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THE STARTLAB DIFFERENCE

Flourish in a dedicated life sciences business environment

700 m2 of shared laboratories

300 m2 of shared office space

Gain financial flexibility and  ‘pay as you play’

Swiss quality at your service

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Flourish in a dedicated life sciences business environment

700 m2 of shared laboratories

300 m2 of shared office space

Gain financial flexibility and  ‘pay as you play’

Swiss quality at your service

StartLab enables life sciences entrepreneurs to take the bold step of moving out of their comfort zone while providing an environment designed to maximize their chances of success.

OUR OFFER

At Biopôle, we have developed what we believe is the optimum offer for a life sciences incubator:

  • Bespoke infrastructure dedicated to life sciences, with shared laboratories, equipment and offices, which enable you to pursue your project as efficiently as possible, outside of an academic environment.
  • An accessible network of life sciences and business experts from whom you can learn and gain new skills and knowledge, vital for turning an idea into a viable business reality.
  • A dynamic ecosystem in which you can thrive.

Your access to StartLab is granted for periods of three months, renewable for a maximum period of three years. This flexibility helps you to adjust your spending quarter by quarter, as your needs evolve.

A key feature of the StartLab offer is our ‘pay as you play’ adaptable model, which requires fewer funds to get started, reduces risk for investors and lowers dilution for entrepreneurs. Moreover, Biopôle recognises how precious your ownership capital is to your future prosperity, and therefore we do not take any equity from StartLab members.

A detailed list of our offering will be presented to you in the Service Agreement, to be signed with Biopôle SA upon the acceptance of your candidature.

Furthermore, you can choose to apply for the START programme, which offers coaching and financial advantages to promising entrepreneurs. Companies are selected four times a year by the StartLab Advisory Board.

 

The Start programme perks include:

  • A 20% discount on infrastructure rental.
  • A voucher of up to CHF 15,000 (CHF 5,000 per year of incubation) for external consulting services, to be purchased from Biopôle’s experts’ network.
  • A voucher of up to CHF 4,500 (CHF 1,500 per year of incubation) towards conferences or workshops at Biopôle that are of interest to you.
  • Free access for one participant to the continuing education programme Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Life Sciences Product Management, offered by University of Lausanne (UNIL) Formation Continue (equivalent to approximately CHF 10,000).
  • Free Wi-Fi and IT services.

Please click on the icons below to learn more about each feature of our offer.

Lab Infrastructure

The fully equipped co-working laboratory area features 11 stations (with four individual benches each), five shared specialty labs (cell culture, centrifugation, PCR, chemistry and the P2 bacteriology lab), three shared general services rooms (autoclave/washing, machinery and cold room) and 11 lab desks.

When you take at least one individual private bench (120 cm long) for a minimum period of three months, you will get access to the whole laboratory space, together with the other features described in the ‘Services’ section. The price of an individual private bench, with access to all laboratory facilities, is CHF 1,800 per month.

For members of our START programme, we recognise that in Year 1 you are just ‘putting your toes in the water’. Therefore, Biopôle subsidises the cost of a bench. This subsidy decreases between Year 1 and Year 3, as your company matures. Since the price changes across your incubation period, the average price of an individual bench is CHF 1,400 per month, over your three years (maximum) of incubation.

List of our major equipment per specialty lab

In collaboration with our academic neighbours the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and University of Lausanne, Biopôle offers its community members the opportunity to take advantage of existing research infrastructure and provides privileged access to the various life sciences platforms and laboratories on campus, and beyond. Please click on the following link to find out more about the technology platforms and services at Biopôle.

Furthermore, in collaboration with our partners, we are happy to offer you access to other specialised working environments, like the FabLab Renens (www.fablab-renens.ch). For more information about our partnerships, please contact us at startlab@biopole.ch.

 

Take the first step to turn your vision into reality: Apply now!

Office Infrastructure

The fully furnished co-working office area houses more than 35 individual workspaces organised over different working environments, with access to meeting rooms, closed personal and company lockers, a kitchenette and a lounge area.

When you occupy at least one individual private workspace for a minimum period of three months, you are given access to the office space, alongside the other features described in the ‘Services’ section. The price of an individual private workspace is CHF 500 per month.

For members of our ‘Start’ programme, we recognise that in Year 1 you are just ‘putting your toes in the water’. Therefore, Biopôle subsidises the cost of a workspace. This subsidy decreases from Year 1 to Year 3 as your company matures. Since the price changes across your incubation period, the average price of an individual workspace is CHF 400 per month, over your three years (maximum) of incubation.

 

Take the first step to turn your vision into reality: Apply now!

 

 

Services

A suite of administrative services is available as part of a pay-per-use infrastructure model, so that you can remain focused on your innovative day-to-day activities. This suite includes:

  1. Secretarial and administrative support.
  2. A dedicated StartLab lab manager, who is fully at your disposal to offer thorough training on all the equipment, assist you in any technical issues you might have and ensure a proper working environment for all.
  3. Fibre-optic internet and remote server access. This service is offered for free to members of the ‘Start’ programme.
  4. Grouped purchasing system for both office and laboratory consumables (invoices are to be paid individually).
  5. Washing services and waste management for the laboratory area.
  6. A stock of common glassware and standard lab chemistry products.

 

Take the first step to turn your vision into reality: Apply now!

 

Training

At StartLab, you have access to a range of professional services, which Biopôle brings to your doorstep in collaboration with its strategic partners.

Biopôle SA and the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, as well as HEC at the University of Lausanne, have joined forces to create a special Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) dedicated to Life Sciences Product Management. This course includes tailored business and management training, where the objective is to accompany you from concept to business realisation. The training sessions will include online and in-person seminars, and cover topics such as innovation, product launch, entrepreneurial spirit, management, marketing and more, all tailored to a dynamic life sciences market. One place per company is offered to members of our ‘Start’ programme.

More information on the CAS here,

 

Take the first step to turn your vision into reality: Apply now!

 

Entrepreneurs' Club

At StartLab, you have access to a range of professional services, which Biopôle brings to your doorstep in collaboration with its strategic partners.

These services include exclusive access to StartLab’s Entrepreneurs’ Club, where you can network and establish valuable relationships with seasoned life sciences business experts. The Club features a mix of formal and informal workshops, lunches and gatherings, where experts share insights and provide guidance both in group and one-to-one settings. Depending on your needs, you can also engage the Club experts as consultants on a project or hourly basis.

 

Take the first step to turn your vision into reality: Apply now!

 

Biopôle Ecosystem

By joining StartLab, you also become a full member of the Biopôle ecosystem and life sciences community and therefore benefit from the existing services, events and activities.

Biopôle has put together, and continuously develops, a suite of services and benefits for Biopôle members, which foster professional development, collegiate collaboration and personal relationships. All our services and events are accessible through our community app MyBiopôle.

 

Take the first step to turn your vision into reality: Apply now!