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 email@example.com
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
An analysis of EPFL spin-offs and the support ecosystem in the last 20 years.
EPFL Start-up Report (pdf – 2.9Mo)