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Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (German: Hochschule Luzern) (HSLU) is a Swiss public university with campuses in Lucerne, Horw and Zug. Various courses can be chosen within the six main departments located at the foot of mount pilatus:

  • School of Engineering and Architecture 
  • School of Information Technology
  • Business School 
  • School of Social work 
  • School of Art and Design 
  • Lucerne School of Music 


Promoting student innovation and entrepreneurship:

At the Lucerne University, innovation and entrepreneurship is mostly promoted by a cross-departmental organization called Smartup (, which gives the students the tools to invent, build and spin-out their business idea. Furthermore, Smartup offers several open spaces where students have access to mentors, toolboxes and promotional events ( In addition, these spaces serve as a place where venture capitalists and students come together to realize business ideas.


The students that want more exposure to innovation and entrepreneurship, can find several offers on the Lucernce University campus, such as the student initiated projects, namely Future Forum Lucerne (, the club Innovatis (, Women in Business ( or TEDxLucerne University ( These projects serve as a base for networking and learning.

Encouraging faculty innovation and entrepreneurship:

Maybe the question should be: how can innovation and entrepreneurship be taught in university modules, when the faculty body does not have the mindset needed?

At the Lucerne University, faculty member are not excluded from participating in innovation and entrepreneurship programs that are offered on campus. Due to the presence of innovation and entrepreneurship modules, there is a high level of expertise, regarding those topics. Consequently, our faculty members possess the necessary abilities and mindset to promote these invaluable assets.


Actively supporting the university technology transfer function:

As of January 24, 2018, the Lucerne University does not have a technology transfer office.

Facilitating university-industry collaboration:

Smartup, the Lucerne University organization previously mentioned above, has already supported multiple spin-offs, especially including startups in the engineering and digital marketing industry. In addition, Smartup supports student entrepreneurs in the crucial phase of spinning out their business, by supporting them in with their team match making data base (

Especially the engineering and architecture departement managaged to build up collaborations with partners in the industry, that allow hundrets of strudents each semester to work on collaborating projects. After all, every students bachelor thesis is a co-production of graduate and industry partner.

Engaging with regional and local economic development efforts:

The Lucerne University cherishes its industry partnerships to share its knowledge with them to partake in regional and local economic development. The University’s industry partners include well-known organizations, such as the city of Lucerne, Swiss Tourism as well as the VBL (Lucerne’s public transportation organization) and VBZ (Zurich’s public transportation organization.