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SINGA business incubator

The SINGA incubator is designed specifically for people with refugee and migrant experiences who want to start their own business in Switzerland. SINGA runs a two phase incubator program in Zurich and Geneva.  Let’s start with your project !

Join our 12 week SINGA Incubator and launch your business idea in Switzerland

Do you want to start your own business in Switzerland?

If you meet the application criteria, you will be invited to a full-day selection process and receive feedback from experts. The selection criteria are based on entrepreneurial thinking, motivation and teamwork.

Selection process

1. Apply online

Check our “Who can apply” section. If you fulfill the criteria you can apply using the form up for Zurich or Geneva (~ 60min).

2. Join the next bootcamp

You will be invited to a full-day selection process where you will solve various tasks individually as well as in teams and get feedback from experts about your idea.

3. Convince and Get selected

The experts select the participants in cooperation with the SINGA team and inform you of their decision. The selection criteria are based on entrepreneurship, motivation and teamwork.

Who can apply

Language

Minimum a B1 level in German (in Zurich) / French (in Geneva) is necessary. 

If you do not speak the local language but speak English at a B1 or higher level, you can participate, but content is often provided in the local language.

Permit

People with a F-, B- C- or S-Permit can take part. 

Unfortunately, in Switzerland people with N-permit are not allowed to found a business, but could join the incubator if they have team members with the mentioned permits or with Swiss passport.

Origin

People from non-EU/EFTA/UK countries or with a project idea to support people with refugee backgrounds. 

EU/EFTA/UK citizens can participate if they team up with the target group.

Time commitment

The required time commitment for the 3 months of the incubator is  around 15 days.

In alternation, the weeks look like this:

One week: 18 hours (~3 days) of workshops and coworkings

The other week: 6-8 hours of individual e-learning  with videos and training material plus 4 hours of meetings with experts and/or your mentor.

Cost (individuals)

With SINGA the costs of the incubator depends on your situation:
Administration fees: CHF 100.-
+ CHF 50.-/month for limited income or CHF 100.-/month for regular income.

Please contact the SINGA team if the fees would be a barrier for you! We always find solutions!

Cost (INSTITUTIONS)

If you are supported by social welfare or an unemployment fund, the institution should cover part of the program costs.

This contribution amounts to CHF 5’000.- per participant (including all incubator program offers and mentoring). Please put SINGA directly in touch with your social assistant.

The entrepreneurs' success is
what makeS SINGA's Impact!

Incubator program

PHASE 1 : ideation lab

The first phase of the incubator lasts 8 weeks, during which interactive workshops and coworking sessions take place every two weeks. Already in this phase you will be accompanied by a mentor.

1. Analyze

You will take part in an intense kick-off week where you will get to the bottom of your motivation to implement your business/project idea. You will also clarify your vision and mission and learn about the core tools in your SINGA journey.

2. Validate

For a little more than a month you will test and research the feasibility of your business/project idea through different tools and methods in workshops, coworking sessions and individual working time.

3. Present

In the last week of the Ideation Lab you will present the results of your feasibility research in front of experts and a jury which decides together with the SINGA team who will advance to the second phase of the incubator – the SINGA Factory.

PHASE 2 : SINGA FACTORY

The second phase of the incubator lasts 4 weeks, during which interactive workshops and coworking sessions take place every two weeks, in which you further develop your product or service and prepare the launch of your company/project. At SINGA Factory, you will also participate in the mentoring program in parallel.

1. Consolidate

To effectively consolidate your business/project idea, you will receive tools and methods to work on your communication strategy and branding.

2. Review

Together with your mentor and experts you will continue to work out your financial strategy in workshops and individual sessions and review how your product/service should be priced.

3. Communicate

The final section of the program will focus on legal aspects and which legal form is right for you. You will also hone your pitching skills and learn how to communicate and present your idea to different audiences.

Application form SINGA incubator program in Zurich

Please kindly note that the application process will take about one hour.

The SINGA Incubator is a 3 months intensive program with workshops, mentoring and 1:1 sessions with experts of the SINGA network. You can join the program either in Spring or in Autumn 2024.

If you would like to participate with a team, please select one person to fill out this application. He/she will be the contact person for SINGA, but other active team members can also participate in the program.

If you have trouble filling up the form, please send a message to info@singaswitzerland.ch. 

Formulaire de candidature pour l’incubateur SINGA à Genève

Veuillez noter que la procédure de candidature prendra environ une heure.

L’incubateur SINGA est un programme intensif de 3 mois avec des ateliers, du mentorat et des sessions 1:1 avec des experts du réseau SINGA. Vous pouvez rejoindre le programme au printemps ou à l’automne 2024.

Si vous souhaitez participer avec une équipe, veuillez sélectionner une personne pour remplir ce formulaire. Cette personne sera la personne de contact pour SINGA, mais d’autres membres actifs de l’équipe peuvent également participer au programme.

Si vous avez des difficultés à remplir le formulaire, veuillez envoyer un message à info@singaswitzerland.ch.

Thank you for your application! Please reserve June 12th for the bootcamp! We will contact you at the latest after the application deadline on June 4th.

Merci pour ta candidature ! Nous te contacterons après la date limite du 12 mars 2023.