Fintech for Society

Digital finance is transformative. Harnessing its potential to reshape our economical system is essential and full of opportunities. Fintech for Society is a 2-day program for startups in finance to explore these opportunities, leveraging the expertise, network and visibility of three renowned institutions: UNIL-HEC, IMD and EPFL.

Through Fintech for Society, the E4S Center supports 15 fintech companies on their growth path. Entrepreneurs, if you are interested in working closely with experts from academia and industry, meeting strategic investors and discovering young talents, join us on December 8 and 9 in Lausanne.

Key dates

December 8 2021, 13:30 – 19:00 & December 9 2021, 09:00-19:00 CET

Application deadline
November 3 2021, 12:00 CET

University of Lausanne, IMD and EPFL campus in Lausanne, Switzerland

Program content

In this program you’ll experience:

> A public event to present your company and engage with young talents from Unil-HEC, EPFL and IMD & key actors in the ecosystem (Dec 8, 17:30-19:00).

> 1-1 meetings with potential investors and partners (Dec 9, 12:30-14:30)

> Interactive group sessions on:

  • How to seize the opportunity of a shifting financial market? With Marc Gruber, EPFL (Dec 8, 14:00-17:00)
  • How to strengthen your vision and positioning? With Cyrus Fazel, Swissborg and Jean-Philippe Bonardi, Unil-HEC (Dec 9, 09:00-12:00)
  • How to think global for a fast and sustainable growth? With Arturo Bris, IMD (Dec 9, 15:00-18:00, followed by a goodbye drink)

Program benefits


Work closely with experts from EPFL, UNIL-HEC, IMD and the Swiss financial industry


Meet inspiring fintech entrepreneurs, investors and potential partners


Engage with young talents from world-renowned tech and business schools


Gain visibility through our communication and public events

Eligibility criteria

> Be part of a company with a technology in the field of finance: investment management, banking infrastructure, payment or lending.

> Have a working prototype, ready for pilot projects.

> Guarantee the physical presence of a founder or management team member in Lausanne on Dec 8 and 9.

Meet our experts

Jean-Pierre Danthine

Co-managing director of the E4S Center, professor at EPFL, former vice-president of the Swiss National Bank

Jean-Philippe Bonardi

Co-managing director of the E4S Center, professor of strategic management at HEC Lausanne

Arturo Bris

Professor of finance at IMD, director of the World Competitiveness Center at IMD, author of “The Right Place”

Julia Bory

Economist, innovation program director at the E4S Center

Marc Gruber

Professor of management of technology at EPFL, author of best-selling book “Where to Play”

Cyrus Fazel

Founder and CEO of Swissborg, a blockchain-based wealth management platform with a one billion valuation in 2021

Christina Hertel

Post-doctoral research associate at EPFL, co-creator of ROSE: framework for assessing the non-financial performance of start-ups

Thanks to our institutional partners

Thanks to our industrial partner