Are you thinking of starting your own business in Switzerland?

If so, the website and the "Gründen" booklet (both available in German only) are full of useful information on how to go about setting up a company in Switzerland.

The following "Gründen" information is available in English:

  • Overview of legal forms
  • Company foundation checklist
  • Information for non-Swiss nationals

Click here to download all three documents in one file

Listed below are some of the offices and organisations in the Zurich area that will be glad to assist you with any questions related to founding a company:

Work and residence permits

Choice of business location

Business models, choice of legal structure, general questions related to setting up a company

Startzentrum Zürich
Tel +41 44 455 60 60


Intellectual property
Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
Tel +41 31 377 77 77

Commercial Register
Commercial Registry Office of the Canton of Zurich
Tel +41 43 259 74 00

Social insurance, recognition of self-employment
SVA Zürich (Zurich social insurance institution)
Tel +41 44 448 50 00

Zurich Cantonal Tax Office

Coaching & Training
Innosuisse - Swiss Innovation Agency
Swiss federal training programme