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High-tech startups

Just a very general question. Say, I have an idea for a high-tech product that lands itself nicely to a start-up company. Or better yet, there is even a business plan, validated market need and investment commitments.

I am in Canada, but I would rather move to CH and start a company here.

I understand there is a fairly straight-forward option of opening a Swiss company, and then have lawyers to request a permit B based on a business plan and a commitment to grow the business and hire personnel in a near future. They say it might be tricky to get a permit in Vaud due to the high demand from larger, established companies, but it is doable nonetheless.

What I am wondering if there are any special provisions in immigration law that facilitate issuance of Permit B for high-tech start-up founders? In Canada and, as of recently, in the US there are, as they try and actively attract entrepreneurial tech people. Anything like this in Switzerland at all?

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Do you have some minor cash to support the claim that you will support the business? Will you also be employing Swiss?

Yes you can buy your way into Switzerland.

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Well, sure, I know that. More than one way actually. I am asking if there are any special provisions for the high-tech professionals when it comes to obtaining Permit B.

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Re: High-tech startups

I did pretty much what you intend to do, and got a 5-year permit right away. However, with a few key differences: 1) I moved from Germany (much easier for EU nationals to get a B permit for a startup) 2) I wrote a stellar business plan (was already making in excess of $100k a year from my business at the time) 3) I teamed up with a Treuhand guy in Zug to found the company - you can't do it alone if you're a foreigner not living in CH.

so.. it's possible.. but it's not very easy.
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Re: High-tech startups

Irisvel, thanks for the reply.

Have you at all looked at getting a Vaud visa or just went straight to Zug/Zurich? I am being told that it is very much possible to go solo and still get the visa in Vaud (and even more so in Neuchatel/Jura).

What's Treuhand?
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Nevermind - http://www.treuhandsuisse.ch
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Irisvel, thanks for the reply.

Have you at all looked at getting a Vaud visa or just went straight to Zug/Zurich? I am being told that it is very much possible to go solo and still get the visa in Vaud (and even more so in Neuchatel/Jura).

What's Treuhand?
no I went straight to Zug. it has lots of advantages:

1) German-speaking (I also speak French but at a much lower level than German)
2) Super low taxes
3) Close to Zürich so can get people from ETH and generally a larger labor market choice than in FR-speaking CH
4) Its migration office people are very keen on attracting top-notch startups and companies, so they're extremely pleasant to deal with. When I first went to the Zuger industry migration Amt it felt like being at a management consulting company not a migration office
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planning to do anything in the integrated electronics field ?
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Computer networking. Conventional one, not the social fluff. I made a touch-controlled Arduino-based dimmer for my under-bed lighting once, but I doubt it counts
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