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Agri & Co Challenge - Expanding Fribourg's international reach

Today, the State of Fribourg launched the Agri & Co Challenge, an international call for projects aimed specifically at innovative firms working in the food, agriculture and biomass industries. Through Agri & Co Challenge, the canton wants to exploit the benefits of its status as a leader in the Swiss agrofood sector to extend its international reach. The 15 most promising projects will share prize money of almost CHF 500,000. Applications can be sent from 1 March to 31 May 2018. For more information, please go to the initiative's designated site: www.agricochallenge.org.


Fribourg Network Freiburg 2017 delves into the digital world

Having showcased innovation in 2016, Fribourg Network Freiburg, the canton's annual business magazine, investigates in 2017 how the canton's higher education institutions and businesses are faring in this era of industry 4.0, big data and cloud computing. Over 40 companies agreed to take part in this exploration of the digital world. The result is a fascinating and informative read. Alongside the print edition, the FNF eBook, which is available for PC, tablet and smartphone, offers a wealth of additional written and audiovisual content. All versions are offered in English, French, German and Mandarin.


Growing number of location and expansion projects for the FDA in 2016

The Fribourg Development Agency (FDA) presented its 2016 annual report today. Despite the economic uncertainty that dominated the past business year, the FDA successfully helped 22 companies to expand or set up their operations in the canton (11 new arrivals; 11 expansions). Indeed, this was the highest number of expansion projects since 2010. In total, the 22 projects will create around 400 new jobs in the medium term. Added to this were 15 projects which received support under the New Regional Policy program. The venue for the annual FDA press conference was PharmaFocus in Romont, on the site formerly occupied by Tetra Pak. The purchase of this industrial complex by the canton of Fribourg in 2016 constitutes an important milestone in the government's proactive land policy. The FDA press conference was also the first attended by Olivier Curty in his new capacity as Cantonal Minister of Economic Affairs.


Fribourg Network Freiburg 2016: An innovation showcase

Innovation has long been the cornerstone of the canton of Fribourg's development strategy. It is also the focus of the 2016 edition of Fribourg Network Freiburg (FNF), the canton's annual business magazine. The articles take an in-depth look at the three main forms of innovation: new products, new processes and new markets. The magazine also boasts its own innovation - a Mandarin Chinese version of the eBook, which can be accessed from desktops, tablets and smartphones.