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Founder Call: Founding of start-ups or spin-offs in the field of digital transformation

The Founder Call offers students and employees of DIZH universities the opportunity to obtain the low-threshold funding they need to advance their start-up or spin-off. 

By funding the step from a pure start-up idea to a proof of concept, founders are supported in demonstrating that their conceptually developed project can be implemented in practice. This can involve new products, services, artistic and creative productions or new business or operating models.

Funding is provided, for example, for checking feasibility assumptions, creating and testing a prototype for a product or service, and testing the idea in a pilot project. The support is paid to the university at which the applicant is employed after the project has been approved and not directly to private founders.

Projects for the 1st Founder Call can claim up to a maximum of CHF 75,000 in funds from the DIZH special credit and may last a maximum of 12 months after the start of the project.

Additional Calls 2023: In June, the call for the 1st Outreach proposal will be issued. In summer, the 3rd project call will be announced. We invite you to subscribe to our newsletter to be informed about ongoing calls.