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Switzerland: Other Types of Support and Services

Business initiatives: Innosuisse (Swiss Innovation Agency)

Innosuisse is the Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency. It is a federal (national) entity under public law with a separate legal personality. Innosuisse’s role is to promote science-based innovation in the interests of industry and society in Switzerland. Innosuisse provides support in accordance with the subsidiarity principle: it only supports projects if the innovation could not be implemented and market potential would not be tapped into without funding.


IPT Stiftung-Fondazione

IPT is a private, non-profit foundation established by entrepreneurs in 1972 and has been promoting (re)integration of professionals for around 50 years. It was founded by entrepreneurs and is a private, non-profit foundation. IPT works in the areas of integration, reintegration, and orientation accompanying people in development of their professional careers. As a national partner, the IPT Foundation works with public and private social security institutions, companies and institutions.


FUM - Fachberatung und Umsetzungsunterstützung für Migrantinnen und Migranten

Specialist advice and implementation support for migrants. The aim of the initiative is to integrate well-qualified refugees and temporarily admitted persons into the Swiss labour market. Specialists offer counselling services for education and professional development. Entry is gradual, including trial apprenticeships, work assignments, and internships through to permanent employment or training. Mentoring support is also provided.



Powercoders is a coding academy for refugees and migrants. They offer a three-month coding academy program, followed by an internship of six months to one year. The ultimate goal of the Powercoders is the permanent placement of trained refugees and migrants in IT-companies and IT-departments in Switzerland. Powercoders are a non-profit association and the program is self-funded and free of charge for the selected participants.