Entrepreneurship and Start-ups

EPFL considers entrepreneurship as an essential continuation of its research. VPI supports individuals interested in start-up creation with a variety of tools and mechanisms.

Entrepreneurship and start-up at EPFL

Protect your ideas

The EPFL supports the creation of companies wishing to develop and commercialise technologies resulting from research carried out at EPFL.

Discover Student Entrepreneurship

Academic courses, support programs, student associations, events, etc, check what you can do with us!

Start and Grow your venture

EPFL is helping its entrepreneurs through many tools and mechanisms. The close-by EPFL Innovation Park is a major tool. However the local entrepreneurial ecosystem does not limit itself to the campus and the support is extremely rich.

The EPFL Innogrants and XGrants

Since 2005, the single most important tool has been the Innogrants, a pre-seed funding mechanism for EPFL researchers, students as well as external entrepreneurs. For more information, please visit the Innogrant web page.The XGrant program is a new way to encourage Bachelor and Master students to develop their ideas while keeping as objective to create their own business. A grant of up to CHF10’000 is intended to support entrepreneurial projects. In order to expand their networks, the students will also have the opportunity to spend 1 to 2 months in the well-known Silicon Valley at the offices of Swissnex San Francisco on Pier 17. Obviously, this opportunity is offered to a limited number of students through a selection process. Do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

description of the xgrant