Our common challenge
Swiss universities generate about 100 spin-offs each year, but how do we encourage and support both students and university staff to further unleash their creative innovation potential and benefit society and the economy?
Our common vision
Stimulate an innovation culture and support student and university staff innovation and entrepreneurship at Swiss cantonal Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences.
The Fribourg national conference for Student Innovation
The Swiss national conference for Student Innovation unites in Fribourg every 18 months. This high-level workshop compares and contrasts support for innovation and entrepreneurship at cantonal universities and universities of applied sciences, provide insights into methods for encouraging an innovation mindset for students and university staff interested in intra- and entrepreneurship, and builds a network of innovation experts interested in developing innovation best practices for universities.
Outcomes for the participants
Our international speakers on student and university staff innovation mindset and entrepreneurship
MORNING SESSION -- Challenges in innovation in the complex university environment
AFTERNOON SESSION -- Supporting and encouraging students and faculties
Get new insights from experts. Share your experience. Meet and discuss.
9:00-9:20 Coffee and Reception
9:30-10:15 TTT, USA
10:45-12:15 Workshop #1
Challenges in innovation in the complex university environment: A top-down discussion on the common issues to supporting and sustaining innovation and entrepreneurship in a Swiss university?
12:15-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:15 Afternoon Keynote
14:40-16:00 Workshop #2
Entrepreneurship education for students, informal education, and how to address everyone who might benefit from training: What can we do together with students and staff in a bottom-up way for supporting innovation and entrepreneurship at a university?
16: 00 - Discussion and synthesis; next steps and platform discussion
Apéritif / Apéro riche
Who should attend?
We wish to assemble the experts, visionaries and fighters for innovation and entrepreneurship at all Swiss Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences. We want to meet you.
Innovation Leaders at Academic Institutions
Representatives from Student Initiatives
Innovation and Tech Transfer Experts
Role Models in Entrepreneurship
Board Members at Swiss Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences
Cantonal and Federal Authorities Encouraging Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Connect to the network, share your experience, and participate in the development of student and university innovation.
(Registration is subject to a maximum of participants)
A small fee to cover lunch and apéro costs will be requested.
Prof. Dr. Philipp Bubenzer, School of Management Fribourg (HEG-FR)
Prof. Dr. Maurizio Caon, School of Management Fribourg, School of Engineering and Architecture Fribourg (HEG-FR, HEIA-FR)
Dr. Eliav Haskal, NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials, University of Fribourg (Uni FR)
Prof. Christian Hohmann, School of Engineering and Architecture Lucerne (HSLU)
Prof. Dr. Pietro Morandi, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW)
Prof. Daina Matise Schubiger, Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI)
With local support from the
Association for Student Innovation
The Association for Student Innovation (ASI) was established in 2015 to help transform the innovation dynamics on campus in Fribourg. We foster cross-institutional innovation activities at the student level between the School of Management Fribourg, the University of Fribourg, the Adolphe Merkle Institute, and the School of Engineering and Architecture Fribourg.
ASI is the linchpin in launching, boosting and coordinating interdisciplinary student innovation activities with activities such as the Innovation Club https://www.innovation-club.ch and the first Swiss-wide forum on student innovation. Our students have won venture idea competitions, taken on innovation leadership positions in large firms, and founded start-ups.