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