Facilitators and partners

Business assistance bodies are ready to support and advise you free of charge for all your business creation, development and transfer plans.. Thanks to a recognised skill set, whatever the stage of development of your project, customised services are provided for you. The missions and special features of each of them are addressed below.

SUPPORT, COACHING, INCUBATION - CANTON OF GENEVA

ECLOSION - Incubator in the field of life sciences

To support the creation and development of companies in the field of the life sciences.
www.eclosion.com

FONGIT - Geneva Foundation -Technological Incubator

Finance and assistance for innovative high technology projects.
www.fongit.ch

GENILEM - Non-profit association

Assist creators of innovative businesses.
www.genilem.ch

ECONOMIC PROMOTION OF GENEVA - Business Counter

Support the SMEs and company creators of Geneva in the development of their projects by calling on the skills of partner organisations.
www.ge.ch/entreprises

GENEVA CREATIVITY CENTER - Space for collaboration, stimulation and emergence of ideas

Initiate encounters between players in research and in industry in order to develop original projects that benefit the local economic fabric.
www.creativitycenter.ch

 

FINANCING

FAE - Foundation for the Support of Enterprises

Assist existing SMEs or those in the process of creation whose development is of interest to the canton in terms of employment and know-how.
www.fae-ge.ch

FONDETEC - Communal foundation for the development of employment and the economic fabric in the city of Geneva

Promotion of new job-creating companies, support for the development of existing businesses, and stimulation of innovation in the city of Geneva.
www.fondetec.ch

SWISS SOLIDARITY-BASED MICROCREDIT

Promote the economic independence of people through the creation or takeover of a small company with headquarters in Switzerland when the project developers do not have access to bank credit.
www.microcredit-solidaire.ch

VENTURE KICK

Make it possible to carry out the vision and financing of companies still in development thanks to a booster contribution that can go up to CHF 130,000 without security.
www.venturekick.ch
 

MATCHINVEST

The matchINVEST platform gives companies of all backgrounds access to research tools and powerful matching, with the security of an institutional framework guaranteed by the French-speaking cantons.
www.matchinvest.ch

 

OTHER PLAYERS (IN GENEVA)

APRES-GE - Chamber of social and solidarity-based economy

Promote and develop the social and solidarity-based economy (ESS) in the Geneva region.
www.apres-ge.ch

CCIG - Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services

Promote and defend the interests of trade, industry and services in the canton, within the framework of the general interest of the Swiss economy, by improving the framework conditions that relate to the economy, supplying services to companies (especially information and documentation), and promoting its members by putting businesses in touch with each other.
www.ccig.ch

EURESEARCH GENEVA

Foster the participation of companies and researchers in the European research and innovation programmes (Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union for Research and Technological Development, Enterprise Europe Network, COST).
http://www.unige.ch/recherche/euresearch/index.html

FER GENEVA - Federation of Western Switzerland businesses, Geneva

Leading employers’ association of the canton, grouping together 75 employers’ organisations and more than 24,000 members, companies and independent professions tasked with providing for the defence of the private economy, supplying services to its members (secretariat for professional associations, labour law, collective bargaining, professional training, health and safety at work, salaries and social security) and conducting discussions on the evolution of society.
www.fer-ge.ch

FORMACONSEIL

Advice on continuous training and skills development.
https://ge.ch/ecoguichetpmepmi/content/formaconseil

FTI - Foundation for the industrial land of Geneva

Enhancement of the industrial perimeters of the canton and support to the secondary sector.
www.fti.geneve.ch

UIG - Geneva Industrial Union

Professional and employers’ association of the mechatronics and associated sectors with the following objectives and missions:

www.uig.ch

BODIES IN THE CANTON OF VAUD

INNOVAUD - Accelerating innovation

Innovaud is the access key to innovation in the Canton of Vaud.  It focuses on all businesses that bring into being innovation projects into being – from start-ups and SMEs to giant multinationals – and on the various support options that are available to each of them.
http://www.innovaud.ch/

SPECO - Economic Promotion and Commerce Service

Encouraging innovation and diversification of the private economy. On the strategic level, economic promotion aims at maintaining and developing new jobs as well as creating wealth in the economy of Vaud and the SMEs. It’s objective is to train and inform entrepreneurs but also to foster exchanges and networking.
www-vd.ch/speco

DEV - Vaud Economic Development

Promotion of foreign investments and the establishment of companies in the Canton of Vaud.
www.dev.ch

CODEV - Regional hosting platforms for businesses

Offer information, referral, advice and support services in the areas of economic promotion and the creation and development of businesses.
www.codev.ch

CVCI - Vaud Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The CVCI is a purely private association and therefore not subsidised. It acquires its resources from the membership fees of its members, from the sale of services and from various assignments that it takes on. An interlocutor and mouthpiece for companies operating under the principles of the market economy, the CVCI is a member of the Swiss Business Federation (economiesuisse) and the Swiss Employers’ Union. It also belongs to the vast national and international network of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCI). 
www.cvci.ch

CENTRE PATRONAL

Private enterprise serving companies, employers and professional associations. It hosts professional secretariats,  provides information and counselling, a complete offer of social institutions and training courses and publishes legal and non-specialized publications.
www.centrepatronal.ch

INTERCANTONAL INITIATIVES

ALLIANCE

Develop synergies and R&D projects between businesses and the university-level institutions and research centres in western Switzerland.
www.alliance-tt.ch

PLATINN

Supply coaching and strategic advice services to start-ups as well as to small and medium-sized industries with the objective of strengthening their business innovation system.
www.platinn.ch

RELEVE PME

Promote and facilitate the succession of companies, equity acquisitions and cooperative projects as well as all the entrepreneurial initiatives of SMEs.
www.relevepme.ch

FEDERAL INITIATIVES

CTI - Commission for Technology and Innovation

The Commission for Technology and Innovation is appointed by the Swiss Confederation in order to support high-tech projects and new companies by supplying them with coaching and direct access to investors. This national strategic mission promotes the economic growth, job creation and development of international competitiveness that will ensure the future prosperity of Switzerland.
The mission of CTI Start-up is to help entrepreneurs by offering them a four-part coaching programme. A coach will help entrepreneurs bring their project to maturity so that they will be able to apply for the CTI Start-up Label which is a pledge of quality and credibility for investors. The CTI will also promote company entry into the market. The coaching is free of charge for companies and they will benefit from the expertise and networks of more than 60 CTI Start-up coaches.
www.kti.admin.ch
www.ctistartup.ch

S-GE - Switzerland Global Enterprise

The Swiss Confederation has given S-GE the mission of helping SMEs and start-ups in their export efforts. Whether for obtaining information on a market or searching for customers, distributors, contractors or other partners, S-GE supports companies by means of advisors in Switzerland, the diplomatic network and advisors abroad., S-GE has18 branches abroad, all made up of local staff members who have an excellent understanding ofthe culture and economic rules of their respective countries.
www.s-ge.ch

 

VENTURELAB

Support new innovative companies and raise student awareness of students about entrepreneurship, in collaboration with the federal institutes of technology, universities and specialised university-level institutions.
www.venturelab.ch