About Us



The Schwarz Foundation is a private non-profit foundation whose mission is to promote the exchange between various cultures.

Europe is experiencing ongoing transformation which calls for new ways of thinking. The Foundation was initiated officially in Germany in 2012 in order to contribute to this process of re-evaluation and re-thinking in Europe.  Along these lines, the Foundation believes that the awareness of an enduring historical tradition can play a vital role in understanding current problems as well as in designing the future.

Through its various projects and initiatives, the Foundation aims to encourage and accompany people who are working with ideas and visions for new forms of society. Investigations, analyses, and discussions open the door for new and absolutely essential forums for dialogue relative to future cooperation between different cultures and countries.

The Foundation’s objective on Samos is to carry on the cultural discussion about tradition in the present day at a site which is currently undergoing transformation at the periphery of Europe. At the same time, this place epitomises the core of the problem between two continents namely between Europe and Asia. A process which can be seen as a metaphor for new forms of society.

Over the past six years, the Foundation’s work has mainly been focused on the area of culture.  Art and music. These languages of discourse allow for perception and reflection on the concept of ‘foreignness’. For this reason, the Foundation decisively chose to fund projects in these fields. In the future, the discussion can be extended to include other disciplines such as psychoanalysis, theology and the natural sciences.

By involving Startupboat, the foundation is reaching out to scout for scalable solutions to social challenges that are based on a common set of principles.



Download an overview of the activities of the Schwarz Foundation here