What We Do

With:   Artists   |   Corporate Innovation   |   Our Space   |   Startups   |   Universities   |   Past Initiatives

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

We 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.

The swissnex Gallery


Pier 17 Science Studio

Case Studies

With Corporate Innovation

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.


The Living Lab

Consulting & Benchmarking

Curated Co-Working

With our Space

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.

The Living Lab

AfterWork Series

Curated Co-Working

Community Building


With Startups

We are a launchpad for Swiss startups into the Bay Area ecosystem. Since 2010, we’ve supported 67 Swiss startups and integrate a community of over 400 founders and organizations. Our startup alumni, which includes renowned companies such as Ava, Mindmaze, Beekeeper and Doodle, have a combined valuation of $1.1B.

Startup Camps Overview

Innosuisse Market Entry Camps

EPFL Xgrant Camps

Swiss Startup Night

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.

UNIGE Digital Fellows

Digital Campus


Curated Co-Working

Pier 17 Science Studio

The swissnex Gallery


Past Initiatives

Header Image: Rights on Carpet by architect Manuel Herz for the “Everyone a Humanitarian” event series. Photo by Patrick Züst