752-7510-00L  Entrepreneurial Summer School: Food Innovation Lab

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersL. Rejman, J. Wemmer
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 30 (including international applicants).

Students interested in the summer school have to apply by submitting a motivation letter as well as a CV.
Detailed information about the program as well as the application link can be found on foodinnovation.ethz.ch.

Application deadline: March 15, 2019
Notification of decision: March 31, 2019


752-7510-00 SEntrepreneurial Summer School: Food Innovation Lab Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Permission from lecturers required for all students.
The summer school will take place from 28.06.2019 till 13.07.2019.

Location: Student Project House (SPH) - HPZ floor F, ETH Zurich
84s hrs
29.06.09:15-22:00LFW B 1 »
30.06.09:15-22:00LFW B 1 »
01.07. - 12.07.08:15-19:00LFW B 1 »
03.07.18:15-22:00LFV E 41 »
06.07.09:15-22:00LFW B 1 »
10.07.08:15-14:00LFW B 2 »
12.07.08:45-11:30HPH G 2 »
08:45-11:30HPH G 3 »
13.07.09:15-22:00LFW B 1 »
L. Rejman, J. Wemmer

Catalogue data

AbstractInnovative solutions are required to tackle global food challenges of today and identify opportunities along the entire food value chain. The “Entrepreneurial Summer School: Food Innovation Lab” aims at guiding interdisciplinary teams through an innovation process - from identifying challenges, developing consumer-centric solutions to prototyping in the laboratory and business model development.
ObjectiveThe summer school "Food Innovation Lab" strengthens participants to think out of the box, enables them to develop novel human-centered solutions for global food challenges, and thus empowers them to have a sustainable impact as future entrepreneurs or employees.
ContentThe summer school takes place from Friday 28.06.2019 till Saturday 13.07.2018 in Zurich.

This programme brings together both students and professionals from engineering, natural and social sciences, and humanities. The course draws on recognised 'innovative' pedagogies to deliver the entrepreneurial mindset and competencies of participants through highly interactive and applied activities such as gamification, peer-to-peer teaching and assessment as well as learning analytics.
(1) Inspirational phase: The course starts with an inspirational phase on current challenges of the food system. Talks and workshops will be given by internal and external food experts and entrepreneurs. In order to best possibly design a product, an expert of the field presents insights on sociological aspects of consumer behaviour and the future of food. A field trip to Nestlé Research in Lausanne complements the inspiration phase.
(2) Ideation phase: After the inspirational phase, ideas are generated on how to solve these challenges with help of design thinking. Furthermore, team-building workshops are held to form interdisciplinary teams with broad skill sets.
(3) Prototyping phase: A strong focus is placed on the prototyping with real-life testing thereof. The food labs, pilot plants and maker space available at ETH can be used to do so.
(4) Business creation: The most important aspects on how to create a business are conducted within the summer school. Areas include market research and analysis, marketing, sales and financial
(5) Final pitch: A final pitch where both prototype and business model are presented in front of a jury of experts. The jury includes professors, entrepreneurs, experts of the field, and investors.
Prerequisites / NoticeNo prerequisites. Program is open to Masters and PhD students and in special cases upper level Bachelor students. All students (including those from ETH Zurich) must apply through a competitive application process. Please apply under foodinnovation.ethz.ch until 15.03.2019. Participation is subject to successful selection through this competitive process and participants will be informed by 31.03.2019.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersL. Rejman, J. Wemmer
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

Learning materials

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Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
Permission from lecturers required for all students
PlacesLimited number of places. Special selection procedure.
Waiting listuntil 10.04.2019
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 15.03.2019

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Food Science MasterElectivesWInformation