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

ETH Zurich has been recognised as one of the world’s best universities.  In spite of having arguably some of the most leading edge research across multiple fields of science and technology, the number of spin-offs at ETH lag behind Harvard, Stanford and MIT.

Entrepreneur, author and ETH’s own Entrepreneur-in-Residence – Anil Sethi – fills this gap between science and startups by combining his learnings from his past startups as well as from multiple startups and technology companies he has advised.

Published by Springer Verlag in 2016, Anil Sethi’s book “From Science to Startup: The Inside Track of Technology Entrepreneurship” has recently been recognised by CMI in association with the British Library as one of the world’s five best books in Innovation & Entrepreneurship.


The book charts the experiences, pitfalls and knowledge behind leading scientific ideas to successful startups. Written by one of Switzerland’s top serial entrepreneurs, this book is a must-read for scientists and academicians who want to see their idea turn into a product and change the market. It is also pertinent for finance and business professionals who aspire to become technology entrepreneurs.


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.

The purpose of the course is to help Masters’ and PhD students develop their technology idea into startup. The course is open to students from across ETH. Structured as a series of coaching sessions, the participants will go through all the steps necessary of starting a business. Different from traditional lectures, this unit is hands-on and business oriented, as it tries to enable technical people to prepare a business case that they can finally pitch to real investors.

As Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, Switzerland summarized in his review of Anil’s book:

“To take scientific skilled people into business is key for innovation: the author attests solid experience in dealing with and acting in both fields.”



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