Our mission is to connect the dots between Switzerland and North America in science, education, art, and innovation.

Who We Are

nex-us     \L.fr. nexus, pp. of nectere, to bind\ 1: connection, link 2: a connected group 3: center or focus

nex-t       1: closest to in space  2: closest to in time

swissnex San Francisco is part of a knowledge network with nodes in the world’s most innovative hubs—Bangalore, Boston, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Rio de Janeiro—where the future is being shaped. In San Francisco, we have over 10 years of experience connecting Switzerland and North America, making a stronger world every day through knowledge sharing.

swisssnex is an initiative of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), managed in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and, in San Francisco, as an annex of the Consulate General of Switzerland. A public-private venture, vital financial support is provided by partners, sponsors, and donors sharing swissnex San Francisco’s commitment to connecting the dots.

Nexus, Catalyst, Curator

What We Do

swissnex San Francisco is a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas in science, education, art, and innovation. We highlight the best of Swiss and North American ingenuity and create opportunities for networking among our diverse group of professional contacts in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and beyond.

We take an active role in strengthening Switzerland’s leadership as a world-class location for science, education, and innovation. Our core value lies in our ability to:

  • Strengthen Switzerland’s profile as a nation of leading-edge research, quality, innovation, and openness
  • Connect scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, and thought leaders with inspiring peers and new ideas on either side of the globe
  • Facilitate academic programs, global innovation strategies, and knowledge exchange
  • Create and present transdisciplinary projects in imaginative ways
  • Network with relevant contacts at universities, research institutions, and companies to maintain a powerful web of worldwide knowledge
  • Support internationalization efforts of Swiss academic institutions and companies, with a special focus on R&D based startups
  • Share innovative achievements and emerging trends locally and in Switzerland
  • Inform stakeholders of developments in science, technology, education, and innovation policies
  • Participate in our communities and interact with Swiss and local partners to bring added value


Explore > Collaborate > Transform

What We Offer

Creativity and curiosity are in our genes. We work hard on behalf of our stakeholders, partners, clients, and audiences to anticipate opportunities and provide a unique experience so that all sides benefit and succeed. We believe that unexpected outcomes can lead to the brightest achievements, and we embrace synergies in all that we do. Working with swissnex San Francisco puts you on a path to: explore→collaborate→transform.

We have targeted services depending on needs, but offerings include:

  • Exposure to new ideas and projects from Switzerland and North America
  • Visibility for Swiss and Swiss-based research, science, companies, and art at the interface of technology
  • Support for internationalization
  • Networking opportunities with highly educated and technology-savvy peers
  • Targeted introductions and access to a network of academic and business leaders
  • Workspace and infrastructure
  • Startup Acceleration
  • Trend Scouting
  • Consulting and benchmarking
  • Public and private interdisciplinary events
  • Thematic study tours and organized visits

Learn about our Advisory Board.

Download the official mission statement of the swissnex network.