Students' insights for industry partners
EHL students are a valuable source of fresh inspiration and business expertise for our industry partners. Under the guidance of experienced faculty, students offer consulting-style services, conduct research and propose business solutions.
Students Business Projects (SBP)
These consulting projects are conducted by students in the final semester of their studies. Six senior students team up over a nine-week period of full-time dedication to tackle your business problem. Students create a written report detailing the methodology, deliverables and recommendations relating to the project mandate, and present the results in a formal presentation on campus.
Consulting projects have included areas such as:
- Market research study
- Business plan development
- Sales and marketing strategy
- Concept development
SBP key facts
- 9 week duration, full-time
- A team of 6 students
- Coaching from EHL faculty
- Concrete professional results directly applicable for your business
- Innovative solution-driven recommendations
- High visibility within the student and alumni community
- 2 SBP sessions per year: April and November
Whether you are seeking short-term assistance on a business challenge, or a longer-term, more in-depth study, EHL can construct a project team and provide expert coaching and guidance to meet your needs.
"The participation in the SBP program turned out to be a real win/win situation. As an industry partner, we have benefited from receiving a valuable contribution in the exploration of the business opportunity for a new product idea.
The enthusiasm and the high degree of professionalism displayed by the students during the project have been outstanding. Above all, the strive for excellence that comes across the EHL, its staff and students is truly a source of inspiration". Mr. Daniel Manser, Senior R&D Manager - Nestlé System Technology
"Working with a team of highly motivated, well trained young EHL students on our project to develop a new product for the Swiss Chilled Dairy Market was a very satisfying experience for all members of our company who were in touch with them over the course of the 9 weeks. The concept presented by the students team was well researched, very relevant and truly creative in it’s answer to the very challenging brief we gave them". Christian Keller, General Manager – Lactalis Nestlé Produits Frais, Switzerland - Austria - Germany
"My colleagues and I were extremely satisfied with the result. The students from EHL were very professional, extremely motivated, always had client service excellence in mind, and developed creative and refreshing ideas on the banking topic that we had commissioned. The final results presentation was exceeding our expectations, both the written report and the team delivery during the presentation. That is why we have decided to invite the student group to present their findings to our top management. The Student Business Project was a success, and it was a pleasure to work together with them." Gerald Engel - Divisional Strategy – Crédit Suisse Schweiz AG
"A successful SBP from a very active team who showed a detailed understanding of our industry and challenges. The final presentation was mind-blowing, the team reproduced a Boutique to present their recommendations and to make us feel the in-store experience." Arthur Hery – Retail Operations Project Manager - OMEGA SA
"Most of our innovations in hotel technology are preceded by a market validation and by the definition of a detailed launch plan. Both of these tasks must be completed in a very short space of time. EHL’s Student Business Projects are able to deliver exactly the service we need in the small amount of time that we have, thanks to an extremely motivated group of students, tried and tested methods, and the support of highly-qualified faculty members." Arndt Mielisch - Communication Manager, Swisscom Hospitality Services
"Feldschlösschen has been running a couple of EHL Student Business Projects now and the results have been very satisfying. During the 10 project weeks, the students act as “Junior Business Consultants” with a real business issue and get senior management exposure. Their strong academic background makes them capable of quickly understanding the business context and the issues to solve." Lukas Neulen - Business Development Manager, Feldschlösschen Getränke AG
"I was impressed with the overall quality of the work. The project was carried out and presented in a very professional way, covering all the necessary aspects and providing actionable recommendations and new insights." Jan Sander, Sr. Global Marketing Manager, Philips Hospitality TV
"Young companies like OneLab Solutions have limited time and resources to carry out extensive market studies. Having a group of 5 students working full-time for 9 weeks on our study allowed us to make huge progress in a very short period of time. The group accomplished a remarkable amount of work that would have been impossible for us to achieve on our own. The final report was very professional and contained many actionable insights that we plan to leverage immediately." Skye Legon - Co-founder, OneLab Solutions
"It was a pleasure to work with the students from EHL on a Student Business Project. We appreciated their enthusiasm, creativity and professionalism. Thanks to their work, we have gained a more in-depth knowledge of the luxury goods market in Switzerland, clarified the position of our brands and identified new opportunities. The project will help us develop a more structured, professional approach to the high-end market.” Gregory Alibaux, Marketing Director, Pernod Ricard Swiss
“A team of EHL students cast a fresh eye on the quality of the reception process in our hospital by applying the same criteria as those employed in five-star hotels. Their ideas were not only original; they were feasible, too.” Pierre-François Leyvraz, CEO, CHUV
“The international focus of the SBP 25 team provided us with the best examples worldwide in terms of the social media strategy of hotels. The results of the study were part of the program of the 5th Swiss hotel conference of Switzerland Tourism and hotelleriesuisse with the participation of 450 hotel operators. We look forward to continue using SBPs in the future.” Chantal Cartier, Marketing, Switzerland Tourism
"If I were to summarize this experience in three words, I would say: Professionalism, Creativity and Quality. We have benefited from EHL's expertise through two student-business projects as part of our professional partnership with EHL and we are delighted. The students were fully involved in the tasks entrusted to them and worked with a concrete, serious and structured approach. They showed great professionalism, a lot of creativity and a great team spirit that we are particularly focused on for Lausanne 2020!" Jérôme Rochat - NOC Relations & Project Manager – Lausanne 2020 YOG
"As an EHL graduate, it is always a pleasure for me to be able to work with the students at the School. After seeing the results from two Student Business Projects (SBP) entrusted to the students, I am extremely proud of the work they have produced. Their ability to analyze, think outside the box and be innovative allowed them to respond to our needs. We have used most of their recommendations and we continue, even after a few years, to use their reports as a source of reflection and work. It is a unique experience which has also allowed us to look at ourselves freshly and challenge our organizations." Sophie Heu - Manager of Organizational Development and HR – Evian Resort & Spa
"Most of our innovations in hotel technology are based on a prior market confirmation and then on the fine tuning of the launch plan, all in a very short period of time. The EHL student business project provides exactly this service in a compact format, through a group of highly motivated students, a proven methodology and the support of a highly qualified faculty." Arndt Mielisch – Communication Manager, Swisscom Hospitality Services
"We commissioned an SBP group for major market research concerning the visibility of our lines. The five students in charge of the task did a remarkable job. Supported by their marketing professor, they were fully involved in the project, combining methodological rigor and creative proposals. We particularly want to acknowledge the seriousness and enthusiasm with which they completed the task." Pascal Duperret – Sales and Marketing Manager, Golden Pass
Faculty & Research
We encourage faculty and students to constantly pursue their passions and seek out new knowledge. To this end, our students, chefs, applied learning instructors and faculty members all collaborate regularly with industry partners in contests, research projects and conferences.
At EHL, success is never final, and we never get bored. Innovation is in our DNA and we facilitate new business concepts through our incubator on the campus which involves faculty and students in developing and nurturing new hospitality business concepts.
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