We frequently organize and host gatherings aimed at fostering the exchange of experiences concerning entrepreneurial endeavors and cutting-edge projects. Through our events, individuals from academic and campus circles (including students, researchers, and professors) can connect with members of the business community (such as entrepreneurs, startups, SMEs, and large corporations) to facilitate networking opportunities.

KICKOFF EVENT, Venture EPFL, Tuesday November 22, 2022 in Lausanne. (VFLPIX.COM /Valentin Flauraud)

Startup competitions

>> Venture competition

>>venture>>, an annual competition that supports startups in the early stages of their development with over half a million Swiss francs in prize money, workshops, connections with the Swiss startup scene and access to a support and mentoring network.

Innovation by Design Challenge

This competition is aimed at young companies who wish to challenge their product/service from a design perspective, as well as designers (graphic, industrial, media interaction, service, architect, etc.) who wish to contribute to an innovative project.

Discover early stage startups

Startup Champions Seed Night

Startup Champion conferences allow all audiences to discover entrepreneurship by sharing experiences and expert advice from entrepreneurs.

Changemakers and blaze startup accelerator award ceremony

Held every spring and autumn, this ceremony gives you the opportunity to discover EPFL’s entrepreneurship and innovation programs specifically dedicated to student entrepreneurs.

For investors

EPFL Investor Day

The exclusive EPFL Investor Day brings together the broader investment community to connect with their peers and engage with the most innovative tech startups from Western Switzerland.

Community events

Pizzas and Startups

A regular conference at EPFL Innovation Park that calls on 4 young innovative companies to present their activities and achievements to the community of the Park, EPFL campus and all interested participants.

Start-up Day

The Start-Up Day is dedicated to bringing start-ups and students together. It will take place on Tuesday 10th of October 2023, during the Forum week.

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For any question regarding the events, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Aurelie Schick
Vice Presidency for Innovation