Conferences in the big room (5C)

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10:00 – 10:30

Identifying Valuable Market Opportunities in Innovation


This conference has unfortunately been canceled. Please excuse us for the unconvenience.


Marc Gruber – Vice-président pour l’Innovation à l’EPFL


The value that an invention can create is largely dependent on the market that it seeks to address. In this talk, Marc Gruber will discuss which market opportunities inventors typically identify, which ones they systematically overlook, and how they can get a better overview of their opportunity landscape.


10:30 – 11:00

Encouragement des start-up et des créateurs d’entreprises potentiels


marco ruedi – CTI


Encouragement des start-up et des créateurs d’entreprises potentiels Obtenez des informations de première main sur les possibilités offertes aux jeunes entrepreneurs et aux créateurs d’entreprises potentiels de profiter du coaching start-up professionnel et des cours complets pour entrepreneurs de la CTI. Support for start-ups and people interested in setting up a business Find out first-hand how young entrepreneurs and people interested in setting up their own business can benefit from the CTI’s professional start-up coaching and wide range of courses.


11:15 – 12:00

Is there a tomorrow for nuclear energy?


Energy BPT


This conference will deal with the main aspects of nuclear energy innovation. A brief discussion about future perspectives will take place afterwards.

12:30 – 14:00

Business ideas: Swiss robotics going global




Testimonials of 2 successful startup founders who pushed their robotics projects out of Switzerland – Coffee break offered

14:30 – 15:30

Let’s dream of a Lemanic Valley


David Delmi – Hardah


Do you realize the Lemanic Arc has everything an entrepreneur could dream of ? An inspiring interactive talk: based on real experiences and keypoints, for a fiery Lemanic future

16:00 – 16:20

Introduction to Bioinspired Innovation at EPFL


darja dubravcic – EPFL Bioinspired Projects Coordinator

16:25 – 16:45

ENVIROBOT: an autonomous lamprey-like swimming robot for pollution monitoring


A. Crespi – BIOROB EPFL lab

16:50 – 17:10

From turtles to skis, examples of bio-inspired composites and surfaces


Veronique Michaud – LPAC EPFL lab

17:15 – 17:35

MeduSoil: we cultivate bio-cement


Dimitrios Terzis – LMS EPFL lab

Conferences in the small room (1C)

10:00 – 11:00

Find new funding and cooperation opportunities to increase your competitiveness


Ines Rossetti – EUresearch


There is a broad range of services for growth-oriented start-ups and SMEs looking to reach the market with their innovation and exploit their research. This event provides short and practical information on how Euresearch and Enterprise Europe Network can help for that. Entrepreneurs participating in H2020 projects will also talk about their experience. For more information, please refer to the programme at

11:15 – 11:45

WiseSkin for tactile prosthetics


Elena Daskalaki – CSEM


This conference will deal with the restoration of natural sense of touch for persons using prosthetic limbs.

12:15 – 12:45

Beyond Crowfunding


Patrick Vieljeux – Causedirect

13:00 – 13:30

Autonomy for wearables and IoT endpoints


Julien Bailat – CSEM


Energy harvesting solution based on PV for the distributed endpoints of the Internet of Things and wearable devices.

13:45 – 14:15

How to make efficient decision in the era of Big Data


Sylvain Felix – Smartcockpit


Globalization and rapid changes associated with Digital Business Transformation (DBT) have altered the landscape of the business environment. In this changing paradigm of business operations, companies need a management model that assists with effective decision making.

14:30 – 15:00

You want to start a business or work for a start-up – think twice


Daniel Abebe – Advanon


Founded in 2015, Advanon is the leading platform for SME financing in Switzerland and was recently awarded second best newcomer in the top 100 Swiss Startups. The FinTech startup recently raised CHF 13.5 million in equity and debt for the growth of its platform. Learn more about challenges that young companies meet on a daily basis and tips on how to succeed.

15:15 – 15:45

Qu’est-ce que le crowfunding?


Luc Henry – Hackuarium

16:00 – 16:30

Soutien à la création de Start-up à l’EPFL


Hervé Lebret – Innogrant

16:45 – 17:15

Cognitive mechanisms behind presence and embodiment in virtual reality


Bruno Herbelin – CNP


Immersion in virtual reality is challenging the multisensory brain mechanisms underlying the integration of bodily signals that are building up the experience of perceiving the world from an embodied perspective. Recent progress in cognitive neuroscience of bodily self-consciousness were based on the ability of technology to manipulate these mechanisms; what I propose to explore is how this research provides a deeper understanding of immersion, embodiment and sense of presence.

17:30 – 18:00

Dare to dream big: starting a high-tech startup as a student


Alexander Nietzold – Tind


Alex co-founded TIND, a CERN spin-off, during his studies in 2013 — without having any prior startup or industry experience. TIND has since grown to become a global player with sales in 10 countries and prestigious customers like the United Nations, Caltech and UNESCO. The talk will be about the story of TIND as well as useful strategies and tips on how to start your own company as a student (or later in life)

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