Putting «science entrepreneurship» into practice

A concern with the interaction between entrepreneurship and science stems directly from the foundation purpose of Gebert Rüf Stiftung. Promoting «science entrepreneurship» among the younger generation of academics at Swiss universities lies at the heart of the «Wissenschaft und Unternehmertum» area of activity. The goal is to transform research findings into products, companies and jobs.

Objectiv: From research results to business ideas

Venture Kick closes a key gap in the innovation chain: turning research work into promising business ideas. The pre-seed fund not only funds the first steps of people with ideas, but also develops their entrepreneurial skills. A three-step process leads to a spin-off with a solid business plan for the economic implementation of the innovation.

Venture Kick was launched in 2007 by Gebert Rüf Stiftung and Ernst Göhner Stiftung as a privately financed pre-seed fund. Today, the initiative is supported by 11 private partners, foundations, individuals and companies who all share the same vision of supporting the next generation of successful entrepreneurs for the prosperity of the Swiss economy and society:

Submission of projects

Gebert Rüf Stiftung supports the program Venture Kick financially; however, it is not involved in the operational management of Venture Kick. The programme is managed by Venturelab Ltd.


Performance 2007 – 2009

Input Output
3,981 applications from 20+ universities 439 active high-tech companies
675 supported spin-off projects 6,967 qualified jobs (FTE)
403 jury sessions (10,000+ hrs of "brain power") 3,482,000,000 CHF money raised

746 days of coaching (Kicher's Camps)

118 CHF from investors for 1 from V Kick
29,250,000 CHF in startcapital paid out 54 Venture Kick startups in the TOP 100 2019


Program management

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