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Innovation is the key to success. Discover all the possibilities for your innovative company

75 research institutes and laboratories are located in Ticino

30 associations and institutions that support innovation in Ticino

37'500 registered companies

6.5 billion Swiss Francs is the yearly export volume

28 billion Swiss Francs is the Cantonal GDP

48 milion Swiss Francs is the research volume at USI and SUPSI

30% of European research funding for swiss professional universities goes to SUPSI

20 million billion calculations per second are performed by the supercomputer at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (1st in Europe and 3rd worldwide)

2 billion people using a speech recognition algorythm developed in Ticino

1’500 researchers at USI and SUPSI

6'800 students enrolled in Ticino universities

1996 University of Southern Switzerland was founded: it is the youngest university in Switzerland.

Key figures

75 research institutes and laboratories are located in Ticino

30 associations and institutions that support innovation in Ticino

37'500 registered companies

6.5 billion Swiss Francs is the yearly export volume

28 billion Swiss Francs is the Cantonal GDP

48 milion Swiss Francs is the research volume at USI and SUPSI

30% of European research funding for swiss professional universities goes to SUPSI

20 million billion calculations per second are performed by the supercomputer at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (1st in Europe and 3rd worldwide)

2 billion people using a speech recognition algorythm developed in Ticino

1’500 researchers at USI and SUPSI

6'800 students enrolled in Ticino universities

1996 University of Southern Switzerland was founded: it is the youngest university in Switzerland.

Coaching and support

The AGIRE foundation offers guidance to set up innovative projects and find the right partners.

Surface

The Agenzie regionali per lo sviluppo provide information on the available properties in their area of competence.

Personnel recruitment

The Servizio aziende URC is the public partner for the recruitment and the selection of human resources.

Financial support

The Ufficio per lo sviluppo economico, through the law for economic innovation (LInn), financially supports the development of innovative projects.

Internationalization

Switzerland Global Enterprise promotes exports, by helping local SME in taking advantage of the international trade.

Education and research

The University of Southern Switzerland and the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland offer high quality continuing education trainings and conduct applied researches according to the companies’ needs.

The Regional innovation system

Thanks to the numerous services supporting innovation, the Canton of Ticino represents the ideal ecosystem for the development of your company.

Discover the services

Do you want to transform your innovative idea in a business? Here you can find who is going to help you in developing your start-up

3'000 m2 available for start-ups at the Tecnopolo Ticino.

75% constant occupation of the available office space, with a significant turnover.

Switzerland is the second best ecosystem for start-ups according the Global Entrepreneurship Index 2017.

A CHF 120'000 prize is awarded every year to the five finalists of the Boldbrain Startup Challenge.

30 companies hosted at the Tecnopolo Ticino.

15 companies in the TiVenture portfolio

1 Ticino is the first Canton to offer subsidies for start-ups participating at the Innosuisse startup coaching programme.

20 start-ups are supported every year by the Boldbrain Startup Challenge program.

2 Ticino is the second Canton to offer special tax treatment for investments in innovative startups.

Key figures

3'000 m2 available for start-ups at the Tecnopolo Ticino.

75% constant occupation of the available office space, with a significant turnover.

Switzerland is the second best ecosystem for start-ups according the Global Entrepreneurship Index 2017.

A CHF 120'000 prize is awarded every year to the five finalists of the Boldbrain Startup Challenge.

30 companies hosted at the Tecnopolo Ticino.

15 companies in the TiVenture portfolio.

1 Ticino is the first Canton to offer subsidies for start-ups participating at the Innosuisse startup coaching programme.

20 start-ups are supported every year by the Boldbrain Startup Challenge program.

2 Ticino is the second Canton to offer special tax treatment for investments in innovative startups.

Coordination and information

The AGIRE foundation is the innovation agency of Canton Ticino and is responsible for a coordinated access to all the available services for start-ups.

Surface

With a 3'000 m2 surface available for start-ups, the Tecnopolo Ticino provides the perfect location to foster ideas and consolidate everyone’s business.

Accelerator and showcase platform

The Boldbrain Startup Challenge is a competition for early stage start-ups that provides coaching, gives visibility and awards to the best initiatives, preparing them to succeed in the national acceleration programs.

Investments

TiVenture is owned by the “Fondazione del Centenario di BancaStato” and fosters the start-ups’ growth since the beginning, either by directly investing in them or by consulting them on how to approach investors.

Targeted subsidies

The Ufficio per lo sviluppo economico financially supports the start-ups admitted to the Innosuisse start-up coaching programme and those that successfully completed other federal acceleration programmes.

Tax breaks

Start-ups that meet the innovation requirements established by the Ticino’s cantonal Tax Law, and certified by the Ufficio dell’amministrazione e del controlling, can benefit from tax breaks.

The Regional innovation system

Thanks to the numerous services supporting innovation, the Canton of Ticino represents the ideal ecosystem for the development of your company.

Discover the services

Ticino is the ideal place for innovative start-ups

A COORDINATED SET OF MEASURES

Ticino adopted a set of specific measures for innovative start-ups, aiming at supporting them through the different development phases, from the idea to the business plan, from first customers and investors to the proof of concept and the international growth. In those various phases every start-up benefits from a set of measures, which are targeted towards specific needs in terms of coaching and financial support.

A CANTON WITH MANY CHARACTERISTICS

Are you thinking about settling a highly innovative company in Switzerland? Would you like to consolidate your start-up and upgrade it to an international level? In Ticino innovation, R&D and top-notch technology are combined with a unique environment characterized by the Swiss quality and the Mediterranean lifestyle.
Discover the opportunities offered by the Canton Ticino.

TAX BREAKS

Innovative start-ups that meet the requirements established by the Ticino’s cantonal Tax Law can benefit, since January 1, 2018, from tax breaks. In order to facilitate access to venture capital, individuals resident in Ticino who invest (e.g. purchase of shares) in innovative start-ups based in the Canton can also benefit from special tax treatment. Thanks to these incentives, Ticino has become one of the most attractive Cantons in Switzerland for the foundation and the development of innovative start-ups.

Seize the challenge by starting your own business: An interesting opportunity to improve yourself and the people around you

300 projects supported by the coaches of Fondounimpresa

120 local projects supported every year by the Enti Regionali di Sviluppo (ERS)

1,5 million CHF the average volume of the suretyships issued yearly by CFSud to support almost 15 self-employment projects in Ticino.

100 average attendees at the Fondounimpresa training courses

370'000 CHF raised by 90 projects uploaded on the crowdfunding platform progettiamo.ch

2,5 million CHF invested yearly by the ERS on local projects through the “Regional promotion funds” (FPR)

Key figures

300 projects supported by the coaches of Fondounimpresa

120 local projects supported every year by the Enti Regionali di Sviluppo (ERS)

1,5 million CHF the average volume of the suretyships issued yearly by CFSud to support almost 15 self-employment projects in Ticino..

100 average attendees at the Fondounimpresa training courses

370'000 CHF raised by 90 projects uploaded on the crowdfunding platform progettiamo.ch

2,5 million CHF invested yearly by the ERS on local projects through the “Regional promotion funds” (FPR)

Development

Training, coaching, consultancy and awareness: this is the variety of opportunities offered by the interdepartmental service (DFE-DECS) Fondounimpresa, referencing actor in Ticino for self-employment.

Financing

6 million CHF, managed by the four Enti Regionali per lo Sviluppo (ERS): the regional promotion funds (FPR) are fundamental for financing local small and medium projects.

Crowdfunding

The platform “Progettiamo.ch”, promoted by the ERS, allows to rise human and financial capital to support local projects.

Create a new business

The online help desk for companies EasyGov.swiss allows people to complete the bureaucratic procedures to set up a new company.

Suretyships

The suretyship cooperative CFSud offers guarantees to a favoured access to credit for new businesses.

Other incentives

L’Ufficio delle misure attive offers further incentives for self-employment.

The Regional innovation system

Thanks to the numerous services supporting innovation, the Canton of Ticino represents the ideal ecosystem for the development of your company.

Discover the services

A small innovation hub, located in the middle of Europe: discover Ticino and how you can develop your business internationally.

75 research institutes and laboratories are located in Ticino

37'500 registered companies

20 min. wait to board a plane at Lugano-Agno airport, the 4th most important airport in Switzerland

57 km is the length of the longest railway tunnel in the world, which connects the Canton of Ticino to the northern part of Switzerland

20 million billion calculations per second are performed by the supercomputer at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (1st in Europe and 3rd worldwide)

In 1996 University of Southern Switzerland was founded: it is the youngest university in Switzerland

30 associations and institutions that support innovation in Ticino

6 million people living in a radius of 50 km around Ticino

2’302 sunshine hours

28 billion Swiss Francs is the Cantonal GDP

2 billion people use a speech recognition algorithm developed in Ticino

Key figures

75 research institutes and laboratories are located in Ticino

37'500 registered companies

20 min. wait to board a plane at Lugano-Agno airport, the 4th most important airport in Switzerland

57 km is the length of the longest railway tunnel in the world, which connects the Canton of Ticino to the northern part of Switzerland

20 million billion calculations per second are performed by the supercomputer at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (1st in Europe and 3rd worldwide)

In 1996 University of Southern Switzerland was founded: it is the youngest university in Switzerland

30 associations and institutions that support innovation in Ticino

6 million people living in a radius of 50 km around Ticino

2’302 sunshine hours

28 billion Swiss Francs is the Cantonal GDP

2 billion people use a speech recognition algorithm developed in Ticino

Innovation and technology

Thanks to the presence of internationally renowned research institutes, Ticino has a vibrant ecosystem that supports innovation with a strong bond with companies

The financial centre

Ticino hosts the third financial centre in Switzerland, Lugano, which is oriented to international clients and has a long tradition in wealth management and private banking.

Nature and relax

Thanks to its mild climate and the Latin atmosphere, Ticino is the ideal getaway to escape the everyday stress. The wonderful lake shores, the mountains and the glaciers offer countless leisure opportunities.

Culture and entertainment

Many cultural and recreational activities enliven Ticino all year long, making it a cultural meeting point between the north and the south of Europe.

Moderate taxation

Ticino is particularly attractive also because of its mild taxation on companies incomes, equities and personal revenues. In addition, the tax authorities are flexible and attentive towards specific needs.

Labour market

Thanks to a slim regulation of the labour market and bureaucracy, to a dual education system and to a peaceful work environment, Ticino has a large pool of highly skilled workforce.

Education and science

Ticino has an excellent and experienced research and education system, which includes universities, high schools and technical schools. This young and international environment attracts talents from all over the world.

Swiss quality

The high quality of products fabricated in Switzerland benefit from “Swiss Made” brand , which results appealing to the international markets.

Central location

Ticino is the only Swiss Canton located entirely in the southern part of the Alps, a strategic location between the two most dynamic regions of Europe: Lombardy, with Milan at its centre, and the Zurich region.

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The Regional innovation system

The Canton of Ticino offers a wide range of services supporting innovation. That creates an ideal ecosystem to develop your company.

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Regional innovation system

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Tecnopolo TicinoUfficio per lo sviluppo economicoOltreconfiniTILand/offices, incubatorsand technopolesGrowth and internationalisationFinancingCoachingand supportTechnological transferEducation andrecruitmentDivisione della formazione professionaleUfficiodelle misureattive
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