About Us

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 global 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 a decade of experience connecting Switzerland and North America through knowledge sharing.

swissnex is an initiative of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), managed in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs. In San Francisco, swissnex is 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.

What We Do

swissnex San Francisco prepares academic, business, and creative clients for the world of tomorrow by bringing people and ideas together. A platform for exchange around topics 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.

At Pier 17 in San Francisco, swissnex is applying open innovation first hand by curating a community of university, startup, and corporate residents including: Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Logitech, Nestlé, Pro Helvetia, Swisscom, Swiss Re, University of Geneva, View, and Vitra. swissnex not only embeds resident teams, but also links innovative partner products and technologies to accelerate Swiss startup and design projects in collaboration with InnoSuisse and Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne.

What We Offer

Creativity and curiosity are in our genes. In all that we do, we offer an open and collaborative approach, a global outlook and local expertise, and a commitment to being interdisciplinary and experimental. Working with swissnex San Francisco puts you on a path to: connect→explore→collaborate→transform.

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

  • Trend Scouting
  • Co-working and Residencies
  • Startup Acceleration
  • Events & Exhibits
  • Study Tours
  • Consulting and benchmarking
  • Visibility
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Introductions

Learn about our Advisory Board.

Download the official mission statement of the swissnex network.

Photo: Myleen Hollero