Lombard Odier

They made it possible! The swissnex network was born thanks to the visionary idea of Thierry Lombard, Managing partner of Lombard Odier. Mr. Lombard made a donation to the Swiss Confederation in 1999 to purchase the current building of swissnex Boston with the goal of building the first public-private consulate fully dedicated to Swiss Science, Technology and Innovation. In 2008 Lombard Odier also supported the creation of a second floor at swissnex Boston. We are proud to have Thierry Lombard sitting on swissnex advisory Board in Switzerland.


Government Partners & Foundations

State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (seri) & Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (eda-dfae)

swissnex operations are enabled by a joint collaboration between the he State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research. Our mission is defined by together with SERI that funds over forty percent of our operations.

ThinkSwiss/Presence Switzerland

swissnex Boston supports ThinkSwiss’ mission of promoting exchanges and sharing know-how between the U.S and Switzerland. Founded by Presence Switzerland, ThinkSwiss explores topics of mutual importance for the two countries, in the field of science and technology, culture and policy. As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, swissnex Boston organized a series of events in partnerships with ThinkSwiss around the topics of sustainability and green building and more recently, cells and genetics.
Gebert Ruef Foundation

Together with the CTI, the Gebert Ruef foundation is a founding partners of the US Market Entry CAMP at swissnex Boston and swissnex San Francisco, an acceleration program for Swiss startup companies looking to enter the US market program.
Innosuisse - Swiss Innovation Agency (Formerly CTI)

Together with the Gebert Ruef Foundation, Innosuisse is a founding partner of the US Market Entry and Market Validation Camps, acceleration programs for Swiss startups looking to enter or validate in the US market. Innosuisse also funded the entrepreneurial bootcamp Venture Leaders operated by Venturelab and swissnex Boston.
Canton the Vaud

The Board of Higher Education of Canton de Vaud (DGES) has partnered with swissnex Boston to boost the internationalization of its Schools on the US East Coast. As part of this mandate, swissnex Boston has helped the following institutions to expand their academic collaborations in the Boston area:

- Hospitality Management School Lausanne (EHL)

- Haute Ecole de Santé Vaud (HESAV)

- Haute Ecole Pedagogique Vaud (HEP)


Corporate / Industry Partners

Venturelab/ IFJ Institut für Jungunternehmen

swissnex Boston has been the proud partner of venturelab’s entrepreneurial bootcamp Venture Leaders since 2006. The program was originally initiated in 2000 by the Gebert Ruf Stiftung (foundation). The bootcamp brings every year twenty promising Swiss startup entrepreneurs to Boston for a 10-day intensive business training program. The curriculum includes executive education at Babson College, customized workshops on leadership and negotiations, meeting with rising local entrepreneurs and public pitching competition with the local startup community.