Engaging with SMEs
Offer to 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. As an innovation facilitator, we are at your disposal to support you in your business project.
Our support offer
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.
Call to SMEs: On the occasion of the third CSEM “Digital Journey” award ceremony, we are pleased to invite you to a journey towards innovation: a new and 100% virtual edition! Discover the winners of the 2020 prize, success stories of collaborative projects between academic institutions and Swiss SMEs, as well as the various innovation tools offered by the CSEM and EPFL.
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To go further
FORWARD Event: the annual Innovation Forum for SMEs at EPFL. FORWARD 2020: My SME in 5 years, the new dimensions of innovation.
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.
Under the leadership of the Vice-Presidency for Innovation and EPFL Fribourg, EPFL invites a limited number of companies to participate in the second SME Camp. The opportunity is given to Fribourg companies to be exposed to a key innovation ecosystem and to take advantage of this immersion to accelerate innovation within their companies. The focus of the camp is on innovation in the smart living sectors.
The history of Stöckli: testimony of a collaborative project with the EPFL
Flarm technology: when innovation takes flight