A Global Network

Connecting people and ideas from Switzerland and the West Coast of the USA to foster exchange in education, research, innovation, and the arts.

About Us

swissnex San Francisco strives to advance new ideas and international collaboration for the benefit of societies.


swissnex San Francisco, located at Pier 17, is part of the global swissnex Network for international collaboration. Our mission is to connect people and ideas from Switzerland and the San Francisco Bay Area to foster exchange in research, education, innovation, and the arts. Inspiring collaboration across disciplines, industry, and borders, we host universities, startups, corporates, artists, and designers. We program a range of events, workshops, conferences, exhibitions, and innovation exchanges that explore the ideas and issues that shape our society.

swissnex Global Network Mission

swissnex is the Swiss global network connecting the dots in education, research, and innovation. Our mission is to support the outreach and active engagement of our partners in the international exchange of knowledge, ideas and talent. The swissnex global network consists of five locations and outposts established in the world’s most innovative hubs. Together with around twenty Science and Technology Offices (STO) and Counselors (STC) based in Swiss Embassies, they contribute to strengthen Switzerland’s profile as a world-leading innovation hotspot.

The core values of the swissnex network consists of:

  • connecting its partners to thriving innovation ecosystems worldwide,
  • advising on trends and opportunities in science, education and technology,
  • promoting the visibility of Swiss higher education and research institutions, start-ups and other innovation-driven partner organizations.
  • inspiring new ideas by promoting knowledge exchange.

The swissnex Network collaborates with a broad spectrum of partners related to international research and innovation, supporting them in their outreach and active engagement in the global exchange of knowledge, ideas and talent.

Explore our Impact

Higher education and research institutions

How to Build a House: Architectural Research in the Digital Age
The “How to Build a House” exhibition connected the dots between robotics, digitization, and architecture as pioneered in the labs of ETH Zurich and the NCCR Digital Fabrication Lab. Hear from the Swiss architects shaping the future of architecture.

Pier 17 Science Studio: Storytelling Academy at swissnex SF
The Storytelling Academy was a three-week program bringing science communicators together for a personalized learning experience aimed at sharing research with the public and inspiring engaging campaigns to promote Swiss research in San Francisco and Switzerland. This program is part of our science communication work for Swiss academic institutions.

Governmental and publicly funded institutions

Urban Tech Summit
The Urban Tech Summit brought together academics, executives, entrepreneurs, government officials, and nonprofit leaders to solve today’s urban issues. Hear from the University of Zurich, SF County Transportation Authority, and the World Economic Forum in this video from the event.

Startups and innovation driven companies

What Swiss Startups Can Do In San Francisco
swissnex SF connects startups to our local network, and provides tools, techniques, training, and workspace in the Bay Area. Twice a year, the swissnex SF Startup Bootcamp brings together startups from EPFL XGrant and Innosuisse Market Entry Camp. Hear from participating startups about their experience in San Francisco.

Non-governmental, non-profit organizations

Crisis Code: Humanitarian Protection in the Digital Age
Crisis Code brought together Swiss and US researchers, humanitarians, activists, diplomats, legal experts and hackers to explore the challenges facing human rights in the digital age over a two-day program of workshops and public events.

Creative industries linked to education, research, or innovation

Swiss Games at GDC 2019
Every year, San Francisco becomes the epicenter of the game industry. In 2019, #SwissGames brought 19 Swiss game developers and technologies to the Game Developers Conference (GDC). We interviewed participating studios at the conference to learn about their experience.

The swissnex Network is an initiative of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation and is part of the Confederation’s network abroad managed by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The activities of the swissnex Network are based on a collaborative approach, relying on public and private partnerships and funding.