Networking A handful of great choices

As Switzerland roars back to life after a tranquil summer, it's time to get out there and make some new contacts.

Whether you are just beginning to build your network circle or are simply looking for ways to expand your reach, opportunities abound for all:

Executives International

Executives International (EI) is the foremost business networking club in Lausanne and the surrounding areas. For decades, EI has helped establish valuable people networks, through monthly seminar programmes, forum dinners, and informal, non-speaker luncheons and cocktail receptions. Here, you will connect with a diverse network of corporate CEOs, senior industry managers, business entrepreneurs and representatives from diplomatic missions, all based in and around the Lac Léman region.

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The British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce

The British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce (BSCC) is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting its 700-plus members and promoting business relations between Switzerland and the UK. With 100 events a year spread across its geographical chapters in Basel, Bern, Geneva, London, Lugano and Zurich, and soon Lausanne, the BSCC provides an ideal platform to network, promote, lead and influence the bilateral agenda. With a very rich and varied event programme, members and guests experience a neutral, vibrant and dynamic business community where they can engage and network amongst like-minded professionals.

Impact Hub (Geneva and Zurich)

Impact Hub provides a space where entrepreneurs and innovators can come together to prototype new models for a world that works for all. Impact Hub offers access to inspiring work spaces, a vibrant learning community, start-up incubation programmes, corporate innovation workshops and entrepreneurial leadership trainings. Additionally, with more than 7,000 members in 50-plus Impact Hubs across the world, the Impact Hub Network has become the center of gravity for people creating a new kind of economy. and

Junior Chamber International, Central Switzerland

A group of expats and Swiss have joined forces to establish the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Central Switzerland. This is the latest Swiss Chamber of the JCI, a worldwide-active, non-profit organisation for networking, personal development and engagement in economic and social projects. JCI Central Switzerland is geared toward individuals between the ages of 18 to 40 who want to expand their network, exchange ideas on a variety of topics, attend training sessions, and get involved with projects to benefit public welfare and help with integration into Swiss society.

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For a complete list of networking opportunities and expat clubs, check out our corresponding Directories sections:

Business & Networking

Leisure, Culture, Networking & Community


Author: Ashley Roque - Hello Switzerland

Ashley Roque was Editor-in-Chief of Hello Switzerland. Hailing from the US Sunshine State (Florida), Ashley launched her career as a political journalist in Washington, DC, with Inside Washington Publishers and the Roll Call Group, while also spending time in the non-profit world as ActionAid International USA’s communications manager. She lives in Canton Aargau with her Swiss husband, working as a freelance journalist.

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