Innovation improves the quality of life of people and provides solutions that help deal with grand societal challenges such as climate change or the ageing of population. Technologies developed at EPFL have had, are a likely to have, a major impact on our society. In addition, innovation is also pivotal to the health of the Swiss economy.
It is arguably “the” way firms compete. If firms want to cut costs over the long term, or, increase profit margins via the production of better products or by developing new markets, then they must innovate. This is particularly true in Switzerland, which has a large pool of highly qualified workers and whose firms rely largely on the production and export of high-technology goods.
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 completely dedicated to act as 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. It connects EPFL’s labs to industrial partners in a variety of ways, which you can discover in the further pages.
A smart bra for detecting early-stage breast cancer
EPFL students teamed up with startup IcosaMed to develop the SmartBra – the first piece of smart clothing that can be used for cancer prevention.
EPFL startup merges the real and virtual worlds
EPFL startup CREAL has developed a new technology that brings real-life detail and depth to the virtual world. Its image projection system helps to avoid the nausea experienced by most users of existing technologies. The startup raised 7.3 million Swiss francs in funding in 2019, and its prototype devices have attracted interest from a number of major industry players.
Practical technologies for the global South
The Tech4Dev program connects EPFL researchers with NGOs in order to develop technologies able to address specific needs in the global South and withstand local conditions. Four projects have been awarded grants following the first call for proposals.
Startup Champions Seed Night 2020
The Startup Champions Seed Night is an annual startup presentation event bringing together the most promising entrepreneurs from EPFL and beyond, angel investors, mentors, industry leaders and scientists for an audience of…
Place and room: RLC E1 240
Category: Conferences – Seminars