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March 2017 – High-Tech Startup Bootcamp

During the first 10 days of March the Chair for Entrepreneurship, together with the Chair of Entrepreneurship from St. Gallen University and the Kickbox team from Swisscom’s Pirates Hub, organized this year’s installment of the High-Tech Start-up Management course.

Inspired by great guest speakers and the opportunity to work at a fantastic co-working space at ETHZ’s Student Project House, 7 student teams took off to explore start-up land. Each team was composed of ETHZ and HSG students, who received individual coaching and one of Swisscom’s Kickboxes with seed money of CHF 1,000 in order to prototype and test their technology business idea. The unique set-up of this course assured that our students moved way beyond a classroom exercise and ventured out into the real world!

The final presentations revealed how far motivated students can go in only one week. We were excited about the progress and are looking forward to seeing some of the projects continue or otherwise meeting some of our students in other entrepreneurial ventures in the future.

A more detailed summary of the event (in German) can be found here.


High-Tech Startups Management Course

On 2&3 and 9&10 of March the Entrepreneurship chair organizes this 3-credit electives course together with partners from HSG and the newly established Swisscom Pirates Hub. The 4-day intensive bootcamp features interactive lectures, entrepreneurs as guest speakers and coached workshops during which interdisciplinary student teams (ETH + HSG) work jointly on the development of a high-tech business case. The teams will be supported by venture coaches from the Swisscom Pirates Hub and their KickBox with pre-seed money of CHF 1’000 to prototype and test the idea. The progam will end with a pitch event in front of a high-profile jury with members from the local ecosystem like Venture Kick.

Link to the course page
Link to the poster (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Applications for the 4th edition of the Italia Innovation Program are now open!

19th June - 17th July 2017, Italy

Make your summer unforgettable with a fully-immersive learning experience in Italy: a unique entrepreneurial journey where Italian companies challenge multidisciplinary teams of international talented students to lead the innovation of their business and productive models.

Participants receive the mentorship of a unique team of experts and professors like Jake Knapp (Google Ventures), Vincent Stanley (Patagonia), Bill Burnett (Stanford, John Bruce (Parsons), David Schonthal (Kellogg and IDEO), Stewart Thornhill (Michigan Ross), Sam Potolicchio (Georgetown), Robert Jackson (Columbia) and others, as well as Italian entrepreneurs and forward-thinking business leaders.

Company visits, industry insights, hands-on seminars, inspirational talks and up-to-date tools like Design ThinkingCorporate Law and EconomicsEntrepreneurship and Product Development Labs foster the industry understanding and boost the project works. 

The partner companies are leading brands in the Made in Italy business sectors (Fashion, Design, Food and Wine, Arts, High-end Manufacturing and Healthcare). Past challengers include Ermenegildo Zegna, United Colors of Benetton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Moncler, Illy Coffee, Santa Margherita Wine Group, Molteni&C, Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, and more.

We really believe in innovating the Italian economy. Do you? 

Apply now and please note that full and partial tuition scholarships are available!


1st application deadline: January 27th

2nd application deadline: March 10th




Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 - 19:15 - 20:30

Location: LEE E101 (Leonhardstrasse 21)

Michael Burtov
Founder Geo Orbital, Cambridge-based startup with SpaceX talent

Prof. Stefan Haefliger
ETH Zurich / Cass Business School

Penny Schiffer
Head of Swisscom Startup Initiative

Please register via:

Download calendar invite here



From Science to Startup

Recognition for ETH’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence: Book recognised as one of top 5 in the world in Innovation and Entrepreneurship more info on the book

At ETH, Anil Sethi guides student teams through his course “Enabling Entrepreneurship: From Science to Startup”. His vision is to help convert technology excellence into commercial success via startups founded by these teams.  He believes that there is no one-size-fits-all formula for successful management due to the extensive and broad range of industries, products and services. more info


swim with sharks

Funding your venture. Is it really swimming with sharks?

Zürich, SwitzerlandYou are all invited to participate in our first session of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Best Practice Series. The panel discussion focuses on the theme “how to deal with different types of investors whilst growing your venture”.

Tue 27 September 2016
19:00 – 20:30

HG E5 ETH Zurich
ETH Zürich
101 Rämistrasse

In order to organise the drinks and bites, please register via:


Lien Denoo won the best AOM PhD paper in Entrepreneurship

Lien Denoo's dissertation “Antecedents and Performance Implications of New Ventures’ Business Model Development Processes in the Mobile Health Industry", with Prof. Clarysse, won the AOM’s entrepreneurship dissertation award.


Cédric GUTIERREZ MORENO (HEC Paris) @ ETH Zurich 

"The Impact of Overconfidence on Market Entry".

Date: Thursday 29th September from 11.30-14.30 in WEV H 326


Bart Clarysse @ EPFL 

Date: 23rd May 2016

More information here


Dr. Jana Thiel (University of Maastricht) @ ETH Zurich 

Identity-based governance of joint production motivation in emerging organizations 

Date: Friday 2nd September, 2016 in WEV H 326.


Prof. Dr. Francesco Di Lorenzo (Copenhagen Business School) @ ETH Zurich


Date: 28th of September, 2016 in WEV F109


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Our submission to the 2016 Special Conference by the Strategic Management Society on Strategy Challenges in the 21st Century: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Coopetition in Rome, Italy, June 5-7, 2016, has been accepted by the track chairs.    Read more 


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Two-thirds of adults worldwide think entrepreneurship is a good career choice! Read more on the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report Read more 

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