Photo by Myleen Hollero for swissnex SF


swissnex San Francisco brings together a diverse community of universities, startups, corporates, artists, and designers in our living lab at Pier 17. We provide work space for persons with certain minimum requisite connections to the Swiss innovation ecosystem who conduct independent activities in Silicon Valley, but seek an active and supportive community, and a rich learning environment. For those persons qualifying as “Residents,” we provide:

  • Desk space: With fewer than 100 desks in our Designated Access Area, swissnex provides an intimate setting at Pier 17
  • A launchpad to set up US presence: Simplify your arrival to Silicon Valley through the Swiss innovation hub
  • Access to prime infrastructure in our living lab at Pier 17: We provide 24hr access to our Designated Access Area, equipped with amenities such as meeting rooms, AV, kitchen, shower, bike storage, private phone booths, mail service, and lockers.
  • An engaged community at Pier 17: With more than 20 current residents, be inspired by our vibrant open-innovation community
  • The opportunity to test and showcase products and idea: Partner with us to test your projects & products
  • Access exclusive events from the interdisciplinary ecosystem: We produce over 50 events per year with innovators, academics, startups and artists
  • Opportunity to work with swissnex SF to produce one event per year: Our unique event space is located in a historic waterfront location on the Bay

For more information about becoming a Resident, reach out via the form below.


Current residents:

Amazentis is an innovative life sciences company pioneering scientific breakthroughs in nutrition to manage health conditions linked to aging. Based at EPFL’s Innovation Park in Switzerland, the company is focused on promoting a new paradigm of muscle health with its proprietary next generation Timeline™ Cellular Nutrition products. /

Arcade Solutions
As ICT market leader from Lucerne, the company’s outpost at swissnex acts as extension of its IoT and Smartcity Lab, forming an important element in Arcade’s innovation ecosystem. /

Canton de Vaud - Board of Higher Education
The Canton of Vaud’s Board of Higher Education oversees the canton’s university (University of Lausanne), a university of teacher education (HEP Vaud), and several universities of applied sciences (HES). With EPFL also based on its territory, it is one of the only Swiss cantons to host such a large breath of internationally recognized universities. swissnex regularly hosts academic delegations from Vaud, including from the HEIG-VD and ECAL. /

D.A.R.T. is a testing lab bringing Design, Art, Research and Technology together to build clever human-machine interfaces where human needs come first. D.A.R.T. supports university, creative, and early stage startup projects with testing, scaling, and funding their ideas in San Francisco and in Zurich, Switzerland. Fully independent today, D.A.R.T. was started as an initiative by swissnex SF in 2016. /

With 125 nationalities on its campus by Lake Geneva and over 50% of teaching staff from abroad, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the most renowned science and technology institutions in Europe. swissnex acts as a landing pad for EPFL researchers and spin-offs visiting the Bay Area. As a partner in the swissnex SF Startup Camp, the university’s Vice Presidency for Innovation works with swissnex to immerse student entrepreneurs as part of the school’s Xgrant program. /

Estonian Consulate
The Consulate General of Estonia in San Francisco is focusing on both promoting e-solutions that help countries and organizations achieve world-class digital societies as well as working closely with their startup community. Pier 17 is their temporary home until their permanent premises are completed. /

ETH Zurich
Consistently ranked the top university in continental Europe, ETH Zurich is renowned for its excellent education, ground-breaking fundamental research, and for putting its research results directly into practice. swissnex regularly includes ETH Zurich’s scientists and startups in its interdisciplinary programs on site. Swissnex organizes delegation visits and events, and supports the San Francisco Bay Area alumni chapter. /

Five Suns Foods
Five Suns Foods is a startup food company focused on bringing new food commodities to market in a regenerative way. Their mission is to introduce unique and relevant new food products to market at scale while supporting each link in the supply chain from the farmer and farming practices to processing and the end consumer. Five Suns Foods joined the swissnex community in early 2019 through their participation with Givaudan and Mista, their new innovation center in San Francisco, and will remain as a long term resident throughout the year. /

FYRFLY Venture Partners is an early stage venture fund investing in companies with data and intelligence at the core (cloud, AI/ML, edge computing, blockchain, crypto, industrial IoT, analytics, etc.). A large part of their portfolio companies have a Swiss affiliation and they provide a bridge between Silicon Valley and Switzerland. swissnex acts as antenna in San Francisco for Fyrfly and its local portfolio startups. /

Greater Zurich Area
The Greater Zurich Area (GZA) is the regional promotion agency for eight Swiss Cantons and two cities surrounding Zurich. As home to GZA’s West Coast representation, swissnex and GZA collaborate to promote Swiss innovation in the Bay Area. /

HILTI is a 30,000 person global company, headquartered in Schaan, Liechtenstein. The company designs and distributes drilling and fastening solutions for professional construction. The HILTI Tech Office team in San Francisco started in June 2018. They work as a ventures team to identify and connect high potential start-up teams from North America with the global HILTI organization. /

Innosuisse is the Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency. The agency’s role is to promote science-based innovation in the interest of industry and society in Switzerland. Innosuisse especially promotes the partnership between academia and the market with innovation projects, networking, training and coaching in Switzerland and abroad. Swissnex SF manages the Innosuisse Market Entry Camp for the US, providing tools, a network, and workspace to Swiss startups. Innosuisse is also a partner in the swissnex SF Startup Camp that brings together Swiss startups twice a year. /

Nestle is the world’s largest food and beverage company. As swissnex resident, Nestle’s Silicon Valley Innovation Outpost (SVIO) is focused on identifying and understanding digital technology changes and their impact on society and business. /

In collaboration with startups, SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) wants to support innovation within its core business, to test new services at the first and last mile, to build and develop smart cities, or quite simply make travel even more pleasant for customers. SBB's focus is not only on mobility and rail travel in general, but also in the fields of logistics, real estate, retail and infrastructure. /

Sketchin is a design firm based in Lugano. As resident, Sketchin uses its San Francisco location at swissnex to acquire, share, and transfer knowledge on behalf of its clients, and help Swiss companies scout new technologies. /

As Switzerland’s leading telecoms company and one of its leading IT companies, Swisscom joined swissnex as resident to expand the open innovation programs of the company’s own Silicon Valley Outpost. Swisscom engages with swissnex on a number of activities in the space including startup events and hosting delegations. Swisscom is a Living Lab partner, collaborating on innovation coaching and other immersion programs. /

University of Geneva
Just like the city of Geneva itself, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) enjoys a strong international reputation, not least thanks to its close ties to Geneva-based international organizations such as the WHO, the ITU, the ICRC, and the CERN. At swissnex, the university supports residencies as part of the UNIGE Digital Fellows program. /

University of Zurich
Switzerland’s largest university, the University of Zurich (UZH) ranks among the world’s top universities and is internationally renowned in the fields of medicine, immunology, genetics, neuroscience, structural biology, and economics. swissnex hosts UZH members during their sabbaticals in San Francisco. /

View Inc.
View Inc makes architectural dynamic glass that intelligently tints in response to outdoor conditions and user preferences. With global installations including at EPFL and at swissnex SF, View uses its swissnex presence to focus on best practices around energy efficiency and human comfort and productivity in the workspace. View is a swissnex Living Lab partner. /

Vitra is a Swiss company dedicated to improving the quality of homes, offices, and public spaces through the power of design. As resident, Vitra uses its presence at swissnex to connect with the local innovation and creative community, and to implement an internal and external transfer culture in relation to the company’s research fields, market demands, and activities. /

One of the leading universities of applied sciences in Switzerland, the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) enjoys strong ties with business, social, and state institutions in Zurich and beyond. As part of the ZHAW Staff Mobility program, swissnex supports ZHAW staff members in their international networking and knowledge exchange activities. /


Former residents:

The Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) is regularly recognized as the best hotel management school in the world. EHL uses its offices at swissnex as a base for an Admission Officer and to expand the reach of its brand in the US. /

Greater Geneva Bern Area
The Greater Geneva Bern area (GGBa) is the investment promotion agency for Western Switzerland, using its workspace at swissnex to connect with the main actors in a vibrant Swiss-American business and science community. /

Givaudan is the world’s leader in flavors, fragrances, and active beauty. Its presence at swissnex, alongside other Swiss companies, startups, accelerators, large corporations, and universities, plays an important role in driving innovation for the company. /

Focused on innovation, Logitech designs personal peripherals to help people enjoy a better experience with the digital world, and uses its presence at swissnex for deeper immersion into the San Francisco innovation ecosystem. /

MDPI Open Access
MDPI is an academic open-access publisher based in Basel, using its workspace at swissnex to develop and launch Sciforum, an online platform for scholarly exchange and collaboration. /

Neuchatel Innohub
Neuchatel Innohub is an ecosystem composed of private sector, academic, and government actors of the Neuchatel region. The organization uses its presence at swissnex to foster cooperation between its region and the US by assisting its members in immersing themselves in the Silicon Valley ecosystem. /

OTO is an AI powered sales coach. While OTO’s R&D resources are based in Zurich, the startup uses its presence at swissnex to manage its business operations in the US. /

Patrick Züst
Patrick is a foreign correspondent based in San Francisco, focusing on technology trends. As a resident, swissnex allows Patrick to understand the impact Switzerland has on Silicon Valley, and vice versa. /

Lausanne based SICPA is a global provider of secured identification, traceability and authentication solutions and services. The company opened its Silicon Valley Outpost, housed at swissnex, to enhance and facilitate interactions and partnerships with startups and technology pioneers in Silicon Valley and beyond. /

Swiss Re
Swiss Re is a leading global reinsurer, and uses its presence at swissnex to engage with the Silicon Valley/ San Francisco ecosystem, and explore how technological innovation affects the entire insurance value chain. /

MindMaze is pioneering a breakthrough computing platform that captures brain activity upon intent, creating a new operating system for computers - a brain O/S - with initial applications in the healthcare and gaming industries. Based in Lausanne, the startup uses its swissnex presence as its corporate headquarters in the US. MindMaze is one of the earliest alumni of our swissnex Market Entry Camp. /

Eiger Law
Eiger is a full-service international law firm with Swiss roots, providing counseling and assistance in corporate, commercial, dispute resolution and intellectual property matters. Eiger’s clients range from major multinationals and financial heavyweights through to SMEs across a wide range of industries. Gianna Abegg from Eiger spent 3 months at swissnex to explore the use cases of blockchain technology. /


swissnex San Francisco has also been hosting a large number of startups in the past years.