• Swiss Forum for

    University and Student Innovation

  • Sponsors & supporters

  • 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

    • Best practices on encouraging student and staff entrepreneurial mindsets at universities 
    • What’s happening in Switzerland
    • Stimulate interinstitutional collaborative projects
    • What we know about student and university staff innovation and entrepreneurship, and what we don’t
    • Gender / diversity issues
    • How-to stories for encouraging innovation at Swiss universities
    • Extend your network with innovation professionals and experts
  • Keynote Speakers

    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










  • Program

    Get new insights from experts. Share your experience. Meet and discuss.


    9:00-9:20 Coffee and Reception

    9:20-9:30 Welcome

    Morning Keynote

    9:30-10:15 TTT, USA

    Morning Workshop

    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

    Afternoon Keynote

    13:30 - 14:15 Afternoon Keynote


    Afternoon Workshop


    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

  • Location

    Adolphe Merkle Institute
    4, chemin des Verdiers
    1700 Fribourg
    Information, 026 300 9137
  • Registration

    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.

  • About us

    Organizing Committee


    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.