With our projects, we aim to foster best practices, knowledge and understanding around digitalisation. Also of particular importance to us is that we can connect and bring together the brightest minds, visionaries and pioneers to think about opportunities and challenges of digitalisation. We not only want to talk the talk, but walk the walk! Thus, we try to see further and implement concrete projects, while at the same time being in a dialogue and intense exchange with the Swiss public.
Commitment to political framework conditions that support a thriving innovation ecosystem
To promote both innovation in Switzerland and digital transformation in all areas of society, it takes not only business and academia, but also the support and willpower of the government to move ahead. Ideal framework conditions are necessary to make use of the potential of digitalisation. Therefore, an intensive exchange between business, academia and governmental stakeholders is essential and stimulating at the same time.
Digital Action Plan
To move Switzerland forward, a Digital Action Plan was established in 2017. It encompasses Within this Digital Action Plan, six action fields filled with concrete implementation projects, out of which specific recommendations were created. The action fields include the following:
- Society | Digital Transformation
- Business | Ecosystem | Innovation
- Education | Research
- Infrastructure | Data Policy
- Cyber Security
Within the Digital Action Plan, digitalswitzerland organises workshops for its members to push the projects forward, together with relevant partners from the network. Deepdive issues include blockchain technology, cybersecurity and health. Ideas such as the E-ID, mobility initiative as well as push for 5G have their origins within this project.
100 Digital Shapers of Switzerland
In cooperation with Bilanz and a jury of experts, digitalswitzerland nominates each year the top 100 digital shapers of Switzerland. Together with the digital shapers, digitalswitzerland launched the digital manifesto, which found its way into the Digital Action Plan. For 2018, digitalswitzerland and Bilanz are looking for the next generation of digital shapers. Check out the digital shapers of 2017.
Education & Talent
Improving digital skills, for current employees and for the next generation
A truly innovative economy is based on both a solid education that builds on the past and looks to the future as well as talent development. As digitalswitzerland’s mission is to make Switzerland a leading digital innovation hub – worldwide, our Education & Talent initiative promotes digitalisation in both those areas. From compulsory and tertiary education to apprenticeship and lifelong learning, we aim to encourage and promote digital skills and competencies throughout the country for all ages and interests.
Our digital platform educationdigital.ch bundles lifelong education offerings in the fields of digital skills and provides employees and learners with access.
Visit educationdigital to see current offerings
Our initiative «nextgeneration» supports digital education offerings for children and adolescents to start early to create curiosity and build fundamental skills. Our job is to connect these existing platforms and provide reach and publicity via our channels and network.
Learn more about our initiative nextgeneration
Our Ateliers adapt. help SMEs to carry out a needs analysis, identify a possible field of action and develop a roadmap for the implementation of a relevant digital project. A pilot is taking place in the French-speaking part.
Learn more about our Ateliers adapt. (in French)
Helping entrepreneurs to grow and scale – providing members with high-speed access to innovation
Young entrepreneurs are the source of new and brilliant ideas, moving with great agility. At the same time, they benefit from a strong community to overcome obstacles during the set-up of their business and when seeking to scale.
Our initiatives provide startups with vital business knowledge and coaching, offer rich networking opportunities and provide access to funding.
In a world in flux, companies need to unlock new ideas and business models to stay on top and compete with new global players. Our corporate members and sponsors benefit from high-speed access to leading startups and top talents that can help them accelerate their own ideas and digital transformation processes.
A strong startup ecosystem is at the heart of innovation. Therefore, we launched a new entrepreneurial programme for startups: the digitalswitzerland Startup Bootcamps.
Market entry Bootcamps – For International Startups
The Market Entry Bootcamps present international startups with a deep-dive into the Swiss entrepreneurship ecosystem via access to leading Swiss corporations, Swiss accelerator and incubator programs as well as public institutions.
Scale up Bootcamps – For National Startups
The Scale up Bootcamp offers Swiss Scale up startups rich business development opportunities with industry leaders to accelerate their businesses.
More information on our Startup Bootcamps
Venture Kick and its programs and events aim to close the gaps within the Swiss innovation chain. Venture Kick focuses on supporting the development of both Swiss and international founders, from the first idea to the successful scaling for international markets.
Visit the website Venture Kick
Startup Invest is Switzerland’s leading financing platform for Swiss High-Tech Startups. Next to being a matchmaking platform between investors and startups for all range of investments from Seed to later stage investments, it is also the main force for the professionalization of the Business Angel and Venture Capital ecosystem in Switzerland.
Learn more about Startup INVEST
Bundling forces and fostering cross-sector collaboration to enable innovation
One country, one company or one individual alone cannot overcome the challenges of digitalisation. Creative solutions and collaborative know-how is needed to guide our businesses into the digital future. An interdisciplinary approach is key. For this reason, digitalswitzerland launched the digitalswitzerland challenge.
Corporate Innovation & Transformation
Offering new and evolved solutions for corporate innovation, collaboration, intrapreneurship, acceleration and corporate venturing. Digitalswitzerland connects the dots to inspire and generate impulse, enabling more successful transformation.
With the challenge, digitalswitzerland enables interdisciplinary and cross-sector teams to implement their innovative ambitions within a competitive framework. We call these ambitions bets, because for Switzerland’s future we want to go all in. As Switzerland has always excelled in collaboration and innovation to overcome challenges, we are confident that we will also win these bets. The ambitious program puts Switzerland, its companies, the local academia and politics at the heart of digitalization.
See digitalswitzerland|challenge for more information.
SME Innovation & Transformation
Solutions for SMEs across Switzerland to help solving real digital challenges. Co-created and provided by our network of partners. Combination of clarification, problem solving, inspiration and support in transforming. Goal is to empower 10’000 people from SMEs until 2021.
High-profile format, invitation only for our members, offering insights, key notes and networking on highest level. “Mini WEF for Swiss Corporates”. C-Level and Board of Directors only. Goal is to connect the decision makers on the highest level. To initiate and drive change across verticals, and to leverage enabling technologies for large-scale impact.
Offering inspiration and connecting opportunity for a successful WEF day. Highest-quality networking on C-Level at the World Economic Forum in Davos with inspiring key notes to kick of the day with getting-things-done energy.
Corporate Startup Summit
Connecting Corporate Decision Makers, Innovation Managers, Corporate Startups/Intrapreneurs for exchanging best practice, showcasing and rewarding intrapreneurship, inspiring collaboration and networking.
Visit Corporate Startup Summit
Leading a meaningful dialogue with the public
At the heart of digitalswitzerland’s activities are the question marks, fears and curiosity hopes of the Swiss public. What does digitalization mean in concrete terms for all of us?
For this reason, digitalswitzerland has launched Switzerland’s first Digital Day, which took place on 21 November 2017. Together with more than 40 partner companies and institutions under the patronage of Swiss President Doris Leuthard and Federal Councilor Johann Schneider-Ammann, digitalswitzerland started the dialogue with the Swiss public and made digitalization a unique experience.
The next Digital Day is already in the making: On 25 October 2018, we aim to include even more people, partners and regions into this big day dedicated to all things digital!
Computational Thinking Initiative CTI
The Computational Thinking Initiative CTI, launched on the second Swiss Digital Day, aims to strengthen digital education and develop basic know-how in primary schools in all parts of the country. The basis for this is a learning robot developed in Switzerland with which children can learn computational thinking in a playful way. As a public-private partnership, the initiative is jointly supported by various public educational institutions and industry. It is also under the patronage of former Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann and aims to strengthen Switzerland as a business location.
Position Switzerland internationally as leading digital innovation hub.
With international connectivity, the focus is on the “worldwide” part of our mission: Making Switzerland a leading digital innovation hub, worldwide!
We have 3 focus areas to position Switzerland on the international stage:
- Cooperation: build cooperation between national stakeholders and increase visibility for the Swiss ecosystem by combining forces
- Visibility: increase the Swiss presence at international conferences and intensify our communication activities
- Connectivity: strengthen knowledge and technology transfer with other international hubs
CES Las Vegas 2019
Swiss Made Deep Tech in Las Vegas!
CES is the world’s largest gathering of consumer technologies. It has served as a testing ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years. This is where next generation innovation is introduced to the marketplace.
digitalswitzerland is a strategic partner of the SWISS Pavillion, which will represent Swiss Made Deep Tech at the conference. The SWISS Pavilion is organized by Presence Switzerland (PRS) in collaboration with Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) and with the support of strategic partners like Innosuisse, swissnex, ProHelvetia and ourselves.
Together, we will introduce for the first time “Swiss Made Deep Tech”. We will use this joint positioning to promote the entire Swiss ecosystem and showcase Switzerland internationally as a world-class innovation and technology hub.
World Congress of Scientific Journalism
digitalswitzerland will be part of the WCSJ 2019 next July in Lausanne and will organize a theme-based luncheon. The congress brings together professionals and students in science journalism and science writing from around the world to exchange ideas and skills, build networks and foster quality science journalism and collaboration on a global scale.
Adding an industry focus to strengthen Switzerland as key player in the global markets.
digitalswitzerland will now include four new topic areas, called Verticals. The Verticals complement our existing activities by adding an industry focus. The aim is to identify new flagship projects and further develop existing ones within these industries that highlight Switzerland’s leading role in technology and innovation. These high-profile, Swiss projects will be part of our Matterhorn programme. Through the Verticals, our members join interdisciplinary teams and bring their expertise and thought-leadership to co-create concrete, effective and sustainable projects that will shape the future of these industries in Switzerland.
- Fintech & Crypto: Gerhard Lohmann (SwissRe), Luka Müller (MME Legal) and Patrick Oltramare (Swisscaution)
- Life Science & Food – tbd
- Infrastructure: Andreas Meyer (SBB) and Gilles Marchand (SRG/SSR)
- Technology: Marianne Janik (Microsoft) and Edouard Bugnion (EPFL)
We are just launching these new industry-focused Verticals and look forward to sharing the first successful projects soon.