EPFL Changemakers

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

Our 11-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, Master or PhD students, whether you are developing a deep tech or non-tech, profit and not-for-profit project. 

The next edition of the program runs from October to December 2021. Applications are open until October 1st !

Join us for our information session on Monday 27 Sept, 5:15 pm at The Station (between the Swiss Tech Center and the Atrium).

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

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 progress to a wide public audience

Community Support:

  • A group of EPFL Alumni buddies will be available on demand to give some guidance and mentoring to the participants
  • Peer-to-peer exchanges with other participants, alumni Changemakers and other EPFL student entrepreneurs
  • 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)
  • Awards and prizes for the best projects
  • 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 in English 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.
  • Prepare a CV

We will start the program with a 2 days bootcamp during the last weekend of September. The program runs weekly in person sessions on Tuesdays (1.5 hours), coaching and apero sessions happening occasionally. 

  Date
Immersion Bootcamp

Fri 08.10 and Sat 09.10 (full day)

Weekly workshops (1.5 hours)

Tuesdays

17:00 – 18:30

Apero sessions (1 hour)

Thursdays (bi-weekly)

17:30 – 18:30

Closing Ceremony

Wed 15.12.2021

If you are unsure about your schedule, you can also leave us your comments via email or mark it at the end of the application form.


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.

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 via email or mark it at the end of the application form.

Contact

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


Alessandra Rojas


[email protected]