Seminal Industries

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A key focus of the Division of Business and Economic Development of the Canton of Zurich is to promote the innovative strength of seminal industries in the Zurich region by bringing together and connecting the relevant stakeholders.

Zurich - Switzerland’s Economic Engine

The Canton of Zurich is an important growth driver of the Swiss economy. With a gross domestic product (GDP) of more than 143 billion Swiss francs in 2017, which corresponds to twenty per cent of Switzerland’s total GDP, Zurich delivers the strongest economic performance and highest value added within Switzerland.

An effective way to increase value added is for companies, research & educational institutions and specialised organisations to collaborate in eco systems along the value-added chain. The following key industries play a decisive role in the Zurich business region:   

  • Financial services
  • Life sciences
  • Information and communications technology
  • Creative industries
  • Cleantech
  • Aerospace

Networking & Dialogue

The Division of Business and Economic Development contributes to an increase in innovative strength in the Zurich area by way of connecting the various stakeholders. This includes organising regular eco system dialogue events at which representatives from one or several key industries have the opportunity to meet and to discuss current issues.     

The goal is:

  • to offer insight into individual key industries and to highlight their characteristics,
  • to give eco-system-connecting and cross-eco-system impetus,
  • to bring together and connect representatives from various disciplines and specialised fields,
  • to show the potential within the key industries and beyond the eco systems,
  • to stimulate new collaborations and fields of activity.  

Innovation and Technology Transfer

Innovation transfer and technology transfer are key factors for eco system advancement. The following organisations play a pivotal role in that respect: 

Further information

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Data & statistics

Cluster Data 2019

Cluster Data 2019
Cluster Data 2019
Publication date
January 2019


Office for Economy - Business and Economic Development Division


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8090 Zürich
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1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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