Services for SME

Dario Corica

Head of sector

Innovation support for SME

Our support for projects within SMEs is articulated in different ways, with specific services targeted to different needs. Whether it is applied research projects, patenting or digitisation projects, the support we give to SMEs wishing to innovate is managed through the analysis of the initial situation, the search for the best solutions and accompaniment during project implementation. All this is done neutrally, confidentially, transparently and free of charge.

Initial assessment

During the first meeting we take the time to get to know you, listen to you, understand your needs, problems, ideas and intentions. Once we understand your particular situation, we will talk you through the conditions and tools available for SMEs at regional, national and European level to support business innovation projects.

Finding solutions

Once your needs have been identified, we provide you with a range of tools and contacts from our network that may help you to reach your goal.

Are you looking for funding for your project?

Are you searching for an academic research partner who can develop your project idea?

Do you need to know if your idea is innovative and patentable?

Do you need an industry partner who can complement your skills?

Would you like to digitise your business processes?

We help you to answer these questions as well as those more specific to your company or project.

Support in defining Innosuisse projects

If your SME and your project meet the admission criteria for Innosuisse – the Swiss innovation promotion agency – we will be happy to support you as an Innosuisse-accredited «mentor».

Digital Coach service

Do you believe in digitisation and want to implement it in your company?

The Digital Transformation project, promoted by Agire in cooperation with AITI, aims to stimulate and accompany local companies on their path to innovation and digital transformation, focusing on the following activities:

  • Concrete stimulation of digitisation projects
  • Supporting companies in understanding and exploring the opportunities provided by digitisation
  • Promoting the development of thought leadership in digital transformation that nurtures a systemic effect in local companies

In this case, the «Digital Coach» will support you by first making an in-depth analysis and then following you closely at each stage of your digitisation path, activating, as required, the most appropriate partners working in the implementation of dedicated technologies and services. The service is free of charge and to be understood at 360 degrees: it can be activated for consultancy aimed at the digitisation of your business processes as well as for the digitisation of your production processes.

Assisted patent search service

Is your idea or invention innovative and patentable?

The assisted patent search can be carried out directly from the Manno Technopole, with support from an Agire Foundation member of staff and an expert from the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI), via video conference call. This means that local companies, or whoever requires it, no longer need to travel to Bern, saving both time and money. The service costs CHF 300 for up to four hours of assisted research. It is aimed at all potential stakeholders such as businesses, university researchers, independent inventors and start-ups.

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