With the UZH Entrepreneur-Fellowship in BioTech and MedTech, the University of Zurich provides funding, advice, and support to young researchers in life sciences and related fields who intend to start up a company based on their own research carried out at UZH.
UZH Entrepreneur Fellows will be given the opportunity to further develop their technology, product or novel service and to evaluate the potential for the commercialization of such a technology, product or service before founding the company.
An UZH BioEntrepreneur-Fellowship amounts to CHF 150’000 and is given for a period of 18 months. Fellows are free to decide on how to spend the money (e.g. for the own salary, the employment of co-workers or for consumables).
As part of the fellowship and besides their work on the project, fellows take part in the BioEntrepreneurship & Innovation (BEI) Program that conveys and trains the fundamentals of business start-up and management in a hands-on manner, and are supported by the Therapy Development Accelerator (TDA) that provides professional expertise in project management and business development.
Unitectra supports the fellows on commercialisation issues, such as the protection of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyright), licenses and the creation of spin-off companies.
Who can apply?
Eligible candidates for an UZH BioEntrepreneur-Fellowship
- must either complete their doctoral degree (PhD) in life sciences or related fields at UZH within six months after the application deadline or are currently working as postdoctoral researcher at UZH;
- must submit their project as a single applicant;
- have to be supported by an UZH professor (host professor) who is ready to act as a mentor during the fellowship and will provide the necessary lab space and infrastructure to carry out the project.