Business & Society

Given the qualitative research approach of the Institute, it is fundamental to involve the business community.

We strive from collaborating with dynamic businesses – both local and international organizations – for research purposes and for business and community impact initiatives. Partnerships may arise from research projects, from a tailored educational workshop or from field project projects led by our students. For instance, starting from a SNF funded research project involving the Locarno Film Festival, IMCA extended this collaboration over the years, which eventually led to a strategic partnership and a joint professorship between the Locarno Film Festival and USI.

If you are an organization, both profit and nonprofit, and are interested in collaborating with us, do reach out to [email protected].

Field Projects

IMCA collaborates every year with a range of public and private organizations, through its field projects that represent the culmination of its the master programs (MCC, MMTE). Collaborations include: Amaretto/ILVA, Audi, AXA, Bally, Bosch, BSI, Carrera, Centralis, CSS, DECS, EOC, ESMO, Federviti, Guess, HEINEKEN Switzerland, Hugo Boss, Humabs BioMed, Hydac, IKEA, Ilapack, Kering Group, Lindt & Sprüngli, Locarno Film Festival, LongLake Festival, L’Oréal, Mandarin Oriental, Mulino di Maroggia/Homebaker, Nestlé, Partito Liberale, Postfinance, Riri, RSI, San Pellegrino, Skyguide, Surgital, Swisscom, Swiss International Airlines, Swissport, Ticino Butchers’ Association, Ticino Turismo, Ticino Wine, Turbomach, VF, WWF International.

MCC Field Projects


IMCA spearheads and supports regional entrepreneurship. Since 2020, Prof. Lurati has been managing the USI Startup Center, which aims to reinforce the regional innovation system and to increase the entrepreneurial initiatives and skills inside the University. Prof. Lurati coordinates the training programs of Innosuisse, being member of the MITTE consortium.

USI Startup Center