Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) launched the first incubator for hospitality concepts and start-ups in 2009 to create a dedicated resource for the development of new hospitality and F&B concepts. The initiative was embraced by students, alumni and industry partners and it became clear that a new space was needed to house the ever-growing pool of ideas and innovators that were coming from the school and the industry.  

That is why, in 2018, EHL signed an agreement with Ville de Lausanne to develop an innovation ecosystem near the EHL campus in the historical hamlet of the Quartier de l’Auberge of Chalet à Gobet. This new Innovation Village has two core missions: to support entrepreneurship and to inspire and disrupt the food & hospitality industry, and it is powered by strategic partners.

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What can the Innovation Village offer you?

The Innovation Village offers a hospitality and food ecosystem and the latest trends in hospitality.  Facilities include:

  • EHL’s Incubator
  • Food Lab (400m2) - will be built soon
  • The Auberge, a café and restaurant - will be renovated soon
  • Testing and research for F&B and hospitality concepts
  • Events and exhibitions space


  • Get access to support for promising start-ups in digital food or hospitality services
  • Become a strategic partner of the EHL Innovation Village (sponsorship, visibility)
  • Test innovative concepts in the Auberge or the Food Lab
  • Conduct research on food or hospitality topics
  • Have access to EHL’s international faculty and student expertise
  • Attract student or alumni talent to your organization


Get access to resources and guidance to help make your game-changing business idea a reality.


EHL Students

During the sixth semester of the Bachelor of Science, you can choose to do your internship in an Innovation Village start-up, or even in your own start-up with the guidance of  faculty innovation experts. 


EHL Alumni

Discover the Innovation Village and meet the entrepreneurs behind the start-ups, and reconnect with EHL through innovative business opportunities



Industry Experts

Share your expertise with our community through workshops or services.  You can also become a visiting lecturer, or partner with us on research projects

Our Incubator

EHL's Incubator supports promising startups and entrepreneurial projects that focus on or are relevant to the food and, or hospitality industry.

Discover how EHL enables the latest trends and technologies in our Innovation Village model with a variety of spaces and resources for industry partners.

FIT Digital by EHL

In 2019, the Fondation pour L’Innovation Technologique (FIT) Digital and the EHL Innovation Foundation launched a tool to support start-ups that develop innovative digital solutions for the food and hospitality industries that are or are willing to join the EHL incubator as resident /incorporated members.

These start-ups are selected and coached by a committee and advisors from FIT Digital.