How Can I Finance my Research and Innovation Projects?


5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Campus Biotech, Chemin des Mines 9


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EVENT-260218_FLYER_FINAL_ENHow can I innovate and finance my research project or my business with support from the Confederation and the Canton?

Whether you are active in entrepreneurship or research in Geneva, come discover the tools and support agencies available to assist you with your innovative projects.

On the Federal level, Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency, has taken over from the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) as of January 1st, 2018. In its new form, it continues to promote science-based innovations in Switzerland, and seeks to strengthen the capacity of small and medium enterprises in Switzerland to innovate. Innosuisse works to facilitate SME access to the expertise of research institutions, and orients its efforts towards promotion of projects with very strong potential to create innovations.

At the cantonal level, the département de la sécurité et de l’économie (Security and Economy Department, DSE) of Canton Geneva has put in place a support system for Geneva businesses aimed at advising them on their innovative projects, providing support through research, financing, and general assistance.

This event is intended both for those active in entrepreneurship (SMEs, start-ups, business) and members of the academic and research community. It will present opportunities for encounters and exchanges between participants and representatives from the support agencies, with the goal of stimulating innovation and encouraging the emergence of new projects.


Welcome of participants

Welcoming remarks
‧ François Abbé-Decarroux, Director General of the HES-SO Geneva

‧ Yves Flückiger, Rector of the University of Geneva
‧ Pierre Maudet, State Counsellor in charge of the Department of Security and Economy


Innosuisse presentation
‧ Edouard Bugnion, Member of the board of directors; Professor and Vice President at EPFL

‧ Dominique Gruhl-Bégin, Head of the Start-Ups and Young Talent division; Member of the Direction of Innosuisse


Introduction to the cantonal innovation support system
‧ Nicholas Niggli, Director General of the Directorate General for Economic Development, Research and Innovation


Round table: How to innovate with the existing tools
‧ Philippe Dugerdil, Professor and Head of Research at the Geneva School of Business Administration
‧ Dominique Gruhl-Bégin, Head of the Start-Ups and Young Talent division; Member of the Direction of Innosuisse
‧ Roberto Perez, Head of Innovation at Agie Charmilles New Technologies
‧ Regina Schneider, Vice Director of Euresearch
‧ Aline Yazgi, Journalist; Director of Aycom

Cocktail reception and networking


Flyer (EN)

Booklet of the support agencies

Innosuisse Presentation: “Prêts pour l’avenir avec Innosuisse” (Edouard Bugnion)

Innosuisse Presentation: “Innosuisse et ses instruments d’encouragement de l’innovation” (Dominique Gruhl-Bégin)


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