Industry 4.0 Accelerating the Industrial Digital Transformation 

The rapid global digital transformation or Industry 4.0 impacts all companies, collaboration, manufacturing networks and partnerships within the field of production technology. This transformation is reshaping the competitive landscape by bringing fundamental changes to established industries, and innovation to transform the value chain is becoming ever more important.

Interdisciplinary and multistakeholder win-win partnerships between start-ups, corporates and academia is the key to accelerate innovation across manufacturing networks.

The dynamic Tech4Growth partnering workshops are part of the networking events series empowered by Innosuisse and EPFL Innovation Park, connecting start-up founders, corporate innovators as well as academic professors to learn about collaboration models and best practices.

This series focuses on the digital transformation of industry, where new technology such as industrial robotics, IoT, AI and data analytics are playing an increasing important role and will cover the following topics:

• successful technology transfers

• how to run joint R&D projects

• how to build win-win commercial partnerships

• how to make/get strategic investment and prepare a successful merger and acquisition

PROGRAM BENEFITS

PROGRAM DETAILS

This workshops series is for high tech start-up founders, corporate senior executives and university professors / and senior scientists active in Industry 4.0 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.

The 4 online workshops on Nov. 1, 4, 8 & 10 are complimentary. The final physical session on Nov. 12 at Bois Chamblard will be available at a fee. 

AGENDA

Nov 1

PARTNERING FOR SUCCESS Speakers

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

HYBRID

Overview, landscape and trends of Industry 4.0. Review of strategic benefits and challenges of collaboration models between start-ups, academia and corporates. Partnering with Research Institute CSEM. Lan Zuo-Gillet, EPFL Innovation Park
Raphael Rollier, Swisstopo
Pascal Nussbaum, CSEM
Bahaa Roustom, CSEM

Nov 4

COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIPS DEEP DIVE Speakers

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

ONLINE

Learn about start-up strategies for establishing commercial and procurement partnership with corporates from start-up Akselos. Hear directly from Swatch Group about the benefits and success of their start-up partnership program. Jean-Luc Bazin, Swatch Group
Thomas Leurent, Akselos
Stephane Poggi, FELCO
Massimo Lucchina,Cysec SA

Nov 8

TECHNOLOGY CO-DEVELOPMENT DEEP DIVE Speakers

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

ONLINE

Explore how to drive the digital transformation through co-development. You will hear the co-development story of start-up Miraex and Bühler Group and discover best practices for R&D with Academia Thierry Duvanel, Bühler Group
Oliver Muller, Miraex
Nicolas Loeillot, Innosuisse Expert

Nov 10

CORPORATE VENTURE FUND DEEP DIVE Speakers

10:00 AM- 5:00 PM

ONLINE

Find out what makes an investment strategy successful. Hear the investment story from two perspectives, Shell Ventures and start-up Akselos. You'll also hear about strategies for corporate buy-out and the best practices in both technology integration and company acquisition. Peter Van Giessel,
Shell Technology Ventures
Thomas Laurent,Akselos
Martin Strehl,Eversys
Lan Zuo-Gillet, EPFL Innovation Park

Nov 12

KEY LEARNINGS AND NETWORKING EVENT AT BOIS CHAMBLARD Speakers

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

IN PERSON

In this last session you’ll hear a keynote presentation from Xavier Comtesse on the best practices and examples of partnership collaborations for Industry 4.0. Also, you will get the opportunity to gather peer feedback from your own specific partnership case. Xavier Comtesse, Manufacture Thinking
Sonja Betschart, Werobotics
Lan Zuo-Gillet, EPFL Innovation Park
Raphael Rollier, Swisstopo
Massimo Lucchina, Cysec SA
Nicolas Loeillot, Innosuisse Expert

SPEAKERS

PARTNERS

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Lan Zuo Gillet

Deputy managing Director EPFL Innovation Park

Program leader

Massimo Lucchina

Member of Innovation Council

Innosuisse

Nicolas Loeillot

Expert

Innosuisse

Raphael Rollier

Head of Innovation and Product Management

SwissTopo

Simone Theiss

EPFL Innovation Park

Program manager

EMPOWERER

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