SJCC Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce

SJCC After Work: Innovation at EPFL and Beyond

EPFL Innovation Park

The EPFL Innovation Park hosts technology driven companies in an inspiring environment, with access to cutting-edge research, a large network of dynamic entrepreneurs and established companies.

Thursday, July 4th 2019, 18:00 - 20:00
EPFL Innovation Park, Bâtiment D, Room "Pluton", 1015 Lausanne
Dr Michaël Thémans, Deputy to the Vice-President for Innovation, EPFL,
Dr Robert Giezendanner-Thoben, Head of Business Development, EPFL,
Antoine Jourdan, Director Switzerland Innovation Park Network West EPFL
SJCC Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce
JETRO Switzerland,
JCG Japan Club of Geneva

SJCC/JETRO/JCG Members and Guests: Free of charge
Non-Members: CHF 20.-
(fee per person, to be paid in cash at the event)


For more than 20 years, EPFL has been a key player in innovation in Switzerland. The Vice Presidency for Innovation (VPI) is dedicated to this role and ensures the interactions between EPFL researchers, students, economy and the society.

The VPI is in charge of the deployment of the Switzerland Innovation Park Network West EPFL, which is closely linked to the expansion of EPFL’s other antennas in surrounding regions (Fribourg, Geneva, Neuchatel, Sion). It is the interface with industrial players, in particular through the EPFL Innovation Park.

The EPFL Innovation Park is devoted to housing startups, SMEs, research teams and innovation cells from major companies that operate in fields as diverse as information technology, computing, health and nutrition, engineering, transport, telecommunications or materials. Located on the campus, the Innovation Park currently hosts over 120 startups, 26 large companies and around 20 services providers. Over 2’000 people - mainly engineers, researchers, scientists and administrative staff - work for companies in the Innovation Park.

Our hosts will introduce us to the concept and features of the Innovation Park EPFL’s innovation ecosystem. He will also explain about the many interactions with Japanese Scientific institutions and companies.

6:00 pm: Registration
6:20 pm: Presentation about EPFL
7:00 pm: Site tour
7:45 pm: Q&A
8:00 pm: Optional drinks & light dinner at “Café Montreux” (at own cost)


Map: EPFL Innovation Park, Building D

  • Public transport:  7 min walk from “Ecublens VD, EPFL” metro m1 station (connection with SBB via Renens VD)
  • By car:  Coming from Geneva or Bern: Take motorway #1 until exit 2 “St-Sulpice” and follow the signs to Etoy Z.I. and from there follow National Road #1 to EPFL.
  • Visitor parking available on site