• Workshop on

    Stimulating Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Encouraging student entrepreneurship and training future innovators

    at Swiss cantonal Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences

    through a high-level exchange of ideas and experience

  • Sponsors & supporters

  • Our goal

    Swiss universities generate about 60-80 spin-offs each year, but how do we get the other 220’000 students to unleash their creative potential and benefit society and the economy?

    Our plan

    Support an innovation culture and student entrepreneurship at Swiss cantonal Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences and reach out to young people that wish to study and work in an entrepreneurial environment.

    Aim of the workshop

    This high-level workshop will compare and contrast Swiss experiences and ecosystems around innovation support and entrepreneurship for cantonal universities and universities of applied sciences, provide insights into methods for encouraging an innovation culture for students interested in intra- and entrepreneurship, and build a network of innovation experts interested in developing best practices for student support.

  • Keynote Speakers

    Our international speakers on student innovation culture and entrepreneurship

    DTU Skylab: Lessons learned from building an innovation hub

    Mr. Mikkel Sørensen

    Head of Skylab

    Technical University of Denmark

  • Program

    Get new insights from experts. Share your experience. Discuss.


    9:00-9:20 Reception

    9:20-9:30 Welcome


    9:30-10:00 Student Entrepreneurship Education: Sharing the Nanyang Technological University Experience, Prof. Dr. Den Huan Hooi, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


    10:00-10:30 DTU Skylab: Lessons learned from building an innovation hub, Mr. Mikkel Sørensen, Skylab, Technical University of Denmark


    10:30-11:00 Coffee break

    Swiss Programs

    11:00-11:45 Round of Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences representatives, 2-3 minute pitches of ecosystems and activities


    11:45-12:15 Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Switzerland – Insights from Startup@HSG at University of St. Gallen, Prof. Dr. Dietmar Grichnik, University of St. Gallen


    12:15-12:30 Student Entrepreneurship in Fribourg, Prof. Dr. Philipp Bubenzer, Institute for Entrepreneurship, School of Management Fribourg



    13:30-15:00 Workshops


    Workshop 1 -- EDUCATION: Is a close collaboration between technical schools and business/management schools a requirement for entrepreneurial success, and if so, what is the form that this collaboration should take ? What are the differences between universities and universities of applied sciences and management schools with respect to these collaborations? What type of entrepreneurship education platforms can be established at each institution to help students develop an innovation mindset?


    Workshop 2 -- INSTITUTIONAL: What obstacles to innovation are present from the perspectives of the different agents engaged in the innovation process at different institutions, and can top-down measures at the institutions be identified to improve the situation?


    Workshop 3 -- INDUSTRY: What is the value proposition for universities and motivation for students to invest in innovation and entrepreneurial training, from the perspective of future prospects in companies and startups?

    Discussion and Synthesis

    15:00-16:30 Plenary Discussion, Synthesis, Next Steps


  • Who should attend?

    We want to assemble the movers & shakers for student 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

  • Where?

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