Creating the important link between entrepreneurship and fundamental research

In the pursuit of its fundamental research mission, CERN has often had to develop innovative technologies, which in turn have been used to create many new products and services in areas as diverse as library management, solar collectors, medical and biomedical technologies, aerospace applications, safety processes, the environment and others, through established companies and start-ups. 

Promoting high-tech entrepreneurship to a younger generation is a natural evolution of the innovative activities that are already taking place at CERN. The CERN Entrepreneurship Student Programme - CESP- targets master's level students and builds on CERN's scientific expertise and knowledge, assigning a technological dimension to their entrepreneurship training and education. Our ambition is to help them by enriching their entrepreneurial skillset and giving them the confidence to become entrepreneurs in the future, ideally boosting high-tech venture creation. 


CESP brings together graduate students from all around the globe for a 5-week practical and theoretical training at CERN in the summer. Students Explore - Evaluate - Exploit, under the supervision and coaching of CERN experts. Students are given the opportunity to behave as entrepreneurs during their residency at CERN, moving from theory to practice and to work on identifying potential new technologies, assessing their commercial potential, developing a business plan for their exploitation and even a product prototype if applicable.

The first CESP took place in summer 2018 with 10 students from all over the world. We are now working to make CESP 2019 possible.

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