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Nicolas Bürer, managing director Digital Switzerland, Swisspreneur Podcast

EP #43 - Nicolas Bürer: Q&A On Accelerators & Incubators In Switzerland

Nicolas Bürer

October 31, 2019

2:07 – What’s the difference between an accelerator and an incubator?
3:14 – Are accelerators and incubators worth it?
4:10 – When should you reach out to accelerators and incubators?
5:55 – Do certain business types have more of a chance with investors?
7:48 – What do accelerators and incubators deliver to you as a startup?
11:11 – Do accelerators and incubators even do anything?
13:04 – Which famous Swiss companies have been part of an accelerator or an incubator?
14:19 – Where to find incubators for young Swiss entrepreneurs?
17:00 – Why choose a Swiss incubator or accelerator?
18:43 – Is there a Y combinator equivalent in Switzerland?
25:21 – Do accelerator/incubator programs demand a full-time commitment?
28:00 – How do you know if the program has been successful?
29:23 – How many customers can you except to gain with a program like this?
31:01 – Should you aim for zero equity?

About Nicolas Bürer and DigitalSwitzerland

Nicolas Bürer is the Managing Director of DigitalSwitzerland, an initiative of over 150 Swiss corporate companies to strengthen Switzerland’s position as a leading innovation hub. Nicolas started his entrepreneurial career as Chief Marketing Officer at, which rose to be one of Switzerland’s most successful e-commerce sites within only 5 years. After DeinDeal, he transitioned to become Managing Director at the TV company Joiz, which had to close its doors in 2016. Nicolas is also one of the co-founders of Movu, a platform of moving and cleaning companies, which was acquired by Baloise in 2017. He holds a Masters in physics from the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and was awarded “Business Angel of the Year” in 2018.

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