Switzerland at Northside Festival


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How Big data is revolutionizing finTech

During the last week of June, swissnex Boston and its New York Outpost presented the fourth chapter of the Future of Money series, this year titled “The Power of Big Data: Shaping the Future of FinTech,” featuring a Swiss-US cross-border panel discussions to explore innovations in Big Data Analytics.  Read more...


The Venture Leaders Technology team takes on New York

“If I can make it there, I’ll make it aaaaaaanywhere. It’s up to you New York, New Yooooooork!”  Who hasn’t heard or hummed the lyrics of Frank Sinatra’s famous hymn to the city that never sleeps, a place that has become an ever-growing innovation ecosystem, offering endless opportunities for tech startups? Early June, 10 top-notch startups traveled from Switzerland to take a bite or two from the Big Apple. Read more..



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Swiss Innovation at the Northside Festival

June 9-10, Brooklyn NY

After last year's success, Switzerland will again have an official country presence at Northside Innovation this June! Swiss events are co-organized by swissnex Boston's New York Outpost and the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York. And yes, the Venture Leaders will be there, too!  Learn More 


Past Events

Grassy Lectures // FRI, MAY 6 AT 7:00 PM, BROOKLYN, NY

Come and join us for the third edition of this talk series! It will feature Camille Blin, scenographer of Heart of Glass, and two New York based architects;  Bika Rebek, originally from Slovenia, and Christian Wassmann from Switzerland. More information & registration

Photo credit: Cyril Porchet, 2016.

Photo credit: Cyril Porchet, 2016.

Heart of Glass // May 7 - 14, Brooklyn NY

ECAL – The University of Art and Design Lausanne – explored the possibilities of glass as a material in different contexts. The results will be featured at this year’s Wanted Design Fair from May 7 to May 14 in Brooklyn NY. Learn more 


Past Events

The disruptive force of new algorithms and big data has reached the financial world. What does this imply for the traditional banking system?

What are the scientific underpinnings of the innovations of "FinTech"?  How is crowd and data intelligence going to change the relationship between financial institutions and their costumers? Are traditional portfolio management, decision making, and risk taking going to be replaced by artificial intelligence?

On November 18, a panel of FinTech experts from Switzerland and the US are going to discuss the underpinnings of Artificial Intelligence and examine key questions about its implications. Join us at WeWork for the third segment of swissnex Boston's The Future of Money event series. Click for more information and registration.  

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Stay connected and join our Mailing list to be informed about future happenings! Meanwhile, have a look on our Blog to learn about past events, and click through the photo gallery below to have a look back at June events - namely our presence at Northside Festival and the visit of the Venture Leaders 2015! 


Are you looking for a co-working space in Brooklyn (Greenpoint)? A friend of the swissnex Boston NY Outpost may have what you want. Learn more here

Current initiatives:

CTI Market Entry Camp

The CTI Market Entry Camp US is an acceleration program for Swiss start-up companies looking to enter the US market or to validate their business ideas in the fast-growing tech ecosystem of New York. The visiting entrepreneurs can benefit from tailored advice and connections from the swissnex team and local mentors while using our office space as their launchpad for their first steps in the US. More about the Camp 


Past Events:

June 17 // 6-9 PM // WeWork Charging Bull // 25 Broadway // New York 

Swiss Tech Night  - Vol. II  The Swiss National Startup-Team is back in New York City! From ground-breaking 3D ink-jet technology to software for driverless vehicles to a fertility prediction wearable solution, our class of 14 Swiss entrepreneurs are on their way to global expansion and ready to pitch to the New York tech scene. Register now! 


June 11-12 //12-7 PM // Northside Festival, Brooklyn

Heidi meets high-tech in Brooklyn this summer, as we are showcasing Switzerland's innovative industries at Brooklyn's Northside Festival. Learn more on our blog and make sure to visit us at the Innovation Expo June 11-12 (free RSVP)! 


April 18 - June 9 (Weekends)

Come, Fly with Us!

The East Coast premiere of Birdly, Max Rheiner’s immersive flight simulator will allow visitors to soar over Manhattan. As part of the ‘Sensory Stories’ exhibition, Birdly will be on display at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image April 18th until June 9th. 

Birdly will be part of  ‘Sensory Stories’, an exhibition of interactive project experimenting with new forms of storytelling at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York City. In the past, Birdly – developed at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHDK – has amazed the audiences at swissnex San Francisco and swissnex India alike and recently was in the limelight at the Sundance Film Festival. 



May 28, 2015

Using waste products as construction materials, ETH Zurich will build a pavilion, curate an exhibition and host events at New York City's First Street Garden as part of the New Museum's IDEAS CITY festival, May 28-30, 2015. On May 28, the ETH Zurich Global and Alumni New York Chapter invite you to their Event


To learn more and to sign up for the Event visit Eventbrite here


May 9-19, 2015

Under Pressure - Designing Densified Wood

Soft to the touch, yet as hard and dense as precious tree species from the tropical rainforest, this wood surprisingly stems from fast growing spruce, easy to cultivate in our countries. The EPFL+ECAL Lab, an award winning swiss laboratory exploring the potential of emerging technologies through design, is back in New York to present how the amazing scientific performance of densified wood can be turn into real objects. The exhibition at Wanted Design Brooklyn/ Industry city from May 9-19, involves works from Paul Cocksedge, Chris Kabel, Normal Studio, Big-Game and Lea Longis. Learn more on our Blog! 


For the last start-up webinar on the US Market, we analyzed the media landscape in New York and the best strategies to break into Silicon Alley from an entrepreneur’s perspective. We got the best of both worlds with our two expert guests: Bonnie Halper, Editor-in-Chief at AlleyWatch, the tech reference in the Silicon Alley; andFabian Pfortmüller, Co-Founder at Holstee, and a successful Swiss entrepreneur in NYC. Bonnie and Fabian shared their experience with the media and start-up scene in New York and gave our audience tips on how to successfully establish an online presence in Silicon Alley.

Thanks to all who attended!

Read the full article on our blog and find the video on youtube. If you have further questions regarding the topic, please contact nyoutpost@swissnexboston.org


Breaking through the Customer Cloud

The role of customer insights for business growth

In collaboration with the Young Professionals Committee of the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce, swissnex Boston's NYC Outpost organized a panel discussion on December 15, 2015, featuring:

Arti Sahgal, Co-founder & Chief Revenue Officer, Coresystems 
Dr. Isabelle Engeler, Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Leader at the Center for Consumer Insight, University of St.Gallen (HSG) 

And moderated by: 
Katharina Hellwig, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Lausanne 

Our panel of experts showcased an award-winning Swiss start-up that has attained market leadership using a consumer-focused approach. Coresystems' US subsidiary was established in 2010 and has rapidly grown at 60% year-over-year, currently counting 15,000 users across North America. Recognizing and adapting to consumer preferences and behavioral patterns has been a key ingredient to Coresystems’ success in conquering the US market. 

In addition, two academic experts from the Center for Customer Insight at the University of St.Gallen and from the University of Lausanne (HEC) presented the latest research findings in consumer behavior and consumer psychology. . 

This event was kindly sponsored by UBS and the University of Lausanne (HEC). 

Read our blog for a detailed review of the event!


U.S. Intellectual Property Rights: Practical Considerations for Swiss Start-ups

December 2nd, 6 PM (Swiss Time) 

For their 3rd webinar, swissnex Boston’s New York Outpost invited Diane Artal, attorney at Rosabianca & Associates, to delve into the thorny topic of intellectual property rights in the US. Diane gives a detailed overview of the different IP rights in the US, including patents (utility/design/plant), trade secrets, trademarks, copyright (literary/audiovisual/visual), and license agreements. If you have further questions on the topic, please contact nyoutpost@swissnexboston.org. 

Read the full article on our blog page.

Thanks to all who attended! The video is now available on youtube! Follow this link.

Diane F. Artal

Senior Associate, Rosabianca & Associates PLLC

Diane Artal is an attorney admitted to the bar in the State of New York, as well as in Switzerland. Her practice focuses on startups and companies in the U.S. and abroad in the areas of intellectual property, corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions. Prior to joining Rosabianca & Associates PLLC in 2011, Diane practiced as a litigator for three years in Geneva, managing cases relating to contracts, corporate, intellectual property and art law. Diane received her J.D. and Master's Degree with a concentration in Art Law from the University of Geneva, School of Law, in Switzerland. In 2010, she obtained a LL.M in Intellectual Property from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. Diane is a French native speaker, fluent in Spanish.

Katie Nicole Mercado

Katie Nicole Mercado

The NYC Outpost was instrumental in bringing together the worlds of technology and fashion on September 10, with a day-long exhibition and symposium on wearable tech. The event was organized by the Zero Power Smart Systems Initiative of EPFL and ETHZ, in cooperation with swissnex Boston and its Outpost in New York. 

Ambassador André Schaller: Switzerland’s new Consul General in New York. Janine Häberle: Rohner Textile Innovations. Credit: Katie Nicole Mercado 

Ambassador André Schaller: Switzerland’s new Consul General in New York. Janine Häberle: Rohner Textile Innovations. Credit: Katie Nicole Mercado 

Additional pictures and details on our blog page

The Swiss National Start-up Team made it to New York in June! The entrepreneurial bootcamp Venture Leaders brings 20 of the most promising tech start-ups from Switzerland to the US for a 10-day business development program. For the first time this year, in addition to a week in the Boston area, the participants got a chance to explore the tech ecosystem of the Silicon Alley between June 18 and 20.  Read more about the profile of the selected start-ups and get to know them better on Youtube.


Recap: swissnex partnered with Internet Week New York and invited a group of promising Swiss internet start-ups to join the Swiss booth at Metropolitan Pavilion, the epicenter of the Internet Week New York 2014 from May 19- May 23. Swiss entrepreneurs enjoyed a week-long immersion in the New York tech scene.

Watch our video for a recap of the event