Entrepreneurial Living Lab


Hidden inside of you,

sharpened in community,

tested in everyday life.


The Entrepreneurial Living Lab is practical course for your entrepreneurial potential. Discover and sharpen your business idea. Build prototypes and talk to customers. During the lab you will be challenged and supported by others. This and much more is eLab.


These are the effects of the eLab

The statements of eLab graduates prove the effects.


What you can expect


The eLab is a Living Lab and training for active and potential entrepreneurs and self-employed. Here companies and entrepreneurial spirit are born and potential is maximized. The eLab includes three elements:



On three consecutive days, the group meets for an intensive workshop with experienced coaches. The workshops have the following sequence:

  • Check In with topical opening

  • Mastermind in small teams

  • Input (Tools and resources) 

  • Defining sprints

  • Pitch sprints

  • Campfire with food


Participants encourage each other at regular, local meetings. The eLab game is specifically designed to portrait the stages of an entrepreneurial adventure. It is the ideal setting to get directly involved in the relevant issues and to inspire and encourage each other as a group.

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Your business project should be embedded in a local community. For this to happen, the participants and coaches meet in coworking spaces. This enables networking. In an informal meeting we find out how we can support each other. Failures are shared and successes celebrated together.  





Business Creation

Start a business that fits to you. You will go through a multi-leveled business creation process by starting with an idea or problem and then translating it into a business model.  You will not have to write long business plans, but sketch the story of your business on a single page. We help you to be customer centered, build prototypes, get relevant customer feedback and make first sales even before the eLab is finished.


Personal Transformation

eLab doesn´t only promote your idea but also you as individual. Become the best you can be.

Find out where your unbeatable strengths are and how you can implement them. Changing locations, exciting guests, interaction between participants, regular challenges and the holistic coaching will help you focus on what is most important and take matters into your own hands.

Community Building

Be part of something bigger. The eLab is a community in which we help each other. With each module, you show the state of your idea and receive feedback. At the same time, you help and inspire others. You will eat and discuss together. Often, groundbreaking ideas are created there.

Your thoughts and ideas are reflected by people giving you completely different perspectives.



We believe that every person has creative and innovative potential. That’s why we create a community and platform where people can become who they are and realize their dreams and ideas.

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The next eLab

eLab-Training intensive workshop
On demand

On demand in the follwoing coworking spaces:
Hyve in Basel
Effinger in Bern
Hirschengraben in Lucerne
Coworking Lounge Tessinerplatz in Zürich

Individual agreemants.  



Matthias Tobler


Serving people and ideas that have the potential of changing the world is Matthias passion.

Early on he began building up international developmental organizations. Today he is the managing director of Stiftung IVE, which promotes students in entrepreneurship and leadership. He also is one of the founders of the Effinger Coworking space in Bern as well as part owner of a coaching company. Together with his family he lives in a housing project in Bern.



Peter Schiffhauer


Peter has his own interior design and large-scale moving company in Küsnacht, Zürich. There he lives out his passion for creating new worlds.  

Another of his passions is to discover talents in others and promote these. He is a licensed Gallup-StrengthsFinder-Coach. He loves strengthening others and believes that everybody has potential. He especially enjoys accompanying business in the starting phase, motivating and kick-starting.


Marco Jakob


Marco often works in the Effinger Coworking Space and is committed to innovative education and new ways of working together economically.

In between he works as a speaker for economics, law or computer science. At night he likes to develop software (see makery.ch)