Our Mission

From our headquarters in Cambridge and our New York office, we connect Switzerland and the American Northeast in education, research, innovation, and the arts.

Our Mission

We bring people and ideas together to make sense of
our changing world and reimagine tomorrow.


Founded in 2000 as the world’s first science consulate, swissnex Boston is the origin of the global swissnex Network connecting Switzerland and the world 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 five swissnex locations and their outposts are 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 strengthening Switzerland’s profile as a world-leading innovation hotspot.

The core activities 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 universities, startups, and innovation-driven companies
  • Inspiring new ideas by promoting knowledge exchange

The swissnex Network collaborates with a broad spectrum of partners, including:

  • Higher education and research institutions
  • Governmental and publicly funded institutions
  • Startups and innovation-driven companies
  • Non-governmental, non-profit organizations
  • Creative industries linked to education, research, or innovation

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

swissnex Boston is headquartered in Cambridge, near to Harvard University and MIT, and has an antenna office called swissnex in New York in Manhattan.

swissnex Boston in a Nutshell