Who we are?

The Swiss-Israeli Lean Launchpad Program is based on the world-famous Lean Startup methodology by Steve Blank and developed by a coalition of leading Swiss, Israeli, and U.S. institutions: Innosuisse, IIA, JDA, Merage Institute and Swissnex.

The Swiss-Israeli bilateral program will take place in parts between Jerusalem and Zurich, and will focus on early stage startups in the Life Science domain. 

This joint-initiative will capitalize the proven advantages of the Lean Launchpad program, with a unique bilateral opportunity, in which participants from both countries can learn from each other, and take advantage of the provided access to both ecosystems, while receiving support and guidance from leading international institutions.

What do we offer?

  • Hands-on learning of the Lean Startup methodology, to create the ultimate product-market fit for your startup.
  • Personal mentoring & training from experienced mentors throughout the program.
  • Lectures and workshops by top-tier speakers, as well as leading Israeli, Swiss and U.S. industry experts.
  • An incredible opportunity to connect with a powerful global network of startups, experts, large corporates and investors.

All 12 selected Startups (Israeli and Swiss), will attend digitalswitzerland’s Market Entry camp for international scaleups in Zurich during the last week of the program. The Market Entry Bootcamp offers promising international startups a deep-dive into the Swiss entrepreneurship ecosystem via access to leading Swiss corporations, Swiss accelerator and incubator programs as well as public institutions.


  • Are you the founder or CEO of an early stage Swiss or Israeli startup in the Life Science domain?
  • You didn’t raise more than $1,000,000?
  • Are you committed to excellence and looking to learn new and effective tools to grow your startup?

Where & When?

  • The program will be held in Israel and Switzerland:
  • Artboard 1 Dec 20th - beginning of application period.
  • Artboard 1 Jan 31th - last day to apply.
  • Artboard 1 Feb 7th - Announcement to start-ups that they were accepted.
  • Artboard 1 Mar 24th - Beginning of the program (10 days in Israel).
  • Artboard 1 May 5th - Second gathering in Israel (10 days).
  • Artboard 1 June 8th - Market Entry week in Zurich.

Workshops and sessions will be conducted continuously throughout the entire program duration through remote sessions. An accurate weekly timeline will be published to selected participants.

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