Lugano, Kanton Tessin

Canton of Ticino

The Italian speaking Canton of Ticino is an internationally renowned location for innovation, where the constant strengthening of the framework conditions, and the presence of important technological competences, has created a favourable ecosystem for the development of innovative business.

Located just south of the beautiful Swiss Alps, Ticino offers a strategic geographic position as a bridge between Northern and Southern Europe and its two of the strongest and most dynamic economic areas: Lombardy – with Milan at its heart – and Zurich.

Canton Ticino harmoniously unites the Swiss accuracy and reliability with the Italian flexibility, resulting in an excellent combination of creativity and sound economic development.  

Thanks to the mild climate and the attractive landscapes, Ticino is one of the main touristic locations in Switzerland, but at the same time, it showcases a wide array of business activities:

  • a solid industrial sector with innovative and export-oriented SMEs;
  • the historic life sciences sector has been recently witnessing the growth of a new cluster of biotech companies in Bellinzona thanks to the various research institutes located in the area;
  • driven by the top-notch competences of the Institute Dalle Molle for Artificial Intelligence, a number of companies are emerging in the artificial intelligence sector;
  • home of several headquarters of MNCs;
  • Lugano is also the third largest finance market in Switzerland, with very ambitious projects also in the crypto and blockchain field.

The local companies can count on the support of numerous research institutes, such as:

The economic promotion office can provide advice and support to foreign companies for an easy and smooth settlement.


  • Predominant industries
    Life sciences, lifestyle-tech, mechatronic, information and communications technology
  • Flagship companies
    Helsinn Healthcare SA, Humabs BioMed SA, Guess Europe Sagl, Agie Charmilles SA
  • Recent additions
    UBS Business Solution Center for the research of AI application in finance and the recent settlement of the biotech company Peptone



Switzerland Innovation Park Ticino

With the Innovation Park, we are creating in Ticino a unique platform that promotes the collaboration between researchers, high-tech companies, and startups to spark inventive activities, develop and test sustainable and innovative ideas.

Office district urban development and integration project (watch with English subtitles). Source: Nuovo Quartiere Officine Bellinzona
Ticino has increasingly become an internationally renowned location for innovation that favors the growth of new innovative businesses and attracts foreign companies. Therefore, do not hesitate to contact us to discover all the opportunities that the Canton of Ticino can provide to your company.
Stefano Rizzi, Canton of Ticino
Stefano Rizzi - Head of the Economic Division of the of the Canton of Ticino

Industrial Site Biasca

Industrial Site Biasca

Your urbanized industrial area offering state-of-the-art infrastructure and direct access to highway and railway. Just over 2 hours to both Zurich and Milan.

Industrial Area Biasca

Featured initiative: Lugano's Plan B

Lugano's Plan ₿ is a joint initiative between the City of Lugano and Tether to accelerate the use of and leverage bitcoin technology as the foundation to transform the city’s financial infrastructure.

The plan will scale blockchain and Bitcoin throughout the city to positively impact all facets of daily life for the residents of Lugano. From small transactions with local merchants to more significant efforts – such as paying annual taxes – blockchain will serve as the foundation for the city’s financial exchanges.

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More public partners

More public partners

The Greater Zurich Area Foundation and the operational Greater Zurich Area Ltd. (GZA) are supported by 11 public partners. This anchors the organization in the regional business spheres within the economic area from which settling companies benefit.

Public Private Partnerships Overview

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