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Information & communication technologies

A cluster of ICT companies is steadily growing in Geneva, stimulated by the need for secure and efficient information and communication solutions of the many multinationals, banks and international organizations based here.

In fact, the World Wide Web itself was invented in Geneva at CERN; the organization decided to keep the Web in the public domain – a decision well in line with Geneva’s international spirit. CERN has also developed a system to link thousands of physics lab computers globally, known as the “Grid”.

As the home of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the international organization responsible for coordinating global telecom networks and services with governments and the private sector, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which coordinates expertise and sets standards concerning intellectual property, Geneva has privileged insight into cutting-edge developments in information technology.

More than 1,000 enterprises in Geneva are engaged in researching, developing and producing advanced products for the high-growth markets in information technologies, telecommunications, electronics and high-tech healthcare.

“Geneva has a disproportional representation of leading companies, both in IT and life sciences. EPFL is incredible for IT; and the University of Geneva offers valuable resources for biotechnology/life sciences companies, not to mention the Swiss pharmaceutical industry as a whole.”
David Rimer, CEO, Index Ventures