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Competence Centers

Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

From innovative mindsets to transformational impact

The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) provides cutting-edge, evidence-based insights and knowledge 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. Our members have first-hand personal entrepreneurial experience in start-ups and corporates. CEI research is regularly discussed at leading international conferences and is impacting society through actionable teaching, company and 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. CEI research insights have been co-created, shared or implemented at startups and corporations such as BMW, Novo Nordisk, Migros, etc.

Policy-making advice

CEI has acted as advisor to the European Commission for conceptualizing and launching innovation coaching across Europe (SME Instrument, European Innovation Council). CEI has also been an advisor to the Swiss Government’s Innovation Agency (Innosuisse) for developing several entrepreneurship and innovation strategies for Switzerland.

Student and campus transformation

CEI members co-founded the Association for Student Innovation 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.


  • Scaling Up
  • Design Thinking
  • Open Innovation
  • Digital and Disruptive Transformation
  • Behavioral Innovation and Identity
  • High-Tech Entrepreneurship
  • Youth Entrepreneurs

Head of Competence Center and contact

Philipp Bubenzer

Full Professor UAS/Institute Head
+41 26 429 63 65

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Research service

+41 26 429 63 84

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Inês Gouveia Lopes

Academic Associate UAS

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