Pitch your impact 2017


This a friendly but challenging workshop tailored for ENAC researchers (PhD students, post-docs or scientific collaborators) looking to:

  • Improve their communication skills in general and their ability to highlight the impact of their scientific project or business idea on society in 120 sec. Both are useful for a career whether it is in an academic research, professional or entrepreneurial perspective!
  • Learn how to convince an audience, a cousin, a recruiter, an investor or a superior that your project/idea is worth investing in.
  • Discover the VentureKick/Lab and InnoSeed ENAC programs.
  • Disconnect from your research work for a few hours (at least try :o)
  • Have a good time with ENAC’s colleagues and possibly win a price!

April 25, 2017 – 13.00 – 18.30 (+ aperitif)
EPFL – Room MED 2 1522

Mentored by Paperboy agency 

How can you effectively talk about the impact your research has on society in 120 sec? And how can you leave an impression on the person you’re speaking to? The answer to both of these questions is being able to speak easily about who you are as well as what you do. By using a unique combination of theatrical techniques, scientific popularisation and feedback methods, paperboy will get you started on pitching your impact!


paperboy works at the crossroads of cultural experience and scientific communication, using a wide set of skills from a pluridisciplinary team to help you deliver your message.

Michael Mitchell is educated in philosophy of language and ethics. He is a cultural producer with extensive experience in science communications and English training.

Aurélien Patouillard is a trained actor, playwright and director with a background in science who enjoys bringing his expertise in interpersonal communication to diverse cultural milieux.

May 9, 2017 – 16.30 – 18.00 (+ aperitif)
EPFL – Room BC 420

Mentored by Patrick Biro from Venture Kick 

Each participant will have 120 sec to pitch and will receive constructive feedbacks from a Venture Kick coach, an expert in providing support to many startupers stemming from EPFL. This contest is a challenge? Yes. But don’t you like it ? Prove yourself you can do it and enjoy sharing your passion, enthusiasm and sense of derision with your ENAC’s colleagues. Don’t worry, you won’t be judged neither will your project!

Venture Kick aims at the early identification, structuring and promotion of promising business ideas with a clear vision: To double the number of spinoffs at Swiss universities, to accelerate the time-to-market and to raise the attractiveness of these young companies for professional investors.

Patrick Biro studied micro-engineering at EPFL and then worked for 3 years in the space sector. He was responsible for proposals management, contract negotiation and business development. Then, to challenge his entrepreneurial skills, Patrick joined a web startup based in Madrid as head of product and was also part of the founding team. In 2016, Patrick joined IFJ AG as program manager for the Venture Kick program.