SQUARE ONE: The global center for the advancement of the Economy of Trust

Lake Geneva region - Prilly, Switzerland

Building on Trust

More than a real estate project, Square One is the global center for the advancement of the Economy of Trust. It brings together in one place the talent, knowledge and network necessary to take on some of the biggest challenges faced by our societies today.

A brand-new concept, a brand-new building

Due to open early 2022, the campus is being built by a leading industrial actor with global commercial reach, based in South Western Switzerland. The center is open to large and small companies active in research and innovation, public organisations looking to digitalise their services and academic or professional teaching institutions with a novel approach.

A magnificent glass building, a unique center for innovation, on the shores of Lake Geneva

The Economy of Trust

Trust is the backbone of society.

Trust is a critical intangible asset which supports everything, from a handshake to the technology behind ride-sharing apps, e-commerce or online voting. It is always in flux, constantly evolving, merging physical, human assessment with new digital measurements.

The business opportunities opened by the demand for products and services which deliver interconnected integrity, efficiency and coherence between the physical and digital worlds are endless. In this process, Trust is the most powerful competitive advantage a company can gain.

To date no project has been launched that sets out to profit from these opportunities. That is why Square One was created.


Pillars of the Economy of Trust

Large corporates, emerging start-ups, public services, individuals, all have different challenges and approaches to generating and maintaining trust. At Square One they share common values about Trust and a common ambition:

To contribute to economic, social and environmental sustainability and resilience by building trust in every physical or digital transactions, interactions and products in daily life.

Companies at Square One will therefore focus their activities on solutions for four key pillars of the economy with associated objectives: 


A sustainable production and consumption of natural and produced goods: food, energy, water, minerals


A human-animal-plant connected approach for health: One-Health 


Transparent, inclusive and resilient trading and finance systems


An efficient, accountable, interaction between society and government


Members at Square One benefit from a host of advantages.


Located in a consistently stable, constitutionally neutral, highly innovative country.


A diverse ecosystem, with access to leading technologies and investment opportunities.


A region with world class talent and highest density of international institutions.


Adaptive by design, Square One is built to last. Modular facilities and a strong research focus mean the center will be as relevant in the future as it is today.


Leading universities, state-of-the-art facilities, talented academics renowned for their collaborative research.

OUR partners

The sharing of ideas between researchers, talented individuals and innovative entrepreneurs creates a breeding ground for innovation. In this context, the Canton of Vaud is fully supportive of this unique private initiative, encouraging connections between key players wishing to pursue activities in the field of Trust. This extends to other universities and schools, innovation parks, spin-offs, start-ups, medium size and large companies implanted in the area.

The objective of such partnerships is to provide a world class research and development ecosystem for our members, to promote investment and innovation in the Economy of Trust and to strengthen the Canton de Vaud and Switzerland as one of the most innovative regions in the world.

Founded in 1927 in Lausanne, SICPA’s HQ has been in Prilly since the 1960’s. We are committed to working positively with the local community. The SQ1 Campus project, which opens up exciting new business possibilities, is aligned with local infrastructure plans and is a demonstration of our support for the development of the commune and the Canton of Vaud.

Since its inception SICPA has been focused on Enabling Trust. We provide secured authentication, identification and traceability solutions and services, integrating material-based covert features and digital technologies. Every day, governments, companies and millions of people rely on us to protect the integrity and value of their currency, personal identity, products and brands.

Square One has a unique partnership with the EPFL Innovation Park (EIP). EIP is part of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions.
Founded in 1991, the EIP hosts technology-driven companies, with access to cutting-edge research and a large network of dynamic entrepreneurs and established companies.

In constant evolution, the EPFL Innovation Park boasts full occupancy. This is why the EIP will extend its quarters to Square One, offering the same level of services for start-ups and scales-ups.

Square One and the EPFL Innovation Park will actively work together to bring new members to the site, support innovation and encourage collaborations.


Learn more about Square One

Square One brochure (PDF)


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