EPFL is 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.
Alain Herzog

© Alain Herzog – Fly Jacket developed by Carine Rognon, a researcher at EPFL’s Laboratory of Intelligent Systems led by Dario Floreano.

Innovation matters

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.


Collaboration opportunities

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Entrepreneurship and Startup

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Tech4Dev builds bridges to leverage science & technology for sustainable impact.

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Sport Technology

Discover the labs involved in the in sports-related research and all the associated projects.


Space Innovation

Space Innovation builds on the multi-domain relevance of space technologies to support the development of innovative projects in the space sector.

Full list of innovation and research domains