About InCube

What happens, if you put interdisciplinary students inside a box, inject some entrepreneurial DNA and let them work on current challenges?

Next semester, the ETH Entrepreneur Club wants to find out! 3 teams work during 4 days, locked inside transparent cubes at 3 hotspots all over the city of Zurich.

Crazy! Stay tuned for further information!

About ETH Entrepreneur Club!

Our Challenges

We're organising 3 challenges in 3 different locations all over Zurich.

EdTech Challenge

Curious of how the education system could be improved? This challenge will look into the possibilities of how new technologies can shape future education.

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Mobility Challenge

A constant demand for increased mobility challenges the current infrastructure. This challenge will generate new ideas on how to continue increasing mobility.

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FinTech Challenge

Digitalisation has also reached the finance industry! In this challenge we will impact the finance world with new ideas on integrating digitalisation.

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The Timeline

July 2017


Registration phase (closed)

9. September 2017


By 9th September, we will invite selected applicants to an interview, which will be held until 20th September.

28. September 2017

Meet your team

One week before InCube, get to know your teammates and learn about Design Thinking.
Please ensure your availability on that day.

6. October 2017


InCube 2017 will be taking place from 6th to 9th October, with an introduction day on 30th September. Please ensure your availability all throughout those days.

9. October 2017

InCube Closing Ceremony

After 4 days of hard work, we invite everyone to join us at the closing ceremony of the InCube at ETH Zurich from 6pm to 10pm. You can find more information and tickets here.


You will be matched with other motivated people and placed in a glass cube for four days, where you will be trying to solve a challenge and find an innovative and interdisciplinary solution to it. Next to your main challenge you will also be surprised with some mini-challenges to gain new jokers and tools that help you develop your solution. At the end of the fourth day, you will present your solution to a jury and have the chance to win a lot of fame (and some prize money of course).
The event will start on Friday, 6th October 2017 in the morning and will end on Monday, 9th October in the evening. The locations will be three glass boxes distributed in hot-spots of the city of Zurich.
Each cube will have a different challenge to tackle - either FinTech, EdTech or the future of mobility.
This event will be free for all participants! We will provide all the food and drinks during the four days as well as the accommodation a.k.a. the cubes. Also, you will be supplied with all necessary tools to support the realization of your prototypes.
The cubes have a size of 20 m^2 and will be fully furnished, have appropriate air conditioning and a privacy corner where you can escape the glass walls and take your peaceful nap. You will have access to a toilet and showers in a nearby building.
Because we want you to interact with the people passing by. The glass stands also for transparency of new technologies with the public. Your work will hopefully inspire the people or at least ignite some thoughts.
As mentioned before, you will have 24 hour access to showers and toilets which are not part of the cube, but rather in the vicinity of the cube. Therefore, you are of course allowed to leave the cube. However, we want you to do all the work inside of the cube and you are also going to sleep there. The cube will be your office and bedroom for those four days!
Each cube will be the workplace of 5 people.
All students (BA, MA) and PhDs from Swiss universities are welcome to apply! If you are eager to experience a new, crazy challenge and have an entrepreneurial and open-minded spirit, then you are exactly who we are looking for.
Applications are open now! Just fill out the application form here and you will be hearing from us soon.
We just need your time and commitment for the whole four days. Also, you should bring your own computer with charger, as well as some replacement clothes. We will however inform you about any additional things when the event comes closer.
It will be an incredible experience with a lot of learnings and fun, and you will have the chance to be in contact with relevant industry partners. Also, the most promising team will get the potential for project incubation and support as follow-up - hopefully turning the ideas into startups?
Of course! Everyone is welcome to come and see from the outside what the three teams are doing. You are also welcome to join the closing ceremony, more information will follow on this website.

If you have more questions don't hesiate to use the contact form below to get in touch with us.