Geneva Cleantech Cluster: Lessons Learned

led by the Geneva Economic Development Office
Session Type
Side Events
Room number
Room XXV
13 October 2014
16:00 - 18:00 Europe/Zurich

Geneva is set on becoming a centre of excellence for clean technology by 2020, building on the input of established foreign investors such as Dupont, ABB, SunPower Systems; public commitment and institutional support for start-ups; specialized finance institutions; world-class technical research and development; and training centres, such as the University of Geneva andCERN. This IPA best practice workshop, led by the Geneva Economic Development Office, features the region's FDI strategy and challenges ahead, as well as company CEOs sharing their rationale for investment and growth in this cluster. Please note that separate registration is advised for this event.

The two-hour workshop for senior investment promotion officers from national agencies worldwide will consist of five presentations focused on government strategic vision for clean technologydevelopment and FDI attraction, as well as stakeholder (private sector, research centres andbanking) experiences and lessons learnt, followed by an interactive discussion.

Elements for the debate

  • Geneva's vision for clean technology and its experience in setting up the Cleantech Cluster.
  • The role of investment promotion and economic development agencies in this process.
  • International investment in clean technology and the appeal of Geneva for clean technology innovators.
  • The commercialization of clean technology products.