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.