Numerous initiatives characterize the lively start-up scene in the Grisons. Incubators and services provided by the canton, its partners and other organizations provide start-ups with a helping hand. Co-working spaces, innovation hubs and a diverse event agenda, promote inspiring exchange in the Grisons start-up scene. Experienced players know the framework conditions, the labour market and the most efficient approach for your project.
Foundation center at Landquart
The TECHNOPARK® Graubünden offers space and services for technology-oriented start-up companies in the Grisons, at a central location near Landquart railway station. TECHNOPARK® (Liechtenstein) AG is on board as know-how partner. This bridging with a neighbouring country strengthens the innovation location and start-up dynamics. The foundation center is a member of the TECHNOPARK®-Alliance. In terms of knowledge and technology transfer, Grisons start-ups can benefit from access to a network of education and research partners, such as the ETH Zurich, other universities, universities of applied sciences such as the FHGR, and research institutes.
Other Grisons initiatives for start-ups
The Incubator in Susch is located at 1440 m above sea level, close to the stars. This Grisons incubator helps space tech start-ups to a successful lift off. An inspiring environment for focused work and creative interaction also welcomes start-ups at the Löwenberg – Surselva Impact Lab in Schluein.
With projects such as the InnoQube Swiss® in Chur and the InnHub in La Punt, further high-quality infrastructures and services will expand the offers available in future in the different geographical regions of the Canton Grisons.
The association Co-working Graubünden brings together the Grisons co-working community. In addition to the innovation hubs and co-working spaces with their programmes, the Canton of Grisons promotes interaction and networking within the start-up scene with workshops in collaboration with the IFJ (Institute for Young Enterprises) and events such as the Founder's Award Start-up Apéro at the Young Entrepreneurs Forum.
Services and financing for start-ups
The KMU-Zentrum Graubünden (the Grisons SME Center) helps start-ups as well as small and medium-sized companies with business management issues related to founding a company – especially in the areas of financing, strategic management, innovation and internationalisation.
The Grisons foundation INNOZET, accompanies young Grisons companies on their way to becoming independent. It provides advice and financial support in cooperation with the Cantonal Bank of the Grisons (GKB) and TRUMPF Schweiz AG.
The Canton of Grisons can also provide financial support to qualified start-ups through funding tools such as contributions and loans or tax relief.