Swiss Design AcceleratorPhoto: Myleen Hollero

Swiss Design Accelerator

Announcing the four participating Swiss design studios.

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Connecting Swiss Designers with the US Industry.

Taking place from Monday, September 27 to Friday, October 1, 2021, the Accelerator program will introduce the selected Swiss designers to the US market, with a focus on the Bay Area ecosystem and design industry. The goal of the program is to build meaningful connections with relevant industry players and create business opportunities. Swissnex’s experience and established network will enable the studios to access key industry experts from the US West Coast and to reach their entrepreneurial goals.

The Program

Swissnex in San Francisco and Pro Helvetia jointly announce the second edition of the Swiss Design Accelerator, offering a selection of young Swiss talents a tailor-made coaching, skill development and matchmaking program in San Francisco.

This program includes: 

  • One-on-one pre-program coaching with industry experts to define your goals and understand the US business culture
  • Business coaching: how to build your business and accelerate it
  • Visibility on the US West Coast through events, content and media 
  • Leveraging design for impact and design for social responsibility
  • Mentoring with local experts and visits to relevant design companies
  • Workshops on relevant tools for the US market (presenting your studio in the local context, intellectual property)
  • A tailor made matchmaking program based on your entrepreneurial goals
  • Financial support for travel and accommodation expenses (2’000 CHF per studio)

Participating Design Studios