BaseLaunch, a 15-month accelerator program specifically tailored to the needs of healthcare startups provides handpicked ventures with access to founder-friendly venture grants, insights, industry access and state-of-the-art infrastructure, and connects them to one of the most dynamic biotech and pharma ecosystems in Europe. BaseLaunch is backed by three industry leaders — Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Novartis Venture Fund and Pfizer — as well as other public and private partners.
The project was launched in 2017 as an initiative of BaselArea.swiss, the official innovation and economic promotion agency for the region of Basel, which oversees and manages the operations of BaseLaunch. Through its extensive network of decision-makers, innovators and experts, BaselArea.swiss supports entrepreneurs and companies from abroad with the successful implementation of innovation and business ventures in the Basel region.
BaselArea.swiss is a member of digitalswitzerland, a cross-industry association to strengthen the country’s position as a digital hub.In order to tap into the unexplored potential of life sciences innovation, BaseLaunch has entered into a partnership with Kickstart Accelerator, a key initiative of digitalswitzerland and one of Europe`s leading multi-corporate accelerators, to offer a healthcare-specific program in Basel.
BaseLaunch is accepting applications for the next program, which starts in September 2017 and runs in two phases through December 2018. The first step in the application process is filling out the expression of interest form. Applications close on June 30, 2017.