Virtual East Coast Startup Bootcamp

Throughout the year swissnex Boston and swissnex in New York, in collaboration with Innosuisse, offer Swiss Startups the opportunity to come to Boston or to New York to prepare for entry into the US market or to first validate their product. The Coronavirus has made it difficult to plan travel, but we know that Swiss startups are still forging ahead with their internationalization plans. The next Bootcamp is a  chance for them to work on their internationalization strategies from their home in Switzerland and travel to the US at a later date.  

This virtual Bootcamp offers startups a unique opportunity to better understand the fundamental business processes in the US as well as acquire new contacts prior to their coming, making their time more efficient and productive when they travel in person to the US East Coast.

The 2-week Bootcamp will feature fireside chats, toolbox sessions, office hours, and a virtual Demo Day event. It will take place from February 8 – 19, 2021. The Demo Day will be open to the public and it will be the only event people located in Switzerland will be able to join in addition to the local Boston and New York ecosystems overview.

You can also reach out to our startup program managers in Boston and New York to learn more.


Applications are now open for spring 2021. The deadline is December 1st.

Additional Info


During the Fall 2020 edition, we offered 2-3 hours of programming each day which consisted of a combination of workshops, lectures, pitching practices, fireside chats, and community building. We also organized a Demo Day and invited the local communities to “meet” the entrepreneurs. 

Topic Areas

  • US Market Strategy
  • US IP Strategy
  • US Immigration, Visas and Hiring Practices
  • VC Strategy in times of COVID-19
  • Communications and Pitching for a US audience 
  • Introduction to the Boston and New York Innovation Ecosystems

Meet Fall 2020’s Cohort:

Basil Philipp
Elena Gross
Glenn Meleder
Igor Martin

Basil Philipp – Genistat

Elena Gross – KetoSwiss

Glenn Meleder – SecuraXis

Igor Martin – Hydromea

Justin Owen
Fredrick Joseph
Nico Kunz
Nicola Staub

Justin Owen – Pexapark

Fredrick Joseph – SurgeonsLab

Nico Kunz – Iazzu

Nicola Staub – Cybera Globa

Jingwen Shi
Rene Pfitzner
Samir Ounzain
Simon Breitler

Jingwen Shi – GDBspace

Rene Pfitzner – Experify

Samir Ounzain –
HAYA Therapeutics

Simon Breitler –
EraCal Therapeutics

Thomas Schultz

Thomas Schultz -CareerFairy


Swiss Startup Demo Day – Thursday, September 24 2020

Join us as we meet 13 promising startups from Switzerland and join them on their journey to entering the US market. This event will feature two-minute pitches from each startup followed by questions from our expert judges.

And after please join the post-event to informal meet and greet at this month’s CrossLinks. A chance to unwind, chat, and make connections not only with the startups but others in the swissnex network who are passionate about Switzerland, Boston, and more.

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