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The Swiss Federal Foundation for Promotion of the National Economy through Scientific Research financially supports and furthers the founding of Swiss technology start-ups. Read more ›

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The Foundation

Mission

The Swiss Federal Foundation for Promotion of the National Economy through Scientific Research financially supports and furthers the founding of Swiss technology start-ups.

The purpose of the foundation

The foundation was created in 1918 by Swiss industrial firms. The foundation’s purpose is to promote the Swiss economy through innovation. The foundation strives to transfer know-how and technologies developed at Swiss institutions of higher learning and their associated research facilities, into private enterprises. The intent being that these technologies or knowledge applications are subsequently commercialized to achieve an economic gain. This transpires through the process of founding new companies (university spin-offs). Generally speaking, the foundation promotes applied research that is subsequently exploited in promising commercial applications. Promoting basic research is not the purpose of the foundation.

The structure and legal form

The foundation is led by a board of between 20 and 30 Trustees of whom the majority must be legal residents of Switzerland. The board is comprised of individuals coming from various backgrounds such as industry, politics, research and teaching, or are successful entrepreneurs themselves.

Within the framework of its purpose, the foundation operates exclusively in Switzerland but throughout all of Switzerland.

The foundation does not seek to make a profit or pursue any financial gain.

Operating under the name «Eidgenössische Stiftung zur Förderung schweizerischer Volkswirtschaft durch Wissenschaftliche Forschung» this legal body is set up as a foundation under Art. 80 of the Swiss civil code of law headquartered in Zurich. The foundation is listed in the Register of Commerce of the Canton of Zurich and is under federal supervision by the Swiss federal council.

Nature of support

To fulfill its purpose, the foundation supports innovative university graduates and young entrepreneurs in their endeavor to substantiate their innovative business ideas, generally originating from their basic research, with the objective to secure a first round of financial support from early stage investors and support organizations. Supporting a business for market entry or to purely accelerate growth is not the objective of the foundation. This later market development stage should be financed through investors, venture capital, banks or other financial institutions. The initial business development phase is crucial for a nascent venture. At such an early stage, investors will only engage and be willing to consider a financial investment into a venture based on tangible results, prototype development or other achievements. It is the foundation’s focus to bridge the financing gap typically occurring in the critical early phase of a start-up before market entry. It is at this point that business and product options are assessed, permitting an evaluation of the potential of a product (proof of principle). The foundation’s loan should support the development of a realistic business model resulting in an attractive and strong business case.

Board of Directors

Dr. Rolf W. Arndt

Dr. Rolf W. Arndt

Expertise: Technology, Life Sciences

Brigitte Baumann

Brigitte Baumann

Expertise: General

Kurt Biri

Kurt Biri

Expertise: General

Philip Bodmer

Philip Bodmer

Expertise: Technology, Life Sciences

Prof. Dr. Alexander. Borbély

Prof. Dr. Alexander. Borbély

Expertise: Life Sciences

Dr. Ulrich Claessen

Dr. Ulrich Claessen

Expertise: Industry, Robotics

Giuseppe Domeniconi

Giuseppe Domeniconi

Expertise: Food

Prof. Dr. Klaus Ensslin

Prof. Dr. Klaus Ensslin

Expertise: Engineering, Physics

Markus Fiechter

Markus Fiechter

Expertise: General, Food, ICT

Albert Fritschi

Albert Fritschi

Expertise: General

Prof. Dr. Martin Fussenegger

Prof. Dr. Martin Fussenegger

Expertise: Life Sciences, Biotechnology

Patrick Griss

Patrick Griss

Expertise: Life Sciences, Medical Devices, Microengineering, Sensors, Technology

Christian Gut

Christian Gut

Expertise: General

Dr. Bruno Oesch

Dr. Bruno Oesch

Expertise: Life Sciences

Rudolf Ruch

Rudolf Ruch

Expertise: General

Dr. Fiorenzo Scaroni

Dr. Fiorenzo Scaroni

Expertise: ICT

Dr. Klara Sekanina

Dr. Klara Sekanina

Expertise: General

Lesley Spiegel

Lesley Spiegel

Expertise: General

Prof. Dr. Heinz Winzeler

Prof. Dr. Heinz Winzeler

Expertise: General, Chemical Sciences, Process Engineering

Dr. Stefan Wolfensberger

Dr. Stefan Wolfensberger

Expertise: General

Prof. Dr. Renato Zenobi

Prof. Dr. Renato Zenobi

Expertise: Chemical Sciences and Analysis

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