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Accelerate the future!

Do you have an original idea? Why not develop a project or establish your own startup?

Who is this competition for?
It’s for all students enrolled in higher-education institutions and the University of Fribourg.

What's it about?
UBS and the HSW-FR want to promote creativity, innovation and the establishment of businesses. The students can take part in the competition on their own or in a group.

What are the given topics?
You can submit a project in one of the following areas:
- Financial innovation
- Social innovation
- Food-tech innovation
- “Smart living” innovation

Registration is open from now until midnight on 28 February 2019.


Submitting the projects
Projects must be submitted to the jury by midnight on 30 April 2019, in electronic form only.

Participants will be given the necessary instructions directly.

Application criteria
The projects will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Originality of the idea
- Feasibility of the project
- Impact
- Dynamics and cross-disciplinary skills of participants

The authors of the best submissions will be selected to present their projects to the jury at 6:00 p.m. on Friday 17 May in the Concept Space+ conference room.

Following the jury's deliberations, the results will be announced at a ceremony at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday 28 May at the HEG-FR auditorium, followed by drinks at Concept Space+.

Jury members and coaches

The total value of the prizes and services for the best projects amounts to CHF 50,000 (financing, support, advice, coaching etc.). The winner (s) will receive one-year coaching during which they will be assisted by HSW-FR and UBS experts. They will also receive funding of up to CHF 10,000 to implement the first steps of their project.

The results will be announced at a ceremony at the end of May 2019.

Audience choice award
All those present at the ceremony will be invited to vote on the night for one of the nominated projects. This audience choice award will be presented to the authors of the selected project, in the form of a CHF 2,000 "Swiss" voucher.

Conditions of participation
Participants agree to the conditions of the Innovation Challenge which can be viewed here.