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%.
Innovation cannot happen without well-educated and creative minds. Zurich’s universities and university-based research are among the best in Europe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Director New Business Units
Division of Business and Economic Development,
Canton of Zurich
Senior Project Manager
Greater Zurich Area