Tips & Links

Useful Tips and Links for Entrepreneurs and Start-ups

Business Model


 Teaming up

  • cofoundme: the platform for matching skills with ideas – this is where start-ups meet their team-members!
  • Geschä Looking for a business partner or a business idea? This online platform for active or future entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors helps you to find your team and/or to find the start-up idea you want to commit yourself to.


  • Meet experts, start-ups and like-minded people at our SMART-UP Events!
  • Startup Weekends: no talk, all action – launch a start-up in 48 hours!
  • Valuable lessons learned from people whose start-up projects failed: FUN

Guides, Tutorials and Start-up Platforms

  • The handbook for setting up your own company: gründen3 – das Gründer-ABC
  • KMU Business World: Swisscom’s service site for start-ups, entrepreneurs and self-employed people. Pragmatic tips for establishing your own company!
  • Helpful blog, free start-up courses as well as consulting on the founding process, on legal questions, taxes, business plans etc –!
  • Useful checklists, factsheets and templates: Startup Praxis.
  • Federal website for entrepreneurs and founders
  • IFJ: The focal point in the Swiss start-up scene
  • News and information from the start-up scene

Coaching & Training


Legal aspects

  • The exclusive Smart-up guide on legal hotspots for start-ups by Ueli Grüter, attorney and lecturer: Rechtliche Hotspots für Start-ups (in German)
  • You are about to establish your own firm? Task with the legal process and get a CHF 100.- discount. email hidden; JavaScript is requiredfor Details!
  • Plc., Ltd., Inc.? This e-book helps you choose the right legal form
  • Intellectual Property – protect creativity and Innovation! Useful brochure by the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property:  Envisioned. Created. Protected.
  • Read all about Social Security in this guide (in German, French, Italian).

Tools & Infrastructure

  • More than 300 useful and free tools for current and future start-ups – tips & tricks, design-tools (logo creator, free stock photos, …), work organization apps, and many more…
  • Co-working space, separate offices and access to infrastructure in the Smart-up Hubs Lucerne and Horw
  • Co-working spaces and support in Neubad Lucerne, Raumbörse Lucerne, MicroPark Pilatus, BusinessPark Zug, Technopark Lucerne and Kreativfabrik 62.
  • Private-cloud solutions for start-ups: Tura Server GmbH, originally a start-up founded by students of the Lucerne Unviersity of Applied Sciences and, today, a full-service IT-agency, offers a 10% discouns for start-ups on their starter-package. The Tura 360° package includes e-mail-administration, webhosting and .ch-domains.


  • Abstracts of literature on entrepreneurship: getAbstract (login with your HSLU-account)
  • Local, national and international studies on entrepreneurship:
    • Self-employment among university graduates (study published by the Federal Statistical Office in 2013). Download / Order
    • Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, 2012 Women’s Report Download (2 MB)
    • Founding Activity in Central Switzerland: full study (in German)