Switzerland is more than just chocolates and nifty army knives. From the internal-combustion engine to the computer mouse or Velcro, Switzerland’s is a culture of innovation, hard work ethic and practicality. Switzerland has been named the world’s most competitive country (World Economic Forum) and Europe’s most innovative economy (European Commission) in 2010. With some of Europe’s top schools that focus on pure research and the commercialization of technology, skilled workers from around the world flock to Switzerland to fuel some of the most innovative companies. Clusters of institutions in similar fields such as chemicals, watch-making and banking help spur competition and new ideas. Much of this success is owed to the country’s approach to workforce development and job creation—crucial components of economic prosperity. A traditional methodology that is bottom-up, science-based and market-oriented has generated some of the world’s most indispensible inventions, even in today’s competitive, high-tech market. swissnex Boston’s mission includes the promotion of Switzerland as a hub of innovation, a center of learning and a site for state-of-the-art research. For more information on how you can benefit from Swiss expertise, see the links below.