A PIONEERING CANTON
An industrial canton, producer of wealth and innovation, Neuchâtel exports its products and services to every continent. The canton fosters an ethos of openness to the world and new ideas.
Whether you want to set up your business in the canton of Neuchâtel or come and live here with your family, you will benefit from an ecosystem offering:
- extraordinary quality of life
- attractive framework conditions
- high-quality education and training
- a strategic location at the heart of Europe
- top-level infrastructure.
Obligation for all agricultural areas of the State to switch to organic farming.
Implementation of a law for a minimum wage in the canton.
Introduces a tax reform for legal entities and thus anticipates the tax changes that takes place in Switzerland in 2020 (RFFA).
First canton to authorize the schooling of children without legal status.
Precimed, a company based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, manufactures the first implantable Swiss pacemaker, called “Précilith”.
First Swiss canton to enact a law for the protection of natural heritage.
First woman elected to a General Council in Switzerland (Hélène Dubied-Chollet).
First canton (with Vaud) to give women the right to vote.
Daniel Bovet, born in Neuchâtel, receives the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his research on antihistamines.
The University of Neuchâtel is the first in Switzerland to award an ordinary professorship to a woman, Sophie Piccard (mathematics education).
Charles Edouard Guillaume receives the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of anomalies in nickel steel alloys and his contribution to precision measurements.
First canton to grant voting rights to foreign nationals
WHAT SETS US APART
As the driving force behind economic development and the creation of entrepreneurial value in the canton of Neuchâtel, the Service of the Economy carries out different actions according to the following strategies:
- Supporting companies working in the field of Innovation
- Integrating companies into the economic fabric
- Promoting Neuchâtel’s place in the economy and its Image
- Prospecting for and Establishing businesses.
The Service of the Economy provides targeted support to encourage collaboration and partnerships in the area of economic development at a cantonal, intercantonal, national and international level. This also applies to public, parapublic and private stakeholders.
The Service of the Economy supports companies in the canton of Neuchâtel or those wishing to set up here.
The Service of the Economy facilitates connections between entrepreneurs involved in projects that will create value for the Neuchâtel economic and industrial fabric.
The Service of the Economy contributes to the promotion of the canton of Neuchâtel's areas of expertise at regional, national and international levels.
LIVING INNOVATION EVERYDAY
With three centuries of industrial history in the watchmaking, luxury and ultra-high precision sectors behind it, the skills and knowledge of the Neuchâtel region are reflected in the exceptional dynamism present across the entire innovation chain, from idea to product.
The canton of Neuchâtel is internationally renowned for its expertise in the fields of micro and nanotechnologies and micro-manufacturing. Companies in the region excel in the manufacturing of miniature, complex and reliable products, and are particularly innovative in production processes, demonstrating an ability to develop their products with agility.
Did you know that, thanks to the companies established here, the canton of Neuchâtel is actively involved in groundbreaking projects in space exploration, communication and the energy industry?
The economic fabric of Neuchâtel is able to adapt quickly and develop reliable, miniaturised, complex products with high added value.
THEY CHOSE NEUCHÂTEL
Get to know the entrepreneurs who make up the wealth and dynamism of the Neuchâtel economic fabric.
Sebastian Chiappero: an entrepreneur who has adapted to the digitalization of business interactions.Read the interview !
Sacha Labourey co-created a company, JBoss, for the development of an open source application server.Watch the video !
Since then, he founded CloudBees. Interview with an entrepreneurship addict.
Sandrine Van Den Oudenhoven
Sandrine Van Den Oudenhoven has been at the head of Job4U2, a business that helps the spouses or partners of expatriates who have arrived in Switzerland to pursue their career either by finding work, setting up their own company, or changing direction.Watch the video !