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Research & Innovation

Research and innovation as a basis for future growth

Swiss universities and private laboratories conduct ICT research and development at the highest level. In certain areas, Swiss research is globally ranked ‘top class’. Informatics as a cross-sector discipline is increasingly playing a key role across all spheres of life and economy. Thus, new scientific fields and topic are emerging which have to be covered by research. This includes energy transition, digitalized medicine, or industry 4.0 which is discovering new perspectives in the Internet of Things (IoT), or Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

However, it takes entrepreneurship, start-ups, incubators, venture capital, favorable business environment in order to turn research into innovation, as well as to develop and sell marketable products and services.

Concerning the current state

The Swiss economy makes only partial use of the high potential of its outstanding universities in ICT education and research. Compared to other countries that have a long tradition of ICT startups and innovative ICT-based solutions in the form of new services and products, Switzerland has a performance gap in this domain.

The many programs to foster and accelerate startups that have been launched in the last years should contribute to broaden the ICT innovation base. On one hand through better networking young entrepreneurs with experienced businesses, venture capitalists, and markets, on the other hand through intensive coaching to turn new ideas into successes.

State of digitization in topic Research & InnovationFortschritt der Digitalisierung im Themenfeld Research & Innovation

15.03.201621.11.2017
digital.swiss, Matthias  Kaiserswerth

Topic Owner

Dr. Matthias Kaiserswerth

CEO 
Hasler Stiftung

Measurement parameters


Amount of venture capital invested in ICT start-ups

Launch and foundation of ICT start-ups

Top rankings of Swiss universities in the fields of ICT

Amount of venture capital invested in ICT start-ups

Venture capital (VC) investment serves as an indicator of the innovative power of a country. It indicates the trust of investors in abilities, capabilities, and innovative potential of start-ups.

Calculation: Venture capital is measured in proportion to the population. The resulting value is compared to Israel, which is of similar size as Switzerland and considered one of the best locations for innovation worldwide. It is the aim to achieve at least the same proportion of venture capital investments as the reference country Israel. The value is weighted 25%.

*Start-ups are defined as privately owned companies funded by venture capital and less than ten years old at the time of their initial funding round. Start-ups funded by private investors or crowdfunding are not considered.

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Launch and foundation of ICT start-ups

The intensity of entrepreneurial activities of start-ups serves as indicator for innovation. It shows the attractiveness of Switzerland as location for innovative, new products and services.

Calculation: What is measured is the amount of ICT start-ups in proportion to the population. The resulting value is compared to Israel, which is of similar size as Switzerland and considered one of the best locations for innovation worldwide. It is the aim to generate the same proportion of start-ups as the reference country Israel. The value is weighted 25%.

* Start-ups are defined as privately owned companies funded by venture capital and less than ten years old at the time of their initial funding round. Start-ups funded by private investors or crowdfunding are not considered.

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Top rankings of Swiss universities in the fields of ICT

It is an important indicator for the attractiveness of a location for education and research to be ranked among the top universities worldwide.

Calculation: The index measures the ratio between the top five universities in Switzerland and the USA (most of the top ratings are held by USA universities). Furthermore, it calculates the average value of QS World rankings of the top five universities in Switzerland, Germany, the UK and the USA.

The aim is for Swiss universities to be ranked as highly as the top five USA universities. The value for Germany or worse is interpreted as an acute need for action and upon reaching the UK value, this is considered a need for optimization. The value is weighted 50%.

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Team of experts

digital.swiss, Marc  Piveteau

Jean-Marc Piveteau

Rector
University of Applied Science Zurich | ZHAW 

digital.swiss, Thilo  Rockmann

Thilo Rockmann

Chairman and COO
LzLabs GmbH

digital.swiss, Photo  Forschung Innovation  Patrick  Burkhalter

Patrick Burkhalter

Chairman of the Board
Ergon Informatik AG

digital.swiss, Photo  Forschung Innovation  Mauro  Pezzè

Mauro Pezzè

Professor
Università della Svizzera Italiana

digital.swiss, Photo  Forschung Innovation  Martin  Bosshardt

Martin Bosshardt

CEO
Open Systems AG

digital.swiss, Harald  Gall

Harald Gall

Dean, Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics
University of Zurich

digital.swiss, Zwanenpoel

Willy Zwaenepoel

Professor
EPFL | École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

digital.swiss, Photo  Forschung Innovation  Eric Ruetsche

Erich Rütsche

Technology & IP Leader Europe
IBM Research GmbH 

digital.swiss, Photo  Forschung Innovation  Andre  Golliez

André Golliez

Co-Founder and President
Opendata.ch

digital.swiss, Photo  Forschung Innovation  Anton  Aschwanden

Anton Aschwanden

Public Policy Manager
Google Switzerland GmbH 

digital.swiss, Sunnie  Groeneveld

Sunnie Groeneveld

Founder and Managing Partner
Inspire 925 GmbH

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