Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI
The Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI is an independent decision-making body within the Federal Administration that reports directly to the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER). Its remit is to promote R&D projects and entrepreneurship. It provides assistance with the creation and development of start-up companies and seeks to optimise knowledge and technology transfer through the use of networks, platforms and other initiatives.
The organisation comprises the Commission, the coaches and the Secretariat.
The Commission is made up of 65 experienced members from business, research and teaching circles and is headed by a President. All of its members are appointed by the Federal Council and work for the CTI alongside their usual occupations. They assess project submissions in their respective areas of expertise and decide which project proposals are eligible for grant funding, in particular which start-up companies should be included in the coaching process and which should be awarded the CTI label.
The 70 or so coaches have a proven track record in the start-up scene. They support the start-up companies in the copaching process and work on a contract basis.
The Secretariat has roughly 23 permanent staff who have solid backgrounds in innovation and business processes. They deal with all organisational and logistical tasks and also undertake advisory activities. All stages of the project submission process are channelled through the Secretariat.