UPC ACCELERATOR 2.0

With our Accelerator 2.0 programme, your Start-Up is given the extra boost it needs.

 
 

In the era of digitisation and networked communication, we want to support you with your start-up at as early a stage as possible. As the largest cable operator in Switzerland, we have therefore launched the Accelerator 2.0 programme.

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With the Accelerator 2.0 platform, we are rolling out an inexpensive and tailor-made communications solution while providing the basis for cooperation and exchange with our partners.

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To this end, UPC offers you up to 2 hours of advice free of charge. With the competent and timely advice of our experts and a backpack filled with industry-specific know-how, your chances of success as a company founder couldn’t be better.

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This enables you not only to establish a network and foster your creativity, but also to contact our experts in order to clarify any questions you may still have concerning your new company.

Consultants

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MARKETING

 
 

Diana Schmid

Netfang

Who are we?

We combine the three online disciplines of social media, online marketing and websites.

Areas of expertise

Social media, web design and online communication & marketing

Free consultation for 1 h.

DE  |  EN  |  FR

 
 
 
 

MARKETING

 
 

Matthias Schmid

Schmid-Fehr AG

Who are we?

We offer advice in design and communications for your presence in print and online.  

Areas of expertise

Print, design, communication

Free consultation for 1 h.

DE  |  EN  |  FR

 
 
 
 

MARKETING

 
 

Maria-Luisa Bernini

Swiss Communication Agency

Who are we?

We develop communication strategies at a national and international level

Areas of expertise

Developing communication strategies

Free consultation for 1 h.

DE  |  EN  |  FR  |  IT

 
 
 
 

MARKETING

 
 

Denys Dubner

Sondora

Who are we?

Consulting to Start-ups and SMEs to build and execute an impactful marketing strategy. 

Areas of expertise

Consulting, Web Design, SEO, Apps Development

Free consultation for 1 h.

EN  |  IT

 
 
 
 

MARKETING

 
 

Katrin Hasler

Ruby

Who are we?

Advice for start-ups and SMEs to ensure a professional presence and communication tailored to target groups 

Areas of expertise

Branding, communication, design

Free consultation for 2 h.

DE  |  EN  |  FR  |  IT

 
 
 
 

DIGITAL

 
 

Nicole Treipl

BlueGlass

Who are we?

We provide advice for Start-Up, SME and large enterprises

Areas of expertise

Digital Strategy, SEO, Content Marketing, Paid Media, Social Media

Free consultation for 1 h.

DE  |  EN  |  FR

 
 
 
 

DIGITAL

 
 

Sandro Barbieri

Redsmoke

Who are we?

Advice for start-ups and SMEs to ensure a professional online presence, cloud server solutions and target group-oriented communication via film/video

Areas of expertise

Online solutions (cloud, web, apps) and film/video production

Free consultation for 1 h.

DE  |  EN  |  FR  |  IT

 
 
 
 
 
 

FINANCE

 
 

Anna-Katharina Boyé

Who are we?

Our consultation service allows you to save money, work with less administrative effort and be more successful in your business

Areas of expertise

Business software for start-ups, SMEs, self-employed people and freelancers with various functions, such as online accounting and online shops

Free consultation for 1 h.

DE  |  EN  |  FR

 
 
 
 

FINANCE

 
 

Lars Müller

Libracore

Who are we?

The best of two worlds: the world's leading open source ERP solution tailored to the needs of Swiss start-ups and SMEs

Areas of expertise

Open source business software for start-ups and SMEs with unlimited scope

Free consultation for 1 h.

DE  |  EN  |  FR

 
 
 
 
 
 

Become a consultant

On our Accelerator platform, you can find help relating to a number of different issues which might arise when setting up a company. Talk to our expertsor other start-ups, take advantage of experiences and give your company that extra little boost. Our partners are presented – select who you want to advise you and enjoy up to two hours of advice free of charge. Start now!

Do you want to appear on our platform as an expert or Start-Up?
Then get in touch:

Internet & Mobile for your Start-Up

Are you in the process of founding your own company, are you a co-founder or do you already have a start-up? Combine a high-speed Business Internet FiberPower package with the new Business Mobile offer and benefit from our attractive discounts for your start-up. You will get a super-fast Internet connection and unlimited telephony and texts to all Swiss networks – and all EU countries, too.

FAQs

What do I need to consider when setting up my own company?

When it comes to setting up a new company, good preparation is essential. For only with the right advice on technology, finance and networks is it possible to draw up guidelines that detail how you need to proceed to found a correspondingly successful start-up and to establish this amongst the competition. What is required is a high-performance infrastructure as well as the innovative idea together with a degree of "acceleration", enabling your business to get established in line with your business plan and to position itself successfully on the market.

If, for example, there is a lack of finance, many options can be explored, such as for example venture capital companies, which often secure the services of co-founders from the start-up scene and help you with networking and your business idea, building this up accordingly and over time enabling to get to where you want to be. Perhaps even enabling you to be a (Tech) Valley start-up.

Things you need to think about before founding the company:

  • What is my product, my target group and the market segment?
  • What are the requirements of my target group?
  • What advantage does my product offer over those of my competitors?
  • How many competitors do I have, and how high is their market share/market potential?
  • How do I reach my target group?
  • How much money will I require for my facilities, operating equipment, wages and the product itself (financial planning)?
  • Who can secure my funding for me?
What is the company identification number (Unternehmens-Identifikationsnummer – "UID") and how can I get one?

Every company that is active in Switzerland receives a standard Enterprise Identification Number (UID) that is valid for the whole of Switzerland. These UIDs are kept in the UID Register by the Federal Statistical Office (Bundesamt für Statistik – BFS).

Who receives a UID?

All companies and institutions that are recognised as a UID entity receive a UID. UID entities are not just all companies or firms active in Switzerland. In fact, UID entities also include all public administration "customers" that exhibit corporate characteristics. This means every public administration customer that is identified for statistical, administrative or legal purposes. The following list covers all types of UID entities:

  • Commercial register entities
  • Entities registered for value added tax
  • Self-employed persons
  • Persons listed in a cantonal register of lawyers/notaries
  • Simple partnerships (e.g. group practices)
  • Foreign companies based in Switzerland
  • Farming and forestry enterprises
  • Public administration entities
  • Institutions entrusted with public law responsibilities
  • Associations

 

And how do I get my own UID for my company?

It couldn't be easier! Download the form Application Form UID Entity, complete and sign this and then send it by e-mail to uid@bfs.admin.ch or by post to the following address: "Federal Statistical Office / Bundesamt für Statistik, Section BUR / UID, Espace de l’Europe 10, CH-2010 Neuchâtel“

Further information on the topic of the UID.

What is a start-up, and where does the term come from?

 

Start-ups mean new companies that have not yet become established, and which have been founded with a small amount of starting capital to realise their ideas. In order to expand their business operations, an additional capital base is required relatively quickly – either with the help of equity capital or alternatively with the help of outside capital (which may, for example, derive from venture capital companies or start-up accelerators).

 

Eric Ries summarises this as follows: "A start-up is a human institution that aims to supply a new product or service subject to extreme uncertainties."

 

This consequently means that a start-up can be compared with an experiment – the starting position is clear, the result remains uncertain and can be ascertained only by means of testing, before being improved and expanded step by step.

Why do so many start-ups fail?

Most start-ups fail right from the outset and never achieve success. But don't let yourself be discouraged by such forecasts. Approximately 6000 new companies were founded in Switzerland during the first half of 2017. There are many reasons for failure. Sometimes this is simply because of the team, the funding, the venture capital companies or a co-founder. Founders do not have it easy, that much is clear.

But you can manage it, with the right partner at your side. With the Accelerator Programme, UPC Business offers you a strong partnership that helps you to build up your network, to find further partners and to exchange ideas as well as to create new business models. Everything is possible – with the right foundation stone and partners at your side.

The good thing about start-ups in the present day and age: there was nearly always someone else who had the same idea, and failed. But such failure is certainly not something negative, quite the contrary – you learn through your failures. Even if you find 1000 approaches that do not work, you will eventually find an approach that does work – that is the purpose of a start-up. This means you can also profit from the failure of others. Analyse the business model of other companies, and use these insights to improve your own business model until it works.

A common reason for failure is false assumptions – either about one's own product or service, the market, user behaviour or the price that is to be realised. And this is the first valuable tip for you and your business idea:

Flexibility brings you closer to your success!

Be flexible. If your start-up does not work the way it is supposed to, then simply try doing a few things differently. Albert Einstein noted that you won't be successful if you keep thinking the same way you have always been thinking. Because this means you will keep acting the same way you have always been acting. And if you keep acting the same way you have always been acting, then you will achieve precisely that which you always achieved.

So a new approach is required. If one approach does not work? Then change or vary it!

 

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