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The startup ecosystem in the canton of Bern

In the heart of Western Switzerland, the canton of Bern positions itself as a vibrant hub for startups. This thriving ecosystem is not just a result of the scenic beauty or the region's rich historical legacy, but a testament to a systematic and supportive environment for innovation and entrepreneurship.

In the heart of Western Switzerland, the canton of Bern positions itself as a vibrant hub for startups. This thriving ecosystem is not just a result of the scenic beauty or the region’s rich historical legacy, but a testament to a systematic and supportive environment for innovation and entrepreneurship.

In a compelling showcase produced by GGBa, the canton of Bern’s startup ecosystem is brought to life through a series of engaging interviews and narratives. This video, featuring a mix of ecosystem partners and thriving startups, offers a unique window into the heart of the canton’s entrepreneurial spirit, where each story weaves a tale of ambition, innovation, and success within Bern’s supportive and dynamic startup environment.

A collaborative and supportive environment

Sebastian Friess from the Bern Economic Development Agency and Sébastien Hug from the Innovation Office of the University of Bern highlighted the collaborative spirit of the region. They emphasize how the ecosystem supports researchers, students, and clinicians in transforming their innovative ideas into commercial successes. This nurturing environment is further enriched by the presence of institutions like the University of Bern and the Inselspital, driving forward scientific and technological advancements.

Adding to this supportive framework, be-advanced and the Sitem Startup Club offer specialized services to foster the growth of startups. be-advanced, with its focus on providing founder advice and coaching, connects entrepreneurs with experienced professionals and experts across various fields. This ensures that startups not only receive guidance in their initial stages but also gain valuable insights into managing more complex aspects of their business, such as HR systems and employee management.

The Sitem Startup Club, located in the heart of the Inselcampus, is particularly instrumental for medtech startups. With its MedTech Booster program, the Club assists startups from early-stage development to more mature phases, offering services in regulatory compliance, IP law, and pitch preparation. This comprehensive support system is crucial in transitioning innovative medical technologies from concept to market.

Lorenz Probst from the Entrepreneurship Office of the Bern University of Applied Sciences emphasizes the inclusivity and international reach of the Bern startup ecosystem. The region is not only a haven for local entrepreneurs but also a welcoming destination for international talent, further diversifying and enriching the entrepreneurial landscape.

Real success stories

The success stories of startups such as Atanis Biotech, with its groundbreaking allergy screening test, MachineMD‘s advancements in neuro-ophthalmology, Swiss Cluster‘s expertise in thin film deposition systems, and Gaia Tech‘s innovative use of agricultural sidestreams, exemplify the vibrant startup culture in the canton of Bern.

These companies, nurtured within Bern’s supportive ecosystem, demonstrate the remarkable potential for innovative ideas to evolve into impactful and diverse businesses, contributing significantly to their respective industries.

In conclusion, the canton of Bern stands as a testament to the power of collaboration, innovation, and strategic support in cultivating a successful startup ecosystem. With its blend of academic excellence, cutting-edge research facilities, and a network of experienced ecosystem partners, Bern offers a fertile ground for entrepreneurs to grow and thrive.

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