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.
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.
Founder CorDiFio Health
Co-Founder tipi technologies
Questions & Answers
What do I need to bring along?
- 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
What is the LikeMinded approach?
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.
How much does the program cost?
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.
What happens after submitting my application?
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.
What is the time commitment for the program?
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.
What kind of support will I get?
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
What happens at the end of the program?
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.
What is expected of me during the program?
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.
Is the program held on site?
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.
What if I don't have an idea yet?
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.