Accelerate your entrepreneurship journey.

Empower your team.

Turn your project into reality.

Visuel UC3 2021

UCreate3 acceleration program is designed for all members of the UNIL community : students, researchers, professors, employees and alumni. This interdisciplinary program is open to the 7 faculties of UNIL and supports all types of projects. We specifically encourage projects with a social and/or environemental impact.

Accelerate your entrepreneurship journey.

Empower your team.

Turn your project into reality.

UCreate3 acceleration program is designed for all members of the UNIL community : students, researchers, professors, employees and alumni. This interdisciplinary program is open to the 7 faculties of UNIL and supports all types of projects. We specifically encourage projects with a social and/or environemental impact.

Visuel UCreate3 UNIL Accélérateur

Why should you join the program ?

The main objective of UCreate3 is to encourage, facilitate and accelerate the creation and development of your project. A jury will select 8 projects per semester based on criterias such as potential, differenciationand impact. All types of innovative projects are welcome, whether they are technology driven or not, for profit or not-for-profit.

Accelerate your entrepreneurship journey.

You will be accompanied by experts, coaches, entrepreneurs and trainers during 16 weeks and 7 modules. They will give you the tools and skills you need to bring your project to market.

Empower your team.

This program strongly encourages team projects (2 to 5 people maximum). We will help you to anticipate and solve team challenges. An opportunity to gain human skills in the process of launching an entrepreneurial project.

Turn your project into reality.

You will put your concept to the test and follow a field-oriented journey. Find out how to reduce the risk of failure and validate your assumptions. This program will also allow you to consider, in a balanced way, the economic, social and environmental impact of your project.

A financial support of up to CHF 10’000.- per project is available to support your project and maximize your chances of success !

The only way to have a sustainalbe future is to create it

A bilingual French-English program

Each participant will be able to express themselves in their preferred language ; English or French.

The program manager, coaches and trainers are all bilingual.

All modules will be given in English. The members of the project team should have a good understanding of English.

Cours UCreate 3

Deadlines for the call for projects of autumn 2021

17th of May 2021 : Opening of the call for applications

29th of August 2021 : Registration deadline

07th to 24th of September 2021 : Pre-selection by the jury of the HUB Entrepreneurship and Innovation UNIL

28th of September 2021Interview of the short-listed candidates and final selection of 8 projects

02nd of October 2021 : Start of the program

Montage participants UCreate3

Details of the acceleration program of autumn 2021

#1 – 02nd of October 2021 : Onboarding, start of the program 

#2 – 12th of October 2021 : Value proposition

#3 – 06th of November 2021 : Testing & Prototyping 

#4 – 16th of November 2021 : Business Model

#5 – 27th of November 2021 : Communication & Presentation

#6 – 07th of December 2021 : Finance 

#7 – 14th of December 2021 : Legal & IP

Dry Run – 21th of December 2021

Output Fair – 11th of January 2022

The modules take place alternately either on Tuesday evening from 18:00 to 21:00 or on Saturday morning from 09:00. The location will be either in our 200 sqm co-working space (building Amphipôle) or online depending on the healthcare situation. All details will be sent directly to the selected projects.

Programme UCreate3

Partners who support us

We thank our partners U Change and the HEC Foundation for supporting our UCreate activation programs over these past few years. Thanks to them, UCreate3 projects benefit from funding up to 10’000.- per project which allows them to considerably accelerate their progress and increase their chance of success (market research, prototyping, etc.). From 2021, support for activation programs will be provided by the HUB Entrepreneurship and Innovation of UNIL. We are looking forward, thanks to these funds, to continuing to encourage entrepreneurial initiatives in the UNIL community.

Financial relays after UCreate 3

After UCreate3 projects may be eligible for financial support from FIT Digital as well as from PACTT. See the conditions of our partners for more information.

Trainers & Coaches

Alexandra Karacsonyi

Alexandra Karacsonyi

Business Angel, Founder @ Elixir

André Delafontaine

André Delafontaine

Founder @ Excelerate Partners

President at Prix Strategis, Jury & Speaker 

Jean De Wolff

Jean De Wolff

Business coach @ Innosuisse & platinn

Chairman, Board Member & Investor
Caroline Coquerel

Caroline Coquerel

Founder @ ArtTechs.io

Start up coach Innosuisse & Fongit

Nasri Nahas

Nasri Nahas

CEO @ Biopole & Member of the CHUV Foundation Board

Business coach

Anne Headon

Anne Headon

Director of the HUB Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Jeffrey Petty

Jeffrey Petty

Academic Director of the HUB Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Benjamin Weill

Benjamin Weill

Head of accelerator and program manager of the HUB Entrepreneurship and Innovation

John Elbing

John Elbing

Founder @ Build your Next Step & Standpoint

Marketing storyteller, Strategy, Business modelling. Teacher, Startup coach & Speaker
Nancy Demaurex

Nancy Demaurex

Executive coach and team development specialist @ Empact Coaching and Training

Massimo Lucchina

Massimo Lucchina

Member Innosuisse Innovation Council

Board member, Innovation Strategy, progress fast or be squared

Dr. Laura Penn

Dr. Laura Penn

Founder and Professional Speaker Coach @ The Leadership Speaking School

Industry Disruptor and Changemaker

Marius Aeberli

Marius Aeberli

Design Strategist & Lecturer @ EPFL

Coach UNLEASH+

Semira Gonseth Nusslé

Semira Gonseth Nusslé

Co-founder of Genknowme SA and public health physician

Ambassdor of 100 entrepreneurs UNIL

Dr. Heiko Visarius

Dr. Heiko Visarius

Business Coach @ Innosuisse and EU Horizon

Medtech Expert, Board Member, Moderator
Maya Gharbi

Maya Gharbi

Senior lecturer and SBP (Student Business Project) coach @ EHL

Lecturer @ Innosuisse

Trainers & Coaches

Alexandra Karacsonyi

Alexandra Karacsonyi

Business Angel, Founder @ Elixir

André Delafontaine

André Delafontaine

Founder @ Excelerate Partners

President at Prix Strategis, Jury & Speaker 

Jean De Wolff

Jean De Wolff

Business coach @ Innosuisse & platinn

Chairman, Board Member & Investor
Caroline Coquerel

Caroline Coquerel

Founder @ ArtTechs.io

Start up coach Innosuisse & Fongit

Nasri Nahas

Nasri Nahas

CEO @ Biopole & Member of the CHUV Foundation Board

Business coach

John Elbing

John Elbing

Founder @ Build your Next Step & Standpoint

Marketing storyteller, Strategy, Business modelling. Teacher, Startup coach & Speaker
Nancy Demaurex

Nancy Demaurex

Executive coach and team development specialist @ Empact Coaching and Training

Massimo Lucchina

Massimo Lucchina

Member Innosuisse Innovation Council

Board member, Innovation Strategy, progress fast or be squared

Dr. Laura Penn

Dr. Laura Penn

Founder and Professional Speaker Coach @The Leadership Speaking School

Industry Disruptor and Changemaker

Marius Aeberli

Marius Aeberli

Design Strategist & Lecturer @ EPFL

Coach UNLEASH+

Semira Gonseth Nusslé

Semira Gonseth Nusslé

Co-founder of Genknowme SA and public health physician

Ambassador of 100 entrepreneurs UNIL

Dr. Heiko Visarius

Dr. Heiko Visarius

Business Coach @ Innosuisse and EU Horizon

Medtech Expert, Board Member, Moderator
Maya Gharbi

Maya Gharbi

Senior lecturer and SBP (Student Business Project) coach @ EHL

Lecturer @ Innosuisse

Anne Headon

Anne Headon

Director of the HUB Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Jeffrey Petty

Jeffrey Petty

Academic Director of the HUB Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Benjamin Weill

Benjamin Weill

Head of accelerator and program manager of the HUB Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Conditions of participation and FAQ

To whom is the UCreate3 program for ?

UCreate3 is open to all UNIL students, from bachelor to PHD. The program is also open to all UNIL employees including professors, researchers and members of the PAT as well as alumni. At least one member of the project team must be an UNIL student, employee, or Alumni.

What projects are eligible ?

Projects should not yet be a legal entity such as a SARL, SA, etc…

How will the projects be selected ?

All types of projects are welcome regardless of the level of technology (no tech, low tech, high tech), especially projects focused on sustainability. The members of the jury include professors from UNIL, members of the HUB, and subject matter experts from the region.

The project selection criteria includes, but is not limited to:

– Differentiation in the sector/industry;

– The composition and motivation of the team;

– The societal and environmental contribution.

Is financial support provided ?

Yes, financial support will be available and will allow you to test your products/services in the market, participate in trade shows, develop a possible prototype, or consult with an external expert. Each request will be approved on a case-by-case basis by the accelerator manager or a member of the HUB team. This line of credit may not be used to pay salaries under any circumstances.

How much does the program cost ?

The program is free of charge for the participants.

What are the program requirements ?

The selected teams must be present at all UCreate3 program training sessions and accelerator activities and complete all deliverables requested by the program management, coaches, experts or mentors.

Additionally, all project team members must comply with the general conditions and rules of the program that will be provided to each participant at the beginning of the acceleration.

Does UNIL take an equity position in the accelerated projects ?

No. The objective of the acceleration process is to support members of the UNIL community, not profit from any commercial activity that may result from participation in the UCreate3 program.

When can I use the workspace provided by the Accelerator ?

The workspace is shared with the other teams participating in the program. It is open 7 days a week and 24 hours a day with meeting rooms also available by reservation.

During the UCreate3 program, can I participate in other similar programs ?

The UCreate3 programme requires an investment of time and active engagement from the participants but is organised in such a way as to enable team members, especially students, to be able to carry out their projects while pursuing their studies.

However, participants are not permitted to register for or take part in other incubation, acceleration, or similar programs in parallel with the UCreate3 program.

In the case of a competition or grant opportunity, the project team representative must notify the accelerator manager (or HUB management) in advance in order to verify eligibility.

Application form – Call for projects autumn 2021

Submit your application for this autumn 2021 acceleration program until the 29th of August at 6:00 pm.

Step 1 : Please download the application form under this link and complete it.

Step 2 : Submit the application with the form below. Registration deadline is August 29th, 2021.