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Facts ― Zurich’s Innovative Capacity

Strong Innovative Capacity

Zurich has strong innovative capacity. A comparison of 250 European regions on their capacity to develop and bring to market new products ranks Zurich in 51st place, just shy of the top 20%.

Talent

Innovation cannot happen without well-educated and creative minds. Zurich’s universities and university-based research are among the best in Europe.

Patents

Zurich comes in at number 24 of 250 European regions in the ranking for number of successful patent applications. The Canton of Zurich also performs very well in terms of protection of intellectual property.

Research

The Canton of Zurich distinguishes itself with the highest innovation expenditure per employee in Europe. It also takes a top spot in number of joint public-private publications. This is a reflection of how well universities and business enterprises work together in Zurich.

Start-ups

A large part of innovation is attributable to start-ups. Zurich takes the 14th spot for quantity of start-ups and ranks 15th for quality of start-ups, placing it in the top 10% of all European regions.

Infrastructure

The Canton of Zurich achieves top marks for infrastructure ― for both its physical infrastructure, offering above-average accessibility thanks to its airport, and its digital infrastructure: Zurich surpasses all other regions in Europe in the domain of per capita broadband internet connections and broadband transmissions.

The full survey on innovation in Zurich is available here (only in German).

Mission

With Innovation Zurich, we aim to promote networking, offer guidance and provide an overview of news and events relating to innovation in the Canton of Zurich.  

We work in close collaboration with a range of partners in the respective ecosystems, serving in a neutral capacity and without any commercial intent.  

This is how we strive to contribute to the innovation ecosystem in Zurich as a business location, and to initiate future projects in seminal technologies and key industries.  

Partner

Portrait Division of Business and Economic Development, Canton of Zurich
Division of Business and Economic Development, Canton of Zurich

The Division of Business and Economic Development boosts Zurich’s innovation ecosystems through networking and by initiating collaborations. It is committed to strengthening regional entrepreneurship, thus empowering industrial diversity in the canton. The Division further focuses on fostering an open dialogue between industry, academia, politics and administration, so that joint strategic approaches to tackling challenges such as the shortage of skilled labour can be devised and implemented.

Walchestrasse 19
8090 Zürich
+41 43 259 49 92
standort@vd.zh.ch

Portrait Greater Zurich Area
Greater Zurich Area

The Greater Zurich Area Ltd (GZA) is the investment promotion agency of nine Swiss cantons. GZA helps forward-looking companies devise a convincing business case for strategic expansion in Switzerland, helping pave the way through the Greater Zurich Area’s technology ecosystems and connecting them with relevant business enterprises, universities, research institutes, incubators, service providers and public authorities.

Limmatquai 122
8001 Zürich
+41 44 254 59 59
info@greaterzuricharea.com

Portrait Switzerland Innovation Park Zurich
Switzerland Innovation Park Zurich

Switzerland Innovation Park Zurich connects science with industry. It is where researchers meet and collaborate with developers, and where everyone believes in the idea of a campus on which spatial proximity is conducive to accelerating the development of ideas into marketable products. 173 acres of special areas and infrastructure for testing are being created on the Dübendorf airfield that cater to user requirements and needs – a unique innovation ecosystem.

Wangenstrasse 68
8600 Dübendorf
+41 44 527 20 20
zurich@switzerland-innovation.com

Team & Contact

Network Navigators Smart Systems

Markus Müller
Head of Smart Systems
Division of Business and Economic Development,
Canton of Zurich
markus@innovation.zuerich

Urs Stender
Managing Director of Swiss Autonomous Valley
urs@innovation.zuerich

Network Navigators Digital Health

Danielle Spichiger
Head of Digital Health
Division of Business and Economic Development,
Canton of Zurich
danielle@innovation.zuerich

Stefan Lienhard
Managing Director of digital health center bülach
stefan@innovation.zuerich

Network Navigators CleanTech

Beat Rhyner
Head of CleanTech
Division of Business and Economic Development,
Canton of Zurich
beat@innovation.zuerich

Kuno Sprig
Managing Director Lifefair
kuno@innovation.zuerich

Network Navigators FinTech

Eva May
Head of FinTech
Division of Business and Economic Development,
Canton of Zurich
eva@innovation.zuerich

Christina Kehl
Co-Founder and Board Member of SWISS FINTECH
christina@innovation.zuerich

Business Relocation

Matthias Inauen
Director New Business Units
Division of Business and Economic Development,
Canton of Zurich
matthias@innovation.zuerich

Beryl Kern
Senior Project Manager
Greater Zurich Area
beryl@innovation.zuerich

Regional Location Promotion Offices
Overview of Regions
wirtschaftsraum-zuerich.ch

Innovation Zurich

Isabell Metzler
Head of Communications
Division of Business and Economic Development,
Canton of Zurich
isabell@innovation.zuerich

Ramona Sutter
Assistant, Communications
Division of Business and Economic Development,
Canton of Zurich
ramona@innovation.zuerich