Welcome to Opportunity West Coast

28 September 2023 11:07

Swiss AMCHAM SoCal

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The Swiss American Chamber of Commerce, Southern California is proud to present Opportunity West Coast, the newsletter on Swiss-American business issues. Opportunity West Coast replaces the Spotlight Swiss Forum Los Angeles which some of you have received for the past two years. Please read our Chairman Mat Hausherr’s introduction.

Dear Readers,

In a world that's ever-evolving, where opportunities are often hidden in plain sight, seizing the moment requires a keen eye and a forward-looking perspective. As we stand at the crossroads of technology, innovation, and commerce, I am  thrilled to introduce you to "Opportunity West Coast," a beacon illuminating the myriad pathways to growth and success in the Swiss-American Business Corridor - connecting Mexico to Canada with Southern California as its key engine and catalyst right in the middle. 

I am both honored and delighted to welcome you to this exciting journey. As the Chairman of the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce, Southern California, and as a start-up entrepreneur who has ventured into the vibrant landscape of the West Coast, I have witnessed firsthand the incredible opportunities that lie at our doorstep. It is with this conviction that I bring to you a newsletter dedicated to uncovering, exploring, and embracing the multitude of prospects this region has to offer.

"Opportunity West Coast '' is not just another newsletter; it is your window into the dynamic world of economic growth of a geographic area, that is the 4th or even the 3rd largest economy in the world if it were its own country. Our focus is clear: we are here to disclose and highlight growth opportunities, trends, actions, events, and changes that are shaping the future. We spotlight the driving forces behind innovation, in sectors like CleanTech, MedTech, FoodTech, Aerospace, AgriTech, Life Science, Financial Technology, and beyond.

The correlation between Switzerland's power in technology innovation and intellectual property (IP) and the West Coast's insatiable appetite for such innovation is nothing short of outstanding. It's a marriage of expertise and ambition that holds tremendous promise for those willing to explore it.

But this is not the whole story why it is so important to focus on the West Coast now. In today's global landscape, we recognize the immense significance of Asia as the future of the world. And when Asian businesses seek to establish their presence in the United States, they invariably choose the West Coast as their gateway. The old notion that all roads lead to the East Coast is fading, and the West Coast is taking center stage. The Silicon Valley may have set the stage, but the West Coast as a whole, especially Southern California with the LA Metropolitan Area & San Diego, and its diverse industries and entrepreneurial spirit, is where the real action unfolds. Bottom line to that, and my advice: Don’t try to get on board when the ship has sailed. Start exploring or re-engaging now, otherwise your spot will be taken. 

Having said that, there is also more good news. In this 24/7 global working nomad society, the West Coast has become much closer to Europe, and time differences are not as impactful anymore. This is a game-changer for entrepreneurs and executives seeking to engage with the West Coast. The barriers of distance and time have blurred, opening up new avenues for collaboration, innovation, and growth.

Our mission with "Opportunity West Coast" is to empower Swiss - but not only - entrepreneurs and executives with a deeper understanding of the opportunities that await them here. Whether you are an established business leader or a budding entrepreneur, this newsletter will be your guide to navigating the ever-changing currents of innovation and investment on the West Coast.

Join us as we embark on this exhilarating journey together. "Opportunity West Coast" will be your source of insights, inspiration, and invaluable connections in the world of business, investments and technology innovation. Together, we will navigate the West Coast's thriving ecosystem and help you make informed decisions that can shape the future of your business.

Swiss and other companies that want to be part of this future growth opportunity need to strengthen their presence and have skin in the game in California and the West Coast. The West Coast is calling, and it's a call to action. The future is here, and it's on the West Coast. Welcome to a world of possibilities!

Mat Hausherr
Chairman, Swiss American Chamber of Commerce, Southern California
Managing Partner, Transatlantic Partners Group & CEO Fintegrate

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