SHIFT Zurich | Partners
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YODEL provides precise technology scouting and match making for large corporates, SMEs and startups in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. As a digital deployment hub, YODEL facilitates impactful business collaboration among local and global cluster ecosystems. Since its launch, YODEL supports SHIFT Zurich to accelerate the development of bioinspired innovation and finance frameworks. YODEL is a partner of the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) representing more than 50 Clusters with 10,000 companies from across the world.

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”Intelligent” materials whose properties change in a selective and predictable manner in response to external stimuli such as chemicals, heat, light, mechanical force, or upon interaction with biological molecules or cells are of significant scientific and industrial interest. Scientists have started to use the design principles found in nature as inspiration for the design of artificial materials with stimuli-responsive properties, and a Swiss National Center of Competence in Research for Bio-Inspired Materials was launched in June 2014 with the vision to become an internationally recognized hub for research, education, and innovation in this domain.


The biomimetics network of excellence, BIOKON, is the umbrella for over 100 universities, research institutions, businesses and individuals from the whole of Germany and Europe, all of whom work in the field of biomimetics. The major aims of BIOKON are: bundling and networking existing expert knowledge, implementing, accompanying and executing R&D projects, training and educational efforts, and offering and coordinating PR for biomimetics. BIOKON converts knowledge into added value. In the last decade, BIOKON has established as a central hub for information on and contacts in biomimetics and thus developed into a peer- level liaison entity for various user groups and user industries.


The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University uses nature’s design principles to develop bio-inspired materials and devices that will transform medicine and create a more sustainable world. The Wyss Institute crosses disciplinary and institutional barriers to engage in high-risk research that leads to transformative technological break-throughs. These technologies are translated into commercial products and therapies through collaboration with clinical investigators, corporate alliances, and new start-ups.


The Zurich Zoo is a cultural institution in Zurich, acting as the ambassador between human beings, animals and nature. The Zoo’s mission is to engage and educate a wide range of visitors and stakeholders in order to protect natural habitats, support sustainability and biodiversity, according to the slogan “knowing animals leads to protecting them”. As one of the world’s most respected Zoos Zurich is building a global network to further drive its mission. One result is the SHIFT Zurich held in 2012 for the first time at the Zurich Zoo in Switzerland

Sponsor Partners


ICT Facilities GmbH is a data center focused and passionate company. Only three years have passed since a group of experienced data center experts founded the company as part of the international Zech Group. Since then, they have not only successfully completed several data center projects, but have also received several awards for their innovative concepts and leadership in the data center business. As a core business, ICT Facilities concentrates on the realization of a successful data center turnkey project and makes the data center business more efficient day by day.

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Hello & Grüezi. We are Ricolab, the independent radical innovation laboratory of the Swiss SME Ricola. We build on the heritage of Ricola to prototype new business with a long-term perspective. Ricolab generates learnings by building startups and engaging in ecosystems. Our current focus is on herbs and technology, touching on areas such as ag-tech, health-tech and urban spaces. We use the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for all our activities. Ricola & Ricolab: Organized as a subsidiary company, we work independently, with our own structures and team outside of the Ricola brand.


World-class technology comes to life in the heart of Zurich. Approximately 800 MAN Energy Solutions employees are responsible for developing, designing, producing and testing radial, pipeline and isothermal compressors as well as vacuum blowers and for providing after sales services. The company delivers individual machines and turnkey machine trains with pressures of up to 1000 bar or volume flows as high as 1,400,000 m3/h. These are used to power almost every industrial process in the oil & gas industry, the (petro-) chemicals business and the energy sector. MAN Energy Solutions is the world’s leading manufacturer of hermetically-sealed turbo compressors with magnetic bearing technology and integrated MAN electric motors.


e-shelter develops and runs high availability data centers. We design and build, operate and secure, on our own premises and anywhere you need our security. We provide you with the opportunity to keep your IT and network systems available securely in the ideal environment, be it a colocation project, the rapid implementation of a cloud solution or a long-term project. e-shelter now operates ten data center locations within Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and looks to expand beyond the DACH region.


The Office for Economy and Labour of the Canton of Zurich dedicates itself to providing services to residents and business enterprises situated in the Zurich region. The Business and Economic Development division is committed to promoting favourable conditions for companies and start-ups, increasing the economic diversity of the region and enabling stakeholders from all economic clusters to network and get in direct contact with the Zurich government at recurrent cluster dialogue events.


The mission of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) is to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources including soil, water, air, quietness and forests. It is responsible for the protection against natural hazards, safeguarding the environment and human health against excessive impacts, and conserving biodiversity and landscape quality. It is also responsible for international environmental policy.

Network Partners


The Energy Web is an open-source, scalable block chain platform specifically designed for the energy sector’s regulatory, operational, and market needs. It serves as a foundational, shared, digital infrastructure for the energy and blockchain community to build and run their solutions. Together, the Energy Web Foundation, Affiliates, and Community are unleashing blockchain’s potential to accelerate the transition to a decentralized, democratized, decarbonized, and resilient energy system.


energie360 gestaltet die Zukunft sinnvoller Energieversorgung in der Schweiz. Mit Engagement und Kompetenz denken wir das ganze Spektrum an Möglichkeiten neu. Mit einem starken Fokus auf erneuerbare Energien und einer breiten Palette an Produkten und Dienstleistungen im Energiebereich leisten wir einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Umsetzung der 2000-Watt-Gesellschaft in Zürich und der Energiestrategie 2050 des Bundes.