Innovation mentors: partner and support for your business

The CTI set up its innovation mentor (IM) scheme in 2013. The IMs help companies and public research institutions to jointly launch science-based innovation projects of national and international significance.

Are you an entrepreneur looking for sources of funding in Switzerland? Perhaps you have questions such as the following:

  • Our company has an innovative idea but we are lacking in research expertise. Where and how do we find this?
  • Who can give me an overview of the different funding institutions for innovation projects?
  • Which research institution would be the best partner for my innovation project?
  • Does my project have a chance of attracting CTI R&D funding?
  • Is my company actually eligible to receive CTI funding for innovation projects?
  • What factors are involved in successfully launching my innovation on the market?
  • What, if any, contractual agreement exists between me and my research partner?
  • How do I draw up a project application for the CTI and how do I sort out patent issues with my contractual partner?

CTI innovation mentors know the ins and outs of innovation promotion and so can answer any questions you may have. They can help you and your company to save time on searching for information, explain the funding opportunities available and give you easier access to technology and research. They help you draw up project applications and if necessary act as moderators. The innovation mentors have considerable experience in industry and research and have excellent contacts with SMEs and research institutions in their region. They work alongside regional and cantonal innovation advisors, with whom they remain in close contact.

Who can apply for help from an innovation mentor?

The service provided by IMs is directed primarily at R&D-based innovation-oriented businesses. Their services are provided free of charge.

Contact the mentor in your region

You can contact the innovation mentors in your region directly and benefit from their know-how.


National thematic networks

The experts in the national thematic networks (NTNs)) can help. With a nationwide network and specialised in a specific innovation area, the NTNs give you access to the world of research.

Become a mentor

Do you have a wide range of contacts in research and among businesses? Do you have several years of experience in the innovation sector and would you like to become an innovation mentor? If so, please contact the CTI.

Last modification 16.03.2017

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