Start-up and Entrepreneurship Workshop
Thursday, 8 June 2017 at ETH Zurich
This workshop hosted by SCCER Mobility in collaboration with CTI and ETH transfer aimed to sensitize participants to the start-up concept and provide information about support networks offered by CTI, ETH transfer and other academic institutions for entrepreneurs and young inventors.
Christoph Falk from CTI and Philip Hassler from IFJ AG gave an overview of the CTI start-up and entrepreneurship training modules and the CTI start-up label. This program includes mentoring by coaches with extensive start-up experience as well as e.g. legal, technical and financial support.
Specifically for researches associated with ETH, Marjan Kraak from ETH transfer introduced ETH spin-off and other support options like the Pioneer Fellowship Grant and the ieLab. Most Swiss academic institutions provide similar support programs and networks (see SCCER Mobility presentation below).
Finally, two young CEOs, Nick Blake from ImagineCargo GmbH and Christophe Barro from vir2sense GmbH, presented their start-ups and some of the challenges they encountered while launching their businesses. While ImagineCargo specializes in sustainable logistics solutions (rail and bike), vir2sense develops sensors to optimize both engine efficiency and emissions mainly in the shipping industry.
Overall feedback was positive and during the concluding apéro, participants were able to talk to the speakers and gather more ideas on how to bring their research to the market.
Presentation SCCER Mobility, CTI, ETH transfer
Imagine Cargo summary and City Logistics