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94111 San Francisco, CA
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We met in San Francisco early 2016. Through our work with startups, creatives, corporations and universities, both in Switzerland and the US we came to realize a few things:
The digital creative economy is growing, and the field of interactive technologies is leading the way. There is ample encouragement of creative projects in European universities and art schools. Interdisciplinary teams are rethinking how we are interacting with technologies around us.There is a lot of freedom for experimentation which leads to new ideas, but often the access and know-how how to bring these ideas to market is missing.
In San Francisco on the other hand startup funding and programs are primarily geared towards technology companies and rapid commercialization. The high density of tech companies, the immense amount of talented people and a different approach to evaluating and funding young companies leads to a monetization pressure that can stifle the creative process.
We believe it’s time for a new type of incubator dedicated to interdisciplinary approaches and teams. A space to test and scale their ideas without losing creative freedom.
By bringing the best designers, artists, researchers & technologists together with the San Francisco ecosystem we allow them to benefit from the best of both worlds. The only way we can stay ahead and build a future we all want to live in is by working together across industries and disciplines. Even the best technologies are empty without the ideas that bring them to life. We are seeking creative minds who can show us the potential. We believe this will lead to successful ventures and in the long run to more comfortable and natural interaction between humans and machines.