• 3rd Swiss Forum for

    University and Student Innovation

  • Sponsors & supporters

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  • Our common challenge

    Swiss universities generate about 120 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 federal and cantonal Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences.

    3rd Swiss Forum for University and Student Innovation

    The 3rd Swiss Forum for University and Student Innovation targets education, support activities and ecosystem development for innovation and entrepreneurship at federal and cantonal universities, and universities of applied sciences in Switzerland. We wish to develop insights into methods for encouraging an innovation mindset for students and university staff interested in intra- and entrepreneurship, and build a network of innovation experts interested in developing innovation best practices for universities.

    Outcomes for the participants

    • Develop an in-depth view on the importance of innovation mindsets for Swiss industry and society

    • Enrich your network with like-minded innovation professionals and experts with different perspectives

    • Learn about best practices from colleagues across Switzerland how to foster innovation mindsets at universities

    • Spark and spawn inter-institutional collaborative projects with colleagues from the community

    • Broaden your positive impact as part of the emerging community of movers & shakers at Swiss universities

  • Keynote Speakers

    Our international speakers on student and university innovation and entrepreneurship

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    Past, Present and Future of Entrepreneurship Education

    Bill Aulet

    Managing Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and

    Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship, MIT Sloan School of Management.



    Bill Aulet is changing the way entrepreneurship is understood, taught and practiced around the world. He is an award-winning educator and author whose current work is built off the foundation of his 25-year successful business career first at IBM and then as a three-time serial entrepreneur. During this time, he directly raised over a hundred million dollars and, more importantly, created hundreds of millions of dollars of shareholder value through his companies. Since 2009, he has been responsible for leading the development of entrepreneurship education across MIT at the Trust Center.


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    Impacting people's lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship

    Alisée de Tonnac

    Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Seedstars

    https://aliseedetonnac.com/ and https://www.seedstars.com/


    Alisee de Tonnac, is the co-founder and co-CEO of Seedstars, a Swiss investment holding on a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging and frontier markets through technology and entrepreneurship. Seedstars works in partnership with governments, development agencies, corporate partners, and private donors to develop emerging market entrepreneurship ecosystems, create jobs and fuel income growth. Seedstars is present in over 90 countries and invests in high growth technology companies in impactful sectors in those markets and support them with capital, knowledge and introductions. Alisee sits on several boards of companies and foundations and is also a member of the Swiss Innovation Council. She was nominated Social Entrepreneur Forbes 30 under 30, Innovation Fellow of Wired UK, Europe’s most influential women in the startup and venture capital space and one of the 29 Powerful Women by Refinery29.

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    SPECIAL GUEST: Emile Dupont

    Moving Forward with Innosuisse


    Team Leader, Knowledge and Technology Transfer Team at Innosuisse




  • Program

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


    13:00--13:10 Introduction

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    Keynote #1

    13:10-14:00 Bill Aulet, Past, Present and Future of Entrepreneurship Education, Martin Trust Center for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Entrepreneurship, USA

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    Keynote #2

    14:15 - 15:00 Alisée de Tonnac, Title TBA, Seedstars, Switzerland


    15:00 - 16:00 Discussions to be defined and addressed

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    16:00 - 16:15 Dr. Emile Dupont, Title TBA, Team Leader, Knowledge & Technology Transfer, Innosuisse

  • 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

    Industry experts in Innovation

    Cantonal and Federal Authorities Encouraging Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • Location

    This meeting will be held ONLINE. A zoom link will be provided to all registered attendees.

  • Registration


    Connect to the network, share your experience, and participate in the development of student and university innovation.


  • About us

    Organizing Committee


    Prof. Dr. Philipp Bubenzer, School of Management Fribourg (HEG-FR)

    Prof. Dr. Maurizio Caon, School of Management Fribourg (HEG-FR)

    Dr. Eliav Haskal, NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials, University of Fribourg (Uni FR)




    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.




    The Forum is part of the Networking Event Series - Collaborative Digital Innovation

    https://collaborative-digital.ch , supported by Innosuisse