Partnering for High-Tech Innovation in Energy

EPFL Innovation Park, Cleantech Alps and Innosuisse bring to you Tech4Growth Energy on 16-17 November, 2022 connecting start-up founders, corporate innovators as well as academic professors to learn about collaboration models and best practices.

The energy sector is booming. With the world’s population growing and economies expanding, global demand for energy is skyrocketing. But at the same time, traditional sources of energy are becoming scarce and more expensive. The future belongs to products and services that can be made using less energy and commodities. Swiss academic research institutes and companies have been acting as strong players particularly in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, automation and control, mobility, water, and wastewater as well as waste management and the use of new types of materials to drive the energy industry forward.

To stay ahead of the game, companies in the energy sector must develop innovative solutions that meet the challenges of the 21st century. One way to do this, is by collaborating with start-ups, corporates and academic institutions. These partnerships give companies access to cutting-edge technology and ideas, and they help to ensure that the energy sector remains at the forefront of innovation. As the energy sector continues to grow and evolve, collaboration between the stakeholders will become increasingly important for companies that want to stay ahead of the competition.

Join the leaders from the Swiss Energy ecosystem for 2 content packed days where you can hear from key players to share their experience about how to build win-win Start-up-Corporate-Academic partnerships to address challenges in the Energy sector.

Stay tuned for more information soon on speakers and agenda!

Why attend?

  • Build a strong business network in the Energy sector
  • Learn from your peers and design future solutions through collaboration
  • Identify new opportunities of innovation
  • Walk away with suggestions and approaches for your next partnership plan through highly interactive in person sessions


About EPFL Innovation Park

EPFL Innovation Park is the major innovation hub in Western Switzerland. It actively develops programs to help high tech start-ups to scale and corporations to accelerate their innovation. Operating in the frontiers of cutting-edge technologies and new businesses for 30 years, it has established a strong track record in bringing high tech start-ups to success. Tech4Growth is part of its executive programs, becoming one of the networking event series of the Swiss Innovation Agency.



This workshops series is for high tech start-up founders, corporate senior executives and university professors / and senior scientists active in energy sector to ensure relevant collaboration and exchanges (no service providers). Seats are limited and priority access will be given to the mentioned profiles, as we would like the exchanges and collaborations during the workshops to be as meaningful as possible to all participants.





16 Nov

8:00 - 18:00


Sharing key benefits, challenges, and experience

Deep dive Commercial Partnership and Technology Co-Development
Networking Dinner





17 Nov

8:00 - 18:00


Deep dive Corporate Venture Fund and M&A

Key Learnings and Working out your partnership plan 
                 Networking Drinks



Lan Zuo Gillet

Lan Zuo Gillet is the Deputy Managing Director of EPFL Innovation Park and an Expert of Innosuisse – the Swiss Innovation Agency.  She has 23 years of hands-on professional experience in industry as well as in the ecosystem of innovation & entrepreneurship.

Lan started her career at R&D department of Rolex, in charge of creating new computer aided design and optimisation tools in the product development process. She was later appointed as Head of Operational Planning at Pictet, working closely with a startup to design, develop and implement a management information system for group operation control. As the Managing Director of Geneva Creativity Center, she connected large corporations, SMEs, startups and researchers to initiate innovative joint R&D projects.

Currently at EPFL Innovation Park, she is leading entrepreneurship training and acceleration programs and is helping startups to establish business partnership with large corporations. Lan has a PhD degree from EPFL, an MBA from HEC Lausanne and postdoctoral applied research experience at Stanford University.  

Nicolas Loeillot

Nicolas Loeillot is a senior technology entrepreneur and investor. Back in 2003, he founded a computer vision company in Japan. Pioneering in A.I. applications, his company served hundreds of projects with large companies in Japan, Asia and the US before being acquired by a GAFA in 2017.

Since 2010, he chairs the Tokyo Interaction Center, a privately-owned incubator in central Tokyo, focused on early stage deep technology start-ups. In 2018, Nicolas Loeillot joined the Swiss health insurer Groupe Mutuel as Chief Innovation Officer to setup an innovation strategy, accelerate deployments of A.I. and craft a data-driven, prevention-focused future of the company. In 2021 he joins InnoSuisse as Expert for a 4-year mandate.

Massimo Lucchina

Massimo Lucchina is a Senior Executive with large experience in High Tech, Internet and Telecom sector; currently at CySec as VP Corporate Business Development, Strategic Alliance Member of the Innovation Council at Innosuisse and Advisory Board Member at Bugsolutely.

Previously Massimo was at Samsung as Chief Strategy Officer and overlooking M&A activities in Europe for 4+ years and Cisco Systems for 22+ years where he had sales and channel responsibility, Corporate Innovation leader with the Technology Center, member of VoIP team to deliver 1st product on market, initiated M&A office in Europe to deliver 12 acquisitions and Head of Cisco System International in Rolle and EPFL.

Prior to Cisco he worked for Telecom Italia and for the European Space Agency. Massimo holds MsC in Electrical/Telecommunication Engineering from Politecnico di Milano.

Raphael Rollier

Raphael Rollier develops and promotes digital innovation and transformation. He is currently in charge of Innovation and Product Management at Swisstopo, working on topics such as geolocalisation and data science in the field of geoinformation. Previously, in co-creation with several cities, he created a “Smart Data” tool, which turns billions of data generated by the mobile phone network into anonymized and aggregated traffic indicators. Raphael has 13 years of international marketing&sales and general management experience, having worked for Nokia. Member of the Venture Kick jury, Raphael has developed a mentoring program for start-ups at the EPFL, where he obtained a master’s in micro engineering. He also writes about the digital economy at LeTemps webpage
I really enjoyed having invested – not spent – 6 hours of my time in person at EPFL Bois Chamblard Buchillon premises. The plenary session followed with informal small break-out workshops contributed to fruitful interactions and qualitative networking between attendees. I will certainly attend the next Tech4Growth Industry 4.0 as well as recommend it to Innovative-thinking peers. Innovative Sustainable Resilience we built!                                                                                                      
Jean-Luc Bazin

CEO, Head of Technology Scouting, Swatch Group

Innovation today in Switzerland, is the most important asset. In fact, to grow when you are an industrial company, you have no other choice than to innovate. This is what FELCO has always done and will do in the future. Participating to Tech4Growth was an amazing experience for me. Sharing experiences and developing new concepts with peers, start-ups and the academic world is enhancing all the work done in the companies. I was extremely happy with the exchanges we had and with the quality of the questions and challenges we got during the sessions. Transforming a great idea into a profitable business is not easy and the kind of workshop like Tech4Growth Industry 4.0 is helping a lot!    
Stephane Poggi



Next to the contacts I received very valuable inputs on my own business from the participants which were extremely helpful.
Markus Stauffiger

CEO & Partner, 4eyes GmbH

The sessions provide a good overview of the challenge of collaboration between start-ups and corporates. Great testimonials of a large range of industries!
Olivier Chappuis

Innovation Lab Manager, Maxon Motor AG

Collaboration between start-ups and corporations is key for Industry 4.0. Tech4Growth shared another one: giving us a place in space and time to share ideas, network, and shape the right frameworks for such increasing and dynamic collaborations. 
Karthigan Sinnathamby

AI Project Manager, Visium

The format was perfect (just the right number of people) and the venue was fantastic for thinking.
Jerome Penot

Director, Novex Capital

I  was lucky to take part in the Tech4Growth workshops where I gained valuable insight into innovation processes, learned a lot and – most importantly – gained access to a very valuable network of innovation professionals. Just a short time later I had a follow up meeting with innovation experts because of my participation at the workshop. I highly recommend this workshop for anyone striving for innovation and / or transferring his business into the 4.0 world.
Albert Enste

CEO, Federnfabrik Schmid AG



Lan Zuo Gillet

Deputy managing Director EPFL Innovation Park

Program Chair

Simone Theiss

EPFL Innovation Park

Program Manager

Nicolas Loeillot



Raphael Rollier

Head of Innovation and Product Management