ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM FOR HIGH-TECH VENTURES IN SWITZERLAND

BIC of CERN Technologies Program

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of CERN Technologies is an incubation program designed to support entrepreneurs in their business endeavor by offering them access to unique world-leading technologies, tailor-made business and management training, and, last but not least, seed money of CHF 50,000.

About BIC of CERN Technologies

 

 

 

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FOR OUT-OF-THE-BOX THINKERS

Accelerators and related technologies encompass a vast universe of competencies that can be used in almost any field. Are you adventurous enough to apply them to your product/service? Or do you already know how accelerators can help you realize your next ground-breaking project? We invite all out-of-the-box thinkers willing to build on CERN’s comprehensive know-how to join the BIC of CERN Technologies program.

If your company is no older than two years old (exception: companies with revenue of less than CHF 500,000 in the last fiscal year), or is not yet incorporated, and if you have an idea how to introduce CERN’s know-how in your project or are looking for inspiration, we would like to hear from you!

Start-up competition

WHAT, WHEN, WHERE?

The official launch of the BIC of CERN Technologies program will take place at PARK INNOVAARE on August 28, 2018. However, the application process is already open.

The BIC of CERN Technologies program is a two-phase competition. For Phase I – initial application – you are required to fill out a two-page application form providing information about the application and market value and – if possible – social impact of your project.

A selection of the best candidates and most interesting business concepts will be invited to participate in Phase II – business plan. At this stage, you will present a ten-page business plan and pitch it to the selection committee. Between the two phases, all the invited candidates will participate in business development and technology coaching with our experts – an integral part of the program.

The winner (or the winners) of the program will be announced after the pitch session and presented to the public at the StartUpForum Aargau on November 12, 2018.

BIC of CERN Tech timeline 2018

PHASE I: INITIAL APPLICATION

Phase I is open to all. Both those participants:

  • IP "awarers" who already know the solution to their challenge and know exactly which know-how, IP, or technology they require, and
  • Inspiration seekers who are facing a challenge or are working on an idea, but are not yet sure which technology they want to use

are welcome to apply. Our experts will evaluate your idea and your requested level of CERN IP. Based on this, CERN’s Knowledge Transfer will support and match the challenge to the right technology solution.

To apply, simple fill out our form briefly describing your project’s application and market value and social impact and send it to us at cern-bic@parkinnovaare.ch. The new cut-off date for the initial application: September 30, 2018.

CERN Technologies

PHASE II: BUSINESS PLAN

Participation in Phase II is by invitation only. All those who are invited to the business plan competition after the evaluation of their two-pager will have approximately six weeks’ time to compile and submit a more comprehensive 10-page business plan.

During this time, you will have the opportunity to liaise with technology experts from CERN and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and have your project assessed from a technological point of view. This means, for instance, that you will receive information as to whether patents from the various fields of technology are available and suitable for you. In addition, you will participate in a series of business development workshops.

In the end, those company concept(s) will be rewarded (and receive the starting capital) that not only have the highest technological value, but that also feature the most promising marketing opportunities.

For your application, you may use our business plan template. Send it to us at cern-bic@parkinnovaare.ch. Cut-off date for the business plan: October 29, 2018.

 

CERN Technologies

THE SELECTION COMMITTEE

An independent committee of highly qualified experts in accelerator technologies, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, IP management, innovation, finance and media is being formed. It will consist of up to ten members, each a well-known expert in their respective field.

The committee will review the projects based on the business plan and a personal presentation (pitch). All the participants will receive qualified feedback in writing regarding their Phase I application, (brief) presentation, as well as after the pitch session (detailed).

DR. CHRISTIAN BRÖNNIMANN

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DR. CHRISTIAN BRÖNNIMANN

DR. CHRISTIAN BRÖNNIMANN

Dr. Christian Brönnimann is the founder and CEO of Dectris AG and a member of the board of directors at PARK INNOVAARE. More information will follow.

Dr. Christian Brönnimann is the founder and CEO of Dectris AG and a member of the board of directors at PARK INNOVAARE. More information will follow.

DR. GIOVANNI ANELLI

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CERN: DR. GIOVANNI ANELLI, 48

CERN: DR. GIOVANNI ANELLI, 48

Group Leader of the Knowledge Transfer Group at CERN


Dr. Giovanni Anelli was appointed Head of the Knowledge Transfer Group in August 2011.Before, he worked for three years for LEM SA and prior to this he worked for 10 years in CERN’s Microelectronics Group, where he designed several integrated circuits for High-Energy Physics applications. Dr. Anelli received a M.S. in Electronics Engineering from the Polytechnic of Milan (Italy) in 1997, a Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering (with honors) from the Polytechnic of Grenoble (France) in 2000 and an EMBA from HEC in Paris (France) in 2008.


  • Member of the Association of European Science and Technology Transfer Professionals since 2010
  • Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Auditeur de l’Institut des hautes études pour la science et la technologie

CERN’s innovation brings benefits to society through the creation of startups and the introduction of new products on the market.

Group Leader of the Knowledge Transfer Group at CERN


Dr. Giovanni Anelli was appointed Head of the Knowledge Transfer Group in August 2011.Before, he worked for three years for LEM SA and prior to this he worked for 10 years in CERN’s Microelectronics Group, where he designed several integrated circuits for High-Energy Physics applications. Dr. Anelli received a M.S. in Electronics Engineering from the Polytechnic of Milan (Italy) in 1997, a Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering (with honors) from the Polytechnic of Grenoble (France) in 2000 and an EMBA from HEC in Paris (France) in 2008.


  • Member of the Association of European Science and Technology Transfer Professionals since 2010
  • Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Auditeur de l’Institut des hautes études pour la science et la technologie

CERN’s innovation brings benefits to society through the creation of startups and the introduction of new products on the market.

PROF. DR. ARIE VERKUIL

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PROF. DR. ARIE VERKUIL

PROF. DR. ARIE VERKUIL

Head of the Institute of Management at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW).


Prof. Dr. Arie Verkuil has many years of experience in company development and leadership coaching and training. His core competencies include: review of business plans for start-ups and new operations, evaluation of business cases for the implementation of innovation and internationalisation projects in existing enterprises, and assessment of student projects with a public interest.


Other engagements


Entrepreneurs develop existing companies further using innovative ideas. They snap up jobs and create new ones. We support this process with market analyses, plans for implementation and applied research and development.

Head of the Institute of Management at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW).


Prof. Dr. Arie Verkuil has many years of experience in company development and leadership coaching and training. His core competencies include: review of business plans for start-ups and new operations, evaluation of business cases for the implementation of innovation and internationalisation projects in existing enterprises, and assessment of student projects with a public interest.


Other engagements


Entrepreneurs develop existing companies further using innovative ideas. They snap up jobs and create new ones. We support this process with market analyses, plans for implementation and applied research and development.

PROF. DR. LEONID RIVKIN

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PROF. DR. LEONID RIVKIN

PROF. DR. LEONID RIVKIN

Professor of particle accelerator physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and deputy director of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI).


Leonid (Lenny) Rivkin studied studied physics in Novosibirsk and Cambridge USA, graduating from Harvard University in 1978, and obtained his PhD in Physics from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena in 1985. After ten years on several large accelerator projects at Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre, followed by a year at CERN, Geneva he joined Paul Scherrer Institute in 1989 and worked on the design, construction and commissioning of the Swiss Light Source (SLS) among other accelerator projects. In 2006 he became a member of the PSI Board of Directors, taking charge of the division of Large Research Facilities and being responsible for operation of all of the PSI accelerators, as well as for accelerator R&D for future projects at PSI and in industry.


  • Developments of compact, bright accelerator based light sources for industrial and medical applications
  • Education of the next generation of accelerator specialists

With CERN and PSI Switzerland is host to two world-leading centers of accelerator science and technology with huge potential for industrialization, representing a unique local advantage for the Swiss business and research communities.

Professor of particle accelerator physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and deputy director of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI).


Leonid (Lenny) Rivkin studied studied physics in Novosibirsk and Cambridge USA, graduating from Harvard University in 1978, and obtained his PhD in Physics from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena in 1985. After ten years on several large accelerator projects at Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre, followed by a year at CERN, Geneva he joined Paul Scherrer Institute in 1989 and worked on the design, construction and commissioning of the Swiss Light Source (SLS) among other accelerator projects. In 2006 he became a member of the PSI Board of Directors, taking charge of the division of Large Research Facilities and being responsible for operation of all of the PSI accelerators, as well as for accelerator R&D for future projects at PSI and in industry.


  • Developments of compact, bright accelerator based light sources for industrial and medical applications
  • Education of the next generation of accelerator specialists

With CERN and PSI Switzerland is host to two world-leading centers of accelerator science and technology with huge potential for industrialization, representing a unique local advantage for the Swiss business and research communities.

AXEL STELLBRINK

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AXEL STELLBRINK, 56

AXEL STELLBRINK, 56

Founder, Managing Partner at Stellbrink & Partner Patentanwälte mbB


Axel Stellbrink has been advising companies, universities and other institutions on the topics of innovation and IP strategies in Europe, the US, Israel, China, Japan and Korea for more than 25 years.

Axel Stellbrink graduated from the Technical University of Munich with a degree in Automation Engineering after working with Professor Milberg. He shortly qualified as a German and European Patent Attorney and amassed experience for over 20 years in one of the leading European patent law firms, eventually becoming a partner. He worked extensively in the area of IP prosecution, and became particularly known for high-profile national and multinational litigation cases. He is currently specializing in patent drafting and examination, as well as litigation. Moreover, Axel is developing new data mining tools offering his clients a unique service in IP and IP protection matters.


Other engagements

  • Quant IP
  • Advising a number of well-known startups regarding Innovation Strategies
  • Member in the jury of FLUEGGE (a state-driven support for startups in Bavaria) for more than 10 years

Innovation drives it all

Founder, Managing Partner at Stellbrink & Partner Patentanwälte mbB


Axel Stellbrink has been advising companies, universities and other institutions on the topics of innovation and IP strategies in Europe, the US, Israel, China, Japan and Korea for more than 25 years.

Axel Stellbrink graduated from the Technical University of Munich with a degree in Automation Engineering after working with Professor Milberg. He shortly qualified as a German and European Patent Attorney and amassed experience for over 20 years in one of the leading European patent law firms, eventually becoming a partner. He worked extensively in the area of IP prosecution, and became particularly known for high-profile national and multinational litigation cases. He is currently specializing in patent drafting and examination, as well as litigation. Moreover, Axel is developing new data mining tools offering his clients a unique service in IP and IP protection matters.


Other engagements

  • Quant IP
  • Advising a number of well-known startups regarding Innovation Strategies
  • Member in the jury of FLUEGGE (a state-driven support for startups in Bavaria) for more than 10 years

Innovation drives it all

IRIS MARIA WELTEN

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IRIS MARIA WELTEN

IRIS MARIA WELTEN

Vice President of Business Angels Club Aargau


Iris Maria Welten is Chair, Vice-Chair, Board member and Advisory Board member of several companies as well as the co-founder and CEO of the Consulting firm Welten & Welten AG. Further, she teaches at the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Bern and Kalaidos Strategy, Corporate Governance and Public Management. Her profound experience includes coaching and financing of start-ups, international capital markets, leadership of eight country representatives, broad industry experience (six industries) and the management of 9 units. She worked in Munich, Miami, Hong Kong and New York for large companies (Adidas, Deutsche Telekom, Clariant, Swiss Life) in leading Group Corporate functions as well as CEO. She has a master in communications science, business administration and market psychology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, a degree in International Strategy development from the IMD Lausanne, a degree in Corporate Governance from the Swiss Board School University of St. Gallen.


  • Advisory Board Equity Pitcher (Venture Capital)
  • Jury Venture Kick (leading Foundations finance start-ups)
  • Lecturer at Venture Lab (coaching start-ups)

I encourage every young leader and team to do this step towards their next innovation. Just go for it and apply! You will gain something no matter what.

Vice President of Business Angels Club Aargau


Iris Maria Welten is Chair, Vice-Chair, Board member and Advisory Board member of several companies as well as the co-founder and CEO of the Consulting firm Welten & Welten AG. Further, she teaches at the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Bern and Kalaidos Strategy, Corporate Governance and Public Management. Her profound experience includes coaching and financing of start-ups, international capital markets, leadership of eight country representatives, broad industry experience (six industries) and the management of 9 units. She worked in Munich, Miami, Hong Kong and New York for large companies (Adidas, Deutsche Telekom, Clariant, Swiss Life) in leading Group Corporate functions as well as CEO. She has a master in communications science, business administration and market psychology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, a degree in International Strategy development from the IMD Lausanne, a degree in Corporate Governance from the Swiss Board School University of St. Gallen.


  • Advisory Board Equity Pitcher (Venture Capital)
  • Jury Venture Kick (leading Foundations finance start-ups)
  • Lecturer at Venture Lab (coaching start-ups)

I encourage every young leader and team to do this step towards their next innovation. Just go for it and apply! You will gain something no matter what.

AWARD CEREMONY

The winner of the BIC of CERN Technologies program will be publicly announced on November 12, 2018, at the Award Ceremony of the Startup Challenge, one of Switzerland’s biggest start-up competitions. As part of the StartUp Forum Aargau, which takes place every year at the Brugg-Windisch campus of the FHNW, the ceremony is a big happening in the world of innovation and entrepreneurship. More than 300 high-ranking guests from business, administration, politics, and the financial sector will attend the ceremony – a perfect stage for you to present your project/company to a large audience.

More information about the award ceremony will be published soon.

 

Award Ceremony

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

After the award ceremony, the real work will begin! The prize money will be paid out in two installments: CHF 40,000 within the following month and CHF 10,000 after one year.

The incubatee(s) will move into and join PARK INNOVAARE’s ecosystem, where they will benefit from a comprehensive business development and marketing support service package. Depending on the company’s maturity level, they can establish their office here or join the co-working area, or, if applicable, rent a lab (terms and conditions depending on the incubatee’s case). Aargau Services, local business promotion agency, will support the incubatee(s) with the relocation process to the innovation hub. Here, the incubatee(s) will be fully integrated into the vibrant campus of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), with its 2,000 scientists and engineers available as scientific partners for the incubatee(s).

Incubatee(s) will also receive focused, tailor-made technology coaching from experts from CERN and PSI and will have the opportunity to work with the unique intellectual property of these institutions at advantageous conditions.

Finally, if desired, the incubatee(s) can take part in the Entrepreneurship Program of the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), where they will learn the basic concepts of operative management. In addition, special training courses are offered to support the specific needs of high-tech start-ups. These will be important building blocks to lead your company to success in the future.

 

Incubation process

PARTNERS

The BIC of CERN Technologies is hosted and operated by PARK INNOVAARE with the support of its strong and committed partners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARK INNOVAARE

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Where Innovation Accelerates

Where Innovation Accelerates

PARK INNOVAARE is a unique innovation center situated in close proximity to the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). Here, driven by PSI’s expertise, innovations in the fields of accelerator technology, advanced materials and processes, humans and health, and energy are transformed into marketable products and solutions. In order to create the best conditions for industrial research and spin-offs, PARK INNOVAARE connects innovative minds from the world of science and business.

PARK INNOVAARE is a unique innovation center situated in close proximity to the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). Here, driven by PSI’s expertise, innovations in the fields of accelerator technology, advanced materials and processes, humans and health, and energy are transformed into marketable products and solutions. In order to create the best conditions for industrial research and spin-offs, PARK INNOVAARE connects innovative minds from the world of science and business.

CERN TECHNOLOGIES

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A world-class fundamental physics research organization in Europe.

A world-class fundamental physics research organization in Europe.

Founded in 1952, CERN is the European Council for Nuclear Research; it hosts the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments (purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors) for studying the basic constituents of matter. The research conducted here has proven many theories, deepened our understanding of the matter, and given the world some of the most widely-spread technologies.

Founded in 1952, CERN is the European Council for Nuclear Research; it hosts the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments (purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors) for studying the basic constituents of matter. The research conducted here has proven many theories, deepened our understanding of the matter, and given the world some of the most widely-spread technologies.

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUTE (PSI)

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World-class research in three main subject areas: matter and material, energy and the environment, and human health.

World-class research in three main subject areas: matter and material, energy and the environment, and human health.

The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. It performs world-class research in three main subject areas: matter and material; energy and the environment; and human health. Thousands of world-leading scientists and engineers from all over the world are using its unique infrastructure to realize projects that would be impossible anywhere else.

The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. It performs world-class research in three main subject areas: matter and material; energy and the environment; and human health. Thousands of world-leading scientists and engineers from all over the world are using its unique infrastructure to realize projects that would be impossible anywhere else.

FHNW

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Both innovative and practice-oriented.

Both innovative and practice-oriented.

FHNW is one of Switzerland’s leading universities of applied sciences and arts, actively involved in teaching, research, continuing education and service provision. It organizes one of the biggest start-up competitions in Switzerland – Swiss Startup Challenge – offering extensive business mentoring programs for highly innovative young entrepreneurs.

FHNW is one of Switzerland’s leading universities of applied sciences and arts, actively involved in teaching, research, continuing education and service provision. It organizes one of the biggest start-up competitions in Switzerland – Swiss Startup Challenge – offering extensive business mentoring programs for highly innovative young entrepreneurs.