2. Ausgabe - Oktober 2014

Editorial

When it comes to strengths in innovation, Switzerland is leading the way. The results of international innovation rankings clearly show this with Switzerland taking the top positions. The assessment revealed particularly good results in the research and development activities and intellectual property of universities and private bodies. The latter were able to secure these top ranks thanks to the optimum framework conditions and attractive innovation infrastructure and services at their disposal.

The Canton of Basel-Stadt enables and develops innovation capability through the launch of industry programmes and various other measures aimed at promoting innovation. Some of these projects are presented in this issue of the AWA newsletter. The reports in this issue give you the latest insight on the newly adopted Life Sciences Strategy 2014-2017 that strives to strengthen the framework conditions of Life Sciences in the region of Basel. We have also included information about the forthcoming opening ceremony for the Basel Technology Park. The park was up and running in 2011, and in the summer of 2014 there was already a great need for the park to be extended in order to accommodate additional areas.

The Canton of Basel-Stadt has been supporting the Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF) for many years as a long-standing partner. The site is considered to be the unique, national inspiration platform for the promotion of innovation and creativity in entrepreneurial processes. In our interview with Stefan Linder, one of the founders and CEO of SIF, you will discover what he thinks innovation means, the recipe for the SIF’s success and why the event is held in Basel. In addition, the AWA newsletter contains many further interesting topics and events related to the business location of Basel.

Our next issue will appear in the spring of 2015.

Samuel Hess
Member of the Executive Board

Office of Economy and Labour of the Canton of Basel-Stadt

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9. Swiss Innovation Forum, Interview with Stefan Linder, Founder of the SIF

On November 20, 2014, the 9th Swiss Innovation Forum will be held in the Congress Center Basel. The event is a unique platform for the targeted promotion of innovation, creativity and design in Switzerland. The Canton of Basel-Stadt is a longstanding partner site of the SIF.

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Basel Technology Park - Opening ceremony after the expansion

Basel is a globally successful business location, especially in the field of Life Sciences where Basel is among the top sites around the world. The dynamics of business start-ups in this sector is fundamentally important in order to maintain Basel’s position in the future.

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Strategy to strengthen the framework conditions of Life Sciences

The governments of both Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft and their respective Chambers of Commerce have approved the new Life Sciences Strategy for the period of 2014 to 2017. It includes 14 measures in four core areas of activity.

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Corporate Tax Reform III - Consultation process now opened: Basel-Stadt strives for targeted measures

On September 22, 2014, the Federal Council opened the consultation process for the Corporate Tax Reform III. It is the Federal Council’s intention to use the reform to align the Swiss taxation system with the new international requirements.

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ULI Switzerland Meeting Point Basel Technology Park

The ULI Switzerland Meeting Point was held on October 1, 2014 in the new auditorium of the Basel Technology Park. The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a global non-profit organisation that promotes research and education in the areas of spatial planning, urban design and the real estate industry.

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1. Basel-Shanghai Business Forum

The first „Basel-Shanghai Business Forum" was held on September 18, 2014 as part of the city partnership between Basel and Shanghai. Around 100 businessmen and businesswomen from all over Switzerland and neighbouring countries took advantage of the all-day event at the Ramada Plaza Basel to make contacts.

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Basel Social Award 2015

The Canton of Basel-Stadt promotes the occupational integration of people who are limited in their capacities. Every year, the Basel Social Award is given to one to two companies located in the Canton of Basel-Stadt.

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„Open Day" at the Basel Technology Park on November 13, 2014 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The extension of the Basel Technology Park was completed in the summer of 2014. The Basel Technology Park therefore cordially invites you to its „Open Day" on November 13, 2014.

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Lift Basel is connecting innovators from Life Sciences and information technology

A new event will be starting in Basel on November 6-7, 2014. It is the Lift Basel Conference and its theme will be: „Connecting Innovators in Life Sciences and Information Technologies”.

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The 12th Basel investors talk at the Dreispitz site – focal theme for 2014: Mixed-use commercial and industrial areas

On November 12, 2014, the 12th Basel investors talk will be held at the Dreispitz site. As in previous years, the event provides the opportunity to learn and discuss the current issues concerning the residential and business location of Basel.

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Anniversary celebration: 15 years later - EURES Transfrontalier Upper Rhine / Rhin Supérieur

EURES-T Upper Rhine / Rhin Supérieur is celebrating its 15th birthday this year and cordially invites you to its anniversary celebration on November 13, 2014 with employers from Baden, Southern Palatinate, Alsace and North-Western Switzerland in Freiburg im Breisgau.

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