The Ypsomed Innovation Fund Foundation aims to motivate innovative and entrepreneurial teams or individuals to include market needs in their scientific work and to translate their developments into products or services on the market. The work presented should therefore contain innovative and economically feasible processes, methods, products or services.
Each January, the award winners are invited to the award ceremony at the PwC New Year’s reception in Berne, where they are awarded the prize in the presence of over 500 guests from business, politics and society.
In addition to the prize money, the award ceremony increases the awareness of the project through press coverage.
The Ypsomed Innovation Award is endowed as follows:
1. Prize: CHF 50 000.–
2. Prize: CHF 30 000.–
3. Prize: CHF 20 000.–
The innovation presented must have been predominantly developed by a university and must meet the objectives of the award donor. Students, assistants, lecturers as well as research and work teams of universities based in Espace Mittelland with the urge to become entrepreneurs or newly found companies which have merged from this environment and would like to implement a new project are invited to participate.
The Ypsomed Innovation Award can also be awarded to a consortium that shows how an extraordinary output has been achieved collectively.
Projects that can be submitted are products, services, own innovations, doctoral and diploma theses as well as project and semester papers in German, French or English.
Please send the application form together with the signed conditions of participation and the other documents by 31 October 2020 at the latest via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject Ypsomed Innovation Award.
The jury evaluates the submitted work and selects the winners. The jury’s deliberations are confidential.
The jury evaluates the project dossiers received. The authors of the short-listed projects will be invited to a presentation to the jury between mid-November and mid-December. Subsequently, the jury decides on the three winners and invites them to the award ceremony. The award ceremony takes place in January at the PwC New year’s reception in Berne.
The decisions of the jury are irrevocable. By registering for the competition, the participants unconditionally accept these regulations. Any legal action is precluded. Projects that have not been awarded a prize will be rejected without justification.
Before the award ceremony, the project contents are absolutely confidential. Except for the joint communication during the award ceremony, all project content will be treated confidentially.
The Ypsomed Innovation Award promotes innovations and entrepreneurial activities in Espace Mitteland. With the prize money, the Ypsomed Innovation Fund supports the step into independence or further growth steps. This is impressively demonstrated by three examples form recent years.
Dr. Samuel Zürcher and team
Molecular rapid test platform for reliable on-site detection of specific pathogens.
Prof. Dr. Gregor Burkhard, FHNW
GreDom-Insert, a novel kind of insert for space technology, revolutionising satellite construction.
Prof. Dr. Olivier Guenat, ARTORG Center at the University of Bern
A breathing “lung on chip” for the safe and efficient development of new drugs.
CEO Ypsomed Holding AG
Diabetes Center Bern
BV Holding AG/ BV group
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