EPFL Changemakers

The EPFL Changemakers is designed for students ready to boost their entrepreneurial, sustainability and leadership skills

Our 12-week program allows you to immerse yourself in a hands-on experience to develop and implement your project idea.

As part of our Changemaker community, you will be exposed to new ways of thinking, challenge yourself through different workshops and community exchanges, gain access to expertise, resources, and learn from your peers.

The program is open to all EPFL Bachelor or Master students, whether you are developing a deep tech or non-tech, profit and not-for-profit project. 

The second edition of the program runs from March to June 2021.

Be part of a community passionate about shaping the future and join the Changemakers!

Applications are open until March 22, 2021 (noon).

Weekly sessions scheduled throughout the semester:

  • An immersion bootcamp to help you understand your purpose, your mission, and your vision
  • Interactive weekly workshops to help you embrace the concepts behind project success – from solving an unmet need to prototyping and assessing impact.
  • A midterm session to learn and practice how to tell the story of your idea in a way that’s compelling, concise, and influential
  • A closing ceremony where you will pitch your project and progres to a wide public audience

Community Support:

  • Each Changemaker will be matched with an EPFL alumni buddy – someone who’s been there before and can offer valuable advice on successfully managing a project
  • For peer-to-peer exchanges, the EPFL Entrepreneurship Club will provide additional connection points and manage the online community sharing
  • Through the Changemakers network, you will make connections with your peers and potential partners

Resources and tools:

  • Access to the tools at the DLL Centre for prototyping
  •  Funding opportunities dedicated for prototyping and user testing (eligibility on a case-by-case basis)
  • You have an idea you want to develop and implement and do not know where to start
  • You want to challenge yourself and strengthen you skills
  • You are ready to invest your energy and time for something you believe in

EPFL Changemakers is not another academic program. There are no credits but lifelong learning. Your progress and success will depend on your own motivation and commitment. We look beyond performance on paper and instead focus on your capacity to bring forward exciting projects.

To apply to the Changemakers, you need to:

  • Prepare a 1 minute application video where you tell us who you are and what drives you! You can upload this video into any platform (vimeo, youtube, drive) and add the URL to the application form.

We will start the program with a 1.5 days bootcamp during the last weekend of March. The program runs weekly virtual sessions on Tuesdays (max. 2 hours) and weekly apero sessions (1h – to be defined depending on the group’s schedule)

Please note that we are aware that many of you might have very packed class schedules and might need to miss a session once in a while. We record all our workshops and provide you all the material to move forward.

  Date
Immersion Bootcamp

26.03 (3 hours), 27.03 (full day)

Weekly workshops* (max. 2 hours)

Tuesdays

17:30 – 19:30

Weekly community session (1 hour) –

Thursdays

17:00 – 18:00

(might be adapted depending on the cohort’s schedule)

Closing Ceremony

12.06.2021

If you are unsure about your schedule, you can also leave us your comments here, send us an email or mark that in the application form.


Are you ready to take the next step?
Meet the 2021 Changemakers

FAQ

What is the application video?

We want to departure from solely paper-based applications to learn a bit more about you in a 1 minute video

Use this opportunity to tell us in a creative way who you are,what is your motivation and why you should be part of this program!

What do I need to enroll?

To be able to participate, you need to be actively enrolled at EPFL during the application process. Please note that if you are finishing your studies midway, the priority might be giving to a student who is enrolled throughout the program. To apply, please follow the instructions stated on the website.

What type of ideas are accepted?

We welcome students with projects that are tech or non tech driven (as long as it’s not purely service-based) as well as profit or not-for-profit. However, please bear in mind that your idea needs to be financially viable in the long term. Please note that the project idea must be consistent with applicable law and ethical values.

How advanced do I need to be with my project?

You can come to us at any stage of development.

We want to join as a team, can we do so?

You can, however note that each team member that wants to take part in the program needs to fill a separate application form including the application video presenting themselves, the project idea and most importantly, your personal motivation. The Changemaker status is personal.

I am not sure I am able to join the mandatory sessions, what can I do?

We do not want you to miss out, however we are aware in how packed can the EPFL schedule be and that you might need to miss a session once in a while. We record all our workshops and provide you all the material to move forward.

Best is you register your conflicting classes in the application form so we can schedule accordingly.

If you are unsure about your schedule, you can also leave us your comments here, send us an email or mark that in the application form.

Contact

Should you have any question, do not hesitate to reach out!


Alessandra Rojas


[email protected]