Access free guidance and complementary skills from experienced leaders!

Boost your startup with the support of experienced coaches and focus on topics tailored to your needs during this 5-month program. Get additional insights into impact measurement practices and access to Bluelion community.

THE IMPACT ACADEMY

Mentoring program to accelerate and support impact startups.

Boost your startup journey thanks to the outside perspective and guidance of experienced managers from the corporate world with complementary skillsets. In addition, peer-learning opportunities and networking events allow you to exchange with entrepreneurial minds and help you grow your business. Online input sessions provides additional tools to track your impact and attract funding.

Current partners: Swisslife, UBS, Julius Bär, PwC

BENEFITS FOR FOUNDERS

Tailored growth support to your startup’s individual needs.

Access top Mentors

You are matched with two coaches from different corporates or department based on your needs and challenges, to support you in a wide range of business-related topics.

Open doors to new contacts

Your coaches can act as door openers in specific areas of your business growth.

Track your impact

Online input sessions provide you with the tools to track your socio-environmental impact and Impact finance insights are further allowing you to connect the dots with your impact KPIs and raise successfully.

Learn from your peers

You get the chance to exchange with like-minded entrepreneurs and potential growth partners.

Get more Visibility

At the end of the program, nominated startups have the chance to pitch in front of a community of experts and potential investors.

ALUMNI FEEDBACKS

Trust those who know best

Julia Krieg Co-founder Blumenpost

We stayed in regular contact with our coach after the Impact Academy ended. Of course, we could not tell her the details about the sale process, but since it was a pretty stressful phase for us three founders, it was important to have someone at our side with an outside perspective – also to calm us down sometimes. Our advice to future participants: try to think of bigger topics to tackle during the program, a problem that you cannot just google. Think about the bigger picture of your business.

Thomas Lumpe founder Breathe Medical

We would definitely recommend the Impact Academy to all start-ups that are interested in improving their impact strategy and aligning it with their business plan. The program really helped us to reflect on how we want to achieve our impact and how we could measure it better. Our coaches from UBS and Credit Suisse also brought a great, new perspective into the project by challenging our business plan from the perspective of financial experts. Together, this mix of impact and business inputs was really valuable and helped us to take the next step with our business.

APPLICATION CRITERIA

What you should bring along

Kickass Team

Your co-founding team has the skills and industry knowledge to drive the idea forward and consists of at least two fully committed founders.

Swiss Made

Your startup is based in Switzerland. The startup’s activities may have an impact beyond the national borders.

First Traction

You have proof of concept or first positive market feedback, like LOIs or pilot projects with potential clients.

Impact Focus

There is a clear link between your value proposition and its contribution to at least one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Commitment

You are motivated to commit to the 5-months coaching program and able to attend 80% of the on- and offline events.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is everything else you need to know

Who are the coaches?

The coaches are employees from our corporate partners. They are all in upper-level management positions and have a wide range of expertise fields. Previously, we’ve had coaches with backgrounds in marketing, communications, business development, sales, legal, project management, IT, financing and investment, among others.

What should be my startup’s stage of development?

We want to be able to see that there is a clear need in the market for your product or service. Although your startup might always be evolving and innovating, we expect you to be past the ideation phase. Providing information about your partnerships, current sales, or even testimonials from potential customers are some ways to show that your product/service is filling a need.

Is the Impact Academy free?

Yes, the Impact Academy is free for all startups.

Is the program open to startups outside of Switzerland?

We target Swiss-based startups. In exceptional cases and provided that the other applications criteria are met, we accept applications from nearby countries.

Can non-profit organizations and NGOs apply?

Unfortunately not.

Are the startups allowed to ask the coaches for financial support?

You will not be allowed to ask for financial support from your coaches. However, we aim at facilitating introductions between high business & impact-potential startups and our investors network.

Can I submit my application in German?

Yes, you can apply either in German or in English.

What should be included in my pitch deck?

Your pitch deck is ideally in a PowerPoint format and should include elements such as: problem, solution, market potential, business model, competitor analysis, use cases, team and impact/sustainability focus.

How is the matching done between coaches & startups?

Startups are required to list their coaching needs and challenges in their application. We do our best to pair each startup with coaches who have skill sets that best match those needs.

Are the events held online or offline?

The kick-off event and closing pitch event are mandatory in-person event and will be held in our offices in Zürich. The input sessions will be held online or with a livestream option.

Can I apply if I’ve already participated?

Yes. We understand that not all coaching needs can be satisfied in one cycle. Therefore, startups are encouraged to apply for a second cycle if they want to.

APPLY NOW FOR THE NEXT COHORT!

Twice a year, we carefully select around 20 startups for a 5-months coaching cycle. Don’t miss out : apply now and embark on a transformative journey with us.

Spring Cycle 2024

APPLICATION DEADLINE 16.02.2024

Announcement PARTICIPANTS 15.03.2024

Online onboarding session 18.03.2024

Kickoff EVENT 26.03.24

PITCH NIGHT 04.09.24

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

CURRENT PARTICIPANTS

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PARTNERS

100% of our program alumni would recommend the Academy to a colleague.

We are committed to empowering driven entrepreneurs from all walks of life, across diverse industries, and from every corner of the globe. Within Bluelion’s Hub, founders find the ideal launchpad to grow sustainable companies. Profit from Bluelion’s well-curated network of industry experts and entrepreneurs who will share their personal success recipes and help you leverage your business.

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Feeling inspired by our Impact Academy?

My name is Zoé, I am responsible for the Impact Academy. If you want to be part of the journey, don’t hesitate to reach out. We are regularly looking for partners to join the adventure alongside UBS, PwC, Julius Bär and Swisslife. If you are a Swiss-based startup, always welcome to get in touch – happy to meet you!

Zoé Dumont de Chassart
Zoé Dumont Program Manager