Hub for innovation
Switzerland Innovation provides a platform for domestic and international companies of all kinds to team up with Swiss institutions of higher learning, creating fertile ground for turning innovative ideas into marketable products. It encompasses five sites that boast first-class infrastructure, proximity to leading universities and potential for development. By building on Switzerland’s overall strengths and those of each participating region, the initiative is expected to unlock research and development potential for research-intensive industries and science as well as small and medium-sized enterprises.
A joint initiative by the Swiss federal government, cantons, science and industry, the Switzerland Innovation organisation comprises a privately funded national foundation and sites in Dübendorf (near Zurich), Western Switzerland, Northwestern Switzerland, Biel (in the canton of Bern) and Villigen (Aargau). In 2016 it launched a cross-site identity to foster the communication and promotion of Switzerland as an innovative business location. The goal is to establish an international reputation and to persuade companies to relocate to Switzerland Innovation. Each site will be responsible for providing attractive packages to companies that commit to the project.
The Swiss Re Foundation contributed to the Switzerland Innovation to help leverage the substantial grants it has already made to research and educational institutions in Switzerland such as ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, which generate knowledge and breakthroughs that spark business development.