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UCreate3, the interdisciplinary acceleration program for projects at UNIL

UCreate3, the interdisciplinary acceleration program for projects at UNIL

What is the UCreate3 acceleration program ?

The main objective of the UCreate3 program is to encourage, facilitate and accelerate the creation and development of at least 5-6 innovative projects per semester. The program will be supervised by experts, coaches and trainers who will accompany your project during 16 weeks.

A co-working space will be available at the UNIL Accelerator. All training sessions of the program will be held at the Accelerator. This will facilitate the sharing of experiences as well as the cohesion of teams and projects.

The main goals are :

  • Encourage all types of innovative projects, whether they are technological or not
  • Accompany and support the selected projects throughout the acceleration process with several training sessions and expert coaching
  • Follow up on projects and candidates to increase the potential of success
  • Facilitate collaboration within the 7 faculties
What kind of world do U want for tomorrow ? - UCreate

The advantages of UCreate3

  • Take part in training sessions (+20 hours)
  • Benefit from the support of a dedicated coach
  • Improve your skills with experienced entrepreneurs
  • Benefit from a network of entrepreneurs
  • Receive financial support up to CHF 10,000 .- / project
  • Access to an office in our co-working space at the UNIL Accelerator (250 m2)

Location : UNIL Accelerator, Amphipole.

The modules will take place at the UNIL Accelerator or online by video conference depending on the health crisis situation in September.

Cours UCreate 3

Deadlines for the call for projects of fall 2020

  • 1st of June 2020 : Opening of the call for applications
  • 4th of September 2020 : Registration deadline
  • 8th-16th of September 2020 : Pre-selection by the jury of the HUB Entrepreneurship and Innovation UNIL
  • 21st-22nd September 2020 : Interview of the short-listed candidates and final selection of 5-6 projects
  • 26th September 2020 : Start of the program

Details of the acceleration program

#1 – 26th of September 2020 : Onboarding, start of the program 

#2 – 13th of October 2020 : Value proposition

#3 – 3rd of November 2020 : Business Model 

#4 – 17th of November 2020 : Communication and sales

#5 – 1st of December 2020 : Finance 

#6 – 15th of December 2020 : Dry Run

Output Fair – January 2021

Modules will take place in the evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Partners who support us

We thank our partners U Change and the HEC Foundation for supporting our UCreate activation programs. 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.).

Trainers & Coachs

Alexandra Karacsonyi

Alexandra Karacsonyi

Business Angel, Founder @ Elixir

Innovation and Design Thinking

André Delafontaine

André Delafontaine

Go Beyond Early Stage Investing, Founder @ Excelerate Partners

President at Prix Strategis, Jury & Speaker 

Jean De Wolff

Jean De Wolff

Business coach @ Innosuisse & platinn

Chairman & Board Member

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 entrepreneurship program manager

Trainers & Coachs

Alexandra Karacsonyi

Alexandra Karacsonyi

Business Angel, Founder @ Elixir

Innovation and Design Thinking

André Delafontaine

André Delafontaine

Go Beyond Early Stage Investing, Founder @ Excelerate Partners

President at Prix Strategis, Jury & Speaker 

Jean De Wolff

Jean De Wolff

Business coach @ Innosuisse & platinn

Chairman & Board Member

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 entrepreneurship program manager

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 2020

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 September 4th, 2020.