A vibrant financial and economic centre

Climate-KIC Switzerland is located in Zurich, a vibrant financial and economic centre, a globally connected international metropolitan region with a long record of business incubation and innovation.

It is due to this power centre that Switzerland maintains its number one position on the Global Innovation Index (2012).

Climate-KIC offices are hosted by ETH Zurich, which is the leading technical university in continental Europe. ETH Zurich has longstanding expertise in all Climate-KIC areas including knowledge and technology transfer and spin-off creation. Energy and climate change are one of ETH Zurich’s strategic development areas.

The two ETH Zurich campuses (central campus and Science City) offer a wide range of infrastructure and tools for research, education, innovation and collaboration. Young enterprises, ETH spin-off firms and other business-related activities are located at incubation centres in the city of Zurich such as BlueLion, HUB Zurich and Startzentrum and other locations in Zurich such as Technopark Zurich.

The innovation environment, infrastructure and network between research, industry and equity companies are well established. ETH Transfer, a dedicated technology transfer unit, ensures a professional transfer from research to business; the ETH Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab (ieLab) supports young talents on their way to innovation and entrepreneurship. Over the last 15 years ETH has created 240 spin-off companies some of which are already in climate related areas (e.g. South Pole Carbon, greenTEG, climeworks, Flisom, Amphiro).

In addition to the offerings at ETH Zurich for students and firms seeking know-how and collaboration, the Swiss innovation and entrepreneurship eco-system is well established. The federal Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) is fostering knowledge and technology transfer between universities and industry by providing tailored training modules and coaching in entrepreneurship. To increase the export sales and visibility in the global market for Swiss Cleantech businesses, they are supported by Cleantech Switzerland. Cleantech Switzerland is the official export platform for the Swiss Cleantech sector.

Innovate4climate (I4C) is a joint initiative developed by Climate-KIC and its affiliate partners WWF Switzerland and HUB Zurich and implemented with Blue Lion, seif and Startzentrum. By pooling resources, expertise and networks, the initiators want to give a boost to climate entrepreneurship and catalyse entrepreneurial solutions for the environment’s largest problems. I4C comprises of a variety of initiatives, including a three stage accelerator programme, networking events and a match-making service for start-ups looking for talented professionals (Match.Me.Up!).

Climate-KIC Switzerland community

Our community consists of partners from the public, private and academic worlds. These include one core and several affiliate partners that are contractually bound to us.  We provide coaching, network and market entry support and financial incentives to climate innovation starters.


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