«AGIRE, the innovation agency of canton Ticino»
AGIRE is a public/private initiative actively involved in transfer of knowledge and technology, AGIRE
INVEST is a seed fund that finances innovative entrepreneurial companies with high potential for growth.
AGIRE is the Ticino innovation agency with the financing of Department of Economy and Finance of Canton Ticino, and the participation of Ticino-based universities (USI and SUPSI), the local chamber of commerce, the industry association, the city of Lugano and the regional agencies for economic development. AGIRE has the mission to boost innovation in Ticino. Our main objective is to encourage the collaborations between universities and companies for the development of innovative products.
Our fund, AGIRE INVEST, performs early stage equity investments in companies based in Ticino, with a range of 100’000 – 500’000 CHF. We generally take a lead position and act as active investors, with participation to the board of directors. From start of operations in late 2011, AGIRE has financed more than 12 companies for a total of > 5M CHF of direct investments and >10M CHF co-investments from private investors and business angels. The mission of AGIRE INVEST is not to pursue a strict financial return of investment, but a “territorial” ROI, fostering the creation of a new generation of innovative growth-oriented companies located in Ticino.
||Institutional Investor Switzerland
|Industry and focus
||Biotech & Life Sciences
Information & Communication Technology
Micro- & Nanotechnology
|Latest three investments
||99 Technologies, LifeLike, CHLS, Hoosh