CERN Entrepreneurship Student Programme
During 2018, the first CERN Entrepreneurship Student Programme (CESP) took place. In order to explore high-tech venture creation, 10 master entrepreneurship students came to CERN for a five-week summer training. Step-by-step, the students got to explore and evaluate technologies under the supervision and coaching of CERN experts. Trying themselves as entrepreneurs in residency, they moved from theory to practice and worked on assessing the commercial potential in technologies from CERN, developing a business plan and prototypes.
Challenge Based Innovation
Challenge Based Innovation (CBI) is a project course where multidisciplinary student teams and their instructors collaborate with researchers at CERN to discover novel solutions for the future of humankind. The projects are an elaborate mixture, where the technologies derived from research at CERN meet societal, human-driven needs.
THE Port humanitarian hackathon is annually hosted at CERN IdeaSquare. Participants are grouped into multidisciplinary teams and balanced with a mix of professions, ages, nationalities, and genders to tackle humanitarian challenges.
Teams from previous hackathons have successfully developed prototypes, and continued their activities after the event. The 2014 Better Body Bags team is currently producing 100 body bags to be delivered under an International Committee of the Red Cross R&D contract, and has won a grant to produce another ten thousand. Also from the 2014 hackathon is Ideabatic, a start-up building a low-cost inflatable fridge for field operations. They were recently awarded a £25K prize by ViiV Healthcare.