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.

Key figures


industrial funding in 2018

217 MCHF

raised by EPFL start-ups and 25 start-ups created in 2018


companies based at EPFL Innovation Park

EPFL drones draw crowds in Las Vegas

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This week, four EPFL-designed drones are being shown in the Swiss Pavilion at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The spin-offs developing the drones are trying to follow in the footsteps of Flyability and Pix4D by establishing themselves in the international market. Americans may be more familiar with Swiss chocolate than with Switzerland’s “Drone Valley,” but US specialists are keeping a close eye on the technologies being developed here.

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Collaborate with Industry

Explore how private 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.

Learn and Develop

Students, entrepreneurs, companies or any individual, check the programs in the fields of management of technology and entrepreneurship.

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

EPFL: fostering innovation for 25 years

Trace the history of EPFL Innovation Park

EPFL Innovation Park is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and its track record speaks for itself. Building A was officially opened in 1993 and has since been joined by 12 others. That building is today being renamed to honor the memory of Claudine and Bernard Vittoz, who founded EPFL Science Park and were generous benefactors.


Artificial Intelligence for Health

2019-01-22 2019-01-25

Place and room: STCC 0 7326
Category: Conferences - Seminars


Applied Machine Learning Days 2019

2019-01-26 2019-01-29

Place and room: Swiss Tech Convention Center
Category: Conferences - Seminars

FORWARD, the innovation forum for SMEs.

2019-02-07 10:00:00 17:00:00

Place and room: STCC 0 8328
Category: Conferences - Seminars

Complete agenda of events