Peter Kistler is the Bern Economic Development Agency’s Senior Project Manager for Foreign Investment (BEDA). His primary responsibility is to ensure the success of Bern-based organisations and to promote a healthy economic environment in Bern, where he has worked since 2013.
The Bern Economic Development Agency (BEDA) is an organisation dedicated to strengthening and developing the Canton of Bern’s business landscape. BEDA supports projects, companies, and plans aimed at fostering economic growth and innovation in the region through a variety of criteria and established legal practices.
BEDA, as a key point of contact for businesses seeking assistance from the cantonal administration, offers comprehensive advice and targeted services to Bern-based businesses. The agency helps businesses navigate interactions with both public and private sector organisations, ensuring they have access to the right resources and contacts.
BEDA offers financial assistance for investment projects, export plans, business establishment or relocation, and selected Innosuisse projects. In consultation with the tax authorities, tax breaks may also be available. BEDA offers coaching to start-ups and SMEs in collaboration with be-advanced AG and the Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne.
The amount of financial assistance provided depends on the specific project, and businesses eligible for assistance include those based in Bern, new businesses, and foreign companies with innovative, growth-oriented investment projects and forward-thinking strategies aimed at national or international markets.