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The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
The Foundation for Innovation in Valais
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The Foundation for Innovation in Valais

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The Ark Foundation provides practical assistance to help enterprises increase their competitiveness. Its aim is to build a dynamic and diverse economy within the canton of Valais. …

The Ark Foundation provides practical assistance to help enterprises increase their competitiveness. Its aim is to build a dynamic and diverse economy within the canton of Valais.

The particular features of this park are that it is spread across six different sites, and focuses on three specific areas:

Information and communication sciences
Life sciences
Engineering sciences

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  • 1. Summary Economic structure of the Valais Strategy The Ark 3 fields, 6 locations The Ark organisation Business model Financing SME complementarity The Ark’s services:  Accelerator  Incubator  Innovation The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 2. Economic structure of Valais Craft & Industries 42.7% jobs 47.6 % Energy 2 % jobs Services 8.6 % 29.1 % 29 % jobs 2.1 % 12.6 % Agriculture Tourism 7.6 % jobs 18.7 % jobs* Indicator : GDP Source DEVS 2003 The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 3. Strategy of the Ark« to build the technological Valais of the future » Promoting Bringing together innovation competences Supporting Strengthening Economic competitiveness growth The Foundation has been created in 2004 by the state of Valais The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 4. 3 fields and 6 technological sites Life Science ICT Engineering Science The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 5. 6 technological sites in Valais The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 6. Organisation The Ark The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 7. The Ark Business Model Services management  Accelerator  Incubator  Innovation  Marketing General Services Sites management  TeleArk  BlueArkFunding sources  TechnoArk  PhytoArk  IdeArk  BioArk Confederation, State of Valais, regions, communities European Union Private Licences/patents The Ark’s funds Return of subsidies  Scouting or pilot project Long term results  Building and realization of « business Projects  Creation of wealth and innovation » projects employment  Start-up incubation or development  Creation of new incubation  companies  Others specific projects The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 8. Financement 2007-2011 Funding 19.3 mio 272 projects Sources CHF Swiss Confederation Funds The Ark 29 % 33% State of Valais 37 % 43% Projekte Projekte Regions Projets Projects 12 % 13% Communities 13 % 9% Loterie Romande 9% 2% Others The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 9. Complémentarité pour les PME SME Universities Education Transfert de Institutes Technology transfer technologies Accélérator Technology valorizationThe Ark Fondation Incubator New companies Innovation Supporting innovation Marketing Visibility of the technological Valais The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 10. The Ark’services Technologies’ providers and companies Founders of innovative businesses SME’s in Valais The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 11. Valorisez vos technologiesThe Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 12. Accelerator The ArkBridging the gap between Science and Market Technical and commercial feasibility analysis Identification of business opportunities Relations with industrial partners Assessment of intellectual property aspects Suppport for legal and contractual aspects Development of demonstration models or prototypes The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 13. Accelerator : end results 2011 (since 2005)Support in commercializing new technologies The Ark innovation Invention Scouting Screening Maturationannouncement Company Realization of First contact Identification of the prototype Réalisation du 15 Transfers or licences and invention potential Feasibility (31 projects) prototype announceme business (25 projets) analysis nt form opportunities Grant The Ark Prototype Bourse The Ark Demonstrator (8 projects) (7 projets) Transfers or 75 65 48 39 licences 10 New companies IP Management (patents licensing) trough The Ark Incubator The Ark 13 patents 4 patents pending The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 14. The privileged partner of business creatorsThe Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch 2012
  • 15. Incubator The ArkThe privileged partner of the entrepreneurs:services coaching hosting financing networks 79% des entreprises incubées durant les 5 dernières années sont toujours en activité ! The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 16. Incubator : end results 2011 (since 2005)A professional environment for start-up companies Scouting Selection Pre-incubation Incubation Realization of the concept and launch on the Basic Evaluation of Formalization of market. information on the business the business the candidates potential concept Growth of sales and consolidation 280 95 86 73 The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 17. Incubator The Ark …resultsRésultats fin 2011 (depuis 2007) 70 79% 79% 81% 79% 60 13 • Entreprises 12 13 63 hébergées 50 10 (depuis 2007) 40 • Entreprises 30 50 encore en activité 44 46 48 50 (à fin 2011) 20 1079% • Taux de survie 0 2008 2009 2010 2011 en activité plus en activité The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 18. Incubator : results end 2011 (since 2004) Nombre de start-ups à l’incubateur The Ark3530 1025 9 10 1120 14 815 1110 21 20 19 18 5 13 12 5 8 6 0 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Start-up des années précédentes dans lincubateur Start-up entrées durant lannée The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 19. Incubator The Ark …results Levier financier 2007-2011 (CHF mio) 18 16.90 16 14 12 10 8 6 3.70 4 1.55 2 0 The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 20. Supporting SME’s in developping business innovationThe Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 21. Innovation : end 2011 results (since 2007)Support for the development of business innovation Opportunity Positioning Design Realization Project definition, Identifying action plan, key Project realization opportunities partners Technical and contextual feasibility Evaluating the and resources Commercialization potential identification results 136 54 32 31 The Foundation for Innovation in the Valais www.theark.ch – info@theark.ch
  • 22. Thank you for your attention Fondation The Ark Bâtiment de Courten www.theark.ch Place St-Théodule blog.theark.ch 1950 Sion info@theark.ch

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