Impact Hub – Space FAQ Viadukt
How can I access the internet?
• You have access to either the impacthub2 & impacthub5 network. The password is
How can I book a meeting room?
All the necessary information is to be found on our website.
• Check out the different types of rooms and their prices on Book the Space/Space Overview.
• See when your space of choice is free on Book the Space/ Availabilities.
• Click on Make a booking and fill out the form. Note: Please use the email address you registered
• For meeting room bookings: You will receive an email with your booking details. Please note: Your
booking will only be confirmed if you follow the link in the email! This is your agreement tot he booking
and your booking cannot be changed afterwards.
• For the Bay Area and Singapore: You will receive an offer via email, which you then need to confirm.
• Meeting room reservations can be cancelled free of charge minimum 48 hours prior to the event.
Afterwards, 100% of the costs will be charged. For Arch-Booking the Impact Hub applies a cancellation
fee of 25% when cancelled up to 2 weeks before the event date, 50% when cancelled up to 3 days
before the event, and 100% when cancelled within 3 days before the event. 50% cancellation fee is
charged when bookings of the slope / entire gallery are cancelled within 10 days of booking date. For the
big and the small meeting room the 50% cancellation fee applies to bookings changed within 48 hours
of the booking date.
• Member Booking discount (70%) applies if you organise and host the event.
• The event can be debited on your account (same invoicing method as for membership).
What if I want to host guests or have meetings with non-members?
You can host any meetings in our interaction spaces. Please make sure that your guests respect the house
rules, and chip in a small contribution for taking coffee or tea. If you want to work together with nonmembers
in the working arch E, ask our Hubonaut for a guest day pass.
How does printing work?
We have a fancy laser printer/scanner/copier. To install the printer you’ll receive instructions and a printer
code from one of your personal host. The principle is a “pay’for’what’you’use” policy. Cost: black & white:
CHF 0.05 per page, colour: CHF 0.15 per page, *2 for A3
What do I do with my stuff when I go away?
We have day lockers around the space where you can leave your stuff temporarily when you have to leave
for a while.
Legal & Governance FAQ
Q1: What are the legal entities in Switzerland and what kind of legal entity is appropriate for my project?
The most common legal entities are: (i) sole proprietorship / partnership, (ii) limited liability company, (iii) limited company, (iv) association and (v) foundation, (vi) co-operative. The kind of legal structure will depend on many factors, amongst others: (i) the business model, (ii) the profit / non-profit orientation, (iii) the ownership and control prerogatives, (iv) the financing (grants / investments / loans)
A social enterprise can take up many legal forms. Under Swiss law, the term social enterprise is not defined and therefore the right setup will mostly depend on the the criteria defined above.
Q2: What do I need to take into consideration to seek financing for my project?
Investors can only invest and companies with share capital (limited liability companies / limited companies). Loans can be granted to any type of legal entity. Grants are usually intended for non-for-profit organizations (exceptions may apply, especially for startup companies), including non-for profit companies with share capital. Some foundations that grant moneys further require the organization to be tax exempted (there are cantonal differences with regard to the legal entities that can be tax exempted / conditions for the tax exemption). Therefore, the legal form may be decisive on the financing possibilities of a project.
Q3: How can I protect my idea / my name / my product?
There are three basic possibilities to protect your idea:
- IP protection: copyright, trademark, design, patent
- Contractual protection: non-disclosure, non-compete, non-circumvention
- “non-legal” approach: be faster and better than the others
Q4: What else do we need to take into consideration from a legal perspective
From a legal perspective the following should be taken into consideration:
- Registrations with the social security authorities
- Tax registrations (e.g. VAT if applicable)
- Employment agreement with employees
- Shareholder agreement amongst founders (companies with share capital)
- Board regulations / governance
- Trademarks, IP
- Contracts with Partners (franchise, distribution, agency, license, joint venture, etc.), clients (general terms & conditions), lessors, providers, etc.
The legal services include
- Incorporation of entities and advice with regard to the appropriate structure: sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited companies (“Aktiengesellschaft”), limited liability companies (“GmbH”), associations, foundations, cooperatives
- Advice on non-profit / for-profit structures / hybrid structures
- Tax exemptions for non-profit entities
- Investment rounds, including structuring of deals, negotiations with investors, completion of capital increases
- Shareholder agreements, including advice on the relationship among founders, with investors, with employees, with strategic partners, etc.
- Intellectual property, including registration of trademarks in Switzerland and abroad, advice on IP rights (licensing, copyright, trademarks, etc.)
- Contract law, including contracts with agents, strategic partners, investors, employees, suppliers, franchisees, clients, general terms and conditions, etc.
- Labor law
- Social security law
The non-legal services include
- Business modeling
- Strategic consulting
- Financing strategies (grants, investments, loans)