    3. AMIV Bastli
    4. Angular Zürich
    5. App Builders Zurich
    6. Arduino und Elektronik Abend im FabLab Zürich
    7. Brain Hack
    8. Chaos Computer Club Zürich Hackerspace
    9. Climathon
    10. Coders Only Zurich
    11. Compiler Social Zürich
    12. Consciousness Hacking Zürich
    13. ETH Zurich Student Project House
    14. FabLab Zürich
    15. FinTech Hackathon Zurich
    16. FoodHack
    17. Game Developers Zurich
    18. Hack Winterthur
    19. Hacking Health Zürich
    20. Hacks/Hackers Zürich
    21. Hardware Startup Zürich Meetup
    22. InCube
    23. LauzHack
    24. Legal Hackers Zurich
    25. Make Zurich
    26. makerZspace
    27. Open Food Data
    28. Software Crafters Zürich
    29. Swiss Digital Day 2018 Zurich Hackathon
    30. Swiss Legal Tech Hackathon
    31. Swiss Mobile Developers
    32. Zurich Drupal User Group Meetup
    33. Zurich FLOSS and IT geeks
    34. ZuriHac

2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

A. Start

  • Establish: Law firms & banks for startups
    1. Axiom Law
    2. Bär & Karrer
    3. Barclays
    4. Blum&Grob
    5. Citigroup
    6. Credit Suisse
    7. DZ PRIVATBANK
    8. EFG Bank
    9. Falcon Private Bank
    10. Habib Bank AG Zurich
    11. Kellerhals Carrard
    12. LEXR
    13. LGT Bank
    14. Loyens & Loeff
    15. Migros Bank
    16. Probst Partner
    17. Schellenberg Wittmer
    18. Smartup Law
    19. Startups.ch
    20. UBS
    21. Vischer
    22. VP Bank
    23. Walder Wyss
    24. Wenger & Vieli AG
    25. Zürcher Kantonalbank
  • Workspace: Co-working and flexible workspaces (note: “official” office space goes in 3.1.a. Infrastructure)
    1. Attic Creative Coworking
    2. Birdhaus
    3. Blau 10
    4. BlueLion Workspace
    5. Büro Züri
    6. Citizen Space Zurich
    7. Coworking Lounge Tessinerplatz
    8. Creative Space
    9. Headsquarter
    10. hush.
    11. Impact Hub Zurich
    12. Kraftwerk
    13. Office LAB
    14. Office Zürich
    15. PopupOffice
    16. Rocket Hub
    17. Satellite Office
    18. Spaces
    19. TGIM
    20. Trust Square
    21. WeSpace
    22. Westhive Innovation Ecosystem

B. Develop

  • Formalize: Accounting, development and HR for early-stage startups.  
    1. B-works
    2. Badenoch & Clark
    3. Bexio
    4. Caminada Treuhand AG
    5. Comerge
    6. Darwin Recruitment
    7. Dribba
    8. Ecovis
    9. Experis Switzerland
    10. Ferax Treuhand AG
    11. Findea AG
    12. Gaapex
    13. Ginetta
    14. ICON Worldwide
    15. Liip
    16. Nordwand Group
    17. SmallBusinessAccountants GmbH
    18. SwissHelios
    19. SWISSLINX
  • Prepare for Seed: Incubators and advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources for startup TEAMS)
    1. BlueLion
    2. Capacity Zurich
    3. ESA BIC Switzerland
    4. F10 FinTech Incubator & Accelerator
    5. Fongit
    6. glatec
    7. Haco Innovation Lab
    8. IFJ Startup Support
    9. Impact Hub Zurich
    10. RicoLab
    11. Runway Incubator
    12. STARTUP CAMPUS
    13. Swiss Startup Factory
    14. SWISScubator
    15. TECHNOPARK® Zürich
    16. Thomson Reuters Labs Incubator
    17. Venture Incubator
    18. Z-Kubator

C. Launch

  • Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)
    1. Climate-KIC Accelerator
    2. ETH Zurich Pioneer Fellowships
    3. Exit Accelerator
    4. F10 FinTech Incubator & Accelerator
    5. Horizon 2020
    6. ieLab
    7. Kickstart Accelerator
    8. MassChallenge
    9. Swiss Life Lab
    10. Swiss Startup Factory
  • Pitch & Demo: Show local startups for investment (i.e. demo days for companies seeking seed investment)
    1. Agri & Co Challenge
    2. AgriTech Day 2019
    3. Business Concept @ ETH Zurich
    4. Campus Day
    5. Final Pitch - Women Entrepreneurs Week 2019
    6. InCube
    7. Innovation Challenge Demo & Pitch Day
    8. Pitch Your Heart Out
    9. Pitching Grundlagen für Startups - Roundtable
    10. Seedstars World
    11. SICTIC Investor Day
    12. Startup Champions
    13. StartupBites #FoodSummit19
    14. SWISS INNOVATION CHALLENGE
    15. Swiss Startup Pitch
    16. swissnexDay'18
    17. Venture
    18. Venture DAY Zurich
    19. Venture Kick
    20. Zürich Blockchain Pitch and Networking Night

3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

A. Recognition

  • Investor Networking:  Connect professional investors with founders. (i.e. events or groups that facilitate connections with professional investors)
    1. >>venture>> Kickoff Zürich
    2. Access Silicon Valley Zürich
    3. Business Angels Switzerland
    4. EURUS Forum
    5. MSM Investorenvereinigung
    6. StartAngels Network
    7. Startup INVEST
    8. Startup.ch
    9. Startupticker Brunch Zürich
    10. Swiss Food Research
    11. Swiss ICT Investor Club
    12. Swiss Investment Network
    13. Venturelab
    14. Zürich Entrepreneurs, Startups & Investors Group
  • Major Media: Mainstream local business press. (i.e. major local or regional publications that frequently champion local businesses)
    1. 20 Minuten
    2. Blick
    3. CNNMoney Switzerland
    4. Finanz und Wirtschaft
    5. Handelszeitung
    6. Neue Zürcher Zeitung
    7. SRF
    8. Tages-Anzeiger
    9. The Local

B. Funding

  • Angels / Micro-VCs: Seed-stage investors
    1. Adrien Gautier
    2. Alex Fries
    3. Alexander Schlaepfer
    4. Balz Roth
    5. Casper Urhammer
    6. Dominic Rubas
    7. Erinc Alper
    8. Filipe Almeida
    9. Jan Fülscher
    10. Jan Vichr
    11. Karel Obluk
    12. Klaus Hommels
    13. Marco Valta
    14. Matt Henderson
    15. Matthias Hilpert
    16. Michael Sidler
    17. Nicolas Gautier
    18. Norman Rohr
    19. Oleg Tscheltzoff
    20. Oliver Jung
    21. Raphael Leiteritz
    22. Rico Wyder
    23. Sal Matteis
    24. Severin Jan Rüegger
    25. Sven Eppert
    26. Taavet Hinrikus
    27. Tarmo Ploom
    28. Vitaly Rubstein
  • Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond
    1. 3wVentures
    2. ABB Technology Ventures
    3. Aravis
    4. Arena Ventures
    5. BB Biotech Ventures
    6. BlueOcean Ventures
    7. btov Partners
    8. Creathor Ventures
    9. Emerald Technology Ventures
    10. EQT Partners
    11. Greentech Capital Advisors
    12. investiere Venture Capital
    13. Lakestar
    14. Momenta Partners
    15. Mountain Partners
    16. Nextech Invest
    17. Redalpine Venture Partners
    18. Ringier Digital Ventures
    19. Rocket Capital
    20. Stafford Capital Partners
    21. Swiss Founders Fund
    22. Swisscom Ventures
    23. VI Partners
    24. Wellington Partners Venture Capital

C. Growth

  • Infrastructure: Office space, HR, local business insurance. (i.e. office space/ HR/ insurance providers for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
    1. Allianz
    2. Convidis AG
    3. Dextra Rechtsschutz AG
    4. Engel & Völkers
    5. Homegate
    6. Instant Offices
    7. Michael Page
    8. Randstad
    9. Regus
    10. Robert Half
    11. Search Office Space
    12. Wilhelm AG
    13. Zurich
  • Expansion: Growth accelerators/consultants. (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
    1. ABeam Consulting
    2. Accenture
    3. Aon
    4. Arthur D. Little
    5. A.T. Kearney
    6. Avanade
    7. Bain & Company
    8. BearingPoint
    9. Boston Consulting Group
    10. Capgemini
    11. Cognizant
    12. Deloitte
    13. Egon Zehnder
    14. Ernst & Young
    15. Gartner
    16. Grant Thornton
    17. Kantar Millward Brown
    18. Korn Ferry
    19. KPMG
    20. McKinsey & Company
    21. Mercer
    22. Milliman
    23. North Highland
    24. Oliver Wyman
    25. PwC
    26. Roland Berger
    27. SapientRazorfish
    28. Simon Kucher & Partners
    29. Tata Consultancy Services
    30. Vivaldi
    31. Willis Towers Watson
    32. Wipro

4. Success Stories

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

  1. Advanon
  2. Archilogic
  3. Ava
  4. Avrios
  5. Beekeeper
  6. BLINQ
  7. ComfyLight
  8. CUTISS
  9. DeinDeal
  10. Fotokite
  11. HEGIAS
  12. Insightness
  13. Knip
  14. Loanboox
  15. Nexiot AG
  16. Nezasa AG
  17. Nummo
  18. Piavita
  19. Scandit
  20. SELFNATION
  21. Squirro
  22. TestingTime
  23. Versantis
  24. WayRay
  25. wefox
  26. WINGTRA
  27. Xeltis



Supporters


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Evangelists

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.

  1. Agnieszka Rychlewska
  2. Alex Stöckl
  3. Andreas Hürlimann
  4. Andreas Iten
  5. Anil Sethi
  6. Christina Kehl
  7. Cristian Grossmann
  8. Daniel Jordi
  9. David Butler
  10. Donat Matthews
  11. Dr. Christian Hugo Hoffmann
  12. James Sanders
  13. Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier
  14. Lisa Schröder
  15. Lorna Quinn
  16. Mateja Kramar
  17. Max Meister
  18. Mike Baur
  19. Pascal Mathis
  20. Roman Gaus
  21. Sam Chadwick
  22. Stefan Steiner
  23. Tatjana de Kerros
  24. Thomas Dübendorfer
  25. Thomas Kern
  26. Willa Gabrielle Cartwright
  27. Willy Bischofberger

2. Government

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

  1. AmCham Switzerland
  2. digitalswitzerland
  3. economiesuisse
  4. ICC Switzerland
  5. Innosuisse
  6. swissnex Network
  7. Switzerland Global Enterprise
  8. Switzerland Innovation
  9. TECHNOPARK® Zürich
  10. Zürcher Handelskammer

3. Talent

Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.

  • Local Universities (universities with prominent technical or business programs)
    1. Business School Lausanne
    2. ETH Zurich
    3. HSO Business School
    4. Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts - Lucerne School of Business
    5. OUS Royal Academy of Economics and Technology
    6. SBS Swiss Business School
    7. University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration Zurich
    8. University of Lausanne
    9. University of St. Gallen
    10. University of Zurich - UZH
    11. ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
    12. Zurich Business School (UIBS)
    13. Zurich University of the Arts
  • Local Employers (Major technical employers, like Microsoft or Google or large local companies, with large local offices)
    1. Amazon
    2. Apple
    3. Avaloq
    4. Cisco
    5. Dell
    6. Facebook
    7. GE
    8. Google
    9. Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    10. Huawei
    11. IBM
    12. Infosys
    13. Logitech
    14. Microsoft
    15. Nokia Networks
    16. Samsung
    17. Siemens
    18. Sunrise
    19. Swisscom

 

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