CERN Entrepreneurship Student Programme

CERN Entrepreneurship Student Programme (CESP) will bring together master-level entrepreneurship students from all around the globe for a five-week summer training at CERN. Step-by-step, students will explore and evaluate technologies under the supervision and coaching of CERN experts. Trying themselves as entrepreneurs in residency, they will move from theory to practice and will work on assessing the commercial potential in technologies from CERN, developing a business plan and even a prototype if applicable. The goal is to send off the first CESP alumni by summer 2018, which is highly dependent on external funding. If you want to contribute to CESP, contact CERN & Society.


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

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.

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