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.
The latest news
EPFL startup heads a mission to clean up space
ClearSpace, a spin-off of EPFL’s Space Center (eSpace), has been selected to lead a major European Space Agency (ESA) space debris de-orbiting project with a total budget topping €100 million. The startup and its consortium will develop and fly the first-ever mission to capture and remove a disused ESA asset from Space.
EPFL spin-off makes its mark in virtual reality
OZWE Games – an EPFL spin-off that develops virtual-reality games – won the 2019 Swiss National Business of the Year Award and will be one of the companies representing Switzerland in the European Business Awards finals on 3–4 December.
Switzerland’s leading startup competition, >>venture>>, announced that it will be awarding a total of CHF 510,000 and introducing a total of 5 industry verticals to the competition in 2020. Co-organized by some of the biggest drivers of innovation in the country, ETH Zurich, McKinsey & Company, Knecht Holding, Innosuisse and EPFL, >>venture>> was one of the first established startup competitions in Switzerland, and today, is now the largest with its grand prize winner taking home CHF150,000 in non-dilutive funds.
FORWARD – the innovation forum for SMEs
My SME in 5 years Companies are facing ever faster changes. Does digitalization necessarily lead to a breakthrough? Or should we aim for a gradual improvement of processes and products? What skills and talents are needed…
Place and room: STCC
Category: Conferences – Seminars