Promotion Activities

Promoting female academic entrepreneurs at Swiss universities and research institutions (alphabetical order)

  • Equality in academia and industry

    CONNECT – Connecting Women’s Careers in Academia and Industry

    CONNECT encourages women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to plan and develop their career. It aims to inspire all involved people to bridge the gap between academia, industry and public sector.
  • We Want More Female Founders!

    Female Founders

    The Female Founders Initiative by STARTUP CAMPUS, ZHAW and Impact Hub Zurich aims to inspire, inform and support women to become founders and entrepreneurs. The Female Founders map provides transparency in the sector and portrays great female role models in the startup ecosystem.
  • feminno

    feminno – female innovation and career development in Life Sciences

    ​feminno offers all female scientists (from life sciences, natural sciences, medicine, health and tech) the opportunity to bridge research from an academic perspective with innovation, entrepreneurship and industry. The program is supported by University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, and industry partners.
  • FEMtrepreneurs


    This grass-roots initiative by the University of Basel has the main goal of creating a supporting community centered around supporting female entrepreneurs in their innovative endeavors and enabling their development in founding their businesses.
  • Logo FLP: Fix the leaky pipeline! A career-building program for women in science

    Fix the Leaky Pipeline

    Fix the Leaky Pipeline is a career-building program that gives young women scientists the opportunity to get mentoring by an entrepreneur and to develop a strategy for finding the career path that fits them best.

  • Innosuisse Start-up Training

    Innosuisse Start-up Training

    The Innosuisse start-up training programme helps you develop your business idea, set up your company and implement a strategy for growth. Our four training modules are led by experienced entrepreneurs and held all over Switzerland.
  • Prix Isabelle Musy

    Isabelle Musy Award

    Since 2014, the Isabelle Musy Award is given out every two years to outstanding female entrepreneurs from the French- and Italian-speaking parts of Switzerland, and comes with CHF 50,000 in prize money.

    PROWD (PROfessional Women with Doctorates)

    The PROWD programme by the University of Lausanne addresses female postdocs’ diverse needs and professional prospects through their academic or non-academic careers, while offering them opportunities for sharing experiences and concerns at joint events.
  • Female Founder Program

    Startup@HSG – Female Founder Program

    Startup@HSG created The Female Founder Program, a series of events, initiatives, and an accelerator program to inspire, enlighten, and boost Female entrepreneurship at the HSG.
  • Toolkit: Women & Diversity In Innovation

    Toolkit: Women & Diversity in Innovation

    Diversity is an innovation driver – if the conditions are right! The Toolkit: Women & Diversity in Innovation supports SMEs and large organizations in adopting and fostering diversity in innovation.
  • Women who start up

    Women who startup: bring your ideas to life

    The Innovation Office of the University of Bern welcomes you to this event/workshop series for women entrepreneurs. Do you have an idea but don’t know where to start and what are the next steps? Sign up and learn useful tools and strategies!

Programs and Networks outside Universities

  • Collective StartUp Days

    The collective brings organizations and initiatives together that foster diversity in the Swiss startup ecosystem and organize events for (potential) women founders.