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.
Welcome the participants of the LikeMinded 2021 Spring edition!
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
Why is the program for professionals?
While there are numerous institutions that support students and university spin-offs, the Swiss ecosystem is lacking a similar offering for professionals. To fill this gap, we focus exclusively on industry startups. 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 announce the results of our shortlist. The pre-selected applicants will then be invited to a personal interview and / or a pitch in front of the program board. Subsequently, the final selection of participants will be made and communicated.
Is it a full time 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 (kick-off 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.
How will I be supported in finding a co-founder?
We strongly believe that the team is the most important ingredient for a successful startup. That's why a special focus of the program lies on building up a powerful team of founders. We support you in this matter by diving deep into the topic with a true expert, letting you hear the secrets of successful co-founders and organizing a match-making event with potential co-founders.
What if I already have a co-founder?
Lucky you! Of course, you are free to bring existing co-founders and start your journey as a team. During the program, you will also have the opportunity to critically review the composition of your founding team and recruit new team members if necessary.
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 (15.04.2021) and the demo day (17.06.2021) 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.
How do you intend to deal with the COVID-19 situation?
We are optimistic that the current exeptional situation will have calmed down somewhat by spring and that we will be able to conduct all events as planned. However, the personal health of our participants holds the highest priority, which is why we are considering delivering the program (or parts of it) digitally.
How can I participate in the program without an own idea?
Keen to leave the corporate sector and join a startup at a very early stage, but don't have your own business idea yet? Don't worry, there are many founders looking for a suitable partner in crime. Take your chance and register for our newly developed co-founder platform, exchange ideas with likeminded people in our private Linkedin group and join one of our matchmaking events in Zurich.