The East Innovation Park is the sixth bow in Switzerland's bow

After Bern's yes, the Lerchenfeld and Buchs Campuses will be supported by the cantons of St. Gallen, Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Inner Rhodes, Thurgau and Liechtenstein

Campus Lerchenfeld in St. Gallen, base of the Swiss Innovation Park East, seen from above
Campus Lerchenfeld in St. Gallen, base of the Swiss Innovation Park East, seen from above

On 21 April 2021, the Federal Council approved the project to integrate the Innovation Park East into the global network of Switzerland Innovation Parks as the sixth responsible body.
The objective of this new headquarters, located in eastern Switzerland, is to promote innovation by forging close links between the economy and science.
In a first phase, the work will focus on the sectors of healthcare, digitization and the Swiss mechanical, electrical and metallurgical industries (the so-called "MEM industry").
The headquarters of the Innovation Park East (Innovationspark Ost) is the Lerchenfeld Campus at the Federal Materials Testing and Research Laboratory EMPA in the city of St. Gallen; a new secondary office will be built in Buchs, in the same canton.
Managing Director Hans Ebinger took over his operational duties in January 2022, four months after the creation of the eponymous limited company to manage the SIP-Ost.

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A rendering of the Buchs headquarters of the Swiss Innovation Park East: the location in the canton of St. Gallen borders the Principality of Liechtenstein
A rendering of the Buchs headquarters of the Swiss Innovation Park East: the location in the canton of St. Gallen borders the Principality of Liechtenstein

Together the four eastern cantons and the government of Prince Hans Adam II

In addition to the canton of St. Gallen, the cantons Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Appenzell Innerrhoden and Thurgau as well as the Principality of Liechtenstein headed by Prince Hans Adam II are represented in the responsible body.
The East Innovation Park offers a development, laboratory and work infrastructure that corporate research teams and scientific institutes can exploit for joint innovation projects: this ecosystem allows them to evolve in terms of competitiveness and capacity of modernization.
The Federal Council's decision from spring 2021 completes a year-long review and approval process, which included, among other things, the evaluation of the project by an independent jury of experts.
With affiliation to the umbrella organization of the Swiss Innovation Park, i.e. the “Switzerland Innovation” foundation, Innovation Park East will now be integrated into the national network.
The Swiss Innovation Park is a public-private partnership initiative of national importance managed by the Confederation and the cantons, the scientific community and the private sector.

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The logo of Switzerland Innovation
The logo of Switzerland Innovation

Zurich, Lausanne, Aargau, Basel and Biel paved the way for everyone

Under the brand name "Switzerland Innovation", this park now comprises five responsible institutions (two at ETH Zurich and Lausanne, one in Aargau, one in northwestern Switzerland in Basel and one in Biel), three of which are interconnected with various regional sites.
The locations in Central Switzerland and Ticino have recently joined the responsible institution "Switzerland Innovation Park Zurich".
The individual locations are usually co-financed by the respective cantons and private investors.
In the medium term, however, they should be able to finance themselves with income from the rental of land and the provision of services.
The “Switzerland Innovation” private-law foundation acts as umbrella organization and contact partner for the federal government.
Switzerland Innovation Park East (SIP East) promotes collaboration between companies, start-ups and universities to find solutions to the most pressing global challenges.
By focusing on selected priority topics, it drives innovation forward in a targeted way.
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A laboratory of the Switzerland Innovation Park Ost, located between the Campus Campus Lerchenfeld and Buchs
A laboratory of the Switzerland Innovation Park Ost, located between the Campus Campus Lerchenfeld and Buchs

Here's how you can give Eastern Switzerland a real competitive edge

On September 2, 2021, representatives of the 21 founding shareholders had set up the company Switzerland Innovation Park Ost AG, marking another milestone for the generational project.
In his opening speech, Beat Tinner, Head of the Department of Economic Affairs of the Canton of St. Gallen, underlined the strategic importance of the Swiss Innovation Park East for the entire region: "By improving the framework conditions for innovation and actively promoting a network between business, research and educational institutions, we are laying the foundations for giving Eastern Switzerland a competitive edge in the race to attract top experts."
According to Tinner, “The fact that all cantons of Eastern Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein had the same goal in applying to become a fully-fledged site part of the Switzerland Innovation network was crucial for the success of the project”.
Roland Ledergerber, Chairman of the Management Board, explained that the main goal of the company Switzerland Innovation Park Ost AG is to generate additional private investment in research and development, improve the innovation capacity of eastern Switzerland and create new jobs attractive and, above all, future-proof workplaces.
“We want to develop the structures able to generate work and, in particular, to establish relationships with partners and research institutes together with which we can identify promising innovation projects for the medium term. Our goal is to achieve all of this by the end of 2022”Ledergerber explained.

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Raymond Cron, Director General of the Switzerland Innovation Foundation, Roland Ledergerber, CEO of Switzerland Innovation Park Ost AG, and Beat Tinner, Head of the Economic Department of the Canton of St. Gallen, on 2 September 2021 at the vernissage of the new infrastructure
Raymond Cron, Director General of the Switzerland Innovation Foundation, Roland Ledergerber, CEO of Switzerland Innovation Park Ost AG, and Beat Tinner, Head of the Economic Department of the Canton of St. Gallen, on 2 September 2021 at the vernissage of the new infrastructure

Full yield capacity in 2025, balanced budget six years later

The chairman of the management board expects Switzerland Innovation Park Ost AG to reach full performance capacity by 2025 and balance in 2031.
“There is no doubt that the development of the park is a generational project. It will demand a lot from all involved. Having said that, the benefits for Eastern Switzerland and the enormous potential of this project justify the effort required.".
The intention is that the Swiss Innovation Park East will become an essential and effective ecosystem within ten years, a place where university researchers and innovative companies can work together to develop new market-ready products and services and create interesting job opportunities in Eastern Switzerland.
In addition to the approval of the constituent documents and the articles of association, the main item on the agenda of the meeting which took place on 2 September 2021 in St. Gallen was the election of the Board of Directors.
In addition to President Roland Ledergerber, Andrea Berlinger Schwyter, Gian-Luca Bona, Andreas Christen, Beat Hirt, Thomas Hirt, Stefan Scheiber, Gabriela Senti and Paul Sevinç were elected to the governing body.

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On 15 June 2022, the merger took place in the Switzerland Innovation Park East of the company Startfeld, a startup accelerator created in 2010 and hosted since 2016 by the Campus Lerchenfeld in St. Gallen
On 15 June 2022, the merger took place in the Switzerland Innovation Park East of the company Startfeld, a startup accelerator created in 2010 and hosted since 2016 by the Campus Lerchenfeld in St. Gallen

Startfeld, a former hub for startups and SMEs, is now officially part of the project

Innovation is very much at home on the Lerchenfeld campus. Since 2010, a community of start-ups, SMEs and technology-oriented companies has grown over an area of ​​35.000 square meters.
The start-up incubator Startfeld, which has been part of Switzerland Innovation Park East since 15 June 2022 as a result of a merger, rents out space on the campus.
Startfeld has been at home there since 2016 and now occupies over 6500 square meters of space. Among other things, about thirty start-ups that want to bring innovative products and services to the market have their own offices, workshops and laboratories in this ecosystem.
Since Startfeld was founded in 2010, over 900 jobs have been created and investments of over 100 million Swiss francs have been triggered.
The generous reserves of commercial building land offer development potential for companies and new economic impulses.
The goal of SIP East is to profitably connect industry, science and education.
Together with partners, primarily the cantons of St. Gallen, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Appenzell Inner Rhodes and Thurgau and the Principality of Liechtenstein, it forms a dynamic ecosystem that accelerates the transformation of research results into marketable products and services.
In addition, the managers in Buchs and on Campus Lerchenfeld identify and implement flagship projects, thus creating future-oriented jobs.

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Campus Lerchenfeld in St. Gallen, base of the Swiss Innovation Park East, seen from above
Campus Lerchenfeld in St. Gallen, base of the Swiss Innovation Park East, seen from above