The advantages of this Location

What makes the Technopark Liechtenstein unique is the combination of its location at the base of the Alps, its economic links to Europe and Switzerland, and its connection with Swiss universities as part of the Technopark Alliance network.

Liechtenstein as a leader in blockchain technology, crypto currencies, ICO and Tokens

Dedicated laws for blockchain technologies, regulations and legal certainty for the use of tokens and the classification of these tokens are becoming increasingly interesting for startups that rely on aforementioned technologies or make use of ICOs to find backers and investors.

Swiss currency, European economic area

Liechtenstein is situated in the heart of Europe with a strong, internationally oriented economy, and as a strong currency, the Swiss franc ensures stability. Its unique location at the base of the Alps also makes Liechtenstein a resort area, or a place where startup founders can also relax. And then there are the mountains, which are especially attractive for winter and summer sports.

The LVC: a unique corporate structure in Europe

An LVC is a platform for cooperation between several parties for the development of innovative products. This legal structure permits cooperation between partners to be financed by equity holders. Work, contributions in kind, and capital payments by natural or legal persons are viewed as investments. For their idea and their preliminary work, each inventor receives shares in the company.

Strong industry partners

Over 4,000 companies are active in the country and provide around 36,000 jobs. The principality’s many advantages speak for themselves. Liechtenstein’s most important and well-known firms include companies that serve customers internationally in the areas of fastener technology, electronics, measurement, and dentistry.

Machinery and labs for prototype production

The production facilities of some firms are available to startups for prototyping. Industrial partners in Liechtenstein are open to collaborating on the production of innovative technological solutions. So partnering with Liechtenstein’s industrial companies can offer not only financial support, but also assist with materials, production, and testing.

Liechtenstein’s Financial Market Authority (FMA) opens paths to innovation for FinTech companies

New financial technologies represent an opportunity for Liechtenstein. The FMA has formed the “Regulatory Laboratory,” an internal team of experts that focuses on regulation and innovation in the field of financial technologies. At the interface between regulation and the market, the team is a point of contact for established financial services providers and companies in the FinTech sector.

The FMA considers this dialog essential so that innovations can be implemented and the requirements of regulation and supervision can be fulfilled. The “Regulatory Laboratory” is a measure under the auspices of Impuls Liechtenstein, a campaign launched by the government to strengthen Liechtenstein’s capacity for innovation. The specialists of the “Regulatory Laboratory” are happy to be available for an initial assessment and discussion.

As a supervisory authority, the FMA concerns itself with both the opportunities and the risks of technology-based business models. It must ensure that consumer protections are guaranteed, confidence in financial markets remains intact, and the stability of the financial system is not jeopardized. To ensure market access to the European Economic Area, the business models must also be compliant with European standards.

What makes the Technopark Liechtenstein unique is the combination of its location at the base of the Alps, its economic links to Europe and Switzerland, and its connection with Swiss universities as part of the Technopark Alliance network.

Liechtenstein’s Benefits for Startups at a Glance

  • High degree of political continuity and stability
  • Broad business diversification
  • Access to two markets (EU/EEA and Switzerland)
  • Liberal economic policies
  • Stable social, legal, and economic system
  • Moderate corporate taxation, simple tax system (flat tax)
  • Liberal corporate law
  • Public budgets with sound financial policies
  • AAA national rating
  • Swiss franc as legal tender
  • Very good infrastructure
  • Manageable size means flexibility and uncomplicated decision-making channels
  • Strong public-sector capital
  • Promotion of research and development

More information

Comprehensive information, facts and figures about the business location can be found online: Liechtenstein Business

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