It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of the Crypto Valley Association (CVA).
We are an independent, government-sponsored organization located in the Swiss canton of Zug with a mission to build the world’s leading ecosystem for blockchain and cryptographic technologies here in Switzerland.
This is an ambitious goal – but by no means an unrealistic one.
Our members are united in the belief that the same advantages that have propelled tiny Switzerland into globally leading roles in the banking, insurance,pharmaceutical and high-tech sectors will also make it the perfect location for developing and perfecting today’s emerging blockchain and cryptographic technologies.
These advantages include Switzerland’s business-friendly regulatory framework, highly educated talent pool and sophisticated infrastructure, its deep pools of capital and low taxes as well as it’s world-class educational and research institutions.
Switzerland’s deep-seated culture of privacy protection and decentralization – including its citizen-run, direct democracy model of government – also make it an attractive location for those interested in developing the decentralized business and social structures that blockchain technology implies.
The place to be
Crypto Valley’s natural advantages have already made it a magnet for such groundbreaking blockchain projects as the Ethereum Foundation, which in 2014 chose to incorporate in Zug.
The founding members of our association – including well-established enterprises like PwC, Thomson Reuters and Luxoft, ground-breaking startups like Consensys, Monetas and Lykke, the government of Zug and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, among many others – are all committed to spreading the word about these advantages and so strengthening Crypto Valley’s appeal.
Having now launched, our next step is to work with our members to develop a community-driven program targeted at establishing and growing our ecosystem. Our focus includes supporting start-ups and established businesses, making policy recommendations, initiating research projects, and hosting conferences, hackathons, and other industry events.
Come join us
We would invite anyone looking for a home for their decentralized, cryptography-based or related business to consider joining us here in Zug. But no matter where you are located, you are more than welcome to become a member of the CVA and to collaborate with us and our ecosystem.
That’s because, as well as a catalyst, the CVA aims to be a bridge between Crypto Valley and the global cryptographic technologies community – building on our already active connections to international centers of blockchain innovation in London, Singapore, Silicon Valley and New York.
The excitement around the launch of the Crypto Valley Association has been palpable. Within 24 hours of the announcement more than 100 media outlets around the world had run the story. Our first new member registered via our site on the same day – paying its membership fees in bitcoin, as is only appropriate.
We very much look forward to hearing from you, or better still, to seeing you soon in Zug.