Innovation and Entrepreneurship
CTI: Innovation Promotion Agency
The Swiss Confederation’s Innovation Promotion Agency (CTI) supports the transfer of knowledge and technology between businesses and universities. Other initiatives of CTI include: venturelab and CTI Invest.
Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE), whose mission is to promote trade and investments, works on a regular basis with key players of the education, research, and innovation area. In Switzerland, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation and S-GE regularly exchange information in this respect. Abroad, SG-E’s Swiss Business Hubs collaborate and coordinate with the swissnexes as well as with the Science and Technology Counselors in the Swiss embassies.
Swiss Innovation Forum
The Swiss Innovation Forum is the leading Innovation Platform in Switzerland and brings together the knowledge of the most important institutions in the field of innovation, R & D and design. Learn at first hand from leading national and international experts, the latest findings on innovation, creativity and design.
SWITT: Swiss Technology Transfer Association
The Swiss Technology Transfer Association is the association of technology transfer professionals who are active in the transfer of technology from institutes of public research and education, university hospitals, and other not-for-profit research organizations to the private sector.
Technology Transfer Offices
- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL): SRI
- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ): ETH transfer
- University of Lausanne and CHUV: PACTT
- University of Geneva: Unitec
- Universities of Berne and Zurich: Unitectra
- University of Basel: WTT
Technoparks and Incubators
Club of Swiss Technology Parks and Business Incubators
The Site of the Club of Swiss Technology Parks and Business Incubators gives an overview on the 16 Science and Technology Parks in Switzerland and offers links to each of them.
StartUp Caf is designed to be the place entrepreneurs visit when they need to find an employee, an investor, an advisor, a coach, some advice, a course, a useful address, a list of upcoming entrepreneurial events, second hand office equipment, or even to test their entrepreneurial skills.
KMU info provides the user with all the relevant knowledge on founding an SME in Switzerland: an overview of taxes, required approvals, explanation on intellectual property and labour law in Switzerland and administrative matters. Furthermore it offers the download of publications and information on various topics such as the EU, SME and internet or financing.