Beyond its structures and resources, an innovation cluster is above all a group of men and women united around a shared objective: to think and act together in the interests of innovation. In this dynamic context and through its key mission of vocational training, the CPLN and its students thus have a decisive role to play in envisaging and shaping the world of tomorrow. The future belongs to the young, so getting them involved at a very early stage in innovation processes from which they can learn, and incorporating their current and future visions of society makes a lot of sense!
Microcity Pole of innovation Neuchâtel provides an extraordinary opportunity to achieve technological feats in the microtechnology sector. It stimulates innovation by encouraging synergies between the various stakeholders in research and training. It enables the launch of new strategic projects, particularly in key sectors such as advanced manufacturing, which is vitally important not only to the cluster's industrial partners, but also to our region and our country.
Microcity embodies the dynamism of Neuchâtel and its surrounding area, open to the world and to innovation.
The area possesses a rare density of competences in the economic, industrial, academic and research fields. All of this together in an exceptional living environment in the heart of Europe.
The canton of Neuchâtel and its network of businesses have long represented a cornerstone of industrial and manufacturing activity in Switzerland, drawing on a unique ability to transform ideas into products. The canton is also home to an internationally renowned scientific and academic cluster, based around micro- and nanotechnologies. The emergence of Microcity has led to a major acceleration and intensification of these innovation dynamics, placing the canton of Neuchâtel at the forefront of advanced manufacturing and disruptive innovation in the fields of infinitely small and precise technology!
To ensure the long-term success of our industrial activities in the region, it is vital we remain at the cutting edge of the technology sector. Microcity is an additional asset that enables us to forge synergies and collaborations in the fields of academic and applied R&D. And this “hotbed of innovation” in regional specialties naturally does wonders for the reputation of our high-tech industrial activities.
The Microcity network brings the key stakeholders in innovation, design, training, research, and technology together in Neuchâtel. Its member organizations and institutions work together in reaction to industrial transformations, offering a ‘lab-to-fab’ collaborative space in order to meet the challenges of this new industrial revolution. Their skills and expertise are recognized far beyond our borders. Every day, we help to enhance the reputation of both the canton and the city at an international level.
In the canton of Neuchâtel, regional expertise is reflected by an exceptional level of dynamism all along the innovation value chain. The skills of all the stakeholders together with the density and responsiveness of the local industrial fabric enable new ideas to be converted into products in record time.
Microcity is intended as a unifying force, an incubator for innovative ideas, and a catalyst for giving these ideas tangible form. Together with the other innovation stakeholders involved, the University of Neuchâtel will contribute to the dynamism generated by Microcity. Our skills centers, all of which represent areas of excellence, give the canton a competitive advantage and provide a favorable framework for encouraging closer local collaborations and broader exchanges of ideas and services. Given the wealth of skills it encompasses, Microcity promises to become a unique innovation platform whose impact will be felt far beyond its regional base.
The pole of innovation Neuchatel reflects assets in advanced research, education and industrial dynamism. The Haute Ecole Arc, which includes an engineering component firmly embedded in Neuchâtel and the Jura Arc region, must be a key player in the network of education, research and industrial institutions. Microcity is not just a building or an institution, but a goldmine of the skills available in this canton.
Microcity - Pole of innovation Neuchâtel is the culmination of collaborative links and relationships we have enjoyed for many years with all those involved. "At the heart of the infinitely precise" emphasizes the skills of the research and training centers, and our industrial fabric. The slogan is fully justified by local history. It is written in our DNA.