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Assistance for startup creation

There are many events and assistance available for startup creation within EPFL and Switzerland.

  • Swiss innovation agency, Innosuisse, has a dedicated startup training page full of events broken down to 4 modules:

    1. Module 1 Business Ideas
    2. Module 2 Business Concept
    3. Module 3 Business Creation
    4. Module 4 Business Growth
  • Venturelab in collaboration with Innosuisse has a dedicated program for startups and entrepreneurship which covers events, courses, coaching, and a team of trainers. All information is available in https://www.venturelab.ch/innosuisse
  • TTO of EPFL supports startup creation through different grants and programs such as Enable program, Innogrant, innovation-park, and EPFLinnovators. https://tto.epfl.ch/support_su_en
  • Many other grants are available for innovative startups:
    1. NCCR-robotics provides a spin-fund grant for robotics startups https://www.nccr-robotics.ch/industry/spin-fund-grant/
    2. Innovaud provides coaching and grants for startups created in the region of Vaud, where EPFL is http://www.innovaud.ch/en/support/start-up/
    3. Venturekick provides a 3 stage funding for startups https://www.venturekick.ch
    4. Bridge, proof of concept allows researchers to fund their project for developing research results and bringing into a marketable product http://bridge.ch/en/proof-of-concept/
    5. Enable program: The grant should be pivotal for your invention or technology to bridge to private sector funding through industrial collaboration, licensing or start-ups. The grant is designed to help you as a scientist or engineer to develop a business-minded perspective on your work, to explore potential markets and applications.
      The enable team will provide guidance throughout the project with the shared objective of bringing it to the next level. Amount of the grant: up to 50’000.- CHF per project. Duration: up to 9 months. http://enable.epfl.ch
    6. Helping with presentation and pitching your idea: Regular International Toastmasters Club at EPFL Lausanne:

Preparation, advice, and submission of patents

  • TTO of EPFL is very active in this area with patenting possibilities of national, European, US, and PTC. TTO has a dedicated page for patents https://tto.epfl.ch/patents
  • The TTO together with the inventors evaluate the invention (patentability, commercial potential, industrial partners, etc.) and elaborate, case by case, appropriate strategies for licensing.
  • After the initial evaluation, TTO in collaboration with the Patent Office in Bern provides a full day of patent search for similar technologies.
  • Researchers should be aware of publishing their results which are patentable or intended to be patented, Invention disclosure guidelines from TTO https://tto.epfl.ch/invention_disclosure

Industrial outreach

  • The TTO is available to present to companies the different types of collaboration agreements for research agreements with our laboratories. The TTO will also provide information on available technologies of EPFL, for which we are searching for licenses or partners. The information is available in the following https://tto.epfl.ch/companies
    • Licensing opportunities
    • Collaboration agreements
    • Industrial liaison programme
    • Other collaborations with EPFL


Coronavirus pandemic

Dear TERRINet applicants and future users,

we sincerely hope that you are staying safe in these challenging times that we are facing at the moment. The current emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic has deeply changed our lives. The recent and progressive lock-down forced us to reorganize our working routines in smart working modalities and to shut down the TERRINet infrastructures. Therefore, we regret to inform you that Trans-National Access has been suspended until further notice.

However, we would like to reassure you that we will keep evaluating the proposals submitted for Trans-National Access regularly. Indeed, despite access cannot be allowed for a while, the selected users will be queued and access will take over gradually as soon as the situation will allow it. We also inform you that a special application mechanism has been settled in TERRINet to mitigate the delays that will occur due to the COVID-19.

The Open Call no. 4 is currently open: we are accepting proposals under the new mechanism called "first come, first served". Proposals are directly forwarded to the evaluation panel as soon as they are submitted. Proposals submitted closer to the deadline will be dispatched after that. The deadline for the Open Call n.4 will be on May 31, 2020.

Do not hesitate! Get this unique opportunity to be granted with fully-covered access (including travel and accommodation costs) to 15 leading European robotics labs and 100+ best robotic platforms and to get in touch with leading robotic experts. 

For any additional questions, please, contact us at info@terrinet.eu

 Let's take this time of the world calming down to plan our future. 

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TERRINet team