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ImpactLab @ FHNW

At our ImpactLab, you come with your passion, dedication and ambition. We take care of the rest to help shaping your impactful start-up.

You are going to be continuously supported through our unique approach in which we, from the FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Northwestern Switzerland, are best at: The combination of updated theoretical state-of-the-art with best practices from the industry.

Find out about our specialized offers for you and apply to become a member right now.

What do we offer?


You can participate in our training modules, in which you learn everything related to your new venture, from developing your business model to writing a business plan, accounting, funding, digitalisation and eventually pitching.


Coaching plays an important part in many entrepreneurial success stories. You will be assigned with a coach that fits your needs that will accompany you for up to six months with regular one-on-one sessions.

Entrepreneur-Domain/IT Experts Matchmaking

We offer the Entrepreneur-Domain/IT Experts Matchmaking service. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a domain expert or an IT expert you can find the most suitable partner to make your business dream a successful reality.

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For many start-ups, funding is the biggest hurdle. You can get advice on choosing the best opportunities for your business and support on the way from choosing your possible investors to filling in applications and practicing your pitch.

Learning material (pre-recorded webinars, checklists etc)

From time to time, you will need a tool or a checklist to develop part of your business. You can choose between a broad range of checklists, tools, case studies and recorded webinars in our database. As a member you will get access to all of them – whether you want to learn about the Blue Ocean Strategy or the 7-Keys-Model, we got you covered.


You as an entrepreneur can only benefit from being part of a strong community with a working support structure. ImpactLab strives to create a network of entrepreneurs, industry partners and employees of the university with mutual benefits for every party. Therefore, we organise several events for you throughout the year – monthly networking events, round table discussions or hackathons.


Check our LinkedIn page for our latest event details and see our past events here.


We would love to have you as a member!

You are eligible for a membership, if you are either an FHNW student/Alumni or an FHNW employee.

Activate your one-year free-of-charge membership. How to do that?

  1. You have a good business idea. No matter at which stage your business idea is, whether it just exists in your brain, you already have an MVP or you just started to run your start-up. We are here to empower you!
  2. You don’t have a business idea, but you are a domain or IT expert who wants to make her/his knowledge available for a potential start-up.

Just enter your details when signing up and we will be pleased to reach out to you.


Become a Partner

Are you interested to become one of our partners? Whether you want to get in touch with young entrepreneurs who are starting their startup journey or become an event sponsor, send us an e-mail here and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


The organization of ImpactLab is supported by the head of education of the School of Business FHNW, Prof. Dr. Charlotte Hofstetter, it is led by Dr. Emanuele Laurenzi and Dario Meyer and has a student/alumni organization.

Heads & Main Mentors

Emanuele Laurenzi

Dr. Emanuele Laurenzi
Senior researcher and lecturer on applied AI and Innovation.

Daria Meyer

Dario Meyer
Researcher on Entrepreneurship.

Student Organization

Anissa Boukoffa-Jamali
Alumni, MSc Business Information Systems
Events Management

Anastasiya Kryvonogykh
Student, BSc Betriebsökonomie
Events Management

Federica Pierandrei
Student, BSc International Management
Social Media Management

Mariia Aleksieieva
Student, MSc International Management
Communications Management

Angelo Ramos
Student, BSc Wirtschaftinformatik
Sponsoring Management

Janick Fischer
Student, BSc Business Information Technology
Sponsoring Management

Kourosh Vuarnier
Alumni, MSc Business Information Systems
Project Management

Saif Mahbuba
Student, BSc Betriebsökonomie
Onboarding Management


FHNW is one of Switzerland’s leading Universities of Sciences and Arts, actively involved in teaching, research, continuing education and service provision – both innovative and practice-oriented. Its broad range of degree programmes, hands-on concept, innovative, application-oriented research and global network make FHNW a diversified and appealing educational institution, a sought-after partner to industry and an attractive employer in Northwestern Switzerland.

The university has over 12’000 students in 29 Bachelor and 17 Master programmes, whereof 5 respective 2 are offered at the School of Business.