Advice includes generic training, i.e. entrepreneurship, innovation or technology transfer classes as well as more specific and targeted support such as coaching and mentoring.


  • venturelab started 2004 as a national startup training program, and has since then conducted 202 entrepreneurship events with more than 23‘000 participants from Swiss universities and organized 3‘225 workshop modules to train innovative startup projects.
  • EPFL Innovation Park offers a wide array of training in Western Switzerland, for both university students and researchers to help them to bring science to market, and for experienced start-up founders / board members to accelerate the growth of their companies

Both are free of charges.

  • The Mintt program provides EPFL PhD students with an accelerated training in invention management, assessment of the potential, intellectual property rights elaboration, license negotiation, start-up option evaluation and experience sharing in the fields of academic results industrialization and sales. It is organised by the EPFL Tech Transfer Office.

In addition EPFL offers a large number of courses to its students about innovation and entrepreneurship as part of their curriculum.

Coaching and Mentoring

Different type of coaching & mentoring can be found on campus:

Different type of coaching & mentoring can be found off campus, such as:

  • Platinn
  • Genilem which supports selected entrepreneurs for the first three years of the project, through trainings & workshops.
  • IMD startup Competition which provides a unique opportunity to get the help and insights of participants in IMD’s MBA and Executive MBA programs.