Entrepreneurship and Start-ups

EPFL considers entrepreneurship as an essential continuation of its research. VPI supports individuals interested in start-up creation with a variety of tools and mechanisms.

The EPFL Innogrants and XGrants

Since 2005, the single most important tool has been the Innogrants, a pre-seed funding mechanism for EPFL researchers, students as well as external entrepreneurs. For more information, please visit the Innogrant web page.

The XGrant program is a new way to encourage Bachelor and Master students to develop their ideas while keeping as objective to create their own business. A grant of up to CHF10’000 is intended to support entrepreneurial projects. In order to expand their networks, the students will also have the opportunity to spend 1 to 2 months in the well-known Silicon Valley at the offices of Swissnex San Francisco on Pier 17. Obviously, this opportunity is offered to a limited number of students through a selection process. Do not hesitate to contact us at xgrant@epfl.ch

The EPFL Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

EPFL helps entrepreneurs with much more than funding and the entrepreneurial ecosystem includes many other friends and partners. For a deeper understanding ot this ecosystem, please visit our page about Support to Entrepreneurs

Student Entrepreneurship @EPFL

The ecosystem offers multiple tools to students for them to developp their entrepreneurial skills. Visit our page for more details.

The importance of Role Models

We also organize many events where entrepreneurs can share their experience and inspire our community. Please visit our Events web page as well as the Linkedin page.

An analysis of EPFL spin-offs and the support ecosystem in the last 20 years.

EPFL Start-up Report (pdf – 2.9Mo)

Next Events

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