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EPFLinnovators SIGNED

The launch of a new industrial PhD programme at EPFL

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Organization address
address: BATIMENT CE 3316 STATION 1
postcode: 1015

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Project website
 Total cost 7˙534˙080 €
 EC max contribution 3˙767˙040 € (50%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.4. (Increasing structural impact by co-funding activities)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-COFUND-DP
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-10-01   to  2022-09-30


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 Project objective

The “École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne” (EPFL) is one of the two Federal Institutes of Technology in Switzerland. EPFL has three missions: i) education, ii) research, and iii) technology transfer. The EPFL is successful in fulfilling these missions, and is ranked as one of Europe’s top institutions with respect to education, research, training-through-research and innovation.

EPFL’s doctoral education and training is organized by its doctoral school, which has 19 doctoral programs that cover all EPFL research fields. The doctoral school is truly interdisciplinary, and goes across all EPFL’s disciplines. The more than 2000 doctoral students are all inscribed in one of the 19 doctoral programmes.

This proposal aims to (i) increase the awareness among PhD students - at the beginning of their PhD studies - of the possibilities to initiate a start-up, (ii) increase the number of PhD candidates that create a start-up and become entrepreneur/innovator, and (iii) to increase the success of the start-ups that have been created. To this end the “EPFLinnovators” programme will provide excellent PhD candidates with the appropriate training, experience, and guiding, to successfully start and develop their own company. A rich and complete training programme is offered in combination with a long stay, of minimum 6 months and up to 24 months, in the non-academic sector. The programme will result in a new type of “Industrial PhD”.

After finalizing their studies, these new PhDs have to possibility to profit from EPFL’s rich infrastructure to support entrepreneurs. The EPFL innovation Park, created to nurture start-ups, is located on the EPFL campus. Through a personal coach, the new PhDs have access to investors (venture capital companies), service providers (e.g. legal), human resources, and funding possibilities. This infrastructure facilitates the transfer of technology from EPFL's research laboratories to the marketplace in Switzerland and Europe.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Bahari, Mohammadhossein ; Alahi, Alexandre
Feed-forwards meet recurrent networks in vehicle trajectory prediction
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Saadatnejad, Saeed ; Alahi, Alexandre
Pedestrian Image Generation for Self-driving Cars
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Arnout Devos; Sylvain Chatel
[Re] Reproducing Meta-learning with differentiable closed-form solvers
published pages: , ISSN: 2430-3658, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.2662494
The ReScience journal C 2 2019-11-14

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