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Platinum Sponsors

Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI

As the Confederation’s innovation promotion agency, Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI lends support to R&D projects, to entrepreneurship as well as to the development of start-up companies. CTI helps to optimize knowledge and technology transfer through the use of thematic and regional networks and platforms. Read more

CTI lends support to:

  1. Market-oriented R&D projects;
  2. Creation and development of start-up companies;
  3. Knowledge and technology transfer.

Support is generally available for R&D projects relating to scientific innovations in all disciplines. Project proposals are submitted using the bottom-up principle and are mainly selected on the basis of their innovativeness and market potential.

CTI's Venturelab programme offers made-to-measure training modules for up-and-coming entrepreneurs. These training modules provide the knowledge, skills and methodology needed to establish a new company and successfully transform their promising business ideas into marketable products and services. Young entrepreneurs can also benefit from professional coaching. New knowledge-intensive and technology-based companies with considerable market potential are eligible.

The CTI supports the transfer of knowledge and technology between higher education institutions and industry in a targeted and results-oriented manner. Professionally-run R&D and KTT networks offer SMEs services in terms of channeling technology know-how through higher education institutions and by providing solutions for business-specific needs.


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Gold Sponsors


Mannequin, SARL, is a Swiss company, based in the city of Lausanne, VD.

Mannequin is doing pioneering research, simulation, and modeling at the intersection of business strategy, supply chain dynamics, product innovation, and governmental policy. In today's competitive, 'glocal', and ever-changing environment, companies must innovate, be dynamic, and be morph in different ways to address market demand and profitability mandates by shareholders. Read more

Mannequin is poised, as a startup venture, to break the rules, find new ways of working and create value out of the research and modeling work it develops. By the end of 2012 we plan to have a spectrum of new business-oriented tools to simulate the business scenarios, do annual planning, and model strategic analyses in the context of supply chain, business strategy, innovation, and public policy.

Silver Sponsors is a platform for people interested in starting up a business. It provides detailed information on how to form a company and affords the opportunity to start up a business online and for free. distinguishes itself from others in providing partners that pay for the expenses arising from the formation of a business.

Novartis Venture Fund

Our primary focus is on the development of novel therapeutics and platforms. We enhance the therapeutic focus with investments in medical devices, diagnostics or drug delivery systems. In our investments we look for unmet need and clinical impact, novel proprietary science and understanding of mechanism, management and board experience and capital efficiency in the program. Read more

We prefer to have our initial investment at the early stage to build the company and follow with additional investment in pace with the company’s progress. We continue our approach of larger focused investments and anticipate total investments up to USD 15 – 20 mio per company over its life, but it can be as little as 100'000 USD to get started. We will increase our activities to lead or co-lead deals further and remain open to participate in larger syndicates.

Event partners

ETH Zurich, Chair for Entrepreneurship

The chair focuses on research and teaching activities in the area of entrepreneurship in organizations.

We aim at improving the practice of managing novel ideas and new ventures, through developing competence on leading the entrepreneurial process of creating value to stakeholders of the organization. Read more

We approach the entrepreneurship agenda from an integrated perspective, having strong linkages with adjacent issues of strategy, innovation, knowledge and culture, In cooperation with partners from academia and industry/services, we are developing solutions to current problems and phenomena in areas of tension between innovation, management, and organization. Through our chair we facilitate and motivate students to introduce the knowledge they have gained about sustainable company management and design effectively in their professional careers.

EPF Lausanne Chair for Entrepreneurship

ENTC aims to be an internationally recognized center of excellence in research and teaching in Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization. We continuously work toward becoming a key player in an international network of entrepreneurship institutions, and furthermore serve as a strong partner to the entrepreneurship community at EPFL and in the Lausanne region.

START St.Gallen

START is an international student association fostering entrepreneurship among students in Europe. Since 1996, START dedicates itself to the spirit of venture. With its projects, events and communities, START supports entrepreneurial talents among students, connect students with entrepreneurs, and develop expertise.

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AIESEC Lausanne

Present in over 110 countries and territories and with over 60,000 members, AIESEC is the world's largest student-run organisation. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to be global citizens, to change the world, and to get experience and skills that matter today. In partnership with business and higher education, AIESEC has over 60 years of experience in developing high-potential students into globally minded responsible leaders. Read more on AIESEC's website

START Lausanne

START Lausanne is a non profit making association (created in 2000) composed of UNIL and EPFL students.

START's objectives are:

  • To develop an promote innovation at UNIL through the creation of firms.
  • To consolidate and enlarge the link between the UNIL and EPFL campuses.
  • To help students by giving them a maximum of opportunities to connect them with the professional world by offering their skills in the academic environment.
  • To support 1st year students in the difficult beginning of HEC Lausanne.
Bodensee Consulting, Uni Constance

Established in 1998, Bodensee Consulting is Constance’s student consulting company numbering more than 150 members from the University of Konstanz and HTWG Konstanz.

Our aim is to provide assistance to enterprises and governmental organizations with the potential of our students. This cooperation opens new perspectives for both parties. We develop the potential of our members and function as a bridge to actual practice. We live up to the standards of openness and professionalism, and we propose individual and targeted solutions.

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Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is a broad and broadly understood concept! As key competence we focus on what makes new and established companies successful in the long term. Read more

We are convinced that companies, which are able to transform ideas into innovation, have mastered an essential step in their entrepreneurial career. When these innovations are attributed optimal financial support, market entry of new products or services follows seamlessly.

The process from idea to innovation via financing through to market launch requires an adequate corporate culture and lays the foundation for sustainable corporate success.

As key competence we aim to support companies on this path through the provision of evidence based and practical knowledge as well as research and consultation mandates.

Media partners


Go from “science to market” quickly and successfully with venturelab

Are you involved in research? Do you study or work in an engineering school, university or school of applied sciences? And would you like to see your hard-earned research results brought to the market? Then you have found a trustworthy partner in venturelab. Read more

Science to market: this motto made in the USA has made its mark on our academic milieu. Our universities rank among the best worldwide in terms of innovative power.

Thanks to the venturelab training modules, you will acquire a basic set of tools that will allow you to successfully make your start on the market. We will help you make your scientific innovation into an economic success.

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venture kick


venture kick helps potential entrepreneurs by giving them the opportunity to win up to CHF 130'000 in funds without security. Moreover, start-ups can also take advantage of know-how from experienced experts and entrepreneurs and be granted access to a national network of investors and start-up experts. Read more

The projects are evaluated by a panel of experts and investors based on the business potential demonstrated and the achievements made in business development.

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Uni Zurich Career Center

- What am I going to do after/with my studies?
- Which possibilities do I have?
- What do I want to do?
- How can I already prepare my career start during my studies?
- How do interesting application documents look like?

The Career Services of the University of Zurich assist you finding the answers to the questions and more.

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Career Service of the University of Konstanz

Founded in 2000 as a support service for students and employers, the Career Service offers various service features for students and graduates of the University of Konstanz as

  • career planning-events (job trainings, lectures, courses and workshops)
  • individual career counselling and CV-check
  • online database with vacancies and internship offers
  • career fairs and company presentations
  • career information centre.

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Hub Zürich

Are you a social entrepreneur and looking for a dedicated work space to take forward your ideas within a community of like-minded peers? The Hub Zürich is part of a global network of community-driven spaces that offer access to a unique ecosystem of inspiration, people and resources to realize enterprising ideas for the world. We offer flexible memberships to work, meet and connect in a collaborative setting. Locally embedded and globally connected. Drop by to get to know us!

startwerk is the platform for news and background information on the Swiss startup scene. We cover the latest foundings and innovative business models, provide tips and advice as well as discussions of all things concerning funding.


Gründerszene is a magazine for founders as well as for those interested in founding and the German internet scene. This is the place to find news relevant to the sector, information on the German internet economy and help for aspiring entrepreneurs on a regular basis. First-hand reports, interviews with relevant players and news from the sector are intended to inspire founders, to inform investors and to enthuse the interested public.


semestra features news around student life, academic politics, science, events, lifestyle and the newest student projects as well as heaps of ticket drawings. More than 20'000 students and graduates each month search here for student jobs, internships as well as job offerings for graduates. The file exchange offers a wide range of lecture summaries and practice material while our guide helps with important information about budget, scholarships, insurance, taxes as well as support for your career and job applications.


ACIDE is the Association of Research Scientists and lecturers at EPFL which protects their professional interests It copes with everything affecting the professional live of the scientific collaborators and takes a standpoint during consultations on EPFL directives.
During your career at EPFL, ACIDE will represent you. It will help you integrate; it will defend your rights both with the Management and outside the institution; it will organise social events for you.


The Junior Entreprise is a student association at HEC Lausanne (JEHEC) which is a member of the international JADE network. From market research to feasibility studies, the JEHEC encourages the university student talent pool to carry out mandates for firms in the Swiss Romandie region across various industries. Whilst local firms benefit from our competitive rates and tailor made products, students are given the opportunity to take part in important real-world projects. Furthermore, the JEHEC hosts its annual golf tournament, publishes its business review, the EchosMoney, and will soon host the first business game in the Lake Geneva region. Take a tour on our site:

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