Who we are

USI Startup Centre is a community for innovation

We support innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs in shaping their startup projects and navigating local, national and international innovation ecosystems.

At the intersection between the academic environment and the economic context in Ticino, USI Startup Centre represents the gateway to an energetic community of researchers, students, entrepreneurs, business coaches, investors and experts, where ideas and experiences are shared to enable the development of innovative startup projects.

The three main goals of the USI Startup Centre are to:

  • Foster an entrepreneurial culture;
  • Engage and serve the startup community;
  • Support early-stage startups.

To achieve these goals, we run a startup incubation programme, provide one-off information and feedback sessions through our Desk service, as well as invest time and resources in engaging our community through events and other initiatives focused on entrepreneurship and innovation. 


1-hour information sessions aimed at providing first feedback to aspiring entrepreneurs at the initial stage of idea development and helping them navigate the innovation ecosystem. Book an appointment with a member of our team to discuss your startup idea, ask questions about our programmes and/or receive initial feedback.

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Incubation programme

A two-year programme designed to facilitate the development of high-potential early-stage innovative startup projects through coaching, training opportunities, knowledge exchange within a supportive entrepreneurial network and access to equipped workspaces. Apply to the USI Startup Centre incubation programme to give a boost to your startup project.

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