My new life in Boston started more than one month ago. But first, let me introduce myself very quickly. I am a masters student in Business Administration and I am doing an internship of 6 months at Swissnex Boston. Swissnex is the scientific consulate of Switzerland with the mission to connect the dots between Switzerland and North America in the field of science, education, art and innovation. I work as Junior Project Manager in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship as well as academic relations. In the same time, I am writing my master thesis. I will give you more details about my proposal but now, I would really like to share this first exciting period with you .
Since I arrived here, I took part in many great activities such as the Cambridge Science Festival, where we presented a huge yellow human cell from the University of Basel. I was also involved in a reading of Hansjörg Wyss’ My Brother at the State House. Additionally, I joined the MIT $100K finale competition and some Venture café meetings; a weekly conversation meeting for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors that help them to find each other and start potential collaborations.
I also met some very interesting people from start-ups based in Switzerland such as Abionic, a company that offers a biomedical diagnostic device providing reliable, low-cost and personal allergy diagnosis – or Nanolive, which developed a 3D cell explorer. They both are from the EPFL Innovation Park and are supported by Swissnex Boston while trying to enter the US market. I also met the EFTA (European free trade association) Parliamentary Delegation with Prof. Fabrizio Gilardi, who gave a lecture entitled Role, Models and Women’s Political Representation and the Parliamentary Association Switzerland-USA. The Swiss Parliamentary Delegation visited Boston’s Innovation Ecosystem and was composed of Thomas Hurter, Martin Naef, Ruedi Noser, Markus Stadler and Ignazio Cassis. Ignazio is from the same canton (Ticino) as I am and he was so happy to see my colleague Niccolo and myself (both from Ticino) at Swissnex Boston that he took a picture with us and posted it on his own Facebook page. As Niccolo said, “Ticinesi are rare animals”.
On a private side, I am really enjoying this beautiful place, Boston is simply amazing. I went to the TD Garden for a basketball game, to the annual famous Boston Marathon on Patriots Day, on a road-trip to the East Coast with other interns and last week I celebrated my birthday.
Et voilà my first update guys, I hope you enjoyed this virtual trip into my new life. Stay tuned and follow this great experience on twitter @CzFrancesca
Cheers from Boston