Application for the bench2biz Workshop 2023

Welcome to the application for the hybrid bench2biz workshop 2023!

The bench2biz workshop 2023 is a joint initiative of the following National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCRs) AntiResist, Automation, Bio-Inspired Materials, Microbiomes, MSE, RNA & Disease, PlanetS and SPIN, which are research instruments of the Swiss National Science Foundation.The workshop is generously supported by the Swiss Institute of Intellectual Property.

The application deadline is October 3, 2023.

We suggest that you click through the web application form and fill your answers to the longer text fields into a text document and then copy and paste them into the web application form before submitting. After hitting at the end the submit button, wait until the confirmation page appears to ensure the proper transfer of the information.

Commitment & Format:
This workshop will lead you through a significant thickening of your business idea. As such, it requires about 20 hours of presence at the workshop and 5-20 hours of homework between the workshop sessions.

The bench2biz workshop serves as a friendly validation of business ideas and is not a pitch or competition. Also, the workshop is dependent on the team experts, who join pro bono, and business ideas need to be at the right stage for participation for the workshop's format to optimally work.

Thus, please enter the information required for the application as objectively as possible.

Applicants might be interviewed by the organizer during the participants' selection process.

The kick-off afternoon/evening on November 2, 2023, will take place on-site at the University of Bern and the final day on November 9, 2023, will take place on-site at the University of Fribourg. The workshop on November 3, 6, 7 & 8, 2023, will take place online using either Zoom or Airmeet.

As the applying person, you need to be able to fully attend the workshop on all six dates. By completing the application form, you confirm that you can attend the workshop fully on all six dates and have time for homework in between workshop sessions:


  • Thursday, November 2, 2023, 15:00 - 19:00, on-site at the University of Bern
  • Friday, November 3, 2023, 14:00 - 18:30, online
  • Monday, November 6, 2023, 13:00 - 17:30, online
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 13:00 - 17:30, online
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2023, individual online sessions for selected participants during the day
  • Thursday, November 9, 2023, 09:00 - 17:30, on-site at the University of Fribourg

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The bench2biz organizers will select the teams that will benefit the most from the workshop, based on the needs and progress of idea champions, respecting the effort of coaches, sponsors, supporting organizations and the bench2biz mission.

Your personal data are collected and processed by the Bench2Biz organizers in order to enable them to evaluate your application. By submitting an application you accept this condition. You have a right of access to your personal data. You can also request the correction or deletion of your personal data. You have the right to oppose the processing of your personal data or to request a  limitation of such processing.