Innovation improves people’s quality of life and provides solutions that help deal with grand societal challenges such as climate change or the population’s ageing. Additionally, innovation is essential to the health of the Swiss economy.
Today’s scientific research plants the seed for tomorrow’s innovations. However, science does not translate into innovation magically. That’s the reason why an Innovation Team is wholly dedicated to acting as an interface between academia and industry. Its fundamental mission is to ensure that EPFL’s research has a real impact by finding its way into society.
Tech4Impact builds bridges to leverage science & technology for sustainable impact.
Discover the labs involved in the in sports-related research and all the associated projects.
The center digitize and preserve audiovisual collections and add value to them by organizing research and innovation projects with EPFL laboratories, start-ups, and partners
Innovation to fight COVID
Indoor inspection drones of Flybotix get a Tech Growth Loan
Founded in 2019, EPFL startup Flybotix develops a drone based on a proprietary propulsion and steering technology that brings disruptive changes to the market of indoor industrial inspection drones. The novel drone doubles the flight-time compared to competition and is quieter than a lawn mower. The Tech Growth loan of CHF 400’000 from FIT completes a fundraising round of one million Francs that Flybotix closed in March 2021.
Democratising robotics with artificial intelligence
The difficulty of programming robots makes the technology inaccessible to many companies, especially the small batch manufacturers that define Swiss industry. AICA, a new AI-driven software co-founded by Professor Aude Billard, Lukas Huber, and Dr. Baptiste Busch, aims to change that.