Students from ConnectUS tour NYC, where “innovation is the new black”

By Elena Bizon, Jr. Project Manager

During the week of April 18, the swissnex New York office had the pleasure of setting up a learning tour of the city’s innovation ecosystem for ConnectUS, a project led by students from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). The organization seeks to broaden the students’ business and intercultural understanding by linking theory with real-world experience.

 ConnectUS with the teams of the Swiss Consulate and swissnex New York. 

ConnectUS with the teams of the Swiss Consulate and swissnex New York. 

The group had the opportunity to visit Brooklyn Grange, a leader in the intensive green roofing business in the US. Located on two roofs at the Brooklyn Navy Yards, the company operates one of the world’s largest rooftop soil farms. The students also received a warm welcome from the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, where Ambassador André Schaller gave a wide-ranging and candid overview on the Swiss-US partnership. Finally, they finished their learning tour with a captivating visit of Livestream, the video live streaming platform company. The visit capped an exciting journey to the US, which also included stops in San Francisco and Boston.

Read more on the ConnectUS blog here! 

Swiss Alumni Spring Break - the Pictures

At the end of March, we were thrilled to welcome more than 30 Swiss and Swiss-linked alumni at Wework Charging Bull for our traditional 'Spring Break' gathering. While New York is still waiting for warmer weather, it's been a great opportunity to celebrate spring with local alumni chapters, mainly from the University of St. Gallen, Zurich, Geneva and Lausanne as well as from the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. Click through the pictures below! 

Club HEC Lausanne on ice

Did you know you that it is possible to practice your curling skills in NYC? That's exactly the kind of activity that brought together the Club HEC Lausanne in NYC last Tuesday, February 21. The gathering took place at the Standard Hotel’s Biergarten, a lively venue tucked under the trestles of the High Line. The event was a wonderful opportunity for the HEC Lausanne alumni to reconnect over some beers and pretzels.

This event was the brainchild of Coline Drévo, the outgoing Junior Project Manager at swissnex Boston’s New York Outpost and HEC Lausanne Ambassador in New York, and was generously sponsored by HEC Lausanne. We will miss Coline, as her six months with swissnex are now coming to an end; but along with the community of HEC alumni, we thank her for a job very well done, and wish all best in her future endeavors!

As of March 1, please contact Coline’s successor Elena Bizon at, for more information about the Club HEC Lausanne in NYC and join the LinkedIn group here.