Competition program 2018

Enter the Swiss BIC of CERN Technologies

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Swiss 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 and IP, tailor-made business and management training, and, last but not least, seed money of CHF 50,000.

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 Swiss 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!

 

 

Joining the Swiss BIC of CERN Technologies has opened up new horizons to our technology – the access to CERN’s experts and IP has truly boosted our product development.

Glenn Meleder, CEO Securaxis SA and the first BIC incubatee

Start-up competition

WHAT, WHEN, WHERE?

The Swiss BIC of CERN Technologies program is a two-phase competition. For Phase I – initial application – you are required to fill out a two-page proposal 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 work-shop and the Q&A session with the selection committee.


Important dates

  • April 10               Start of proposal submission
  • May 31                Cut-off date phase I
  • July 31                Invitation to the phase II
  • Sept. 15              Cut-off date phase II
  • Oct. 16*               Pitch workshop / winner(s) announcement

* The pitch workshop date is tentative. The final date will be announced later.

Swiss BIC of CERN Tech timeline 2019

PHASE I: INITIAL APPLICATION

Phase I is open to all. Both those participants:

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

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, simply fill out our proposal form briefly describing your project’s application and market value and social impact and send it to us at cern-bic@parkinnovaare.ch. The cut-off date for phase I is May 31, 2019.

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 ten-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. The cut-off date for the business plan is September 15, 2019.

CERN Technologies

PITCH WORKSHOP

After the candidates will have submitted their business plan, the independent selection committee will evaluate each project. All the candidates will then have a chance to pitch their idea personally in front of the committee and selected guests (VCs, investors, IP and technology experts). Based on the business plan and the pitch, the selection committee will invite three to four candidates for a closed-door Q&A session for a deeper dive into the project. The winner will be announced at the end of the workshop.

The pitch workshop is a full day event with multiple networking opportunities. The complete agenda will be published later.

 

 

 

Pitch Workshop

SELECTION COMMITTEE

An independent committee of highly qualified experts in accelerator technologies, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, IP management, innovation, finance and media is formed. It consists 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 II application, (brief) presentation, as well as after the pitch session (detailed).

DR. CHRISTIAN BRÖNNIMANN

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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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Group Leader of the Knowledge Transfer Group at CERN

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


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 from the Polytechnic of Grenoble (France) in 2000 and an EMBA from HEC in Paris (France) in 2008.


Other engagements

  • 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

Group Leader of the Knowledge Transfer Group at CERN

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


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 from the Polytechnic of Grenoble (France) in 2000 and an EMBA from HEC in Paris (France) in 2008.


Other engagements

  • 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

AURÉLIE PEZOUS

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AURÉLIE PEZOUS

AURÉLIE PEZOUS

Knowledge Transfer Officer at CERN

Aurélie (MSc in Plasma Processing) joined the CERN Knowledge Transfer Group in February 2017. Prior to joining CERN, she was in charge of the business development and the coordination of the watchmaking activities of Micro & Nanosystems team at CSEM S.A, Neuchâtel (CH). She helped set up industrial projects acquisition and technological transfer in the field of sensors, watches, surface treatments, and material analysis. She created links to foster collaborative projects with Swiss and European research institutes. Aurélie has eight years of experience in R&D engineering in microfabrication and silicon processing including industrial and European project management.

Other engagements

Knowledge Transfer Officer at CERN

Aurélie (MSc in Plasma Processing) joined the CERN Knowledge Transfer Group in February 2017. Prior to joining CERN, she was in charge of the business development and the coordination of the watchmaking activities of Micro & Nanosystems team at CSEM S.A, Neuchâtel (CH). She helped set up industrial projects acquisition and technological transfer in the field of sensors, watches, surface treatments, and material analysis. She created links to foster collaborative projects with Swiss and European research institutes. Aurélie has eight years of experience in R&D engineering in microfabrication and silicon processing including industrial and European project management.

Other engagements

PROF. DR. ARIE VERKUIL

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

Entrepreneurs develop existing companies further using innovative ideas. We support this process with market analyses, plans for implementation and applied research and development.


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

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

Entrepreneurs develop existing companies further using innovative ideas. We support this process with market analyses, plans for implementation and applied research and development.


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

JOHN MILLARD

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JOHN MILLARD

JOHN MILLARD

Head of Technology Transfer at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI

Don’t just dream, live it, build it. And do it with technology that gives you a solid advantage


John Millard was appointed Head of Technology Transfer at PSI in 2018. Serial Entrepreneur, Chemical Engineer, MBA (London Business School), he has worked for large industrials such as BP in France and ABB in Switzerland, as well as with Start-ups in the USA, Switzerland, and Australia, and Small/Medium sized companies. Own start-up companies have developed and sold impedance spectroscopy systems for electrochemical testing as well as home entertainment control systems and an expandable platform for commercial IoT systems.  Roles have included Chemical Engineer, Plant Engineer, Project Manager, Head of R&D, Chief Technical Officer, Programmer, Product Manager, Managing Director, Investor, Fund Raiser and Executive Director.


Other engagements

  • The initiator of the Founder Fellowship program at the Paul Scherrer Institute
  • Serial Entrepreneur

 

 

Head of Technology Transfer at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI

Don’t just dream, live it, build it. And do it with technology that gives you a solid advantage


John Millard was appointed Head of Technology Transfer at PSI in 2018. Serial Entrepreneur, Chemical Engineer, MBA (London Business School), he has worked for large industrials such as BP in France and ABB in Switzerland, as well as with Start-ups in the USA, Switzerland, and Australia, and Small/Medium sized companies. Own start-up companies have developed and sold impedance spectroscopy systems for electrochemical testing as well as home entertainment control systems and an expandable platform for commercial IoT systems.  Roles have included Chemical Engineer, Plant Engineer, Project Manager, Head of R&D, Chief Technical Officer, Programmer, Product Manager, Managing Director, Investor, Fund Raiser and Executive Director.


Other engagements

  • The initiator of the Founder Fellowship program at the Paul Scherrer Institute
  • Serial Entrepreneur

 

 

MICHEL HÜBNER

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MICHEL HÜBNER

MICHEL HÜBNER

Head of the Swiss Industry Liaison Office

The Swiss BIC of CERN Technologies synergizes the expertise of CERN and PSI, sowing the seeds for a next Swiss high tech pearl


Michel Hübner is Head of the Swiss Industry Liaison Office to International Research Organization since 2015. He has 25 years of product development experience on radio equipment for several European high tech companies such as Alcatel, including a spin-off experience out of Thales-Gemalto. Prior to his current position, he led the Wireless Communication Section for five years at CSEM in Neuchâtel. He holds a Master of Science in Physics from EPFL (1986) and in Electronics Engineering from Sup Télécom Paris (1988), and an MBA entitled “Technology and Innovation” from the University Aix-Marseille (2006).

Head of the Swiss Industry Liaison Office

The Swiss BIC of CERN Technologies synergizes the expertise of CERN and PSI, sowing the seeds for a next Swiss high tech pearl


Michel Hübner is Head of the Swiss Industry Liaison Office to International Research Organization since 2015. He has 25 years of product development experience on radio equipment for several European high tech companies such as Alcatel, including a spin-off experience out of Thales-Gemalto. Prior to his current position, he led the Wireless Communication Section for five years at CSEM in Neuchâtel. He holds a Master of Science in Physics from EPFL (1986) and in Electronics Engineering from Sup Télécom Paris (1988), and an MBA entitled “Technology and Innovation” from the University Aix-Marseille (2006).

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One application - two competitions

All the Swiss BIC of CERN Technologies applicants are automatically enrolled in the Swiss Innovation Challenge by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). The participants get a chance not only to win one of Switzerland's most famous start-up competitions but also to benefit from entrepreneurial mentoring and additional coaching program. If the candidates do not want to proceed with the Swiss Innovation Challenge, they can opt out during the introduction call/meeting.

More about Swiss Innovation Challenge (DE)

BIC of CERN Tech

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

After the winner(s) is (are) announced, 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. 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. Thus, 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, and the industrial landscape of the canton of Aargau.

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 Swiss 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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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 TECHNOLOGY

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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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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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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.