Innovation for SMEs

The SME Unit is aimed at all small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) wishing to launch their innovation project. Its priority is to support the individual innovation needs of companies in order to ensure their local and international competitiveness.

Josep Castellet, Henrik Ronnow, Véronique Michaud and Benoît Mariani. © Alain Herzog

What we offer to SMEs

SMEs can use the skills of EPFL researchers to innovate, in particular by setting up collaborative projects financed by Innosuisse.

FORWARD, the innovation Forum for SMEs at EPFL, is organized annually by EPFL in partnership with Le Temps et PME Magazine. A unique networking opportunity, conferences, thematic sessions, demonstrations. The unit also aims to create links between SMEs and various components of the EPFL campus, in particular the EPFL offices and the vast network of technological start-ups.

Many opportunities exist, including internships, master’s degree projects in companies, recruitment of young graduates, recruitment of experienced professionals trained at EPFL.

A complete and customizable offer of training courses is available to you: such as the UNIL-EPFL continuing education program and the EPFL Extension School.

Do you want to discuss your ideas with our team?

Events and services

Networking platform

FORWARD Event: the annual Innovation Forum for SMEs at EPFL. FORWARD 2020: My SME in 5 years, the new dimensions of innovation.

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Support for innovation beyond EPFL

Carry out a scientific research project with an EPFL laboratory. The Alliance Industrial Liaison program meets your needs and helps you find the right partner for your innovation project.


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Call to SMEs: On the occasion of the third CSEM “Digital Journey” awards ceremony, we are pleased to invite you to a journey towards innovation: a new and 100% virtual edition!


SME Camp@Scandinavia

SMEs in Fribourg, come and meet a key innovation ecosystem! A unique opportunity to take advantage of this immersion to accelerate innovation within your company in the field of “smart living”

Projects with SMEs

Ideation Harsch

The company projects itself into the world of tomorrow and comes up with accessible and concrete ideas.


A successful collaboration since 1998. Meet Mathieu Fauve, Head of R&D at Stöckli Swiss Sports AG


Flarm technology

In collaboration with Professor Fua of the EPFL computer vision laboratory, the company has developed a tool that alerts the pilot to both traffic and impending collisions with other aircraft.


Roland Luthier
Head of SME Unit
+41 21 693 35 75 

[email protected]

Vice Presidency for Innovation (VPI)
SME Unit
EPFL Innovation Park
Building J
1015 Lausanne

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