About us

We want to work with our entrepreneurs to explore problems and imagine new solutions – thinking bigger and thinking different to create a new future.

Researchers at EPFL’s Biorobotics Laboratory are testing novel systems to improve humanoids’ ability to walk and interact. Hamed Razavi, Biorobotics Laboratory BIOROB. (c) EPFL – Alain Herzog

As a pioneering university, EPFL focuses on entrepreneurship and the research that leads to transformational technology.

In 2005, EPFL launched the Innogrants program. The program was founded on the ethos that if we support founders, the rest will follow. It was the first gap-funding program in our eco-system.

Since then, the Innogrant has supported over 100 projects and seen the creation of over 80 startups. These startups have since received more than CHF 300 M in additional grants and equity.

Over the last ten years, the entrepreneurial landscape has changed dramatically. Our strengthened ecosystem has attracted talent, and startups have flourished.

As we keep telling our startups, with growth comes new opportunities. We need to keep innovating! Since 2020, we have shaped support services that provide tangible help when it is most needed. We have also launched early stage funding for projects in need of validation – opening doors to further opportunities. 

  • We will give opportunities to entrepreneurs to shape the companies of tomorrow.
  • We will give entrepreneurs the freedom to do it their way, empowering them for their future success.
  • We will bring the right support at the right time.
  • We will value and grow a diverse community of entrepreneurs.

Andre holds Masters in Electronics from ETHZ and PhD in Physics from EPFL. After working at IBM Research Labs in Rüschlikon, Andre joined EPFL. He is the co-founder of the EPFL’s Technology Transfer Office and part of the core team that launched the first programs for startup support in the late 90’s. Ever since, Andre continuously engaged in creating and growing instruments for accelerating and derisking the startup journey.

Isabel holds a Masters in Computer Science from EPFL. She spent over 15 years in Fortune 500 companies, implementing innovative IT services and products. Her personal drive lies in bringing technologies and talent together. Isabel had the opportunity to build and lead international teams. She joined EPFL’s enable program in 2017, rapidly becoming an active and recognized member of our innovation ecosystem.

Daphna holds a Masters in Architecture in Paris-Malaquais and a Masters in innovation HES-SO. She worked for 8 years in the field of architecture and design before specializing in design and innovation management. For the last four years, she has conducted research work, within ECAL, HEIG-VD and EPFL, to promote the integration of design in Startups and SMEs journey. Her focus is to develop the appropriate tools and services to accelerate the startup growth.