Company spin-offs from ETH are one direct and very effective form of technology and knowledge transfer that boost the innovative strength of Switzerland's economy. These newly established small companies can be relied upon to convert the fruits of research into marketable products more quickly than large companies, opening up new markets in the process.
The technology transfer itself takes place in three different ways: sale of licenses, partnerships with other companies, and the establishment of academic spin-offs. The last method is the most challenging type of commercialization as the technology, the market, and the company itself all must be developed from scratch. This is where the "ETH transfer" office supports the highly motivated scientists in setting up their start-up enterprise with external partners.
Spin-offs from the Computer Science Department include the following companies: