Become a Capacity Entrepreneur

Capacity offers two main entrepreneurship programmes:

Launch and Boost

Apply now for our Launch Programme 2020!

Do you have a business or social project idea, that you want to develop, test and create a pitch for? Our Launch Programme might be for you!

Launch Programme 2020

(4 months) March-June

All you need is to have one viable idea that you are committed to working on! Capacity Launch is a programme for early-stage projects to develop their ideas, test them, and create a pitch. The programme ends with a public Pop-Up Fair as a graduation celebration.

Programme Content

Strong focus on personal and skill-based development. The programme curriculum includes:

    • Ideation, effectuation and Lean Startup
    • Business Model Canvas
    • Networking
    • Key Swiss business skills
    • Prototyping and testing
    • Storytelling and personal branding
    • Pitching training

Please complete this electronic application form and send any relevant documents (CV, certificates, etc.) to us via email at

Participant requirements

  • An interesting and viable idea(s) for a business or social/cultural initiative, which you are excited about and dedicated to developing
  • Status as an asylum seeker (N) or as a recognized refugee or migrant (Permit B/C) OR temporarily admitted refugee or person (Permit F/L). Also people coming from a country at risk of a humanitarian disaster
  • Previous work/project experience or higher qualifications
  • German and or English at a B1-B2 standard level as our programmes are bilingual and run in English and German
  • Commitment to the programme, completion of homework and dedication of an average of 10 hours per week to your project
  • Availability of 3 Fridays ALL DAY

Capacity’s Launch Programme for 2020 is
February 7th, 2020.

200 CHF* OR 20 volunteer hours of work for Capacity and its community.
* reductions are possible depending on your personal situation and flexible payment options available. 

Launch Information Event:

January 21st – 18:30

Impact Hub Zürich – Viadukt

Viaduktstrasse 93, 8005 Zürich – Arch D


Boost Programme

Capacity Boost (3 months) September-November |  An incubator programme to move from market entry to sustainable business (for existing start-ups/projects). We will finalize the programme with a public Pitch Party closing ceremony, which is attended by more than 150 people each year.

Programme content

Strong focus on business development. The programme curriculum includes:
– Business Models & Design Thinking
– Advanced business law and finances
– Pitching
– Advanced funding, budgeting, profit and negotiation
– Scaling
– Marketing: Branding, communication and networking