Sustainable development at FIT

In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly decided to adopt a new framework for sustainable development approaches around the world, called the 2030 Agenda. Often represented as a wheel, the 2030 Agenda consists of 17 fragments representing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that each nation should seek to achieve.

In a context where sustainable development and its challenges have become paramount, the Foundation for Technological Innovation is committed to supporting innovative ideas that contribute to a better future for future generations.

The Sustainable Development Goals

N°1. No poverty 

N°2. Zero hunger

N°3. Good health and well-being

N°4. Quality education 

N°5. Gender equality 

N°6. Clean water and sanitation 

N°7. Clean and affordable energy 

N°8. Decent work and economic growth 

N°9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 

N°10. Reduced inequalities 

N°11. Sustainable cities and communities 

N°12. Responsible consumption and production

N°13. Measures to combat climate change 

N°14. Aquatic life

N°15. Terrestrial life

N°16. Peace, Justice and Effective Institution 

N°17. Partnerships to achieve the goals

Since 1994, FIT has ...

62 %

36 %


of FIT-supported start-ups address at least three of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
of FIT support contributes to SDG 3 by addressing well-being and health for all
of the 17 SDGs set by the United Nations are met by FIT-supported start-ups

Women's entrepreneurship at FIT


In 2013, only 14% of the co-founding teams of FIT-supported start-ups included at least one woman.

By 2023, that figure has risen to 36%. This is good news, and the increase is well on the way to achieving parity!

Worldwide, 14% of start-up founders are women. Switzerland is no exception to this trend, with only 20% of founders being women, and only 10% in science and technology.

Source: Swissinfo, 2021

FIT start-ups labelled by the Solar Impulse Foundation

Founded by Bertrand Piccard, the Solar Impulse Foundation highlights all companies offering clean, sustainable and profitable solutions by awarding them its label. 22 start-ups supported by the Foundation for Technological Innovation have obtained this label by offering a sustainable alternative to a current problem for a better future.

Aeler Technologies

Alver Golden Chlorella

Bloom Renewables


Composite Recycling




EH GROUP Engineering











Swiss Airtainer

Tyre Recycling Solutions



Zaphiro Technologies


B Corp Certification is the only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance. The B Impact Assessment evaluates the impact of a company’s operations and business model on its workers, community, environment and customers.

B Lab delivers the B Corp Certification to companies that meet the highest standards and 4 start-ups supported by the Foundation for Technological Innovation have obtained this label.





The FIT is committed to Responsible Digital Business!

What is the Responsible Digital Charter? 
In recent years, awareness of the environmental and social impacts of digital technology has increased, requiring all organisations to adapt their digital strategy. 
The Responsible Digital Charter is a first step towards a more virtuous digital environment. 
To summarize, by signing this charter, companies commit to a more responsible digital approach and join a network of organisations pioneering change.
What is its purpose?
The Responsible Digital Charter pushes the organisation to evaluate itself and try to improve continuously.
Its aim is to create awareness through the community.
The Responsible Digital Charter is divided into 5 commitments: 
Digital is a major player in greenhouse gas emissions. For the environment, we are committed to optimising digital tools to limit their impact and consumption, by favouring the use of renewable energy sources, for example.
For ethics, we are committed to ethical and responsible digital practices, for example by improving the conditions of digital workers internally and externally.
For accessibility, we are committed to developing digital services that are accessible to all, inclusive and sustainable. For example, by generalising a responsible purchasing approach with the adoption of societal and environmental clauses.
For resilience, we are committed to responsible digital technology, which is essential to ensure the resilience of organisations, for example by participating in a collaborative approach to the design and evaluation of digital services in line with real needs.
For the respect of values, we are committed to fostering the emergence of new behaviours and values. For example, by enabling future generations to innovate in order to build a world open to others, concerned with the balance of ecosystems and living together.