Co-Founder Round_table

From Founders for Founders

Profit from Bluelion's well-curated network of industry experts and serial entrepreneurs who will share their personal success recipe and help you leverage your business.

Training session

Turning ideas into a startup

Elevate your business in this jam-packed 10-week acceleration program that covers the most important topics of team, business & investment to take your startup to the next level.

Investors pitch

Leading Seed Investors

Get privileged access to experienced angel investors during the program and pitch in front of Switzerland's leading seed investors at the demo day.

Testimonials

Petronela Sandaluche
Petronela Sandulache
Alumni Spring 2021
Founder CorDiFio Health
"Personally, I feel like the LikeMinded Program is like the Y Combinator of Switzerland (without the equity investment). As a startup we received a great network and expert support during our journey and also after that. As we all know, startup world is all about the right connections and the right introductions to accelerate your local and global market reach."

Damien Buhl
Damien Buhl
Alumni Fall 2020
Co-Founder tipi technologies
"It's not just another startup coaching program, it's the one that got us found, that got our team up and running for market entry and growth. If you are the next unicorn, you should take part."
Sonali Quantius
Sonali Quantius
Alumni Spring 2021
Founder Haplomind
"The LikeMinded Program was very valuable for Haplomind for the outstanding content, network and even in getting us a new team member! [...] We would highly recommend this program to anyone who is thinking of an idea but lacks the roadmap to make it a reality!"

Timeline

05.07.21: Start Application
27.08.21: Close Application
20.09.21: Selection Announcement
06.10.21: Program Kickoff
28.10.21: Matchmaking Event
09.12.21: Demo Day

Questions & Answers

  • - A scalable business idea 

    - Working experience (3+ year) in the industry you want to start a business in

    - Commitment to work full-time on your project as soon as feasible

  • The LikeMinded program is not just another startup school, but is geared towards highly skilled professionals who want to launch their own business. Accordingly, we have designed the program specifically to meet the needs of working professionals (3+ years of working experience) in terms of content, style and structure.

  • The program is free of charge for the participants and is financed by our two partners, Gebert Rüf and Zürcher Kantonalbank. There is also no need to relinquish a stake in the company. In return, we require full commitment from the participants for the entire duration of the program.

  • Your application will be carefully assessed by the Bluelion team. After reviewing all submissions, we will invite the shortlisted candidates to a personal interview with the program management. Subsequently, the final selection of participants will be made and communicated. 

  • While it is possible to complete the program alongside a regular job, we do not recommend it. The program includes a training day that takes place every Thursday for 10 weeks (kickoff and demo day inclusive). Although it is technically possible to be present only one day per week, you will benefit most from the program if you can work on your startup every day.

  • The scope of support services we provide includes the following:

    - Training sessions covering the most important pre-seed topics

    - Individual expert sessions to tackle your most pressing challenges

    - A matchmaking event with potential co-founders

    - Access to the Bluelion community including the LikeMinded alumni network 

    - A workspace at Bluelion's startup hub for the duration of the program

    - The opportunity to pitch to key (pre-)seed investors in Switzerland

  • At the end of the program, you will get the opportunity to pitch your idea to selected (pre-)seed investors and thus secure future funding for your startup. In addition, we try to find a suitable follow-up solution for all participating startups - within or outside Bluelion's field of activity. 

  • If accepted into the program, we expect you to be present at 80% of all acceleration days (each Thursday), with the kickoff (30.09.2021) and the demo day (09.12.2021) being mandatory for all participants. Furthermore, we expect you to meet the specified deadlines and demonstrate full commitment to the program. We reserve the right to exclude participants who fail to meet these expectations from the program.

  • We are optimistic that we will be able to host all events on site. However, we will make sure that the individual sessions are also accessible online.

  • Keen to join a startup at a very early stage, but don't have your own business idea yet? Join LikeMinded's special matchmaking event to meet current participants in the LikeMinded program. Register your interest now and we will be in touch for the event details.

The LikeMinded Alumni

Donors

logo partner LikeMinded program Wissenschaft. Bewegen Gebert Rüf Stiftung
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