Internship in Switzerland

The Singapore Academy of Corporate Management offers unique educational trips to Switzerland, organized with the full financial support of the Innovation Fund “RHR Balanced Venture Capital Investments, SA” (Switzerland), as part of training corporate teams on the DBA / EDBA programs “Innovation Management” and “Chief Executive Officer”. In the investor environment, Switzerland has already got an unofficial nickname - “Silicon Alps”. For the sixth year in a row, the country ranks 1st in the Global Innovation Index rating (according to the international business school INSEAD), and at the federal and regional levels it implements many initiatives aimed at supporting technology companies.


Образовательное путешествие SACM в ШвейцариюEducational Travel Program

Type of internship: full-time international educational trip
Course duration: 21 days (minimum 7 days)
Format: corporate education in Russian and English
Group: from 3 people, participants of corporate programs DBA / EDBA Innovation Management / Chief Executive Officer
Exclusive: cultural program in Switzerland

Special conditions: the trip is paid by the Innovation Fund “RHR Balanced Venture Capital Investments, SA” (Switzerland)

Leaders of the Academy seminars:
Professional, certified and certified professionals with extensive experience and ready to share with you their knowledge and practical experience. The value of the seminars is that all the information obtained in the process is based on the practical long-term experience of leading international companies and corporations.

Lecture hall:
Top managers, Innovators, Managers and owners of enterprises interested in the development of international business, Start-up entrepreneurs who have decided to use an innovative approach to business as a StartUp project.

The Academy has prepared a unique cultural program for the participants, which will tell the story of Switzerland. Museums, parks, a mountain resort, exhibition centers, and much more are offered.


Switzerland for SACM doctoral students

In the investor environment, Switzerland has already got an unofficial nickname - “Silicon Alps”. For the sixth year in a row, the country ranks 1st in the Global Innovation Index rating (according to the international business school INSEAD), and at the federal and regional levels it implements many initiatives aimed at supporting technology companies. More than 20 large clusters have been formed on the territory of the country, each of which is “sharpened” for a separate industry. In the north-west of the country are concentrated biotech sector enterprises. Together with the largest chemical and pharmaceutical concerns, such as Novartis, Roche and Syngenta, hundreds of companies specializing in the manufacture of medical equipment, bio- and nanotechnologies are doing business here.

Between Geneva and Schaffhausen there are enterprises of precision mechanics and optics, which form the so-called “watchmaker's belt”. More than 40 thousand people are employed in the financial cluster with the center in Zurich. Machine-building enterprises are located in a number of cantons in the south, in the center and in the north of the country (Zurich, Aargau, Reyntal, Ticino, Valais, etc.). In Switzerland, information and communication technology companies are located in Switzerland - for example, Yandex, IBM, Google, Microsoft, Disney and HP. And they do it, as in Silicon Valley, next to the leading universities and research institutes. The country is divided into 26 cantons, each of which imposes its own budget, is managed by the local government and sets its own laws. Competition between the cantons plays an important role for the entrepreneur: the regions of the country compete for the best companies and strive to offer investors the most favorable conditions.


Advantages of participation in the internship for startup authors

A variety of technological trends. Every year in Switzerland, there are hundreds of startups specializing in IT and communications, medical technology, biotech; many of them successfully close large rounds of investment and enter international markets. Financial Center Europe -

Zurich - attracts startups in the field of fintech. There are special state programs for attracting start-ups in priority areas throughout the country.

Ready infrastructure. For startups in Switzerland, all the necessary conditions. In the cluster according to your specialization, you will find universities for joint research, grant programs, accelerators, and finally, companies with an adjacent focus, with which you can combine efforts.

The federal state and the independence of the cantons. Any startup must first understand the federal structure of Switzerland. The country is divided into 26 cantons, each of which imposes its own budget, is managed by the local government and sets its own laws. Nevertheless, competition between the cantons plays an important role: the cantons thus seek to offer the most favorable conditions for the company and ensure the flow of investment into the region.

Project financing. In Switzerland, more than 3% of GDP per year goes to finance research and research projects of companies. There is, for example, such an organization - the Commission on Technology and Innovation (KTI). She is a member of the Federal Department of Economics, Education and Research and finances up to 50% of the project expenses of start-ups (provided that the contribution of project participants is at least 50%). KTI also advises, trains start-up entrepreneurs and helps to attract national and foreign business angels and venture funds to project financing. KTI budget per year - 120 million francs.

Patent law. In Switzerland, a high level of protection of intellectual property (the country in general gave the world such concepts as “intellectual property” and “copyright”: in 1886, the first international convention on the protection of copyright of literary and artistic works was concluded in the Swiss capital of Bern). Having full rights to your invention or approach is extremely important for technology companies that need to monetize their designs, and in Switzerland about a thousand patents are registered annually, which raises it to the top of the countries ’patent activity ratings. Patented discovery, register a trademark or industrial design can be at the Federal Institute for Intellectual Property in Bern. The Institute maintains the Swissreg database, where it is possible to obtain free of charge information on registered trademarks, patents, industrial designs and printing houses. There are three possibilities for patent protection in Switzerland: the Swiss patent (when filing a national patent application, patent protection extends to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein), the European patent (the applicant has the opportunity to acquire patent protection in the states parties to the agreement) and the International patent (has such same force in all member states as national application).

Universities. Over 60 higher educational institutions in Switzerland constantly cooperate with start-ups. Moreover, universities are not one of the last ten: among the top 200 universities according to the THE World University Rankings 2016-2017 7 Swiss: Zurich Federal University of Technology (9th place), Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (30th place), University of Basel (98th place), University Zurich (106 place), University of Bern (110 place), Geneva University (137 place) and University of Lausanne (157 place).

Help from officials. Swiss authorities have a positive attitude towards foreign entrepreneurs. The international organization for the promotion of trade and investment Switzerland Global Enterprise - and its representative office in Russia, the Swiss Business Assistance Center - is engaged in attracting potential investors to Switzerland. Experts advise entrepreneurs free of charge on the issues of opening a legal entity in the country, taxation, employment, and also bring them to the appropriate cantons and clusters. Officials in the cantons, for example, help entrepreneurs establish contacts with partners or submit them to the bank for funding.

Technoparks and business incubators in Switzerland. High technology companies and venture capital firms, faculties and departments of universities, investment and venture funds cooperate here. As an example, in Switzerland there is an association of incubators and technology parks - The association was created in 2000 and already has more than 1000 innovative projects. The cost of participation with an office of 3000 square meters. meters and with the laboratory - 1500 francs per year; with office less than 3000 square meters. meters - 750 francs per year.

Low taxes. Swiss companies are taxed at several levels: federal, cantonal.


Examples of business accelerators in Switzerland

Fongit is the first business accelerator in Switzerland, which offers support for young entrepreneurship in information technology, medicine and ecology. Located in Geneva, it has equipped office space, advises start-up companies, provides financial assistance.

MassChallenge is the largest accelerator in Switzerland, launched in February 2016. The division of the Boston single-name accelerator. Located in the city of Renan, in the canton of Vaud. Provides all the necessary resources and conditions for the successful development of a startup, ranging from free office space, ending with help in entering global markets.

Kickstart accelerator - a program that helps start-ups to develop themselves in the initial stages. It works with 4 areas: food, financial technology, smart mechanisms and future technologies. For 11 weeks, the accelerator-selected team lives and works in Zurich. Also, the accelerator encourages selected companies with a grant of 25 thousand Swiss francs.

More examples of accelerators: Fintech Fusion, Swiss Life Lab, Swiss Tech Accelerator, Swiss Co-Working, Vios, Young Entrepreneurs Club.

Examples of Swiss business incubators: Blue Lion, Fondazione Synergia, Impact Hub Geneva, Incubateur Essaim, Swiss Start Up Factory, Fusion, Y-START Business Incubator, La Forge.

The most popular awards for entrepreneurs: Innovation Award, SME-Oscar, Entrepreneurship-Award, Cunning Fox, Golden Apple.


Examples of startups in Switzerland

The most successful and well-known Swiss startups today are represented in the TOP 100 - The Best Swiss Startups ranking. Among them:

L.E.S.S. SA (Innovation Park at the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne) - produces an alternative to modern LEDs, delivers ultra-thin, bright lighting systems to customers who work in various fields (medicine, cars, etc.).

Bcomp AG (Friborg) - develops highly efficient semi-finished products made from natural fibers. Their products are used in the automotive field (Bcomp cooperates with the automotive cluster, developing lightweight and durable rubber), in products for surfing and snowboards.

Knip AG (Zurich) - offers a digital insurance "navigator", which simplifies the lives of its users. The application eliminates the hassle associated with insurance, describing in detail all types of insurance in one place.

Sophia Genetics SA (Bo) is a bioinformatics company. It offers medical specialists who provide genetic diagnostics, a comprehensive application of analyzes and DNA sequences formed by sequencing the next generation.

Ava AG (Zurich) - offers technology that helps couples have a baby. Their main development is a bracelet that connects via Bluetooth to an application on a smartphone. It allows you to accurately determine the days during which a woman can become pregnant. The bracelet also measures the pulse, the temperature of a woman’s body, monitors movements.

Ethereum (Zug) is a platform for creating decentralized online services based on the blockchain operating on the basis of smart contracts. Implemented as a single decentralized virtual machine. Since Ethereum is an open platform, this greatly simplifies the introduction of blockchain technology. It also explains the interest from various start-ups and major software developers, such as Microsoft, IBM, Acronis. Financial companies, including Sberbank, are showing significant interest in the platform.

WayRay (Lausanne) - a company that developed a compact device - a navigation system that uses the holographic projection method to display information on the windshield. The system interacts with the infrastructure of the city and complements it with digital information. The Analytical Center collects route statistics and tells the driver the most convenient way. Founded by Russians.

Fly & Film (Valais) is a company that rents drones in the sports and tourism industry. In the immediate plans of the startup - the creation of anti-avalanche drones, as well as devices that will be able to assess the technical condition of solar panels and buildings for thermal leakage.

InSphero (Schlieren) is a medical technology startup that develops micro tissues for testing various medical products, their effectiveness and safety.

Nanolive (Ecublens) is a startup that developed the 3D Cell Explorer microscope, which allows scientists to conduct three-dimensional cell studies without using chemicals or markers. With the help of this microscope, it is possible to study the life of cells from within with such detail that was not previously available.


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For a resource-poor Switzerland, the most valuable capital is well-educated personnel and constant work in the field of innovation. The policy in the field of education and science is also focused on this. The quality of public education has earned international recognition; universities, postgraduate education, as well as international private schools and boarding schools are known throughout the world. The federal structure makes it possible in the field of education to achieve high quality and close ties with economic practice and scientific research. One of the features is the dual education system: along with classical education in secondary schools and universities, training for many technical and industrial specialties, as well as for professions in the service sector, is carried out directly in practice.

The advanced training system in Switzerland has a long tradition. State educational institutions, such as universities or specialized higher education institutions, offer, along with post-graduate education programs, various courses on special topics that are available not only to their graduates. Auditors can also sign up to attend regular classes. Folk schools are subsidized by the state; Any interested person can visit them. Private educational institutions also organize
a variety of programs ranging from language courses to yoga classes and management courses.


Universities and higher technical schools

We offer to visit in the framework of the educational journey the largest research centers in Switzerland:
Higher Technical School of Northwestern Switzerland (Fachhochschule
Zurich High Technical School (Fachhochschule Zürich)
Higher Technical School of Eastern Switzerland (Fachhochschule Ostschweiz)
Higher Technical School of Central Switzerland (Fachhochschule Zentralschweiz)
University of Applied Sciences Italian Switzerland (Scuola Universitaria
Professionale della Svizzera Italiana)
Bern Graduate School of Technology (Fachhochschule Bern)
Higher Technical School of Eastern Switzerland (Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse occidentale)

In Switzerland, there are ten cantonal universities teaching in German (in Basel, Bern, Zurich, Lucerne, St. Gallen), French (in Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchatel), Italian (in Lugano), or in two languages (German and French in Fribur / Freiburg. Federal technical higher education institutions (ETH) are located in Lausanne (teaching at French) and in Zurich (teaching in German). The focus of the fields of study and research on the solution of certain problems has ensured the prestige of Swiss universities in various fields at the international level. Both federal higher technical schools in Zurich (ETHZ) and in Lausanne (EPFL), together with the international research community, carry out the most advanced scientific research on top level. These institutions seek to attract world-renowned scientists. Swiss universities are constantly among the top 100 universities worldwide and in Europe, while some institutions are part of the global elite. Swiss institutes and universities also participate in international research programs and, as a rule, create opportunities for postgraduate education (sometimes with the assistance of foreign educational institutions).


Swiss research potential

The higher the rate of technical progress, the more important for the economy are R & D. Switzerland is among the countries where research is most intensively conducted. Publication of articles in scientific journals (in print or in digital format) is the most important means for disseminating the results of research and knowledge. The so-called "impact factor" shows how often the article of a particular journal is cited in other publications. Switzerland is at the same time in all without exception areas of research according to the international ranking in second place after the United States. Since the 1980s, the influence of Swiss publications has grown steadily and is currently 17% higher than the world average.

If we compare the number of publications with the population, then Switzerland, which currently has 3.9 publications per 1,000 inhabitants, is the most productive country in the world. The state pays special attention to fundamental research. Representatives of economics and science work closely together. At any educational institution at the level of a university or another university, there is an appropriate service for coordinating interaction with economic entities. The Technology and Innovation Commission (CTI) can have significant financial support for research and development projects on which companies work together with non-profit research organizations.


International research cooperation

Swiss businessmen are very interested in scientific cooperation with foreign partners, especially from EU countries. Doing R & D together with creatively-minded foreign partners allows even relatively small firms to gain access to the results that they can implement on the market. Bilateral agreements with the EU made it possible to create even more favorable conditions for this.

Switzerland Innovation - Swiss Innovation Park

Switzerland Innovation, the Swiss Innovation Park, provides high-tech enterprises with a favorable environment for cooperation with leading international universities, including the prestigious Swiss technical universities ETH Zurich and EPFL Lausanne, as well as for the mutual exchange of research results to develop products and services for use in the market . Switzerland Innovation supports interdisciplinary cooperation between business and science. This opens up new ways and means for marketing in the new era. Technoparks Switzerland Innovation is an ideal platform for research and development enterprises that are developing their next innovative or profitable product. Switzerland is not in vain has the reputation of the most innovative countries in the world.

Priority Innovations

The main focus of the innovation program of Switzerland are five priority areas: health and biotechnology, mobility and transport, energy, ecology and natural resources, manufacturing and production, as well as information and computer technology. Each of these areas forms a fertile ground for the development of numerous innovations that will bring society a number of advantages, including in the following areas: robotics, artificial intelligence, astronautics, nanotechnology, materials research, additive manufacturing, diagnostics, cancer treatment, and renewable energy sources.


Swiss Innovation Parks

Swiss innovation park Network West EPFL

The Swiss network of innovation park Network West EPFL maintains cooperation between the Federal Higher Technical School in Lausanne (EPFL) and various specialized sites in western Switzerland. In the production and scientific environment, enterprises and scientists have an equally ideal platform for creating innovative products in all priority areas. Scientific cooperation with renowned professors of the world and innovative enterprises allows research groups of large concerns and creative start-ups to shape the future using new developments and innovative products.

Swiss Innovation Park in Zurich

The Swiss Innovation Park in Zurich, located near the prestigious Federal Technical Institute Zurich (ETH) and the University of Zurich, forms a new platform for research, development and innovation. The first projects implemented in this park relate to the field of robotics, mobility, astronautics, as well as to financial technologies and the blockchain. For example, ETH Zurich plans to create a center for robotics and mobility in order to develop cooperation between research institutes, businesses and start-ups.

Basel Area Swiss Innovation Park

Basel Area's Swiss Innovation Park offers a platform and infrastructure for innovative research and development teams who would like to locate their business near leading international healthcare and biotechnology companies. For example, here the subsidiary Advanced Osteotomy Tools at the University Hospital of Basel and the University of Basel develops surgical robotics and completely changes the methods of bone surgery (osteotomy) through the use of laser, robotics and navigation systems.

Swiss Innovation Park innovaare

The innovaare Swiss Innovation Park is a unique innovation center near the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) with its state-of-the-art basic research facilities. Here, on the basis of special PSI examinations, market entry is opened for innovative developments in the field of accelerator engine technology, new materials and processes, health care, and energy.

Swiss Innovation Park Biel / Bien

The Swiss Bil / Bien Innovation Park has four centers of expertise in the field of modern production technologies, battery technology, medical equipment and a smart factory, as well as five main areas of research and development: health and biotechnology, energy, ecology and natural resources, technologies and materials, computers and informatics, as well as mobility and transport. It provides laboratories and research services to small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as start-ups and promotes their development and sales of the finished product.


Our target group

The strategic position of the Swiss innovation parks in the center of the global research landscape attracts a large number of innovative companies. Nowhere in the world is there such a wide range of new technologies and the concentration of special knowledge of some of the world's leading experts, thanks to which fundamental innovations come to life. Research teams and innovation groups work together in an environment that inspires innovation, paying particular attention to the successful introduction of new products on the global market. Target groups are:

Medium and large technology enterprises developing new commercial products, services and technologies.
Reputable high-tech companies with a high share of value added and a clear focus on research and innovation.
Research teams and R & D departments of concerns and startups.

VIP Campus in Switzerland

The Singapore Academy of Corporate Management offers participants in educational travel to Switzerland the following:

A wide range of services and an excellent research infrastructure, which were specially created to provide research teams and innovative SACM groups in Swiss innovation parks with maximum productivity and production efficiency. These services include, for example:
Support for collaboration with world-class academic partners and easy access to first-class specialists and researchers.
A network of successful high-tech startups and subsidiaries.
A platform for exchanging ideas and partnering with research groups of international companies.
Industry Relations Specialists to help employees expand their research and development capabilities.
About 200,000 square meters with modern laboratories, offices, conference rooms and collaborative workplaces; large research systems with accelerator installations.
Stable economic and political environment; access to research funding from Switzerland and the EU; very high quality of life attracting the best specialists and their families.
A great campus for project teams in Montreux. Make a thesis writing and design research in an environment of maximum possible comfort.

To participate in the educational journey, complete the Application Form and note in the schedule of visits the exact dates of the internship and stay at the SACM Campus in Switzerland. Confirmation of your participation will be received from the internship sponsor - Innovation Fund “RHR Balanced Venture Capital Investments, SA” (Switzerland)

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