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IMD Startup Competition 2017/2018

Benefit from the free experience of our MBA & EMBA participants

Could your startup benefit from highly talented, experienced and motivated individuals who have been carefully screened to participate in two of the most selective and rigorous business programs in the world?

If so, this competition provides a unique opportunity for you to get the help and insights of participants in IMD’s MBA and Executive MBA programs.

Many venture have gotten value from working with our MBAs and EMBAs. In the most recent Swiss Top 100 report, IMD-supported startups captured 31 of the top 100 places, including the first 6 out of the top 10. Do you want to be in that group next year ?

Seize your chance now! This offer is open to all Swiss-based startups and runs in collaboration with the Swiss government’s Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI), VentureKick, MassChallenge Switzerland and investiere.

Startup competition: key milestones and deadlines

  • November 12, 2017: Submission deadline
  • December 3, 2017: Formal notification to all selected startups
  • December 10, 2017: Deadline for the selected startups to accept or decline the IMD offer

Xgrant Programme

What is an XGrant?

The Xgrant Programme is a new EPFL initiative to foster entrepreneurship among Bachelor and Master students. These grants will give students the support they need to work on their ideas – which they may someday turn into a startup.

Curious to know more about the Xgrant programme: Join us on October 25th, at the EPFL Forum of the Rolex Learning Center, 12.15pm sharp for the launch of this programme!

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Applications open for the W.A. de Vigier Award

Startups can apply now for the prize of the W.A. de Vigier Foundation. The foundation is giving away five awards of CHF 100,000.00 each. In addition winners and nominees will benefit from access to an excellent network and can take part in the alumni events of the foundation.

In 28 years the W. A. de Vigier foundation has distributed over CHF 10 million of seed money. The results are about 80 flourishing start-ups, successful IPOs, multiple company exits and above all, many newly created jobs. The applications for the next competition are now open. Startups can apply before 8 January.

The selection process is carried out according to strict rules and includes an in-depth assessment of aspects like leadership, personality and entrepreneurship. This element of the selection process makes the W.A. de Vigier Foundation one of the few start-up sponsors that systematically take into account the human factor. The assessment creates also added value for the start-ups.

Apart from the enterpreneurial personality several other aspects are relevant for the evaluation of the projects including the degree of innovation, the value for society as a whole, the technical and financial viability, market prospects and the potential for job creation.

The intended audience of the competition are young entrepreneurs domiciled in Switzerland, who are usually younger than 45 and whose role in their company is the realisation and marketing of an innovative, future-oriented product or service.

More information and registration on the website of the W. A. de Vigier Foundation.


Become an entrepreneur: post your project, qualify, pitch at the event and enjoy the cheering audience. The EC Award allows you to get valuable feedback, support from the Entrepreneur Club, win up to 12.000 CHF and other awesome prizes.

Voting deadline: 27.10.2017
Also: vote for other projects to make their qualification happen.
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BRIDGE Proof of Concept

Have you earned your spurs as a young researcher and come up with an idea for developing your research results into a marketable product? And are you looking for an opportunity to test and refine your idea. Then BRIDGE Proof of Concept is just what you are looking for.

BRIDGE Proof of Concept helps young researchers to apply their research results and gain the confidence needed to make a market entry. The projects may target innovations of all kinds from all research areas.

Click here to find out more about BRIDGE