Runway Incubator
Accelerate your business
  • "Durch das Runway Programm haben wir wertvollen Einblick in die Erfahrungen und Hürden anderer Startups erhalten. Diese Erfahrungen haben uns schon früh geholfen Fehler zu vermeiden und schneller voranzuschreiten."

  • "Das Coaching ist für uns ein wichtiger Teil des Runway Programms. Wir konnten dank der Hilfe unseres Coachs die richtige Zielgruppe für unser Produkt finden."

For startups

Individualized Coaching

Based on your needs and requirements, an individual selected coach out of our network will support you during the programme. Additionally, we offer workshops, startup trainings (e.g. Innosuisse trainings) and IP & Spin-off support.

Events & Networking

Join our community events for sharing experiences and knowledge. Moreover, you get access to the ZHAW’s vast network of experts, investors, research institutes and the Swiss startup ecosystem.

Creative and inspiring collaborative Workspace

The exchange of ideas in our co-working space inspires new solutions from the spillover of ideas and provides the opportunity to learn from each other. Be part of our community with other students, entrepreneurs and startups!

Application Process

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Your founding team should fullfill the following criteria:

  • At least 2 team members
  • Higher education background (student, employee, alumni)

Your business idea should match the following:

  • existing and scalable business idea
  • respectable market chances
  • high level of innovation

We do not take any equity from your startup. As part of your RUNWAY membership, there is only a small monthly fee of CHF 200.


You can apply anytime!
Your application requires a complete pitch deck. 



The RUNWAY Evaluation Committee (consisting of representatives from ZHAW, Technopark Winterthur and Zürcher Kantonalbank) will review your application. We will inform you as soon as possible!


Apply here!

About the RUNWAY Incubator

The RUNWAY Incubator


We are the point of contact for all future entrepreneurs and startup in the broader region of Winterthur!

Current Startups

Belly Chair

Blockflyer is a revolutionary payments solution which provides air travelers with one single currency in one single account for all of their frequent flyer miles. Through exchanging the miles into Blockflyer’s proprietary cryptocurrency, travelers can now spend their crypto at any of our partners regardless of alliances and mileage programs. We fundamentally rethink what a loyalty system can be and improve aging systems through our blockchain based approach, thus maximizing benefits for all parties involved.

Cyclops Fuel Cell Systems

Cyclops Fuel Cell Systems dedicate themselves to realizing the most efficient mobile power generator on the market. Engineered by two former ETH students, our systems ensure the power supply in challenging environments.
Whether on expeditions or specialized drones: We are where boundaries are overcome.

Delygate is an online marketplace which empowers users to outsource everyday tasks. Users describe the task including their budget. Community members then apply to complete the task. Posting a task is free and done in just a few clicks.

We feel passionate about giving our users their time back to focus on what matters to them from having more me time, to more quality time for loved ones or more time for their profession.
Delegate everyday tasks on!

dominique delice

The product, an electronic textile, is foreseen to be a popular clothing-accessory that every woman would like to carry with her. The product has a new lighting appliance that is equipped with an electrically conductive sewing thread. Further details coming soon.


Escalators and elevators are rare in many locations around the world. Stairs are still common at bus and streetcar stops, at train and subway stations, and at airports, hotels and vacation rentals worldwide. Travelers often have no other option but to lug their suitcases up endless flights of stairs. JenSong aims to improve travelers' mobility with the JENIRA system. This newly developed system makes transporting suitcases up stairs a breeze.


NEXENIC develops a smart, innovative, self-heating lunchbox. With our lunchbox it is possible to reheat a lunch menu regardless of time and place in a short period of time. Our integrated steaming technology promises the best taste sensation. Thanks to the built-in rechargeable battery and the control through our app, it was never so easy to heat your meal.

Prognolite GmbH

Prognolite develops the solution for one of the biggest challenges in the hospitality industry – the number of spontaneous guests, which is hard to predict. An innovative tool visualizes turnover and staff-forecasts to help restaurant managers reduce food waste, personnel costs and waiting times.


Share your BICAR AG

Die ZHAW Spin-Off Firma Share your BICAR AG bietet eine innovative, zukunftsweisende und nachhaltige Sharing-Mobilitätslösung (genannt BICAR Mobility Solution) für Städte und Agglomerationen an, basierend auf einer free-floating verteilten Flotte von speziell entwickelten, emissionsfreien Fahrzeugen, den BICARs. Die Nutzung eines BICARs ist attraktiv für alle Kundengruppen, zu jeder Jahreszeit und bei jedem Wetter, und ermöglicht eine individuelle Mobilität auf Kurz- und Mittelstrecken. Die Implementation der BICAR Mobility Solution wird dazu beitragen, den innerstädtischen Raum vom Privatautoverkehr zu entlasten, ohne von den Nutzern Einbussen bei Komfort oder Flexibilität zu verlangen.

Store To Go

With Store To Go we strive to bring the around to clock self-service convenience store experience to Switzerland. We build on technology and business models already successfully commercialized abroad, to serve customers with fresh and healthy food along other items. Our vision is to become a customer-oriented “service store” chain empowered by advanced technologies. is a rental-website for products for practical or leisure activities. The range of goods focuses on products which are: expensive if purchased, rarely used, and in need of much space. The rental process is easy: the user can select a product, chose the rental period and the address where the product should be shipped. The product will be delivered with the Schweizerische Post to the client on the first day of rent. After the rental period has expired, the client can return the product with the Schweizerische Post.


We love to work with bees. Vatorex co-founder Willi Brunner has been a beekeeper for more than 50 years. As a trained biologist, he puts the bee's health at the center of his efforts. Only conscientious beekeeping can sustainably promote the health of the honey bees. Vatorex is passionate about simplifying the everyday life of beekeepers. The ideas and innovations enhance hive-productivity and the joy of apiculture.

Our Team

Prof. Dr. Adrian W. Müller

Beata Gruschka

Program Manager RUNWAY Incubator

Ramona Lieser

Community & Project Manager

Jacques Hefti

Head of the RUNWAY Evaluation Committee and Head of STARTUP CAMPUS

Coming up next:

RUNWAY Roundtable

Information & Registration HERE

Thursday, 31.01.2019, 6pm

You’re welcome to join!

Get in touch...
Phone: 058 934 65 00

RUNWAY Incubator
Entrance A, 1th floor, Technopark Winterthur
(next to the "WORKERIA")

...or directly apply here!