SIT StartGarden

Join the SIT StartGarden Program and launch your startup business goals

SIT StartGarden is a startup ecosystem where students, researchers and science and tech professionals can share and collaborate on innovative business ideas. As an incubator, we support would-be entrepreneurs with mentoring, network, office space and access to funding. As an accelerator, we help early-stage startups grow to the next level.

As part of the wider SIT Ecosystem, SIT StartGarden links education, research and business in a close-knit self-sustainable cycle. The project participants move between the institute, R&D center, and tech park, working together on original solutions across domains. At SIT StartGarden, you can blend transformative science with entrepreneurship and confront the emerging global challenges.

Join the SIT StartGarden Program

Hands-on and bespoke acceleration programs to further your business. Ready to join? Apply today and grow with StartGarden, your new partner and your bridge between science and business. The inaugural SIT StartGarden Program, in close collaboration with SIT (Schaffhausen Institute of Technology) and international experts, focuses on growth marketing and includes CHF 100,000 investment for all participating startups.  

Our first program, ‘Scaling Up: Using Growth Marketing and PR to Scale Your Startup,’ connects your startup with industry experts who can help shape and build a ‘growth engine’ for your business. Selected participants receive CHF 100.000 investment in exchange for 5% equity.

  • Hands-on and tactical founder support
  • Access to international experts and mentors
  • Preparation for international fundraising and expansion

Our first program is available to Swiss startups only. However, if you’re an international company you can still apply for consideration in future programs. Contact us for more details.

Key SIT StartGarden Initiatives


Take advantage of our IP Protection, Marketing and Sales, and Business Development consulting services

Pitch Night

Seize exclusive funding and partnership opportunities by participating in SIT’s fundraising rounds. Take the floor and pitch your idea to a global investor audience

Technology Transfer Fellowship

Gain the necessary skillset for a technology transfer career

Technology Transfer Office

Get assistance in technology licensing and other aspects of academic research commercialization


Collaborate with top names in transformative science and access SIT’s cutting-edge R&D facilities

Real Estate

Relocate your startup to Schaffhausen in no time. Our team will make residential and commercial property arrangements for you

Recruitment Fair

Join in-person and online recruitment events and access SIT’s best talent

SIT Launchpad

Grow from idea to first revenue with our all-in business support services. Get expert advice on project management, HR, marketing, or any other specialized business field

Benefits of the SIT Ecosystem

Top-tier Scientists

Meet the world’s leading scientists in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Quantum Technologies, Functional Intelligent Materials, etc.

SIT Capital

Tap into the SIT venture capital network, including top venture funds, angels and institutional investors, specializing in deep tech and science investments.

Swiss Benefits

Benefit from Swiss competitive tax rates, strong patent protection and comprehensive R&D incentives.

International Reach

Reach out globally through the SIT Ecosystem with networking ties all over the world.


Serguei Beloussov

Founder and Chairman of Acronis (valued at $2.5B+), Founder and Chairman of SIT (Schaffhausen Institute of Technology), and Senior Founding Partner of Runa Capital. Former CEO/Chairman of Parallels. Serguei holds a B.S. in Physics, an M.S. (Hons) in Physics and Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIPT.

Sean Percival

Experienced marketing executive, investor and accelerator program director. Former VP of Marketing at Myspace and author of 'The Accelerator Survivor Guide', a guidebook from startup program managers. Former Partner and Program Director at 500 Startups, a leading Silicon Valley venture fund and top-tier accelerator program.

Masha Drokova

Founder and General Partner at Day One Ventures with global marketing, communications and PR experience helping early, growth-stage and established tech companies find customers, partners and investors.

Drake Rehfeld

Principal at Day One Ventures, founder of Y Combinator-backed (acquired by NTWRK) and early research engineer at Snapchat. Experienced in social media growth, influencer and celebrity marketing, and product management, design and engineering 

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