UCreate3
Turn your project into reality

Visuel UC3 2021

UCreate3 acceleration program takes place over one semester. It is designed for all members of the UNIL community : students, researchers, professors, employees and alumni. This bilingual and interdisciplinary program supports all types of projects. We specifically encourage projects with a social and/or environmental impact.

Turn your project into reality.

UCreate3 acceleration program takes place over one semester. It is designed for all members of the UNIL community : students, researchers, professors, employees and alumni. This bilingual and interdisciplinary program supports all types of projects. We specifically encourage projects with a social and/or environmental impact.

Visuel UCreate3 UNIL Accélérateur

Join a stimulating ecosystem at the service of creativity and sustainability

UCreate3 encourages and facilitates the creation and development of your entrepreneurial project.

  • Accelerate your entrepreneurial journey : De-risk your project and validate your assumptions by being accompanied by experts.
  • Develop your skills in innovation and sustainability : Consider, in a balanced way, the economic, social and environmental impact of your project.
  • Empower your team : Anticipate and solve your team challenges. This is the opportunity for you to acquire human skills in an entrepreneurial process.

 

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

This program is selective. A jury will select 9 projects per semester based on criteria such as relevance of the issue, innovation / differentiation, impact and team. We therefore encourage team projects (2-5 people).

10 thematic modules

During 16 weeks and 10 sessions in the form of workshops, you will put your concept to the test by following a field-oriented course. Discover the program here.

A coach dedicated to your team

A coach will be assigned to your project for the duration of the program and chosen specifically according to the nature of your project. He will share his expertise, his advice and his network. Discover our network of coaches here.

A dedicated space on campus

The Villanova is a creative, collaborative and interdisciplinary space that offers project leaders an inspiring place to explore and test innovative and impactful solutions. Discover the Villanova here.

Support up to CHF 10,000.-

Financial support of up to CHF 10’000.- per project is available to advance your project (market research, legal advice, prototyping, etc.). More information on the granting of this support in the FAQ below.

Access to the community

A network of entrepreneurs, experts, coaches and trainers who will allow you to be in touch with the regional innovation ecosystem. You will also be part of our UCreate Alumni. Discover the community here.

A certificate of participation

At the end of the acceleration program you will obtain a certificate of participation. For PHD students in life sciences, you have the possibility of obtaining ECTS credits following your participation. More information here.

Deadlines for the call for projects of autumn 2022

23rd of May 2022 : Opening of the call for applications

15th of September 2022 : Registration deadline

20th to 29th of September 2022 : Pre-selection by the jury of the HUB Entrepreneurship and Innovation UNIL

3rd of October 2022Interview of the short-listed candidates and final selection of 8 projects

8th of October 2022 : Start of the program

Montage participants UCreate3

Details of the acceleration program of autumn 2022

Please note that this acceleration program is :

– Open to everyone as long as there is at least 1 member of the UNIL community within the team (student, researcher, professor, employee and alumni).

– Can be taken alongside your studies or work (evening sessions).

– In teams of 2 to 5 people.

– Bilingual French-English (adapted according to the language skills of the participants).

– At the Villanova on the UNIL campus (access here).

The deadline to register is Thursday, September 15th, 2022. The 9 projects will be selected by early October. For any questions you can write to us at hub@unil.ch

Programme UCreate3

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 2022

Submit your application for this autumn 2022 acceleration program until the 15th of September 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 September 15th 2022.