Events & Workshops

Blaze is EPFL Accelerator for fast-deploying start-ups. The program leverages on a hand-picked batch of trailblazing student founders to bring EPFL at the forefront of the world’s fast-moving start-up scene. Register now and become a precious advisor to the founders. Being a tech coach is the perfect opportunity for you to learn marketable skills, including leadership, consulting, negotiations and communication, and truly become an innovative market leader.


If  you are interested in the program, please fill out the registration form. Based on your feedback, the program organizers will be able to structure and adjust the agenda to your needs. The participation in this program is free and it would happen voluntarily (does not offer academic credits).


For further information about the program, visit the EPFL Blaze dedicated website or contact the program organizer, Margaux Pagès ([email protected]).

Start-up Scheme Information Session by Dr. Lea Firmin
17 March 2021

Many thanks to our guest speaker Dr. Lea Firmin, the CEO of >>venture>> foundation for sharing her experience and tips on supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in Switzerland.

Dr. Lea Firmin is the CEO of >>venture>>, Switzerland’s leading startup competition, a non-profit that works to empower innovators across Switzerland. Prior to her current role, Dr. Firmin worked at McKinsey & Company where she practiced management consulting with focus on strategy and organizational development in leading pharmaceutical companies around the globe. Dr. Firmin holds a Doctorate in clinical neurophysiology from the University of Bern as well as a dual MSc in brain and mind sciences from Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris, École normale supérieure Paris and University College London.

>>venture>> is the leading competition for up-and-coming entrepreneurs in Switzerland awarding over CHF500’000 in cash prizes. Founded by Thomas Knecht in 1997, the competition empowers young innovators to develop their business ideas into startup companies. A joint initiative of ETH Zurich, McKinsey & Company, Knecht Holding, Innosuisse and EPFL, >>venture>> has been led by the >>venture>> foundation since 2013.

Success Story Seminar by Dr. Samantha Anderson
26 January 2021

Many thanks to our guest speaker Dr. Samantha Anderson, a co-founder and CEO of DePoly for sharing her entrepreneurship success story with our EPFL Innovators.

Samantha graduated with honor on bachelor level at the University of Winnipeg. Afterwards, she received her Master diploma in chemistry from Queen’s University at Kingston Ontario. Samantha obtained her PhD degree from EPFL, under supervision of Professor Smit from the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering. During her doctoral studies, in collaboration with the other co-founders of DePoly, she developed the chemistry and process behind the depolymerisation technique for PET plastic.  She is passionate about developing sustainable chemistry businesses that help fight global issues we currently face.

Success Story – Testimony of a young entrepreneur
25 May 2020 - Zoom Event

Presentation by Dr. Dimitrios Terzis, co-founder of MeduSoil

Dr Dimitrios Terzis graduated with a PhD in Mechanics from EPFL in 2017. The year after, he co-founded MeduSoil, a construction-tech startup. In 2020, he was included in the prestigious Forbes 30Under30 list of Top Entrepreneurs.

Don’t miss out the opportunity to learn from his experience! 

Ethical and Social Issues in Research and Innovation
10 March 2020

We thank Dr. Gaia Barazzetti, philosopher and senior researcher at UNIL and CHUV, and Alain Kaufmann, sociologist and biologist, Director of The ColLaboratory at UNIL for facilitating this excellent workshop.

The presentation is available here to the EPFLinnovators fellows.

Open Science workshop
11 February 2020

We thank the EPFL Library team for providing this workshop.

The slides are now available (restricted access to EPFLinnovators only) :

Smart publishing

Research Data Management

If you want to go futher on these topics, please take a look at the trainings offered by the EPFL Library. 

New Year event at La Forge
21 January 2020

Thank you to the team @La Forge for welcoming us on the Innovation Park. This event gave EPFLinnovators a glance of the activities carried out at the incubator and was a great opportunity to meet with inspiring entrepreneurs!