Many Thanks to the 2010 BCERC Co-Sponsors!

Sponsoring Organizers
College of Management of Technology (CDM)
CDM is center of excellence within EPFL. Its mission is to offer innovative education programs in Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship and in Financial Engineering. CDM focuses on transdisciplinary research in innovation, entrepreneurship, high-tech marketing, technology, finance and related issues.
Every year, thousands of business leaders from around the world come to IMD’s global meeting place in Lausanne, Switzerland to learn and network. Expert Faculty offer cutting-edge knowledge based on relevant, innovative and rigorous research. IMD’s unique “Real World. Real Learning” approach allows executives to immediately apply new insights to their business challenges. Learn more about one of the world’s top ranked business schools, located on the shores of Lake Geneva. Watch the IMD Experience and follow IMD live on Twitter and Facebook.
Platinum Partner
Vale, the Research & Development partner of EPFL, is a diversified global mining company that discovers and transforms mineral resources into the essential ingredients of people’s everyday lives. Vale in Switzerland is a business center that contributes to the group internationalization process. Headquartered in Brazil, Vale employs a global workforce of 60.000 people. The mining operations, research facilities, projects and offices extend across 30 countries.
Additional Sponsors
The innovation promotion agency CTI
CTI is the Confederation’s innovation promotion agency. For the past sixty years, it has fostered knowledge and technology transfer between companies and universities by bringing them together as partners on applied research and development projects. CTI also provides assistance to start-up companies.
The Canton of Vaud – Geneva Lake Region – A concentration of high technology
With more than 40,000 companies and 340,000 people employed, the Canton of Vaud is the strongest economy in Western Switzerland. Its success is based mainly on a knowledge economy (healthcare, finance, education, research and engineering) making it one of the main centers of research and innovation in Switzerland, boasting the country’s biggest university campus (around 25,000 students and researchers) and several private and public research institutions of international reputation.
For more than 10 years, the Canton of Vaud has actively pursued a policy of developing its main scientific and technical clusters in: life sciences, micro-nanotechnology and precision engineering, information and communication technology, energy and environmental technologies (cleantech), and technologies associated with the food-processing industry.
Nestlé Nespresso SA, the worldwide pioneer and market leader in highest-quality premium portioned coffee, introduces consumers to the world’s finest Grand Cru coffees to be enjoyed in the comfort of their own homes and savoured outside the home, in locations such as gourmet restaurants, upscale hotels, luxury outlets and offices. The Nespresso offer focuses on its unique Nespresso Trilogy, the unmatched combination of exceptional coffee, smart and stylish coffee machines and personalized customer service. Together, these three elements deliver moments of pure indulgence – the Nespresso Ultimate Coffee Experience.
Novartis Venture Fund
With a venture capital of 100 million Swiss francs, the Novartis Venture Fund supports new business projects that show exemplary entrepreneurial and innovative spirit in future-oriented areas, especially in the fields of Life Sciences and new technologies.
Caran d’Ache, “Maison de Haute Ecriture “
With its long tradition of precious expertise handed down through the generations, Caran d’Ache devotes its passion and rigour to designing and producing exceptional products devoted to the art of writing: writing instruments, art and drawing materials.
Known the world over for their “Swiss Made” quality, the subtle luxury, craftsmanship, authenticity and contemporary personality of the products never cease to surprise people and start them dreaming.
The name Caran d’Ache evokes a prestigious universe, a wonderful combination of excellence and creativity. More than just a signature, it communicates a unique style: it is the mark of a Maison de Haute Ecriture.
Edward Elgar Publishing
Edward Elgar Publishing was founded in 1986 and has offices in England and in Northampton, Massachusetts. It is a leading international publisher in economics, business, law and public policy, and has successfully created a prestigious list with over 4000 titles in print, publishing over 250 new books a year. Specializing in research monographs, reference books and upper-level textbooks in highly focused areas, Edward Elgar is able to offer a unique service in terms of editorial, production and worldwide marketing. Its entrepreneurship list is one of the broadest in academic publishing and hosts many of the top scholars in the field. Edward Elgar is actively commissioning new titles and is always happy to consider and advise on ideas and proposals at any stage. Feel free to contact the publisher to discuss your work.