ZHAW and ZKB Agree to Collaborate on Startup Promotion
The Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and Zürcher Kantonalbank (ZKB) have decided to form a long-term partnership to engage in startup promotion. Between 2015 and 2019, ZKB will contribute substantial funds to support the RUNWAY Startup Incubator.
On Tuesday, 2 June 2015, representatives of ZHAW and ZKB signed a collaboration agreement on startup promotion. For the next four years, ZKB will contribute a sizeable sum of money towards the RUNWAY Startup Incubator. These funds will be used to further develop and operate the Incubator, which was established in 2014, as well as related sub-projects and supporting projects.
As a sponsoring partner, ZKB is also committed to be involved in applied research & development concerning startups. At the same time, it has agreed to respect the university’s right to academic freedom and not to attempt to influence the content of teaching programs, research projects, or consulting work in any way.
The RUNWAY Startup Incubator is an initiative set up jointly by ZHAW and Technopark Winterthur in 2014 which aims to support young startups in the early stages of development. It focuses on accelerating, focusing, and integrating emerging startup companies as well as linking academic study and active entrepreneurship. Young entrepreneurs are provided with coaching, initial consultation, and situational analysis. A wide range of offers and services includes events for and with young entrepreneurs, collaborative workspace, professional advice, networking with investors, and training & continuing education such as the CTI Entrepreneurship training programs.
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