Design Switzerland is initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

Swiss Design Accelerator

Swiss designers in San Francisco

13 to 17 January 2020 | United States

13 January 2020 till 17 January 2020


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800
San Francisco CA 94111

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In collaboration with swissnex San Francisco, Pro Helvetia is pleased to support a selection of young Swiss designers for a tailor made coaching, skill development and matchmaking stay in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

The Swiss Design Accelerator’s aim is to introduce selected young Swiss designers to the US market, especially the Bay Area ecosystem and design related industry by building meaningful connections, creating business opportunities, and cultivating strategies and skills to better operate in this market.

swissnex San Francisco

Pro Helvetia and swissnex San Francisco are partners in the implementation of a cultural program at the interfaces of art and technology. swissnex San Francisco is part of the global swissnex Network for international collaboration and facilitates Swiss artists promotion and cultural exchanges with the US West Coast.

With a solid understanding of both the Silicon Valley and Swiss innovation ecosystems, its mission is to connect people and ideas from Switzerland and the San Francisco Bay Area to foster exchange in research, education, innovation, and the arts.

swissnex San Francisco’s long established specific network will enable participants to access key players relevant for the development of their entrepreneurial goals.

See the five selected studios here.

Upcoming maintenance work

The application portal myprohelvetia will be updated from 1.1.-7.1.2024. Due to these changes, open applications must be finalized and submitted via the current online portal ( by the latest 23:59 on 31 December 2023. Until this date, the deadlines and criteria outlined in the current guidelines and calls for applications apply. New applications can be created and submitted in the application portal as of 8 January 2024.