We place great importance on creating value from the knowledge and skills of its graduates as well as from research conducted in its laboratories.

Creating value

Exchanges between the academic and the economic world are strongly encouraged and supported in our School and at EPFL in general. The EPFL Innovation Park is the home to numerous R&D laboratories from international companies such as Cisco, Logitech, Credit Suisse or Nitto Denko - companies that frequently collaborate with the researchers from our School. Moreover, the Innovation Park is the springboard for plenty of start-ups, many born from ideas and research within our walls.

Industrial collaborations

Companies that have signed a collaboration contract with IC School between 2007 and 2018

IC Start-ups


EPFL drones draw crowds in Las Vegas

— This week, four EPFL-designed drones are being shown in the Swiss Pavilion at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The spin-offs developing the drones are trying to follow in the footsteps of Flyability and Pix4D by establishing themselves in the international market. Americans may be more familiar with Swiss chocolate than with Switzerland’s “Drone Valley,” but US specialists are keeping a close eye on the technologies being developed here.

EPFL kicks off a year of celebration

— Just over fifty years ago, on 1 January 1969, the Ecole polytechnique de l'Université de Lausanne (EPUL) became a Swiss federal institute of technology under the name EPFL. In his New Year’s address this week, President Martin Vetterli provided a preview of some of the events planned for this jubilee celebration.

Eleven EPFL startups in Las Vegas

— This week, eleven EPFL startups are in Las Vegas to tout their technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show, one of the largest events of its kind. Specialists and investors from around the world will be on hand to check out the drones and other cutting-edge devices from these up-and-comers, most of which are being hosted in the Swiss pavilion.

EPFL startups raise a total of 217 million in 2018

— 2018 was a prosperous year for EPFL startups, which raised a total of CHF 217 million in fresh capital. Nexthink alone announced a successful CHF 85 million fundraising round last week, while nine other startups each brought in over CHF 8 million during the year. This remarkable showing reflects EPFL’s vibrant entrepreneurial culture as well as the many different forms of assistance that the school has introduced over the years.

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