You belong to the best high tech startups in Switzerland or you are a student at a Swiss university with a great business idea? Or you are simply an entrepreneurial genius out there. Start your entrepreneurial journey with programs provided by venturelab in 2017. Their events and programs are tailored at helping you building a solid and successful startup. If you belong to the top Swiss startups ready to conquer the world, you can present your business to investors and experts in Lausanne, Zurich, Silicon Valley, Boston, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Rio, Bangalore or Cape Town.

venture leaders in Technology 2017, Silicon Valley
You belong to the top Technology startups in Switzerland and want to boost your future? Apply to be one of the 10 members of the Swiss national startup team in Technology for a rocking week in Silicon Valley, where you will be able to meet investors and experts, from March 27th to April 1st, 2017.

Application deadline is January 10th, 2017:
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venture leaders China 2017, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Beijing and Hong Kong
A unique 10 day business development program to explore the Chinese market and meet investors as well as experts, from June 11th to June 21st, 2017. venture leaders China is an exclusive opportunity to be part of a top entrepreneurial team, accelerate your business growth globally and showcase Switzerland as a leading country for innovation. Applications will open mid-January with a deadline in March 2017.


QualySense was part of last year’s venture leaders China.

Check out the interview with the head of Division of Business and Economic Development in the Office for Economy and Labour of the Canton of Zurich Markus Assfalg, with whom we talked about his division and the support of the venture leaders China program. The program boosted the participating startups and helped them to reach the next level. For example Duncan Sutherland of TwentyGreen or Felix Adamczyk of Smart Home Technology, with whom we talked right before they left to China. Also learn more about the last year participants in mini-interviews.


The winners of last years edition in NYC.

venture leaders in Life Sciences 2017, Boston
Meet industry leaders and top Life Sciences investors in Boston with the Swiss national startup team in Life Sciences from June 18th to June 24th, 2017. Applications will open mid-January with a deadline in March 2017).

venture leaders in Fintech 2017, New York
You want to explore the US market and plan to build a global fintech startup? Join the Swiss national startup team in Fintech to meet industry leaders and investors in New York, in September 2017. Applications will open soon.
Check the 300+ alumni of the venture leaders programs

Check out the recap of the last year’s graduation ceremony at the US embassy in Bern. Mich

Startup Essentials/Acceleration workshops
A series of 8 workshops covering the know-how and tools required to accelerate the development of your project. Our workshops are based on a mission and challenge approach to enhance the validation and execution of your business case, starting in February and in March at EPFL and ETH.


CEO Yann Tissot of L.E.S.S.

TOP100 Swiss Startups Award 2017
Each year, launches the TOP 100 Startup Award. From over 100’000 young companies, the 100 most innovative and promising Swiss startups are picked by top startup experts. In 2017, we’ll celebrate the best Swiss startups, on September 6. Register here.

Check the TOP100 2016, the special edition of PME and Handelszeitung magazines  or our recap of the event, when we talked with the TOP 3 startups, who are on top for a reason.

Startup Champions
You are interested by entrepreneurship and innovation and want to learn from top entrepreneurs and speakers? Join the Startup Champions events organized at EPFL and ETH every semester. We could for example welcome Henri Seydoux (Parrot), Michael Baum (, Nicolas Abelé (Lemoptix, now Intel), Christophe Maire (Atlantic Labs), Daniel Gutenberg (unicorn hunter) or Georges Koukis (Temenos) in the past years. Book April 26th for a great Startup Champions event at EPFL already, combined with the EPFL alumni Seed Night! Information and registrations will open soon.

Founders Circles
Our Founders Circle is an exclusive network of successful founders. You can only become a member if you have grown the turnover of your startup above 1 million or if you have raised at least 1 million from investors. They can take part in invitation-only workshops organized all over the year. Check the events here.

10 years of Venture Kick
2017 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Venture Kick program. We’ll for sure be at the party on November 9th, 2017, and will share the registration link to this public event soon!