StartLab’s mission is to provide the ideal environment to selected life sciences incubated projects, designed to maximise their chances of success. Through our tailor-made infrastructure, support and service offering, we anchor aspiring business creators into Biopôle’s dynamic community and walk alongside them through their incubation journey. We aim to unleash successive generations of start-ups to stimulate the life sciences ecosystem in the canton of Vaud and across Switzerland.
THE KEYS TO SUCCESS
Biopôle created the StartLab Advisory Board (SAB) to assist our incubated start-ups throughout their growth and development. The SAB selects the most promising projects applying to be part of the START programme, efficiently anchoring these projects in our dynamic ecosystem and ensuring that StartLab remains at the leading edge of best practice in the incubation of life sciences businesses.
The SAB is made up of professionals with complementary expertise and perspectives, including academia, investment, business, technology transfer and entrepreneurship. Please click below to learn more about our SAB members.
In addition to the innovative infrastructure offered by StartLab, the Biopôle team provide managerial and business support to our start-ups who are, by definition, often pushing the boundaries of technology and working on the leading – if not bleeding – edge of science. Many issues encountered throughout the life of a company are about which strategic route to take and which tactics to use to get to the end goal. This is where the Entrepreneurs’ Club plans to help the StartLab start-ups.
The Club gathers senior players in different fields who want to help the start-ups by providing managerial and business support. Regular meetings allow start-ups to provide updates from their businesses and seek a sounding board for a particular matter in their company. In addition, Club members can provide mentoring on a one-to-one basis or in short-term project groups, for instance to support fundraising. Club members sign up on a long-term pro bono basis, providing a stable element to the start-up operating ecosystem: a friendly supporter who is ‘on your side’.