On Monday November 9, 2015 a group of nine entrepreneurs were invited to a “Start-up Hearing” of the economy commission of the national council (WAK-N) in Berne, presided by Ruedi Noser, national council FDP, president of the economy commission and steering committee member of DigitalZurich2025.

As it stands, 40% of Swiss entrepreneurs say they wish they had founded their company abroad, the Swiss Ventures Survey by Bilan and Le Réseau found Start-ups, however, are a key driver for economic growth. According to Peter Vogel, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) effective entrepreneurial ecosystems require a well-coordinated multi-stakeholder approach. In short, we all need to work together to set our start-up ecosystem abuzz.

It is this multi-stakeholder approach for which Ruedi Noser is well-known in Berne. After the panel discussion in August, he worked with DigitalZurich2025 to bring together a team of “unlikely allies”: entrepreneurs from the fintech, gaming and service sector as well as lawyers and investors from all corners of the country. The aim of these representatives has been to raise awareness about the specific hurdles currently in the way of entrepreneurs. Under the coordination of Hannes Gassert, co-founder of wemakeit.com and initiator of the parliamentary group “Startups” and myself, the group compiled a list of demands for more start-up friendly conditions in Switzerland.

Key demands – partially based on the Start-up Manifesto – included startup-friendly regulation of the financial sector, fairer taxation practices towards startup founders and investors as well as a startup visa. If you are interested in the full list of demands, please provide us your email address so we can send them to you.

The Start-up Hearing at the economic commission of the national council on November 9, 2015 has just been the beginning. It marks the very first steps of a nascent political effort of startup founders, lawyers, investors and corporates with a big vision for a globally-competitive, vibrant Swiss innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. We at DigitalZurich2025 are convinced that start-ups are crucially important for the continued success of Switzerland’s economy. We are grateful to Ruedi Noser for his commitment  towards start-ups and the Swiss economy, and we could not be more excited to continue this journey alongside Swiss Finance Startups, Swiss Crowdfunding Association, Swiss Startup Association, Le Réseau, Impact Hub Zurich and Geneva and anyone who wants to join our effort.


*Pictured on the photograph from left to right: Christian Wenger, Hannes Gassert, Urs Häusler, Sunnie Groeneveld,Maurus Winzap, Yann Ranchere, Karim Maizar, Maximilian Pallain and Emilie Joly


Next Steps

On November 10, 2015 the WAK-N has asked the federal council to do a report that includes a list of recommendations for actions towards a more competitive financial center that fosters fintech innovations. You can follow along on this postulate via this link

Read the NZZ’s Coverage (in German): “Jungfirmen überraschen Politiker” and “Säulenheilige der Schweizer Politik

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