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


Switzerland votes © 2020 iStock

EPFL's Predikon: predicting voting results with machine learning

— On September 27 Switzerland votes for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, including on a contentious initiative to end the free movement of workers with the European Union. Predikon will be predicting the final outcome within minutes of the release of the first partial municipal results from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office.

Carmela Troncoso, SPRING professor © 2020 Alain Herzog

A secure, decentralized search engine for journalists

— An EPFL laboratory has developed Datashare Network, a decentralized search engine paired with a secure messaging system that allows investigative journalists to exchange information securely and anonymously. An scientific article on this subject will be presented during the Usenix Security Symposium which will be held online from August 12 to 14.

SwissCovid est disponible gratuitement sur les magasins d'applications. © EPFL / Jamani Caillet 2020

Swiss federal government officially launches the SwissCovid app

— SwissCovid – a tracing app developed in part by EPFL – is being made available today to the general public, one month after the pilot tests began. The app will be a useful tool in stemming the spread of the disease as the number of cases in Switzerland is back on the rise.

Some start-up continued to work during the confinment with measures of protection© 2020 EPFL

EPFL's startups cautiously moving forward

— The lockdown has been a real headache for most EPFL startups. All but a few were forced to halt their development. The pace of the economic recovery will play a decisive role, and experts are cautiously optimistic about fundraising opportunities going forward.

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