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Competence Centers

Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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Insights for developing more innovative mindsets

The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) provides cutting-edge, evidence-based insights for developing more innovative mindsets, projects and organizations for seasoned executives, policy makers, founders or students in Fribourg, Switzerland and beyond.

The Center`s research focuses on real-life challenges that are both too important to ignore and too difficult to solve without scientific methods. Thus, CEI research addresses the human-centered aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship challenges. CEI research is discussed at leading international conferences and is impacting society through actionable teaching, policy-making advice, training and student/campus transformation.

Knowledge transfer: CEI research insights are taught in Executive, Master and Bachelor programs at HEG-FR, ETH Zurich and EPFL. Furthermore, the CEI serves on the Academic Board of the EPFL EMBA advising this first Swiss executive program in innovation (formerly MoT). CEI research insights have been co-created, shared or implemented at corporations such as BMW, Novo Nordisk, Migros, Zurich Insurance, etc.

Policy-making advice: the CEI has been an advisor to the EU commission, e.g. for developing the business innovation coaching of the SME Instrument (now EIC accelerator program) across the EU (3 bn EUR, 7,500 companies). CEI has also been an advisor to the Swiss government, e.g. providing guidance for the Swiss start-up support strategy of Innosuisse for the next 5-year term (REGSS 2018 study).

Student and campus transformation: In 2015 CEI members co-founded the Association for Student Innovation, and has led it since, uniting innovation-minded students and faculty across the Pérolles campus in more than 40 events. The CEI is also a member of HEG-FR’s InnovationLab.


  • Youth Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Education
  • Family Business & Succession
  • Open Innovation
  • Innovation and Identification

Research projects

Below you will find a selection of our current projects or selected reference projects.

Head of Competence Center and contact

Philipp Bubenzer


+41 26 429 63 65

Contact - Research service

+41 26 429 63 84