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Technology for the next Generation

With the "Technology for the next Generation" award, we want to support young researchers and start-ups who are working to improve the future for the next generation.


Research issues often include a technological/IT component. In addition to financial support, this is where our expertise comes in. This is why we are particularly keen to support researchers and start-ups in this area. 


Until 2023, the TNFG was focussed on areas directly related to the health of the next generation. From 2024, we are opening up the award to any project that aims to directly or indirectly improve the future of the next generation. This can also be explicitly from the areas of environment, sustainability, economy, etc.

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Are you working on your Bachelor, Master or PhD thesis in one of the mentioned areas or do you need support? Or are you part of a startup in this field? Apply now! Or send us a Mail if you have any questions.



Application deadline: September 22, 2024
Award: Mid November 2024


The prize is valued at CHF 10'042.00. 60% of the prize is paid out and 40% provided as IT service. With IT service we think of support with data analysis, business and IT consulting, statistical studies with R, programming in Python, database cluster and computing power, webapplications, advice in choosing hard- and software, and more.


With the first-time foundation of the Technology for the Next Generation prize, we want to break new ground as part of our social commitment and have tried to choose a goal with whom a large part of our employees, customers, and society can identify. Especially as a father of three healthy children, we want to take full responsibility for our and future generations and are convinced that IT can be of great help in this area as well.

Christian Hensel, CEO

Supporting Partner

During my time in the management of SFL, a Basel-based, leading consultancy providing integrated solutions to pharma, biotech and medtech companies for global and local activities, I appreciated Hejuba for their solution-oriented support of our international employees and equally for their future-oriented and resource-efficient approaches and discussions. Accordingly, the "Technology for the next Generation" – Award reflects perfectly on the philosophy and societal responsibility of the founders of Hejuba, and I am proud to support this activity.

Walter Fürst, Co-Founder SFL-Services

Wir teilen die Absicht, einen Beitrag zu leisten, die Zukunft der nächsten Generation zu verbessern. Auch wir bewegen uns im Technologiebereich, der Förderpreis ist also ein ideales Gefäss um uns einzubringen.


Network Partner

We have been happy to receive professional support for all our needs through HEJUBA over the last two years and the fact that they actively support our target group - Scientific founders makes us doubly happy to work with them.

Douglas Haggstrom, Manager INCATE 

Roundtable Antibiotics setzt sich für die Erforschung neuer, lebensrettender Antibiotika in der Schweiz und weltweit ein. Netzwerk Partner.


Impact Hub Basel unterstützt soziale Unternehmen und nachhaltige Innovator:innen in Basel durch eine lebendige Gemeinschaft, Inkubationsprogramme und einen inspirierenden Coworking Space. 



Phaos promotes social entrepreneurship through social innovation, providing accessible services to those who wish to develop sustainable solutions for entrepreneurship and local development.


The Department of Digital Systems of the University of the Peloponnese offers programs in the fields of computer science, networks, computer hardware, and more.



The Knowledge and Uncertainty Research Lab examines the role of knowledge and its absence in the theory and application of information technology.



Are you interested? Apply now with your research project or startup. Please submit an abstract, schedule, and references via Email and let us know how we can support your research.


Contact: Dr Lukas Bäni, nextgeneration@hejuba.com

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Winner 2023

Elena Börlin and her team at SeFit were the winners in 2023. SeFit aims to make Virtual Reality more accessible for therapists, thereby simplifying exposure therapy. Exposure therapy can be used for various purposes, such as treating anxiety disorders. The goal is now to combine VR headsets with real-life recorded scenes, an app, and a web application, along with digital biomarkers, to assist people suffering from sensory filter deficits. Sensory filter deficit is particularly known in the context of ADHD, Asperger's, and migraines, but there are other diagnoses that are also affected.

Winner 2022

The 2022 winners are Aukera Therapeutics with "Unleashing the therapeutic potential of mTOR inhibition". Cell growth and proliferation (increase in cell number) in the human body are controlled by the protein mTOR. mTOR works in two different forms: mTOR complex 1 and mTOR complex 2. Cancer cells are generally characterized by increased cell growth and proliferation, and approximately 70 % of all cancers show increased mTOR complex 1 activity. In addition, certain neurological disorders show upregulation of mTOR complex 1 signaling. Aukera Therapeutics is developing a unique class of drugs that can selectively and safely reduce the activity of mTOR complex 1.


This year we also gave Round Table Antibiotics an honorary award in recognition of their social commitment.

Winner 2020

This year's winner is Daniel Hauke with his research on paranoid schizophrenia. We are proud to support Daniel in this area by developing an app for early diagnosis and faster medication discovery.


Schizophrenia is a serious psychiatric illness that affects millions of people worldwide (World Health Organization). Persecution thoughts are a particularly common symptom that occurs in around 70% of all first-time patients (Freeman & Garety, 2014) and is a particularly stressful symptom for those affected. At present, however, the treatment of such symptoms is tedious and it can take several months to find the right medicament, as there are no valid predictors for the success of various drugs. The goal of our research is to develop computer-aided tests for clinicians that help predict the success of medication or potential side effects, in order to significantly shorten the time it takes to find an effective medication for a patient and to adapt the medical treatment to the individual patient. We are also testing whether these computer-assisted tests can be used beforehand to predict whether patients who are at increased risk of schizophrenia will actually get it.

Winner 2019

The winners of the "Technology for the next Generation" prize 2019 are Asier González Seviné and Stefan Imseng from the Biozentrum, University of Basel with their project "Unleashing the clinical benefit of selective mTORC1 inhibition"To the website

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