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

75 research institutes and laboratories are located in Ticino

30 associations and institutions supporting 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 million Swiss Francs is the research volume at USI and SUPSI

30% of the European research funding for the Swiss universities of applied sciences 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 algorithm developed in Ticino

1’500 researchers at USI and SUPSI

6'800 students enrolled in Ticino universities

1996 is the year the 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 supporting 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 million Swiss Francs is the research volume at USI and SUPSI

30% of the European research funding for the Swiss universities of applied sciences 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 algorithm developed in Ticino

1’500 researchers at USI and SUPSI

6'800 students enrolled in Ticino universities

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

Coaching and support

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

Real estate

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 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 opportunities 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.

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Would you like to transform your innovative idea into a business? Find out who can help you in developing your start-up.

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

75% steady occupancy of the available office spaces, 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 by 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

Ticino is the second Canton to offer a special tax treatment for investments in innovative start-ups

Key figures

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

75% steady occupancy of the available office spaces, 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 by 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

Ticino is the second Canton to offer a special tax treatment for investments in innovative start-ups

Coordination and information

The AGIRE foundation is the innovation agency of Southern Switzerland and coordinates 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 your business.

Accelerator and showcase platform

The Boldbrain Startup Challenge is a competition for early stage start-ups providing coaching, visibility, awarding the best initiatives and 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 counselling them on how to approach investors.

Targeted subsidies

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

Tax breaks

Start-ups fulfilling 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 has 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 the identification of customers and investors to the proof of concept all the way to the international growth. In those various phases, every start-up benefits from a set of measures, which target 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 BENEFITS

Innovative start-ups that meet the requirements established by the Cantonal Tax Law can benefit, since the 1st of January 2018, from tax benefits. In order to enable access to venture capital, individuals who reside in Ticino and invest (i.e. purchase of shares) in innovative start-ups located in the Canton can also benefit from (a tax reduction) special taxation. Thanks to these incentives, Ticino has become one of the most attractive Cantons in Switzerland for the establishment 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 is the average volume of the suretyships issued yearly by CFSud to support almost 15 self-employment projects in Ticino.

100 is the average of attendees at the Fondounimpresa training courses

380'000 CHF raised by 100 projects uploaded on the crowdfunding platform progettiamo.ch

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

Key figures

300 projects supported by the coaches of Fondounimpresa

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

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

100 is the average of attendees at the Fondounimpresa training courses

380'000 CHF raised by 100 projects uploaded on the crowdfunding platform progettiamo.ch

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

Development

Training, coaching, consultancy and awareness: these are the opportunities offered by the interdepartmental service (DFE-DECS) Fondounimpresa, key 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 the rise of human and financial capital to support local projects.

Create a new business

The online help desk for companies EasyGov.swiss allows the fulfilment of all bureaucratic procedures to set up a new company in Switzerland.

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. is the waiting time before boarding at the 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 the University of Southern Switzerland was founded: it is the youngest university in Switzerland

30 in the number of associations and institutions supporting 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. is the waiting time before boarding at the 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 the University of Southern Switzerland was founded: it is the youngest university in Switzerland

30 in the number of associations and institutions supporting 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

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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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COMPETENCE AREA

Tecnopolo TicinoUfficio per lo sviluppo economicoOltreconfiniTISpazi per attivitàincubatori e tecnopoliSviluppo einternazionalizzazioneFinanziamentoCoachinge accompagnamentoTrasferimento tecnologicoe del sapere (TST)Formazione, riqualificae ricerca del personaleDivisione della formazione professionaleUfficiodelle misureattive
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