What We Do

swissnex San Francisco is part of a global network for international collaboration located at Pier 17. We connect people and ideas from Switzerland and North America, and foster exchange between the regions.
Photo by Astra Brinkmann for swissnex SF

What We Do


 

swissnex San Francisco is part of a global network for international collaboration located at Pier 17. We connect people and ideas from Switzerland and North America, and foster exchange between the regions. Inspiring collaboration across disciplines, industries and borders, our space at Pier 17 hosts universities, startups, corporates, and artists.

As convener, facilitator and curator, we program a range of events, workshops, conferences, symposiums and exhibitions that explore emergent futures such as climate change, humanitarian innovation, sustainability, the future of work, and the impact of science and technology on society and the economy.

From the vantage point of San Francisco & Silicon Valley, we also provide services to startups and corporate clients such as trend scouting, corporate innovation and innovation exchanges to prepare clients for tomorrow.


With Artists

swissnex San Francisco is mandated from Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council,┬áto facilitate Swiss artists promotion and cultural exchanges in the field of art-technology and art-sciences with a particular attention to the specific domains of: digital creation, interactive media, design and architecture.

With Corporates

From the vantage point of San Francisco & Silicon Valley, we provide services to corporate clients such as trend scouting, corporate innovation and innovation exchanges in order to prepare clients for tomorrow. We connect clients to our unique network and to new sets of questions and ideas that inspire innovation in their field.

We host a diverse resident community of universities, startups, corporate innovation outposts, artists and designers. By curating an interdisciplinary group of organizations and individuals, we aim to build a collaborative platform that enables us to integrate our residents into our projects and events, and empowers residents to leverage the community to test products and ideas.

With Startups

swissnex connects startups to a local network, tools, techniques, training, and office space in the Bay Area.

With Universities

We connect Swiss and Bay Area universities, researchers and academics, fostering the international exchange of research and ideas. For 15 years, we have promoted the visibility of Swiss Universities through media outreach, collaborative events and partnerships, and exchange opportunities.

Past Initiatives