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Ypsomed Innovation Award

Promotion of knowledge and technology transfer at universities in Espace Mittelland.

Ypsomed Innovation Award


The Ypsomed Innovation Fund Foundation aims to motivate innovative and entrepreneurial teams or individuals to include market needs in their scientific work and to translate their developments into products or services on the market. The work presented should therefore contain innovative and economically feasible processes, methods, products or services.

Prizes and prize money

The Ypsomed Innovation Award is endowed as follows:
1. Prize: CHF 50 000.–
2. Prize: CHF 30 000.–
3. Prize: CHF 20 000.–

The next prize will be awarded in 2022.

Award winners

The Ypsomed Innovation Award promotes innovations and entrepreneurial activities in Espace Mitteland. With the prize money, the Ypsomed Innovation Fund supports the step into independence or further growth steps. This is impressively demonstrated by examples form recent years.


The jury of the Innovation Prize awards the 1st prize of 50'000 Swiss francs to SurgeonsLab. The 2nd prize of 30'000 Swiss francs goes to Babylat. The 3rd prize of 20,000 Swiss francs goes to 8photonics. All three award-winning projects come from researchers at the University of Bern. The prizes are donated by the Ypsomed Innovation Fund and PwC Bern.

Media relesase


Dr. Samuel Zürcher and team
(Certus Diagnostics)

Molecular rapid test platform for reliable on-site detection of specific pathogens.


Prof. Dr. Gregor Burkhard, FHNW
GreDom-Insert, a novel kind of insert for space technology, revolutionising satellite construction.


Prof. Dr. Olivier Guenat, ARTORG Center at the University of Bern
A breathing “lung on chip” for the safe and efficient development of new drugs.

Previous award winners from 2006 - 2020

Previous award winners (PDF 70KB)


The innovation presented must have been predominantly developed by a university and must meet the objectives of the award donor. Students, assistants, lecturers as well as research and work teams of universities based in Espace Mittelland with the urge to become entrepreneurs or newly found companies which have merged from this environment and would like to implement a new project are invited to participate.

The Ypsomed Innovation Award can also be awarded to a consortium that shows how an extraordinary output has been achieved collectively.

Conditions of participation

Conditions of participation (PDF 40KB)

Brochure Innovation Award (PDF 195KB)


Projects that can be submitted are products, services, own innovations, doctoral and diploma theses as well as project and semester papers in German, French or English.


  • Personal information about the author and the team members
  • Problem statement
  • Summary of the work accomplished
  • Discussion of the technical realisation potential
  • Proof of economic viability

Evaluation criteria

  • Innovation potential and originality
  • Market implementation potential
  • Technical realisation potential
  • Comprehensibility of the dossier


The jury evaluates the submitted work and selects the winners. The jury’s deliberations are confidential.

  • Dr. h.c. Willy Michel, Chairman Ypsomed Holding AG (President of the jury)
  • Dr. Christoph Rindlisbacher, Start-up Coach
  • Hanspeter Gerber, Partner Assurance and Branch Manager of PwC Berne
  • Peter Kappeler, dipl. Ing. ETH / MBA INSEAD
  • Prof. Dr. Artur Baldauf, Director Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at University of Berne
  • Prof. Dr. Lukas Rohr, Director BFH-TI
  • Ueli Moser, Concept Development Ypsomed AG

Selection procedure and award ceremony

The jury evaluates the project dossiers received. The authors of the short-listed projects will be invited to a presentation to the jury between mid-November and mid-December. Subsequently, the jury decides on the three winners and invites them to the award ceremony. The award ceremony takes place in January at the PwC New year’s reception in Berne.

Decisions of the jury

The decisions of the jury are irrevocable. By registering for the competition, the participants unconditionally accept these regulations. Any legal action is precluded. Projects that have not been awarded a prize will be rejected without justification.


Before the award ceremony, the project contents are absolutely confidential. Except for the joint communication during the award ceremony, all project content will be treated confidentially.

Foundation Board


Simon Michel
CEO Ypsomed Holding AG
Brunnmattstrasse 6
3401 Burgdorf


Lukas Frösch
Managing Director
Diabetes Center Bern
Freiburgstrasse 3
3010 Bern

Managing Director

Patrick Schär
Managing Director
BV Holding AG/ BV group
Vordere Dorfgasse 12
3073 Gümligen