Student Entrepreneurship @EPFL

ACADEMIC COURSES EPFL

Part of the academic program, Bachelor & Master electives around entrepreneurship are given, grouped in the College of Humanities.

The College of Management of Technology offers a Master, Minors & an EMBA program.

NEW: In the new MOOC Find the Right Market for your Innovation, award-winning instructors Professor Marc Gruber and Dr Sharon Tal teach how to set a promising strategy by using a business tool called the Market Opportunity Navigator. It offers 3 steps to better identify, evaluate and focus on the right market opportunities. The MOOC begins from June 4th 2018 , enroll for free at go.epfl.ch/findyourmarkets.

EXTRAORDINARY COURSES EPFL

CHIC program

Regrouping students from UNIL, ECAL, EPFL, this is a SHS class in Bachelor semester 5 & 6. Courses are given by Marc Laperrouza. In this program, students learn how to pitch, build their prototype and shape their business model. They also get the opportunity to fly to Hong Kong and Shenzhen to accelerate their prototyping and to be immersed in the world’s hardware capital.

The Mintt program

Provide EPFL PhD students with an accelerated training in invention management, assessment of the potential, intellectual property rights elaboration, license negotiation, start-up option evaluation and experience sharing in the fields of academic results industrialization and sales. It is organised by the EPFL Tech Transfer Office.

Technology Ventures in IC

Given by Edouard Bugnion. This hands-on class gives IC master students interested in start ups, the opportunity to learn and put in practice the fundamental skills required to assess a technology concept in the context of a business opportunity.

SUPPORT PROGRAMS

Science2Market
Starting in February and September. It lasts 3months, 1 class/week. This training provides you with the practical tools to transform your idea into a strong business project. Get introduced to industry experts and meet other talents like yourself. This training is free of charge to anyone studying, working or recently graduated from a Swiss university. Please note that PhDs receive 4 credits for this course.
VentureLab

It gives the Business Creation course. for startups in the field of advanced engineering and ICT startups. Basel for startups in MedTech Biotech.

Five-day intensive course spread over several weeks, including three hours of one-on-one coaching. Starting end of March & August 2018 for ICT startups.  And in August & October 2018 for advanced engineering. Applications needed.

VentureLab

It also gives the Business Growth course for advanced engineering and ICT startups. Do you want to set your newly found company on course for growth?

Five-day intensive course spread over several weeks, including three hours of one-on-one coaching. Starting in May & October 2018 for ICT startups and April & November 2018 for advanced engineering startups. Applications needed.

XGrant
A program reserved to Bachelor & Master EPFL students. The support is delivered through a financial support & accelerating camps & workshops. 
Enable
An internship program open to Master students or young graduates with different backgrounds (engineering, economics, marketing, design, etc.) enabling them to join innovation projects at EPFL labs or start-ups. 

SCIENCE2MARKET

Starting in February and September. It lasts 3months, 1 class/week. This training provides you with the practical tools to transform your idea into a strong business project. Get introduced to industry experts and meet other talents like yourself. This training is free of charge to anyone studying, working or recently graduated from a Swiss university. Please note that PhDs receive 4 credits for this course.

VENTURELAB

 

It gives the Business Creation course. for startups in the field of advanced engineering and ICT startups. Basel for startups in MedTech Biotech.

Five-day intensive course spread over several weeks, including three hours of one-on-one coaching. Starting end of March & August 2018 for ICT startups.  And in August & October 2018 for advanced engineering. Applications needed.

VENTURELAB

It also gives the Business Growth course for advanced engineering and ICT startups. Do you want to set your newly found company on course for growth?

Five-day intensive course spread over several weeks, including three hours of one-on-one coaching. Starting in May & October 2018 for ICT startups and April & November 2018 for advanced engineering startups. Applications needed.

XGRANT

 

A program reserved to Bachelor & Master EPFL students. The support is delivered through a financial support & accelerating camps & workshops. 

ENABLE

An internship program open to Master students or young graduates with different backgrounds (engineering, economics, marketing, design, etc.) enabling them to join innovation projects at EPFL labs or start-ups. 

Looking for a place to work? Check-out the free EPFL Innovation Park co-working space, La Forge.

STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS

There are several students associations at EPFL and UNIL with a focus on entrepreneurship:

INNOVATION FORUM The Lausanne branch organizes two main events: first, the Annual IFL conference the IMAGINE IF! competition
INNOVATION TIME Through its articles, the association wishes to interest Lausanne students in entrepreneurship, and to inform any young entrepreneurs.
SME The EPFL MTE students association.

OCTANIS

A project begins with a suggestion from a member. This formal proposal can be a simple presentation or a prototype. If other members are convinced, ressources can be allocated and the project is given 18 months time to grow up.
START LAUSANNE It organizes an UNIL EPFL student startup contest. The winning team is awarded of CHF 30’000 and other benefits. Special awards of up to CHF 5’000 may be granted.
PRIX STRATEGIS It seeks to support promising start-up projects. “The Prix Strategis” grants CHF 50’000 to the best start-up in Switzerland

 

EVENTS

THE FESTIVAL

May 1st. Innovation & Entrepreneurship celebration on campus! Free Festival activities and food from 12pm to 14.30pm. Evening conference with La Nébuleuse and TWINT.  https://vpi.epfl.ch/thefestival

SEEDNIGHT

May 2nd. Successful EPFL alumni entrepreneur testimony & Startup pitch competitions!

>>VENTURE>>

June 25th. Final of the »venture» comeptition. To be won : a startup consulting package powered by McKinsey & Company, as well as total prize money of CHF 40’000, additional CHF 10’000 for the audience award for the winners of the business idea competition, and total prize money of CHF 120’000 for the winning business plans.

Here to see about past EPFL events

Facebook page for current activities in the ecosystem!

TRIPS

EPFL & Swissnex desks: From 2018, EPFL entrepreneurs have the possibility to benefit from 2 desks at Swissnex SanFrancisco, helping conquering the West Coast. From 2 weeks to 2months, this gives you:

  • a base in the Valley, in the impressive Pier17
  • possibility to present your startup and get feedback during the weekly lunches with Swissnex residents
  • attend Swissnex events and network
  • For more information contact xgrant@epfl.ch

European Venture Program. EVP is an exchange program between the universities, TUM, DTU, TU/e & EPFL. A unique program organized over 2 weeks, 1 in July and 1 in August for 5 student entrepreneurs of each university and that take place on all 4 campus. EVP supports students/entrepreneurs that have a project, wish to accelerate it. It comprises mix of thematic workshops, company visits, and public pitching competitions. It enables the startups to grow their business beyond borders.

  • Plane tickets & accommodation expenses covered by EPFL
  • Registration until: 01.04.18. Contact innogrant@epfl.ch Consult <a href=”http://eurotech-universities.eu/european-venture-programme/”website or video
  • Trip from: 08.07 to 14.07 and 26.08 to 01.09 2018

Berlin. A three day trip in September for 20 EPFL students only, who are interested in entrepreneurship &/or are developing their entrepreneurial project, startup. Day 1 consists of workshops to prepare day 2 & 3.  Day 2 & 3 are visits of startups, VCs, company builders: Rocket Internet, Project A, Juniqe, Homebell, Caroobi, Earlybird VC, etc.

  • Plane tickets & accommodation expenses covered by EPFL
  • Registration until: 18.04.18. Contact xgrant@epfl.ch
  • Trip from: 11.09 to 15.09 2018

BCV Silicon Valley Startup Camp. BCV gives local high-potential students interested in setting up their own business the chance to kindle their entrepreneurial spirit in Silicon Valley.