Global Business Innovation Programme in Switzerland - AI in Construction

Innovate UK invites ambitious companies with expertise in AI solutions for construction to participate in a Global Business Innovation Programme in Switzerland.

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Innovate UK will fund and organise flights, accommodation, in-market travel, and conference fees for successful applicants. Innovate UK will also pay for any reasonable adjustments throughout the initiative. One representative from each company will be funded.


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Note: This opportunity is fully funded support and not monetary funding.

Innovate UK’s Global Business Innovation Programme consists of a Get ready preparation phase, a 6-day innovation visit, an Exploit the opportunity workshop and support from an Innovate UK Business Growth innovation & growth specialist, helping your business maximise the opportunities identified, including developing innovation projects with partners in the territory.

This programme is perfect for companies who are involved in developing or integrating AI solutions in construction that drive business productivity.

Innovate UK is committed to ensure that anyone, from any background, has an equal opportunity to be successful.

Find out how our GBIP in Switzerland can help your business grow.


  • The Global Business Innovation Programme is structured around three main stages and each business will have a designated Innovate UK Business Growth innovation & growth specialist to support them for at least the duration of the offering, including developing a work plan to capitalise on the opportunities identified. The three main stages of the Global Business Innovation Programme are

    • Get ready: A two-day workshop to build knowledge and understanding of the market and potential opportunities, including how to do business, cultural aspects, how to protect your IP, and training on how to better articulate your value proposition.
    • Visit the market: Explore the opportunities first-hand through meetings with key companies, research organisations, and potential collaborators and partners, through pre-arranged meetings and organised matchmaking.
    • Exploit the opportunity: An exploitation workshop and one-to-one support from an Innovate UK Business Growth innovation & growth specialist to help you follow up and maximise the opportunities identified through the programme.
  • To apply for this programme, you must:

    • Be a UK based innovation-led company with ambitions to grow and internationalise
    • Be a company with fewer than 250 employees
    • Be the CEO, founder, or senior decision maker in the business and able to attend and complete all activities.
  • Switzerland is ranked first in the world in the Global Innovation index* and is recognised as a European leader in AI, alongside the UK.

    AI in Construction is an emerging trend in Switzerland, with established research centres (Design++ and EMPA NEST), designed specifically to de-risk technology and techniques to facilitate the transfer of research to industry.

    The innovation visit will focus on Zurich, the region with the highest number of AI companies in Switzerland, and home to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), regarded as a driving force for Swiss innovation and industry

    It will host the AI+X Summit on 3 – 4 October, which delegates will attend during the innovation visit. AI has the potential to greatly increase the efficiency, quality and sustainability of the construction sector. This programme presents an opportunity for bilateral R&I collaboration that will support the UK’s Net Zero goals, and help to accelerate ambitious ideas into real-world solutions.

  • This programme is particularly relevant for companies who are involved in developing or integrating AI solutions in construction that drive business productivity. Areas include, but are not limited to:

    • Architecture
    • Offsite construction
    • Materials
    • Energy efficiency
    • Project management / risk identification
    • Tunnelling underground
    • Maintenance
    • Supply chain
    • Explore and gain insights into the AI in Construction commercialisation landscape in Switzerland.
    • Develop a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Switzerland.
    • Find potential innovation collaborators and partners and develop your network in the UK and globally.
    • Improve your company value proposition to international partners and investors.
  • Register for the application briefing event on 17th June 2024 here.
    • Applications close: 22nd July 2024
    • Get ready workshop: 4th – 5th  September 2024
    • Visit the market: 30th September – 5th October 2024
    • Exploit the opportunity Workshop: 21st January 2025

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