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2023 Sciencepreneurship
Summer School
from Science to Society

April 18-21, 2023 ― Zurich, Switzerland 

A week-long summer school of talks, workshops, and socials on turning scientific innovation into societal impact through entrepreneurship.


accomodation included | travel grants | course credit (1 ECTS)

Participants & organizers of the first ETH-EPFL Sciencepreneurship Summer School 2023.
Panel discussion with debuting and serial sciencepreneurs. Dr. Murielle Schreck (CEO qCella), Pascal Weinberger (CEO Bardeen), Dr. Herbert Bay (CEO Earkick).
Restaurant dinner social.
Restaurant dinner social.
Panel discussion with legal & funding ecosystem players. Dr. Karim Maizar (Kellerhals-Carrard Startup Desk), Antonia Albert (Wingman Ventures), Georges Khneysser (QBIT Capital), Dr. Gabriele Schwarz (Innosuisse).
Sciencepreneur-ship boat trip with apero on Lake Zurich.


The aim of this summer school is to address the following questions by sharing knowledge, experiences, and pitfalls about how to transform scientific advances into societal impact through entrepreneurship:

  • How can science be directly valuable for society and scale from lab to market?
  • How to get and choose the right team, funding, advisors, and legal setup?
  • What are common pitfalls in this process, and how to avoid them?


The program of this summer school is tailored to provide the participants with a framework to develop the societal impact of scientific advances.

  • First, participants present a scientific innovation and form co-founding teams. 👩‍🔬🧑‍🔬
  • Then, putting the school its lectures, workshops, and socials into practice, teams shape their science-based business. 🚀
  • Finally, participants pitch their work to a jury, receive feedback, and compete for a prize. 🏆


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Entrepreneurial PhD students from any institute

The Sciencepreneurship Summer School focuses on enhancing the exchange between entrepreneurially interested graduate students - mainly PhD students - from EPFL, ETH Zürich, and other universities from around the world. Participation is highly competitive and the total number of participants is limited with admissions on a rolling basis.

The organizing committee is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive summer school. We encourage all students with an interest to apply. If you have any questions regarding eligibility, feel free to reach out.

"a unique opportunity for entrepreneurial PhD students"

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Dr. Ursula Oesterle

Vice-President of Innovation, EPFL


Important Dates, 2023

Feb 15 applications open
Mar 10 applications close
Mar 17 application update 1
Mar 24 Deadline to pay fee
Mar 28 application update 2
April 18 Summer School start
April 21 Summer School end


Costs, Travel, Hotel

The total costs are CHF 150 (incl. VAT) and (at least) include: 

  • the full summer school program.
  • accommodation in the city center of Zurich (in a single or a shared double room including breakfast), close to the summer school location. Note that this is only for students who are not studying in Zurich.

  • We can help with travel grants of up to CHF 300. Please let us know if you would need any in your application.

The course fee is to be paid within 7 days after confirmation of acceptance.

Course credits

The successful completion of the summer school will award 1 ECTS, subject to different policies depending on the student their affiliation:

  • EPFL: the course code is MGT-801 []
  • ETH Zurich or international institutes: we encourage to contact your thesis supervisor for the final decision on the course credit to be awarded.

To obtain the credit, a pass/fail presentation is scheduled on the last day.

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contact & organizers

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Arnout Devos

Arnout Devos

PhD candidate in Computer Science, EPFL

Julia Wagner

Julia Wagner

PhD candidate in Macroeconomics: Innovation and Policy, ETH Zürich

"This program fills a relevant gap and shows potential for a larger swisswide impact."

Dr. Pascale Vonmont
CEO, Gebert Rüf Foundation