mintt modules & workshops

The mintt course is composed of six modules, six mandatory workshops and one day dedicated to case studies.

Learn more about the course content and speakers below (programme for 2024).

June 3, 2024 – Day 1

By Mauro Lattuada & Natalia Giovannini

All innovation starts with a new concept, a new way of doing things. The first module of mintt explores how researchers and entrepreneurs can add value to their inventions so they’re more than just an idea. You will learn:

  • What the difference is between an invention and a discovery (and why it matters)
  • When you can call yourself an inventor, and what that means
  • The processes behind disclosing, protecting, and developing your invention
  • How to pick the right patenting and protection strategies

You’ll be exposed to real-life examples and best practices. You’ll also hear from a guest speaker who’s been there. He will share his experience as he moved from early lab research to a successful startup. Together we’ll explore how to start navigating the journey towards commercialization.

By Dominique Ara Zwahlen

Enhance your soft skills, inspire and lead!

  • What is your leadership compass?
  • How to promote your skills/capabilities and beta products without being “pushy” or “arrogant”?
  • How to inspire people?
  • How to prime for trust while conversing with stakeholders, customers or clients?
  • How to convey strong messages ?

These are the questions we will be addressing during the workshop.

If you can’t wait to be with us, watch this inspirational video presented by Simon Sinek.

June 4, 2024 – Day 2

By Alberto Di Consiglio

IP issues have entered the agendas of strategic management in industry at large, while being previously handled by specialists in the periphery of management attention. As a result, there are often missing links between IP strategies and business strategies. This lecture presents a conceptual framework for IP-strategies linked to technology strategies and possible business strategies for all-in-one strategic management, to ultimately build up the total value of an IP portfolio as part of the company’s intellectual capital.

By Bastien Rachet – Samantree

By Vincent Delattre – Onward

June 5, 2024 – Day 3

By Andrea Crottini & Mauro Lattuada

Transferring new technologies and bright inventions to impact society is an important mission of the university. As an inventor, having contributed to such technologies and inventions is a great achievement. Licensing them to industry and startups opens the path to the market and is an absolute reward for innovators.

This module focuses on licensing, the most common way to transfer technologies. It is a very interactive module combining case studies and examples to illustrate the essential components of the license agreement. It also aims to provide a basis for licensing negotiations.

By Isabel Casado – EPFL Startup Launchpad

By Adam Swetloff & Ghislain Singla

More details soon.

June 17, 2024 – Day 4

By Natalia Giovannini

More details soon.

By Natalia Giovannini, Alberto Di Consiglio, Adam Swetloff and Gilles Pfend

In this session, we will explore the role and importance of data in life science patents to understand why having good data is critical and how this should fit in an IP strategy. We will first explore the underlying IP concepts relevant to data. Following this, you will be divided into small teams and apply these principles to real-world case studies in an interactive session. We will conclude with a summary of the key concepts learned and will highlight some best practices points. By the end of the session you will have a good understanding about key IP concepts including: the role of data, plausibility and sufficiency. 

June 19, 2024 -Day 5

By Bea Arnold, Mauro Lattuada and 

Tom Gibbs, Senior Investment Director, Debiopharm Innovation Fund

Frederic Pont, Co-founder & COO, Tune Insight

In its lifespan a startup will usually undergo one or more investment rounds.

This module presents different financing alternatives with a focus on Corporate Investment.

It gives an overview about the funding process (from evaluation till agreement signature) and about roles and responsibilities of the parties (startup, investors, Board) once the deal has been finalized.

It suggests hints on how entrepreneurs can best benefit from the expertise and experience of the funding entities.

By George Whitten

A workshop on patent matters will be presented by an industrial intellectual property expert. This workshop will address practical and business related issues and will involve the active participation of the class.

June 20, 2024 – Day 6

By Andrea Crottini & Ghislain Singla

What is an IP asset? Which are the concepts of IP value? How to perform a patent valuation? Which methods are used? Participants to this module will be able to acquire the fundamental concepts and apply them in one case study.

By Mauro Lattuada & Thomas Bourgeau

Software is both an essential working tool for researchers as well an important intellectual property asset for companies. In this workshop, we will introduce the basic concepts of intellectual property matters related to software, discuss the fundamentals of a software license and introduce the most common open source licenses. The main business models related to software commercialization will be also presented and discussed. Participants will work on a case study which will illustrate a typical situation which they may encounter in their research and development activities.


mintt is organized by the Technology Transfer team and is part of the Doctoral School (cf. course ref. ENG-623).

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