Are you thinking of starting your own business?

If so, the gruenden.ch website (in German only) and the Gründen booklet (available in German from August 2016 and in English from October 2016) are full of useful information on how to go about setting up a company in Switzerland. The information includes helpful insights and useful resource material, such as a checklist for setting up a company and overviews of legal structures, contact points and competitions.  

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 permits for nationals from third countries (non-EU 27 / non-EFTA citizens)

Work Permit Unit
Office for Economy and Labour of the Canton of Zurich
Tel +41 43 259 49 49
ab@vd.zh.ch
www.arbeitsbewilligungen.zh.ch


Residence permits for nationals of EU-27 / EFTA states

Migration Office of the Canton of Zurich
Tel +41 43 259 88 00
info@ma.zh.ch
www.ma.zh.ch


Permits & choice of business location

Business and Economic Development Division – Office for Economy and Labour of the Canton of Zurich
Tel +41 43 259 49 92
standort@vd.zh.ch
www.location.zh.ch


Economic Development – City of Zurich

Online request form
Tel +41 44 412 36 63
www.zuerich.ch/wirtschaft


Financing 

GO! Microcredits
Tel +41 44 240 06 90
info@mikrokredite.ch
www.mikrokredite.ch

Zürcher Kantonalbank (Zurich Cantonal Bank)
www.zkb.ch


Intellectual property

Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property
Tel +41 31 377 77 77
info@ipi.ch
www.ige.ch


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

Startzentrum Zürich
Tel +41 44 455 60 60
info@startzentrum.ch
www.startzentrum.ch


Commercial Register
Commercial Registry Office of the Canton of Zurich
Tel +41 43 259 74 00
Online request form
www.hrazh.ch


Social insurance, recognition of self-employment

SVA Zürich (Zurich social insurance institution)
Tel +41 44 448 50 00
info@svazurich.ch
www.svazurich.ch

Taxes
Zurich Cantonal Tax Office
Online request form
www.steueramt.zh.ch

Training
CTI Entrepreneurship
Swiss federal training programme
www.cti-entrepreneurship.ch