International Create Challenge (Aug 25 - Sept 15, 2015)


Spotlight 2015

Day 21: After a 3-week marathon, it's time to announce the ICC'2015 winners: Team Eyeware - Team Dialexy -  Team App4Autism.  Congratulations to them and all the participants

ICC'2015 Winner: Eyeware ICC'2015 Winner:  Dialexy ICC'2015 Winner: App4 Autism

Day 21: Final selection day - pitches


Legal aspectsDay 18: Gaspard Couchepin, Attorney-at-law for MCE Advocats and Notaire, gave ICC participants a crash course on the legal aspects of opening a company in Switzerland.

App4 AutismDay 17: International Create Challenge team App4 Autism has been selected to present their project in the Tedx Martigny event, Friday evening from 5-9 pm

Day 15: ICCers had the chance to participate in the Focus 360°, a challenge for each team in the form of short interviews in order to identify and establish the market potential of the different business ideas within a 360° environment.

Christophe Saam: IP strategies for start-upsDay 14: It was a busy day for ICCers as they had the opportunity to learn about IP strategies for start-ups as well as some essential administration and accounting tips. The morning session was led by Christophe Saam with an emphasis on “why a start-up should care about IP, and “which innovations should be protected via patent.” Vivien Roduit led the afternoon discussion session on how to effectively run an administration from an accounting standpoint.

icc2015-canal9-news-feature.jpgDay 13: The Idiap Research Institute`s International Create Challenge was featured on the local Swiss news station Canal9 this past week. The news excerpt highlighted both this year`s competition as well as successful start-ups that emerged from the 2013 and 2014 editions of the International Create Challenge. Among the prior ICC participants was Matthias Vanoni, co-founder and director of Biowatch as well as David Imseng co-founder and director of Recapp. Both of these successful ventures have continued to work closely with Idiap research institute to further refine their products.

Day 11 - 12: Working days for the teams ...
business canvas and value proposition 015Day 10: Nadine Reichenthal gave her second talk of the International Create Challenge entitled, “Pitch Your Success.” During this follow-up workshop with Nadine, ICCers were able to practice giving different types of successful business pitches.

Jocelyne Pepin, Executive Member of Business Valais et Joel Rossier: Business Valais : At the service of project initiatorsDay 9: Business Valais gave a presentation entitled, “At the Service of Project Initiators” about the ins-and-outs of conducting business in the Swiss Canton of Valais.

Jordi Montserrat: Getting Traction: the entrepreneurs currencyDay 8: Jordi Montserrat gave a presentation entitled, “Getting Traction: the entrepreneur`s currency.” In his presentation, Jordi discussed topics such as “what is traction?” “How much traction do you need?” and how to translate traction into currency for investors.

Nadine Reichenthal: Business Canvas and Value PropositionDay 7: Nadine Reichenthal conducted a workshop on how to build a “Business Canvas and Value Proposition.” In this hands-on workshop, participants of the ICC were able brainstorm with Nadine and each other to further develop their business models. The day concluded with each ICC team proposing their project to the other groups.

Day 6: François Foglia, Deputy Director of Idiap, gave a demonstration of our showroom to participants of the International Create Challenge.Day 6: François Foglia, Deputy Director of Idiap, gave a demonstration of our showroom to participants of the International Create Challenge. Today, the ICC teams will also have the opportunity to meet individually with Laurent Bischof of Polytech Venture to discuss their future business plans


Yves Kacher, design thinkingDay 2: This morning Yves Karcher hosted a workshop for our ICC 2015 participants entitled "Design Thinking: designing a product based on customer insights- Applying Design Thinking to a real case." Our ICC participants gained invaluable real-world knowledge about how to take their products to the next level in this hands-on workshop.

Yves Karcher, Inno Exec CEO: Design thinking and innovation beyond the productDay 1: ICC 2015 Opening Keynote
Design thinking and innovation beyond the product
Yves Karcher, Inno Exec CEO

Hervé Bourlard presentation lunch innovationDay 1: Part 1 of the AIM2 & Rockit Innovation lunch event started off on the right foot as we got to hear from Idiap director Prof. Hervé Bourlard regarding a first version of a research and technology transfer roadmap in multilingual and multimodal interaction. The participants of the 2015 International Create Challenge were then able to reveal their projects in a brief presentation followed by a period of networking and “getting to know each other.

ICC'2015 presentation


Visit the ICC crowdfunding portal here: ICC crowdfunding portalICC crowdfunding projects portal


VS: sept équipes de chercheurs en vase clos pour un concours à l'institut de recherche Idiap
Le but: développer un prototype commercial et permettre l'éclosion de nouvelles start-up.


ICC'2014 awards


The International Create Challenge is a free of charge, 3-week immersive super accelerator program that gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to drive their projects to a Minimum Viable Product. It is a unique program combining state-of-art technologies and cutting edge research, mentors-lead coaching, micro-seed investment and a star prize of more than CHF 100’000.- .



BACKGROUND Switzerland is among the leading innovative countries, with her universities, research institutions and engineering schools ranking among the best in the world. This creates a natural breeding ground for start-up activities. However, the lack of a comprehensive program that combines training, mentorship and early stage investment stalls the progress of technology start-up creation. International Create Challenge intends to address this gap by facilitating start-up/ spin-out creation within the framework of the IM2/Idiap domains of research and technologies.
APPLIED MODEL The International Create Challenge provides the ideal breeding space and resources to drive early stage technology innovation into Minimum Viable Products and start-ups, providing top-notch coaching, seed funding and competitive prizes. The format is a free of charge, 3-week immersive program in which around 10 teams of 2 - 3 people, composed of developers, researchers, entrepreneurs and/or designers, will be engaged. The project selection is focused around the IM2/Idiap domains of research and technologies.
AWARDS The best three teams will each receive CHF 5’000.- cash of prize money. There is also the possibility to negotiate seed funding in exchange of up to 10-15% of equity of the created company. Should one of the teams decide to create a company locally by integratig the IdeArk Incubator, additional grants will be delivered: an open access to the The Ark Incubator with in-kind support of over CHF 100,000.-, CHF 10’000.- in the form of a The Ark Scholarship and other advantages.



Testimonies 2014


Talk: Prof Edouard Bugnion, 2014



Talk: Dr Andrei Popescu-Belis, 2014



Pitch Challenge Team Luma7, 2013

More pitches


Talk: Alexander Fries, 2013





The International Create Challenge wishes to accelerate the process of start-up creation. It offers a new concept in the value chain of booster programs, speeding up the time frame from the idea consolidation and the team setup to the prototype development.


Eligible research & technology areas

Research themes of the Idiap Research Institute are:

- Perceptual and cognitive systems

- Social/ human behavior

- Information interfaces and presentation

- Biometric Person Recognition

- Machine learning


Selection process


To select candidates, teams and projects, a 2-step call will be open prior to the 3-week period of the ICC.


First step: candidates will be selected according to their skills (developer/researcher, designer and/or entrepreneur) and their motivation. There is no need to have an idea at this stage. Skilled people still in search of an idea are given the possibility to integrate a team between the 2 steps of the selection process.


Second step: the selected candidates will be judged based on the teams of 2-3 people they have to set up, as well as their project ideas which must leverage Idiap domains of research and technology portfolio to drive their codes to a minimum viable products.




Program ICC'2013_new

The International Create Challenge is a full concept which includes top-of-the-class coaching and mentoring. Every day, a different topic (IP, funding, business model, market, competitors, customers) will be discussed with professionals through short plenary sessions and face-to-face meetings.

At the beginning of the ICC'2015, the participating teams will have the opportunity to exchange with a large pool of Idiap researchers during one afternoon. This meeting provides a unique occasion to share codes and/or ideas and to get an overview of the state-of-the-art of the related domains of research.


The prizes will be awarded during the event "Oser entreprendre" on the last day of the program. The successful team(s) will have the opportunity to integrate the IdeArk Incubator as soon as the ICC has ended.


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