ICT Cluster – the Driving Force for Zurich's Economy
The ICT sector in Zurich
The ICT sector in Zurich employs around 50,000 people in 5,000 companies located in the city and surrounding region. Major international corporations, such as Google, Disney Research and IBM, are domiciled here.
Particularly gratifying in this regard is the innovative start-up scene in Zurich. Nowhere else in Switzerland are so many ICT start-ups founded as in Canton Zurich. The reason for this is the numerous business incubators, which help fledgling enterprises through the difficult initial phase. A shining example of this is the promotional organization, BlueLion, or groundbreaking initiatives such as the Impact Hub, which offers work spaces in a temporary building in the urban Zürich-West quarter to both start-up and established companies from the ICT sector for collaborative activities.
One major success story is that of Doodle, an online tool that has become indispensable for scheduling meetings and appointments. Doodle was developed in 2003 by Swiss IT specialist and ETH graduate Michael Näf when he wanted to organize a meal out with a number of friends. In 2014, Doodle exceeded the milestone figure of 20 million users per month worldwide.
Diverse events in the field of information and communications technology are held throughout the year in Zurich and surrounding region. You can find further information about these events under the following links: