Frequently asked questions

These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) refer to the DayOne Accelerator Program. The CALL is here and the application form is here. Conditions of Application are here, and the DayOne.swiss Privacy Policy is here

What will the acceleration program look like?

The acceleration program will last 6 months, from January 2019 to June 2019. All activities will take place in DayOne’s innovation lab in Basel. DayOne is an initiative operated by BaselArea.swiss, the office for promoting innovation and inward investment for the northwest cantons of Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft and Jura. The selected startups will receive grants of  up to 70,000 CHF after establishing operations in the Basel Region (Cantons: Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft and Jura), if they have not done so already. If selected, you will get free use and access to the DayOne lab during the accelerator program for your team. The program will consist of tailored activities that will give you a chance to learn from experts and potential future customers from within the DayOne network, as well as other Accelerator participants, as you further develop your product or service.

What is the selection criteria and what projects are eligible?

We are looking for projects which are developing new approaches to improve the wellbeing and health of children and adolescents around the world. 

The program welcomes healthcare innovators, start-ups and entrepreneurs as well as intrapreneurs willing to accelerate their project outside of their corporate environment.

 The program will support teams and individuals who strive to; 

  • go beyond research and create minimal viable healthcare products and services
  • target health Issues with a special focus on paediatrics and adolescents
  • enable frontline work to deliver better health outcomes
  • lower the healthcare costs and be scalable and therefore making their solution suitable for all markets including in emerging countries

The solutions should embrace a human centric approach focusing on young patients and make appropriate use of state of the art advanced Digital Technologies (Mobile Apps, AI, Blockchain etc.)

How does the selection process work?

Applications can be made through the online application up-to the deadline: July 30, 2018.  An initial group of 25 projects, that best fit the selection criteria, will be invited to prepare and share a 90 second pitch video. The selection committee will then select 15 teams to pitch and work with experts at the DayOne Conference on September 11, 2018. The fifteen teams will then prepare and submit the final application material by September 30, 2018.  

The teams will have the opportunity to present more in-depth details of their innovation and highlight the next development milestones. In October, the selection committee will select the projects that will receive the grants of up to 70,000 CHF each and enter the Acceleration program.

What projects do you not support?

We will not support basic research, therapeutic molecule discovery projects, or drug development projects. If you are not sure if your project will fit the criteria, please reach out to us by email.

Will I need to locate to Basel, Switzerland, to participate in the Accelerator?

Yes. You will have to establish operations in the Basel region (Cantons Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft, and Jura). The acceleration program will be 6 months of intense, hands-on activities and events to sharpen your product and business model for market fit.  The team’s physical presence in Basel will enable you to derive the most benefits.

Do I need a work permit to work in Switzerland?

If you live outside of Switzerland, and want to reside for longer than 3 months in Basel, you will require a permit.  If you are an EU or non-EU national, you may want to write to the migration office directly to learn what you need for entrepreneurial work status in Basel at: migrationsamt@jsd.notexisting@nodomain.combs.notexisting@nodomain.comch

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What is Foundation Botnar?

Fondation Botnar is a charitable foundation established with the core purpose to support children’s basic needs throughout the world. It was founded in Basel in 2003 to continue the philanthropic work of the Botnar family. Our focus is health, nutrition and education.

We have supported many compelling projects over the years and are now in a process to roll out a new strategy. For more information visit: www.fondationbotnar.org.

What is BaselArea.swiss?

BaselArea.swiss is the office for promoting innovation and inward investment for the northwest cantons of Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft and Jura. BaselArea.swiss currently employs 18 people and has an annual budget of 3.6 million francs, provided by the three cantons and by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). The core function of BaselArea.swiss is to promote the strengths of northwest Switzerland as a center for business and to help both Swiss and foreign entrepreneurs and companies implement their innovation and business projects in the region. With its extensive information platform and regular innovation reports, BaselArea.swiss contributes to the sustainable positioning of the Basel region as a leading center for innovation and commerce.

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