Innosuisse Startup Training

Business Creation – Create your impact startup




In the course “Business Creation for Social Entrepreneurs” experienced startup coaches support you in building your social business. You receive concrete answers to your project- and company-specific questions, specify your plans and consolidate your entrepreneurial knowledge.

What you will learn in this course:

  • Business modelling for a social business (designing a business that creates value)
  • Creating stakeholder value (designing value propositions for customers and beneficiaries)
  • Product development (using the build, measure, learn process)
  • Impact assessment & measurement (defining your impact and doing a first measurement)
  • Market structure & business strategy (understanding the market and defining your role)
  • Go-to-market strategy (creating a roadmap for market entry and growth)
  • Financial forecasting (forecasting your financial growth and funding needs)
  • Raising funding (developing a practical fundraising strategy and identifying funding sources)
  • Pitching skills (learning how to give a persuasive pitch to different stakeholders)
  • Founding and legal (Comparing different legal structures and intellectual property strategies)
  • Team development (Building a strong team, resolving conflicts and managing yourselves)
  • Pitching to an expert jury

Who can participate?

Motivated and ambitious members of a Swiss university or university of applied sciences, i.e. students, doctoral students, postdocs, professors. Founders and heads of a recently founded social businesses with a positive social and/or ecological impact. A maximum of 15 participants per course will be admitted.

When and where does the course take place?

The Business Creation course is a 5-day intensive course, spread over several weeks. Details of the course program can be found in the individual course starts.

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Business Growth – scale-up your impact startup

Innosuisse Startup Training - Business Growth


In the course “Business Growth for Social Entrepreneurs” we support you in the growth of your company by developing your own growth plan. You will deepen your knowledge in the areas of strategy development, systematic customer acquisition and pitching skills. Bring your business model to the next level and create the basis to open up new markets.

What you will learn in this course:

  • Scalable high-impact business models
  • Growth & internationalization strategies (building international impact and sales)
  • Partnership strategies for social businesses
  • Impact assessment, measurement and implementation
  • Legal structures for scaling impact businesses
  • Organization in the growth phase (sales, distribution, engineering, HR, etc.)
  • Growth financing (financing needs and solutions)
  • Team management (clarifying requirements, recruitment, etc.)
  • Industry-specific mechanisms, models, risks and opportunities
  • Business intelligence
  • Key performance indicators (KPIs) and optimization processes

Who can participate?

Founders and heads of social businesses that are already operating in the market, creating impact and generating revenue from sales and partnerships. A maximum of 12 participants per course will be admitted.

When and where does the course take place?

The Business Growth course is a 5-day intensive course, spread over several weeks. Details of the course program can be found in the individual course starts.

Learn more and apply here