Startup Champion

The Startup Champions (formerly Venture Ideas) are held several times per year at the Swiss Federal Institutes of technologies (EPFL and ETHZ), as well as in the cantonal universities.

These conferences allow all audiences to discover entrepreneurship by sharing experiences and expert advice from entrepreneurs. Examples of successful business creation (or not) is the best way to encourage those who wish to embark on the creation of their startups. Come meet these talented entrepreneurs and listen to tell the different stages of their journey: the pitch in front of investors setting up their team to conquer international markets...EPFL through Innogrants and Venturelab are jointly organizing the Startup Champions @ EPFL. Admission is free but registration is required.

The start-up champions EPFL

On April 11 2019, you were invited to the new Startup Champions Seed Night @ EPFL at Forum Rolex at 5pm to listen and exchange with Madiha Derouazi, Founder & CEO of Amal Therapeutics and Steve Anavi, Cofounder et President of Qonto, as well as 20 world-class startups selected for a unique pitch competition, including the 10 Venture Leaders Life Sciences and the next generation of EPFL entrepreneurs. More info on the EPFL alumni website.
On Nov 13, 2018, we invited you to the Fall 2018 edition of Startup Champions @ EPFL at Forum Rolex at 5pm to listen to and discuss with Felix Mayer, co-founder of Zurich-based Sensirion and Gabriel Clerc, former head of EPFL Technology Transfer Office.
On May 2, 2018, we invited you to the Spring 2018 edition of Startup Champions @ EPFL at Forum Rolex at 5pm to listen to and discuss with Daniel Yanisse, co-founder and CEO of Silicon Valley-based Checkr and EPFL Alumnus. We invited the young entrepreneurs of VentureLeaders LifeSciences.
On 25 October 2017, we invited you to the Fall 2017 edition of Startup Champions @ EPFL at Forum Rolex at 17h30 to listen to and discuss with Didier Guzzoni, former chief scientist of Siri (Apple) and Szymon Kostrzewski, founder of KB Medical (Globus Medical). Furthermore we will present you at noon the new initiatives for bachelor and master students (xgrant, enable) with Yannick Bloem (Infinight, Bachelor EPFL) and Aurélien Soccard (Apety, Master EPFL).
On April 26, more than 400 people gathered for the Spring 2017 edition of the Startup Champions @ EPFL at the Forum Rolex to listen to and discuss with Tej Tadi, founder & CEO of Mindmaze.We had also invited the young entrepreneurs of VentureLeaders China & LifeSciences.

Don’t miss the event’s highlights on Facebook and Twitter as well as the EPFL alumni web page of the event.

On November 17, at 5pm, you were invited to the Fall 2016 edition of Startup Champions @ EPFL at the Forum Rolex to listen and discuss with George Koukis, the founder and former CEO of Temenos. You may not know Temenos, so please visit Wikipedia. George Koukis is an exceptional personality, who spent more than 40 years in the software industry. George Koukis is a staunch proponent of Ethical Leadership and Sustainable Management. He is known for funding charity programs for hospitals and is also passionate about opera.

In addition, we invited three young entrepreneurs: Sebastien Thevenaz, Co-Founder and CTO of InvestGlass; Stijn Pieper, Co-Founder and CTO of Advanon; Francois Briod, Co-Founder and CEO of Monito.

On April 21st, you were invited to the Spring 2016 edition of the Startup Champions @ EPFL in the Forum Rolex to listen and discuss with Dennis Just, co-founder & CEO of Knip and Christophe Maire co-founder & CEO of Atlantic Labs, as well as the 20 laureates of the VentureLeaders 2016 Tech New York and Life Sciences Boston.

Please note that the conference was be followed by the seed night of the EPFL Alumni.

On February 24, we invited in the Forum Rolex Michael Baum, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, founder & CEO of Founder.org, founder of Splunk (IPO), founder of 5 other startups (5 exits). The program was cancelled and will be hopefully orgainzed again in the near future.
On November 25 2015, in the EPFL Rolex Learning Center, the Fall 2015 Start-up Champions invited you to listen to:
Marcel Salathe (EPFL professor and entrepreneur), Ariel Luedi (busines angel and former CEO of Hybris – sold to SAP), as well as David Brown (founder of buy.at & angel investor – Jilion, lemoptix) replacing Pierre Chappaz (serial entrepreneur – Teads, Kelkoo sold to Yahoo).
On April 22, at the EPFL Rolex Learning Center, the Spring 2015 Start-up Champions invites you to listen to:
Jurgi Camblong (co-founder and CEO of Sophia Genetics) and Nicolas Abelé (co-founder and CTO of Lemoptix – acquired by Intel), as well as the 20 winners of the VentureLeaders 2015.
On February 19, we welcomed at the forum of the RLC Michael Baum, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, founder & CEO of Founder.org, founder of Splunk (IPO), founder of 5 other startups (5 exits).

We had more than 550 people for this event and M. Baum wrote on his blog: “Blown away with the Rolex center venue and students at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne today. Thank you everyone for such an exciting event. We’re looking forward to working together and building some great companies!…”

On November 6, the Fall 2014 venture ideas invites:
Christoph Strecha (Founder & CEO of Pix4D), Jean-Christophe Zufferey (Co-founder & CEO of Sensefly) and Henri Seydoux (Founder & CEO of Parrot). Watch again the videos of the speakers.
On April 16, the Spring 2014 ventureideas invited the following guest speakers:
-Mehdi Aminian, serial entrepeneur, co-foudner of Jilion.
-Stephan Würmlin, co-founder of LiberoVision
as well as Alain Nicod, managing partner of Venture Incubator
and do not miss the pitches of the 20 winners of ventureleaders 2014.
Valérie Peyre and Pierre Maget, cofounders of Tekoe shared their experience on November 12 in the RLC forum from 6pm to 7pm

The movie Startup Kids was screened at 7pm www.thestartupkids.com

On September 20 our guest speaker was Alexandre Gonthier, serial entrepeneur in the USA and EPFL alumni.
The Spring 2013 venture ideas conference took place on April 30th, from 1:30pm at the Forum – Rolex Learning Center EPFL with
– Mathieu Fivaz (co-founder Urturn/Webdocs)
– Johannes Reck (co-founder getYourGuide)
– the 20 winners of ventureleaders
– the laureate of the Helbling Innogrant 2013.
The Fall 2012 venture ideas took place on November 13th 2012 at the Forum – Rolex Learning Center at EPFL from noon to 1:30pm with
Edouard Bugnion (founder of VMWare and Nuova),
Sacha Labourey (founder CloudBees, and before at Jboss)
The 15th edition of venture ideas was divided in 3 parts:
– on May 8th, 2012 in CM 1 121 at 10am, a presentation by Craig Barratt – President Atheros, sold to Qualcomm for $3B. (Event was cancelled)
– on May 15, 2012 in the forum of RLC at 2pm with Amin Shokrollahi (Kandou), Pascal Meyer (QoQa) and Arnaud Bertrand (Housetrip) as well as the laureates of Venture Leaders 2012 and of the Helbling Innogrant Award.
– followed at 6pm with Something Ventured. See more the web page.
The Fall 2011 venture ideas took place on November 4th 2011 in the Forum of Rolex Learning Center from 1:30pm to 4pm with
Franck Riboud (CEO of Danone),
Martin Odersky (chairman and co-founder of typeSafe/Scala), and
Kamel Besseghir (CEO of Debiopharm) as guest speakers.
The Spring 2011 venture ideas took place on April, 21 2011 in the Forum of the Rolex Learning Center from 1:15pm to 4:30pm with
Elmar Mock (co-inventor of the Swatch and founder of Créaholic),
Nader Donzel (founder of Biocartis),
Edouard Lambelet (founder of paper.li)
and the swissnational start-up team.
Fall 2010, with George Candea (founder Aster Data and EPFL professor), Rémi Walbaum (founder LeShop.ch and Fleur de Pain) and the Rolex Young Entrepreneurs Awards.
VentureIdeas @ EPFL – April 22, 2010: Swiss ways of building start-ups
VentureIdeas @ EPFL – November 4th, 2009
with Yahoo and Doodle
VentureIdeas @ EPFL – May 15, 2009: Web 2.1.2
Neil Rimer (Index Ventures), Poken, Minsh, Basisnote
VentureIdeas @ EPFL – December 5, 2008:
Daniel Rossellat – Founder and Président of Paleo.
VentureIdeas @ EPFL – October 3, 10 & 24 2008:
Internet & software.
VentureIdeas @ EPFL – 18 April 2008:
Biotech & medtech.
VentureIdeas @ EPFL – November 2nd, 2007:
Energy and cleantech.
March 30, 2007 – VentureIdeas @ EPFL:
Can world class start-ups be built in Europe;with Aart de Geus, Pierre Fazan and Oscar Buset.
November 29, December 6 and 8, 2006 – VentureIdeas @ EPFL
June 2, 2006 – VentureIdeas @ EPFL: dedicated to life sciences
November 24, 2005 – VentureIdeas @ EPFL dedicated to telecom and the Internet