A PERFECTIBLE VOLUME FOR SMALLER TRANSACTIONS
Another frequently asked question is whether the volume of funding is sufficient to support the emergence and growth of projects in the region.
Comparison with other innovation centres provides a partial answer to this question, as long as the amounts are standardised according to the size of the different ecosystems. By focusing on regions rather than countries, a more impartial picture of the hierarchy emerges, since Switzerland is regularly at an advantage in these comparisons due to the small size of its territory, which is highly concentrated around urban university centres.
From this point of view, the canton does not close the gap and is supported in particular by a large number of large transactions. Contrary to the convictions that prevail among the players in Switzerland, it seems that it is above all at the level of small transactions that the difference is marked compared to the leading group. However, the total still lags significantly behind other innovation centres in Europe and worldwide. That said, being well positioned on very large transactions (over FRF 30 million) must remain an objective, since these transactions have a significant multiplier effect on jobs and corporate growth.
In the end, while an initial capital density and a slowdown in growth do not point to an immediate catch-up in the global competition for financing, the increase in the number and quality of projects suggests that a virtuous dynamic is potentially being established.