What InCube is About

Modern societies’ problems are complex and not easy to solve and universities don’t provide a dynamic and intense environment for students to work on real world problems and bring ideas to real business. The challenge is to find the courage to start something new, especially if it seems totally crazy at first.

InCube helps to set up a analytical mindset and provides the proper tools and environment where innovative ideas are proposed, planned and partially executed to an existing challenge. The value also lays in the educational program that we provide for the participants to evolve an abstract idea into a prototype that then can be further developed. Incube merges innovation, academia, entrepreneurship and corporates.

Students come out of InCube with a rich set of tools for an entrepreneurial journey, with a sense of how to come up with a business proposal in a very short amount of time and how to progress their ideas. This is the student journey, where we guide the students and induce them to make the link between need finding and business creation. InCube is both inspirational and educational because it provides a transparent environment where the public can witness how innovation happens.



September 20, 2019

The weekend before InCube all participants are attending the Pre-event called OutCube. Here they learn valuable things for their time in the Cubes and get background information for the Challenges.

InCube Launch

September 26, 2019

The event is launched on Thursday night. The challenges get explained and all key players of the event introduced. The participants learn where they will spend InCube and on what challenge they will be working on. At the end of the night, the Cubees leave to their Cubes.


September 27, 2019

On Friday the teams need to face the public for the first time in order to narrow down the problem and define a customer. They will move to ideating for a solution and finally constructing a prototype to test on Saturday.


September 28, 2019

Saturday starts off by having the teams test their prototypes with the available public again. Based on this they will repeat the process again. The will reiterate on the problem statement and come up with different prototypes.


September 29, 2019

By Sunday the teams have been inside the cube for 72h. Eat, sleep and work at the same place. On Sunday they’ll reevaluate on their previous prototypes and include now the business side as well. They develop a business model for their chosen product and bring it to the next level.

InCube Final

September 30, 2019

On Monday the teams need to pitch their presentation at the final event. They will present at the same time in front of the local juries in Zurich, Boston and Singapore. The prizes will be assigned by the combined voting of all the local juries. All the pitches will be made available on our channels!

The Brain Behind InCube

ETH Entrepreneur Club

Founded in 2011 as a non-profit organization, the ETH Entrepreneur Club’s goal is to encourage young people to start their own startup and support them in pursuing their dreams.

Get in touch with us!

Or visit us at the Rocket Hub

The Rocket Hub is the coworking space the ETH Entrepreneur Club runs for early stage startups. It is the heart of the club and always open for entrepreneurial minded people or those who would like to be. 

Impressions of InCube 2018

In September 2018, InCube took place for the second time. Five cubes with different Challenges and 25 eager participants made the second edition of InCube a success. As a Cube was also set up in Boston at the MIT, InCube went international for the first time.



You will be matched with other motivated people and placed in a glass cube for four days. You will be presented with a challenge, from industry, that you will solve using the methods learned during OutCube, finding an innovative and interdisciplinary solution to it. At the end of the fourth day, you will present your solution to our Global Jury and the best teams will enjoy amazing prizes.

The event will start on Thursday, 26th September 2019 in the afternoon and will end on Monday, 30th September in the evening. The locations will be glass cubes (6x6x3m) distributed in hot-spots of the city of Zurich, Lausanne, Boston. New to this year’s chapter is the Cube in Singapore. There will also be OutCube, our brand 3 day pre event retreat during the weekend of the 13th -15th September, in our top secret location on the Swiss Alps, where you’ll learn the crucial skills you’ll need in the cube.

For MIT and Singapore participants: the event will start in the night from the 25th to the 26th of September. Your availability for the pre-event is required from the 12th of September in the afternoon to the 16th of September in the evening to allow time for air travel.

Each cube will have a different challenge to tackle. Each cube will be solving one real world challenge proposed by our partners from Industry

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.
Ultimately, you will be showing a live example of how Innovation takes place, in this way helping to fill the gap between technology, advancement and social change!

As mentioned before, you will have 24/7h 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.
There will also be part of the activities that will require you to leave the cube to go and talk to people and test your ideas.
However, we want you to do most of 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!

For Swiss participants:
Our focus is to ensure to create interdisciplinary teams and therefore you might be placed at any location. So it is wise to keep your schedule all free for those four days! Transport to the cube within Switzerland will be covered.

For Boston participants:
In 2019 two teams will be organised, both in Boston or Cambridge (MA), but you will not be able to choose your teams.

For Singapore participants:
There will be only one team in our first Singapore Chapter, thus no choice is offered.

Each cube will be the workplace of 5 students (from now called Cubees). In addition, together with you there will be two facilitators to giving guidance and answer question on the process.

All students (BA, MA) and PhDs 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.
For Boston participants, you must be an undergraduate, graduate or PhD student enrolled at MIT.

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 but please do not bring your whole closet in order to keep the cube tidy.


It will be an incredible experience with a lot of learning, fun, interesting teammates and opportunities to be in contact with relevant industry partners.

Also, you will have the chance to create your first Start-up concept and potentially to see your project incubated and while having support to follow-up on your solution !

And even though we cannot promise that the new unicorns will be created, we will be providing you the first fundamental tools to become an entrepreneur!

Of course! During InCube (September 26-30th), everyone is welcome to come and see from the outside what the teams are doing. You are also welcome to join the closing ceremony, more information will follow on this website.

The application is on rolling basis. The result will be revealed at August 10.

Yes, the inside Switzerland transport is sponsored during OutCube for all participants. The trip to Switzerland for OutCube is covered for participants from Singapore and MIT.

OutCube is a workshop-weekend for team-building, workshops which teach you the necessary tools to be as efficient as possible during the time in the cubes, travel and international networking.

Industrial and academic experts will come to the cube during InCube to provide insights and support. Industrial representatives from sponsors may be present at OutCube to provide workshops, depending on their schedule.

The event prices are designed to incentivize the teams to continue working on their prototypes after the event. During the InCube period, there will be no stipend for prototyping. But sufficient materials will be provided.

As a student from Boston/Singapore, you will work in a Boston/Singapore cube. But you will meet all the participants during the OutCube weekend.

It is not binding, however once selected you will need to decide relatively quickly if you participate or not because flight tickets etc. (especially for MIT and Singapore Students) have to be booked or the slot has to be allocate to someone else. In case you are accepted we will give you a few days to sort out logistics (class conflicts etc.) – however it did not seem to be a problem last year. As soon as you decided, you will be required to sign a document that you will participate. InCube is scheduled in the beginning of the semester for MIT and ETH students– we also chose the dates based on feedback we have got from last year’s MIT and ETH participants. It should work out fine.

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