Fintech for Society

2-day innovation program for fintech entrepreneurs

Dates to be announced

Entrepreneurs, business-owners

Digital finance is transformative. Harnessing its potential to reshape our economical system is essential and full of opportunities. Fintech for Society is a program for startups and established companies 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 fintech companies on their impact journey. Entrepreneurs, if you are interested in working closely with experts from academia, stay tuned for upcoming editions.

Program content

In this program a group of selected entrepreneurs experience:

> A public event to present to and engage with young talents from Unil-HEC, EPFL and IMD & key actors in the ecosystem

> 1-1 meetings with potential investors

> Working sessions in groups, to explore synergies and best practices

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 for the workshops.

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 the Levo framework for assessing the non-financial performance of start-ups

Meet the selected startups (edition 2021)

Thanks to our institutional partners

Thanks to our industrial partners