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We, at the Vice Presidency for Innovation (VPI), are the interface between EPFL and the business world. We are in charge of setting up the Switzerland Innovation Park Network West EPFL, which is closely linked to the expansion of EPFL’s other campuses. We encourage entrepreneurship and startup creation, help industry develop partnerships with EPFL and foster innovation and research.

Innovation in numbers

EPFL favors closer ties to industry leading research in order to best meet the scientific, technological and societal challenges of the XXI century. From specific needs of SMEs to tailored partnership with large companies, the VPI team accompany all interested companies in working with EPFL. EPFL considers entrepreneurship as an essential continuation of its research and encourages business creation. VPI supports individuals interested in start-up creation with a variety of tools and mechanisms.

Innovation projects – also known as transdisciplinary initiatives – enable the exploration of emerging fields. Should you need further information, don’t hesitate to contact us. Expand your innovation skills – and curiosity – and connect with us! We have thriving ecosystem of innovators, entrepreneurs and partners who are eager to share their experiences. Explore the opportunities and get started.


EPFL spin-off Nexthink raises $85 million

Nexthink, an EPFL spin-off that leads the market in software for managing employees’ digital experience, has just completed an $85 million fundraising round. The proceeds will be used to fuel the company’s international expansion –


FORWARD, the innovation forum for SMEs.

7th of February from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Swiss Tech Convention Center, EPFL
For its 2nd edition, FORWARD - the Innovation Forum for SMEs - will be back at the SwissTech Convention Center on February 7, 2019. With nearly 1’000 participants during the first edition and simultaneous French-German translation, this event intends to be the national meeting point for SME innovation projects. 
This is an ideal opportunity for the EPFL community to interact with SMEs and better understand their goals and challenges in terms of innovation. Emphasis will be placed on experience sharing and the initiation of collaborative innovation opportunities.
In this year’s edition dedicated to the theme "Digital shift: getting organized to innovate" you will participate in a variety of activities such as inspiring conferences, thematic sessions to further develop the topics and a networking platform. 
Register now and benefit of the preferential price of CHF 100.- for students and non-profit organizations.

  • For EPFL researchers wishing to register, please send us a message at: pme@epfl.ch
 Complete program and registration: Forward-sme.epfl.ch

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Management of IP from EPFL research, new inventions, research contracts with industrial partners, license technology and support to start-up creation, contact the Technology transfer office.
You are looking for a technical expertise in a specific field or would like to work with a laboratory? Contact the liaison program Alliance to find the most suitable partner.
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A venue for exchanges and meetings between the scientific/research and economic domain, EPFL Innovation Park offers different lease solutions as well as multiple services.