CERN Entrepreneurship Student Programme (CESP)
CESP (Image: CERN)


We are inviting master's-level students, in teams or individual, for the CERN Entrepreneurship Student Programme (CESP) 2021. 


The CERN Entrepreneurship Student Programme  (CESP) is a 5 week programme for Master's-level students to develop entrepreneurial skills, to which you can apply as an individual or as a team (2 to 4 members).

During CESP, successful applicants will work on building a venture based on a solution for the problem they identified. This programme offers the opportunity to work with technical experts from CERN.

Due to the current COVID-19 travel restrictions, we are running CESP 2021 as a virtual programme.

CESP is supported by

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Key Dates for 2021 Programme

Programme duration: 26 July 2021 to 27 August 2021

Application Deadline: 1 July, 2021

Notification of selected participants: 15 July, 2021

What is CESP ?

CESP consists of technical mentorship from relevant CERN experts, lectures by external speakers, 1:1 coaching from the CERN entrepreneurship team, external mentors, and finally a demo day to present your product/service.

CESP provides an opportunity to further develop a technology and

  1. Develop your business model
  2. Validate the assumptions of the business model
  3. Test and iterate those assumptions
  4. Discuss technical challenges with CERN experts
  5. Use CERN's network to meet with experts in your field of application
  6. 1:1 mentoring from CERN entrepreneurship team and external mentors

What is CESP not?

CESP covers lectures related to "Zero to One" challenges of setting up a company. To set expectations, the content is not original - you can find the content of the lectures and most of the details online. So, if you have studied Entrepreneurship as a major/minor in your degree programme - then you may know this already.

CESP is not a programme where you can take an "off-the-shelf" or "shrink wrapped" technology from CERN and then use it in your venture immediately. There are some technologies, especially software developed at CERN, that have full documentation and codebase on GitHub, but most of the technologies and know-how would need to be further modified to fit your needs.

Who can apply?

Currently enrolled master's-level students from anywhere in the world. 

In order to qualify for a place in the programme you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are at least 18 years of age on the start date of the programme.
  • You are a full-time student at Master degree level, enrolled at a university or institution at least until the end of August 2021.
    • Please note that candidates who are currently studying for a PhD are not eligible for this programme.
  • You have a good knowledge of English.
  • You have identified a problem you want to solve through the creation of a new venture. 

Important information for you to know: 

Before applying, please read the full Terms and Conditions carefully for the programme, including information on selection process and commitments by participants. 

How to apply?

[Update: Applications closed]

  • Either as an individual or as a team (4 participants max per team)

  • Your CV (all team members' CVs if applying as a team), preferably in Europass format

  • Project description (1 page minimum to 5 pages maximum)

  • Create a video. Video instructions:

    • 3 mins max
    • What is the problem you are solving?
    • Why is this a problem? Who have you checked this with - validation?
    • What is your technical challenge?
    • Who are your team members? 💡If all of you cannot be on the video due to the current pandemic, it is fine for one person to introduce the other
  • Upload the items and fill the form by clicking on the 'Apply' button below. Please follow the naming convention for files as:
    • CV =  <Surname>_CV
    • Project Description = <Teamname>_Project
    • Video = <Teamname>_Video
💡If you have any questions or issues while uploading, please write to


Terms and Conditions

View all the terms and conditions here.

CESP Testimonial 2020