For more than 20 years, EPFL has been a key player in innovation in Switzerland. It promotes innovation activities with industry, sets up new programs to encourage entrepreneurship and new thematic initiatives to strengthen collaboration with businesses.

Innovation matters

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.

Innovation to fight COVID

Start-ups solutions to tackle COVID

Check the EPFL Spin-offs and EPFL Innovation Park start-ups who are developing solutions to tackle COVID-19..


Collaboration with industry

Explore how companies can collaborate with EPFL

Entrepreneurship and Start-up

Learn more how we help in creating and growing your venture with a large number of tools and aids.

Innovation Domains

Explore the fields of research in which EPFL is active.

Leveraging technologies to address grand societal challenges


Tech4Impact is EPFL’s social impact and sustainability initiative and its key instrument for enhancing the University’s social and environmental impact in the areas of education, research, and innovation. Tech4Impact provides a multi-stakeholder platform involving students and researchers as well as large enterprises, NGOs, start-ups, and society at large.

All innovation initiatives