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Cohort 2019: Lara von Däniken, Gian R. Grob, Lauren McMillan, Rachel Cummings

Four Projects to Address Key Issues at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

As part of this year's cohort, we will outline four projects that we will encourage innovation and entrepreneurship at HSLU (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts).

Project 1: The HSLU Festival

Person in charge: Lara von Däniken

Key tactics to bring this project to life

1. All deans and the director of HSLU must see the added value in the event and agree on the realisation of it.

2. A team in charge of organizing the event must be found, preferably with students from all different departments to bring in all perspectives. This team can then conduct research into the needs of the students to make sure that the event will be interesting to them and successful.

3. A budget, as well as an outline of the event, must be pitched to the board in order to get approval.

4. As soon as approved, the event can be further planned into all details, and eventually, put into reality.

5. After the event, it is advisable to analyze what went well and what could be improved. The team in charge should also evaluate if it makes sense to repeat this event, and if yes, with what frequency.

Project 2: HSLU Ubersetzt

Point Person: Lauren McMillan

Key tactics to bring this project to life:

1. The software and website maintenance teams in each department must work to enable translation. If manual translation, this requires authors who are fluent in the language as well.

2. Support from the deans would empower employees to enact translations more effectively.

3. Software for automatic translation must be procured, if automatic translation is selected. 

4. A budget must be allocated to allow for automatic translation software, or manual translation to be performed.

5. Continued maintenance and updating of the system must be performed.

Project 3: The HSLU Cross-departmental Course Availability

Person in charge: Rachel Cummings

Key tactics to bring this project to life

1. All department deans and administration bodies must see the added value of cross-departmental study, and agree to applicable acceditation for students.

2. All students from different departments need to be clearly informed about the possibility of enrolling in ("ISA") courses from other departments, which would be in line with their minors or areas of interest. This could be done via an official email from the University leading students to the course platform, and additionally through other channels that target students, for example the University social media channels and the website.

3. Updates are needed to the current HSLU ISA homepage to ensure it is simple and usable for students. Alternatively, a new platform could be constructed, guided by a project team of HSLU students and staff. These sites should also ensure that the correct information is forwarded to the adminstrative bodies of the university deparments.

4. Once more students are actively enrolling and being accredited for courses, HSLU could enlarge the courses offered so to increase learning opportunities and flexibility for students. This could be done by a student/ staff focus or project group

Project 4: Lucerne Student Platform

Person in charge: Gian R. Grob

Key tactics to bring this project to life

1. Setting up a team of interested students from different backgrounds and with different skills and connections

2. Clearly refining the idea and creating a smart structure of the platform, including all tools and features necessary according to the conducted research

3. Communicating the existence of the platform anad how it works to all stakeholders, especially students from all departements and universities

4. Getting university administrations on board to link the platform to university sources and distribute it through their communication channels

5. Getting student organizations and university programs such as Smartup, Labs, etc. on board to integrate their resources and content

6. Getting students to actively participate on the platform in order to feed it with content and keep the engagement rate high

Cohort 2017: Vinzenz Leuenberger, Jonathan Grubenmann, Michael 'Huonder', Philipp Hamm

The Five Step Strategy for Lucerne University

We have encountered three priorities that we will develop over the coming semesters to promote Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Lucerne University.

Venture Capital Movement

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We are building a Venture Capital Fund that helps students to get funding for their idea. At the same time, the get the chance to experience and learn about Lean Startup while invest the won budget during a startup course at University.

The Plan To Action:

1. Refine / Polish the idea and gain insights about the expectations of the target group

2. Setup a communication strategy with Website and Flyers to validate the interest and inform stakeholders

3. Get in touch with faculty to discuss options of development and to gain the funding needed

4. Recruit the needed commitee for the VC Fund

5. Contact sponsors for collaboration

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Startup Ecosystem Map Switzerand

We help students and entrepreneurs in Switzerland to find the resources within our ecosystem by providing them with a map that not only shows all the assets, but also puts them in a chronological relevance. What does the Swiss startup ecosystem offer in terms of incubation? What in terms of funding? Where can you go to to get your funding? 

The Plan To Action:

1. Research on current offerings

2. Find the assets that would be relevant for the Ecosystem Map

3. Build MVP / Mockup for the map with easy tools

4. Gain attention from the stakeholders

5. What is the business model? How do we assure the right data?

The Student Project Platform

We are building a platform that helps students to find projects for their final thesis on master and bachelor (undergraduate / graduate) level. 

The Plan To Action:

1. Get support from the board of directors from our campus

2. Find a easy way to integrate the platform into our current university ecosystem

3. Do a first test run for projects in February 2019

4. Track the results and get more funding for next iteration

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Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

University Innovation Fellows, 2019:


Rachel Cummings

Lauren McMillan

Gian R. Grob

University Innovation Fellows, 2017:





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