Wollt ihr die Start-ups des diesjährigen Förderprogramms kennenlernen? Am 24. Mai ist es so weit – kommt und lernt die Unternehmen der Zukunft kennen.

CAP watch – sustainable watches
Education Architects – knowledge management
FAHAMU – sustainability platform
KUORI GmbH – circular biomaterials
UseUp – food waste reduction

Während des einjährigen Inkubationsprogramms arbeiten diese Jungunternehmen an verschiedenen Fragestellungen in praxisnahen Workshops, profitieren von persönlichen Beratungen und bereichern das Netzwerk des Impact Hub Basel. Gemeinsam wollen wir etwas bewirken für eine sozialere und nachhaltigere Welt!

18:00 Einführung
18:10 Startup Vorstellung
19:00 Meet & Greet mit Apéro

Dieser Event ist kostenlos!

Wir bedanken uns für eine Anmeldung.


Join us for an introduction to the change makers of Impact Hub Basel’s Incubator, who are tackling social and environmental challenges!

CAP watch – sustainable watches
Education Architects – knowledge management
– sustainability platform
KUORI GmbH – circular biomaterials
UseUp – food waste reduction

During the one-year incubation program, these post-ideation entrepreneurial rockstars work on different questions in hands-on content sessions, benefit from face-to-face mentoring, and enrich the strong community at Impact Hub Basel. Together we aim to create impact for a more social and sustainable world!

Come and meet our new resident startups, be inspired by their ideas and find out how you can be involved! This event is for open for everyone who is curious, our partners, and members of the Basel community.

18:00 Introduction
18:10 Startup Presentations
19:00 Meet & Greet with Apéro

This event is for free – no charge. Sign up here.

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In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals provided us with a comprehensive plan for a sustainable world by 2030. The 17 goals cover a wide range of issues that involve people with different needs, values, and convictions. There is an urgent need to accelerate this moonshot for humanity.

We believe that personal development is necessary for societal change. Our aim is to educate, inspire and empower people to be a positive force for change in society and find a more purposeful way to look at our lives and the lives of the people around us. This is why we are co-creating the Inner Development Goals – a blueprint of the capabilities, qualities and skills that are needed to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The IDG’s current framework consists on 5 categories with 23 skills that actively can be developed:
1. Being — Relationship to Self
2. Thinking — Cognitive Skills
3. Relating — Caring for Others and the World
4. Collaborating — Social Skills
5. Acting — Driving change

What if everyone in your organisation developed the IDG skills? How would it affect your customers, your suppliers, the society at large? Could it benefit both profitability and sustainability?

We invite you to be part of the conversation about the IDGs and be part of the Inner Development Goals – 2022 Summit on April 29; co-created by Stockholm School of Economics, CSS at Karolinska Institute, The New Division, 29k and Ekskäret Foundation, together with many of the world’s learning scientists, practitioners and thought leaders.

Here are some impressions of the morning program with the IDG global broadcasting from Stockholm, the experiential sessions on being (IDG 1) and thinking (IDG 2).

Bringing bagels back –

As an expat living in Basel, an International city comprised of nearly one third ‘expats’, I discovered it’s not uncommon to miss the food and flavors of one’s home country or favorite holiday destination. Throw in a pandemic that restricted travel abroad and it suddenly became very difficult to ‘taste’ home or a holiday. And that’s why I appreciate local businesses like Arbuckles, whose founder Vicki saw an opportunity to create a bagel business right here in Basel, and offer a tasty reminder of her North American home…

Vicki left San Francisco for Europe before settling in Basel in 2004. After working in human resources for a number of years she decided in 2014 it was time to do something new. She noticed a recipe for making a sourdough grastarter (or mother dough) that included pes and was so intrigued by this unusual addition, she just had to try it out! She also craved a bagel as she hadn’t tasted one in years. Following her cooking experiment, Vicki made an announcement on Facebook to determine if anybody else was interested in eating bagels, without realizing she was naturally following lean start-up methodology. She had found a problem/solution fit and was now testing product/market fit. Vicki continued to experiment with baking bagels and selling them online. Her experimentation found a niche market and has grown into a successful business motivated by curiosity!

Vicki isn’t just about making and selling a roll-with-a-hole. Her big vision is to support food entrepreneurs (like herself) who want to share food from their home countries. She believes she can offer them a place to produce food at low cost with low risk. When Vicki began producing bagels in her own home, she recalls it was a stressful period.

“If you don’t have a well-developed network here, it can be hard to find a [kitchen] space. It took me years to find my own space. I’m very interested in sparing people that trouble.”

Vicki has been successfully experimenting with sharing her commercial kitchen with other entrepreneurs. She is now searching for a larger kitchen space that can support a team of kitchen staff and food entrepreneurs as well as a permanent home for an Arbuckles bagel café.


Arbuckles was one of the 2021 cohort of start-ups who took part in the Impact Hub Basel’s Zero Waste Innovation Lab (ZEWIL) Accelerator program. The Accelerator aims to contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and build a more sustainable future by supporting food industry Start-ups that deal with the topics of waste and resource reduction. Vicki remarks,

“I feel like the [ZEWIL] program was surprisingly successful…when you have a small child and a small business, it’s hard to find the time to sit down and think about your business. This program forced me to make time to think about things. I took away some extremely useful pieces of advice.”

Vicki would love everybody in Basel to try her delicious bagels. This is most easily done by visiting her website and ordering bagels using the online form.


There was a lot to celebrate on the 12th November 2021! On the one hand, the Impact Hub Basel celebrated its two-year anniversary and on the other, the Global Entrepreneurship Week Organizing Committee Basel hosted the first Basel Entrepreneurship Gala as the grand finale of this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week. 

Together with illustrious guests, a motivational speech by Martin Stricker, Standortförderung, AWA, Kanton Basel-Stadt, a laudation by Impact Hub Basel Co-Founder Hanna Byland, music performances by Carolina Müller, a speed networking session by Dorotea Ganser and Rahel Gerber, wonderful food by Café spurlos and a drink or two by Gradlon Von Kaenel.

Douglas Haggstrom and Mohamed Hussien BSc, MSc, PhD presented to GEW InqPrize —> the winner is Aseptuva GmbH! 🏆Congratulations Henry Twerenbold & Team.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Basel – A Success Story Continues

In Basel alone, this year’s highlights were chasing each other. With the motto “Moving Entrepreneurs Forward, Together“, the organizing committee organized a series of events, which this year again brought hundreds of interested guests closer to entrepreneurship, enabled new contacts and initiated project ideas. 

A few examples: 
Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop: With exciting keynotes, the youngsters were able to learn what it entails to build an independent business.  
Digital Leadership – DigitalBasel explored the question of why good communicators will be the leaders of tomorrow.

Roche launched the Future Pharma Initiative together with Xircles and GEN Switzerland (Global Entrepreneurship Network). Together with decision-makers and key stakeholders from industry, academia, civil society, government, and media, we are creating a unifying initiative with one central goal: From Sickcare to Healthcare

Toolbox – Building with No-Code Projects by University of Basel and Innosuisse: During this session, the participants learned how to build tech products and services without prior experience or knowledge.

University of Basel organized ShaRide: Startup Simulation Game

A big thank you goes out to our sponsors without this would not have been possible.We are looking forward to next years session. We hope you too!


Eröffnungsfest der Pionierorte Gleisbogen Dreispitz

Im Studio Gleisbogen organisieren sich seit 2021 die Macher*innen, Nutzer*innen und Anrainer*innen des Gleisbogen Dreispitz. Das Studio koordiniert und unterstützt bei Aktivitäten und Projekten. Zudem dokumentiert es die Umgestaltung und Aktivierung des stillgelegten Gleisfeldes zu einem lebendigen, offenen Freiraum.

Mit dem Eröffnungsfest am 26.8. laden die Macher*innen ein, den Gleisbogen Dreispitz und seine neuen Pionierorte zwischen 11 und 22 Uhr zu entdecken. Anreise per ÖV bis Haltestelle Dreispitz (Tramlinien 10, 11 oder Buslinien 36, 37, 47)

Gleisbogenfest Programm


Highlights aus Impact Hub Sicht

Impact Markt zwischen 15:00 – 19:00 Uhr (auf der Café spurlos Terrasse)
Wie sehen die Innovationen von morgen aus? Sei es im Bereich Essen, Wohnen, Vernetzten, Bekleidung oder Accessoires. aus allen Bereichen sind Startups vor Ort. Auf der Impact Hub Terrasse heissen wir euch herzlich willkommen.

Hubtours (11:00, 15:00, 16:30, 18:30 und 20:00 – Treffpunkt Eingang Impact Hub)
Während ca. 30-45 Minuten möchten wir euch durch unser Gebäude führen und euch den Einblick in die Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft der Zukunft geben. Dabei zeigen wir euch was wir erreichen wollen und wie wir dies umsetzen. Treffpunkt jeweils am Haupteingang bei Impact Hub.

Die Café spurlos Terrasse wird an diesem Donnerstagabend um 19:00 und 22:00 zur Bühne von verschiedenen Darbietungen. Unter anderem mit der verträumten und souligen Musik von SURY. Sie ist eine Singer Songwriterin aus der Region Olten. Ihre musikalische Laufbahn begann als Frontfrau in verschiedenen Rockbands, bis sie 2017 beschloss ihren eigenen Weg zu gehen.

Summer networking – tech and humans (17:00 Uhr in der Impact Factory)
Zusammen wird diskutiert was die heutige Technik für einen Einfluss auf das alltägliche Leben hat und wie dies aktiv verändert werden kann. Anmelden unter Link.

Partnerschaften – magisches Mittel zur Erreichung der Nachhaltigkeitsziele?
Eine offener Workshop (13:00 – 15:00 Uhr), der sich an Unternehmen in der Region Basel richtet, die an einer Zusammenarbeit in den Bereichen Nachhaltigkeit, Innovation und Entrepreneurship interessiert sind. Anmelden unter: [email protected]

Chum verbi! Mir freue uns.

Weitere Info auch unter www.studiogleisbogen.ch

The Circular Economy Transition (CET) Incubator enables teams and startups to prototype and develop solutions contributing to accelerate the transition towards Circular Economy in Switzerland (check our Circular Economy in a Nutshell to know more about our CE vision).

During the hybrid 12-week incubation program from October 2021 – Januar 2020, the selected entrepreneurs work on developing their minimum viable product (MVP) and validating their business model, with the support from advisors, experts and our network of impact investors.

The application deadline is September 10. Learn more and apply now!

During the program, the selected entrepreneurs work on developing their minimum viable product (MVP) and validating their business model, with the support from advisors, experts and our network of impact investors. 

Each edition of the program incubates 25+ startups Swiss-wide split among cohorts in Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Ticino and Zurich.


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Place-making is a trending word in the property industry, not just with Architects and Planners, who wish to create high-quality, desirable urban spaces. Property Developers, Governments and Investors are realising that place-making makes dollar sense too and are chasing spaces that have a unique appeal, leading to increased social activity and higher yields. 

Despite its recent popularity, the concept of place-making came into existence in the 1960s when community activist Jane Jacobs was fighting to preserve Manhattan’s distinctive villages and urbanist William H. Whyte was observing and recording elements of social life in urban settings. Each became known for their revolutionary ideas centred on designing cities for people, instead of just for cars and shopping centres. The term place-making was later coined in the 1970s when Architects and Planners began to adopt their ideas to describe a new approach to designing urban environments that prioritised humans and communities through creating appealing and interesting places for people to visit.

Fast-forward to today and despite all this history, place-making is often de-prioritized, or places simply fail to live up to expectations. For every desirable and successful place – think  [email protected]: Innovation District or The Highline, New York – there are plenty of others that fail! They need to be revitalised to improve their dull, lifeless character. 

Why do some urban places fail to attract people?

There is a plethora of reasons why some places fail – inadequate data or time spent understanding a community, failure to involve locals in the design process, cost-cutting and inhuman scale are just some of the reasons why certain neighbourhoods or places miss their mark.

And this is where DEDOMENA can help. DEDOMENA, a Start-up in the 2021 Impact Hub Basel’s incubator program, understand that uncovering what makes a neighbourhood tick is difficult and time-consuming. So, they have created the solution – Smart Urban Analytics – to capture a neighbourhood’s social data for better decision-making. 

What exactly is social data? 

Social data is derived from unconventional digital sources that are reflective of people’s behaviour and lifestyle choices. Think, every time you check in on Facebook, google directions, review a restaurant or tag a location on Instagram, this is all valuable social data that can be collected and used for good! In fact, 6.3 million Swiss are active Facebook and Instagram users – 1 million more than there are Swiss voters! 

What can DEDOMENA offer?

DEDOMENA provides unique insights into neighbourhoods by measuring the social life of places on three levels – 1. Places, from local business to co-working spaces to playgrounds and parks – mapping where people live, work and play, 2. Daily activities, events, and popular places – to see which activities generate the most action and 3. Digital chatter about the neighbourhood – to see what locals’ value most. This provides their subscribed customers (property developers, institutional investors, governments and businesses) with powerful insights and quantifiable data about the performance of a neighbourhood or place. In turn, this can help their informed customers build more liveable cities using the social data to better plan, design, manage and promote local activities. 

And with 70% of the world’s population projected to live in cities by 2050, the importance of creating desirable and successful urban neighbourhoods is only increasing. 

So, if you are in the property development or real estate industry, please reach out to DEDOMENA to find out more about how they can help you gain an edge with your place-making.

DEDOMENA is also looking for a talented and organised Data Analyst who brings a  background in math, physics, or computer science, has a passion for cities, and is keen to deliver urban excellence. If you think you could be what they are looking for, get in touch with [email protected]

DEDOMENA contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals: 9. Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure and 11. Sustainable Cities & Communities.

– Lucy Shannon (text), Tim Thompson (video production), Ina Wecken (drone footage)

The Impact Hub Basel Incubator is a local 1- year incubator program supporting impact-driven post-ideation startups in Basel who contribute positively to the SDGs. We support in developing and professionalizing their businesses with workshops, continuous mentoring and coaching, and free workspace in the buzzing, inspiring Impact Hub Basel at Dreispitz, Basel.

We had the pleasure of welcoming the following startups into the 2021 Incubator program, and invite you to join us for the official Kick-off event on Tuesday 2 March 2021! Meet the teams, ask questions, and even find ways to get involved if you’d like.

Terrabiom is a soil regeneration company which transforms highly degraded lands into regenerative opportunities. Few things matter more to humans than soils. They are the foundation of food production and security, they are Earth’s largest water filter and storage tank, they contain more carbon than all above-ground vegetation, and they are the home to a tremendous diversity of organisms of key importance to ecosystem processes. With one-third of global soils degraded—and the trend increasing—we must turn this around. Terrabiom has the knowledge to do so.

By partnering with companies, governments, people and nature to tackle the 21st centuries’ biggest environmental challenges, they develop and co-create solutions to recover, regenerate, and valorize the value of soils.

LIVO is a modular and self-sufficient small building with 40m2 of living space. Due to the building envelope made of solid wood, practically no heating is necessary. The water, electricity and sewage system allows self-sufficient living for at least 20 days.

Due to its modular construction, the small building can be transported by truck to a new location and reassembled within one day. Reusable screw foundations offer almost unlimited location possibilities. LIVO does not produce waste, it recycles it. Modular and self-sufficient, cycle thinking and climate neutral.

Dedomena is an innovative, globally-scalable SaaS data analysis portal designed to take urban planning to the next level. We enable city-makers, governments, and businesses to understand and quantify neighborhood life using social data to better plan, design, manage and promote local activities.

Dedomena will soon link a big variety of data sources for Switzerland to gain comprehensive, reliable and actionable (near) real-time insights that can be viewed at any time on a single web-portal, to increase real estate use, local economic development and community connectedness.

VYN is not only a sneaker brand. Through their circular system of wear, care, repair and the engagement of the customer, the sneaker’s lifetime gets extended by multiple times and reduces environmental waste drastically.

Natural resources are dwindling and landfills are overflowing. Every year 25 billion pairs of footwear are produced with a lifespan of 1-2 years. Europe alone disposes of 2.5 billion pairs into landfills every year. Away from a passive consumption behavior towards an active wear, care, repair experience, VYN provides a newly constructed sneaker with replaceable parts, tools for the shoe care and inspirational instructions. Their sneakers are made in Italy from premium materials that have been consciously sourced – from the German leathers, the unique Italian sole unit, to the Portuguese cork insole.

VYN fosters a responsible, hands-on and joyful interaction for the customer with the product, and stands by the mindset “buy less, appreciate more, love for longer.”

Help’n’Trade is a technology startup, which builds next generation marketplace application for small local businesses and consumers. On Help’n’Trade, business owners can open local e-shops with few clicks, become discoverable in a chosen location and sell their services directly to customers. On the other hand, as a consumer you have a choice to purchase a service from a professional service provider, or you ask for help your neighbour and exchange skills, goods and services in the process. Help’n’Trade marketplace for “everything local” helps the local economy, fuels the local communities and cuts your CO2 footprint by 25% on average. Drive sustainability by acting locally.

We are so excited to see what the next ten months bring! Join us on Tuesday 2 March at the official Incubator Kick-off event to meet these fantastic startups. Grab your favorite beverage, log on and bring all your questions. And stay tuned…we plan on providing more in-depth discussions, videos and blogs on these inspiring entrepreneurs. See you Tuesday!

Carrie Aikman

Can one learn how to be an innovative entrepreneur? YES! This is why most startup support programs also focus on educational aspects. Usually these programs aim at startups in specific development stages (early-stage vs. scaling-up). However, some programs are following a more modular approach that aims at facilitating the path of becoming an entrepreneur and participants can join at different phases.

Since the beginning of 2020, Impact Hub Zürich co-facilitates with the ZHAW two of the consecutive four modules of the Innosuisse Startup Training. These two modules have the objective to promote entrepreneurship through motivational events (module 1), teach the tools to set and run a business and encourage the participants to make the leap to founding a business (module 2). These modules are addressed to members of universities as well as alumni and others interested in science-based entrepreneurship. The modules 3 and 4 aim at newly founded businesses who are facing challenges, barriers and opportunities on their way of growth. All modules all offered in several locations in Switzerland.



AgroSustain, a start-up launched in 2018, is successfully progressing from one growth phase to the next. Backed by the various levels of support that Innosuisse provides to young researchers, the company is seeking to market biological pesticides made from vegetal extracts.

Besides the Start-up Trainings, Innosuisse offers other more tailor-made support such as the Startup Coaching, where experienced business coaches advise and support start-ups during their founding and developing process and accompany their sustainable growth. These coachings in turn, give you access to internationalisation camps as well as to international trade fairs, where the Swiss start-ups can meet and network with many potential partners and other stakeholders.

More information about the Innosuisse support offers for future entrepreneurs and start-ups are available online.


Impact Hub Basel, 17.11.2020 (Basel): Gemeinsam Herausforderungen angehen, zusammen Ideen und Projekte entwickeln: Der Climathon ist eine globale Bewegung, lokal organisiert, in deren Mittelpunkt der jährliche 24 Stunden Ideenmarathon (Ideathon) steht. 2020 fand er am 13.-14. November statt, weltweit in 145 Städten in 56 Ländern und mit mehr als 6’500 Teilnehmern. Gastgeber des Climathon in Basel ist zum zweiten Mal der Impact Hub Basel – dieses Jahr virtuell.

Wie erreichen wir weniger Abfall? Wie machen wir den Stadtverkehr grüner? Wie mache ich meine City «cooler»? standen als Basler Klima-Challenges im Mittelpunkt der 40 Teilnehmenden für den Basler Beitrag am Climathon. Dieser bringt Menschen jeden Alters, mit verschiedensten Hintergründen und Erfahrung zusammen. Jeder kann einen Beitrag leisten.

Innerhalb von 24 Stunden haben sich Teams spontan gefunden und arbeiteten zusammen an dem Entwickeln von Ideen und dem Lösen von Problemen. Dabei wurden sie von Experten unterstützt. Die Projekte wurden im Anschluss vorgestellt und mit Hilfe einer Jury drei Gewinner-Teams ermittelt.

BaselHack Coding Award

Der BaselHack Coding Award ging an das Team GREEN WASTE. Mit einer App können Einkaufsquittungen gescannt werden. Darauf werden die Produkte erkannt, es wird angezeigt, wieviel Abfall der Einkauf produziert und mit welchen anderen, vergleichbaren Artikeln künftig weniger Abfall möglich ist.

Das Team Green Waste auf der virtuellen Bühne des diesjährigen Climathons in Basel.

GREEN BOX will Klarheit im Dschungel der Vielzahl grüner Projekte in der Stadt schaffen, bereits vorhandene wie im Bereich Urban Gardening mittels App aufzeigen und mit gezieltem Matchmaking Verbindung zwischen Angebot und Nachfrage herstellen.

SHARARIDE entwickelte eine P2P-Mitfahrplattform für Pendler und Pendlerinnen. Diese gestaltet Transport effektiver und reduziert durch effizienteres Mitfahren das Volumen an Pendlerfahrten.

Preise für die Gewinnerteams

Die Gewinner Teams erhalten die Möglichkeit neben einer Mitgliedschaft im Impact Hub Basel ihre Idee am Impact Day des Hubs zu präsentieren.

Ausserdem werden die Challenge-Sponsoren weitere Gespräche mit dem Teams führen, um die Ideen weiterzuentwickeln.

Dominik Keller (links) und Anette Graupe (rechts) vom Kanton Basel-Stadt machen sich im Impact Hub Basel für den Climathon bereit.

Unterstützt wurde der Climathon in Basel durch den Kanton Basel-Stadt mit dem Amt für Umwelt und Energie, den Basler Verkehrs-Betrieben und der IWB als Challenge-Sponsoren, und BaselHack, Clariant, Pro Natura und dem Kutzschenbach Institute for Sustainability Studies.

Impact Hub Basel ist einer von sieben Standorten des Impact Hub in der Schweiz. Die Community aus rund 2’000 Mitgliedern besteht aus UnterneherInnen, Kreativen und Techies. Hierzu gehören Coworking Plätze, Meetingräume, Events und Startup Förderprogramme. Der Fokus der Aktivitäten des Vereins liegt auf den Themen Unternehmertum, nachhaltige Entwicklung, Innovation und neue Arbeitsformen.

Was hinter den Kulissen des virtuellen #ClimathonBasel2020 geschah, sieht man in diesen Bildern.

Lade die Medienmitteilung herunter.

Ihre Ansprechpartnerin:
Larissa Rihm
Marketing Kommunikation
Impact Hub Basel
[email protected]