The nine continuing areas of activity are grouped into four target areas and together form the medium-term grant-making cluster of Gebert Rüf Stiftung. It does not act in isolation but interlinks its activities among themselves as well as within a series of project partnerships and in doing so aims to increase the effectiveness of its grant-making activities.
The strategic target area known as «Science & Entrepreneurship» denotes the central mission of Gebert Rüf Stiftung. Since 1998 it promotes «science entrepreneurship» among the younger talents of academics at Swiss universities. The focus is on the entrepreneurial implementation of research and innovation for Switzerland as a business location.
The «Kick Foundation» and «Kickfund», co-initiated by Gebert Rüf Stiftung, bundle existing support programs and combine support and investment in a pioneering way in a value chain. The «Kick Program» offers a well curated entrepreneurship, technology and innovation funnel for the best talents and business cases in Switzerland. The legally independent, profit-oriented Kickfund invests in Venture Kick finalists in an automated way allwoing a refinancing model supporting the Kick pipeline.
In the target area «Education & Entrepreneurship», Gebert Rüf Stiftung has been supporting new forms of education and teaching in the digital age since 2019. The school and professional world of the future require new skills and forms of teaching. Model pilot projects can point the way to this future.
The target area «Science, Economy & Society» has been at the centre of the foundation's activities since its inception. Gebert Rüf Stiftung bundles its activities and project funding under the title «Scientainment» and focuses on low-threshold science communication. It also maintains an Eastern European programme. The current programme focuses on targeted project funding in the South Caucasus, namely the consolidation of the Swiss Agricultural School Caucasus in Georgia.
With the target area «Foundation & Switzerland» Gebert Rüf Stiftung has been active in promoting Switzerland as a top location for liberal foundations since 2000 by working toward a professionalization of the sector at the interface of politics, science and grant-making practice.
Portfolio active areas of activity
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