Hub for innovation
In a nutshell
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Switzerland Innovation provides a platform for domestic and international companies of all kinds to team up with Swiss institutions of higher learning to turn 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 for 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.
From 2015 to 2019, the Swiss Re Foundation contributed funding to Switzerland Innovation to complement 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.
From 2020 to 2022, the Foundation’s support will facilitate Switzerland Innovation’s realisation of innovation projects focusing on select themes of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Specifically, Switzerland Innovation provides a common platform to promote collaboration between academic researchers and business entrepreneurs on solutions that have the potential to achieve sustainable impact and to support the further development of research results into marketable products.