Gebert Rüf Stiftung is indebted to the entrepreneurial spirit of its founder. According to its mission statement it promotes innovation for the benefit of Switzerland’s economy and society. The foundation has an annual funding budget of CHF 15 million to help new technologies achieve a breakthrough, but also to lay the foundations for an entrepreneurial attitude and a broad interest in innovation by promoting education and transfer projects.

Driving Innovation

Gebert Rüf Stiftung is an enabling and actively participating grant-making foundation which is committed to providing project-related startup financing and funding projects with bridging function. It does not wish to simply finance existing and tested activities, but rather to support innovation and thus strengthen Switzerland as a top location for business and a place to live. This is because innovative ideas - when realised in an entrepreneurial way - secure an economically, ecologically and socially sustainable future for Switzerland. The foundation aims to use its limited resources as a form of risk financing subject to ongoing evaluation, to help get pioneering projects off the ground.

Promoting Tomorrow's Talents Today

Taking advantage of its special position as a private, non-institutional and politically independent organization, Gebert Rüf Stiftung finances and supports the implementation of entrepreneurial innovation projects with outstanding pioneering potential. It is not intended as a source of funding for projects that aim to optimize existing approaches following the «faster, higher, better» mode. The focus is on ambitious initiatives led by young talents who are eager to effect change and implement it in an entrepreneurial manner.

Shaping the Future

Gebert Rüf Stiftung intends to provide groundbreaking, fresh impetus to science and society. For this reason, the foundation places top priority on synergizing and networking individual projects, which are in turn anchored to specific areas of activity. In order to achieve this, the foundation employs its resources in a flexible yet focused manner. Its aim is neither long-term nor serial financing of projects. Gebert Rüf Stiftung sees itself not as a mere sponsor or distributor of funds, but as a partner and an active member of the project team. Thus, conventional grant allocation goes hand-in-hand with strategic and effective action.