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The canton of Fribourg offers a wide array of financial support mechanisms and tools for business creation and innovation. This support has developed strongly in recent years and covers the areas of scientific innovation (INNOSQUARE), technology and knowledge transfer (TechTransfer Fribourg, Alliance), company creation (Fri Up) and business innovation (platinn). The Fribourg’s Innovation Award shows the importance that the Canton places on business creativity.

Experts to help you increase your competitiveness

Looking for experts to assist you in developing or launching your company? Fri Up and platinn platinn are at your service. Fri Up helps young companies realize their projects, boost their viability and increase their competitiveness. To date, 95% of projects supported by Fri Up have become self-sustaining businesses. The interdisciplinary teams of experts at platinn in turn, offer targeted support to SMEs in key areas:

  • Innovation of products and services
  • Organizational innovation
  • Development of distribution channels and
  • Finding new markets


Fri Up

Yann Steulet
Passage du Cardinal 11
1700 Fribourg

T +41 26 425 45 00

Rue de Romont 33
1701 Fribourg

T +41 26 347 48 48

Easier access to research institutes

INNOSQUARE strengthens companies’ innovative capability with access to talented engineering resources as well as research and innovation competences and equipment. As the recognized research and innovation partner of the blueFACTORY, INNOSQUARE facilitates interactions between industry and academia and contributes to the innovation policy of the canton of Fribourg. The platform aims to improve the competitiveness of Competence Center and Cluster partners as well as that of technology-based companies. TechTransfer Fribourg is the technology transfer office of Fribourg University, Adolphe Merkle Institute and the School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg. This platform serves as a key entry point for companies who want to explore partnership opportunities with research institutes. It also advises on intellectual property issues. Alliance, the knowledge and technology transfer consortium of western Switzerland, plays a similar role on a larger scale: it provides companies with an impressive network of 6,000 researchers from universities and teaching hospitals.



Pascal Bovet
Passage du Cardinal 1
Bâtiment A
1700 Fribourg

T +41 26 429 66 56
M +41 79 506 90 27

Alliance EPFL

Quartier de l’innovation
Bâtiment J
1015 Lausanne

T +41 21 693 35 75

TechTransfer Fribourg

Jean-Philippe Bacher
Haute école d’ingénierie et d’architecture Fribourg
Bd de Pérolles 80
1700 Fribourg

T +41 26 429 67 55

Be recognized as an innovator

You want to introduce your innovative company to a wider audience? Then apply for the Canton of Fribourg’s Innovation Award. Organized through the Fribourg Development Agency, the Fribourg Innovation Award is awarded every two years.