This article showcases our top picks for the best Switzerland based Venture Capital companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Venture Capital industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Switzerland Venture Capital Companies
Blue Horizon Ventures
Blue Horizon Ventures operates as a food technology-focused venture capital fund. The fund aims to support the movement towards a more sustainable food system through innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.
The underlying mission of the fund is to support and promote a positive global impact on the environment, human health, and animal welfare. Plant-based proteins, cultivated meat, synbio, and sustainability in the food system are the main focus areas.
The fund operates and sources investment opportunities on a global scale with a focus on Europe. Blue Horizon Ventures capitalizes on long-lasting industry access and network combined with a portfolio of already invested companies from the partners.
It was established by Michael Kleindl and Roger Lienhard in Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland in 2019.. .
Headquartered in Switzerland, MoonX built ‘World’s Fastest Exchange Technology’ and just within a year tagged as the ‘Best Potential Unicorn in Fintech Space 2019’ by Tracxn. Our strength in financial craftsmanship and proficiency in blockchain technology helped us realise tomorrow’s innovations, today.
We are delivering novelty tech-front solutions for payments, trading, settlements, banking and clearinghouses. MoonX mission is to offer Speed, Scalability, Security & Smart System across the globe while investing in R&D in areas that can advance with our tech e.g.
Medical, Agriculture, Real Estate etc. Today, we have embarked on our journey to redefine the traditional global trading and payments industry by offering our services in almost 80+ countries including Germany, Austria, UK, Switzerland, China etc..
Bloomio works on redesigning the venture capital industry. Bloomio provides a digital investment platform, that connects early-stage startups with individual investors and venture funds.
The platform allows startup founders to raise capital by tokenizing equity, and gives investors a possibility to trade startup stakes through a secure blockchain-based marketplace. Traditional VC investors mainly focus on larger deal sizes of more than $100K, leaving small room for individual investors to enter the early stage startup market.
Our vision is to disrupt the traditional fund-raising model for startups by enabling individual investors to tap into the venture capital arena with a small ticket size starting from just around hundred dollars. To enter the platform, startups must either undergo a scoring process by 3rd party analysts or make specific disclosures so as to provide enough information to potential investors.
Once listed on the Bloomio platform, a startup, instead of pitching VCs, can start its next investment round in just one mouse click, saving precious time and efforts for other tasks.. .
Reference Capital (formerly Genevest)
Founded in 1983, Reference Capital (formerly Genevest SA) is a Swiss-based private investments advisor with one of the longest track records in Europe. It helps a curated group of large European industrial and financial families invest in top-tier Venture Capital Funds around the world.
Reference Capital is actively deploying assets into a growing network of VC Funds active in Life Sciences, Digital Technologies and Sustainability with presence in the US, Europe, Israel, China and India. RefCap advises selectively its clients with direct investments but always alongside a qualified VC with sector expertise in the target company business..
Wingman Ventures is Switzerland’s leading pre-seed fund backing founder teams building tech companies with the potential to become global market leaders. We have a track-record of supporting exceptional founders in creating breakthrough companies and it is our passionate conviction that the Swiss startup ecosystem is just starting to write its best success stories.
As founders, we always valued feedback from experienced entrepreneurs. In fact, it was critical to our success.
Wanting to dedicate our know-how, experience and energy to the new generation of startup founders, we founded Wingman Ventures. As wingmen and wingmates we fly on the wings of ambitious founder teams and help them navigate around storms and avoid severe turbulences on their way to building successful companies..
BackBone Ventures stands for goal-oriented, profitable and sustainable support for promising start-ups through network, capital and expertise. Our goal is to find the most interesting deals in the market and to provide added value.
By empowering access to proficient Venture Investments we enable positive impact for the next generation.. .
Momenta delivers digital innovation, growth and leaders across energy, manufacturing, smart spaces and supply chain. Since 2012, we’ve advised over 125 clients, placed over 250 leaders, and invested behind 40+ innovators with 6 exits.
Led by deep industry practitioners, our global presence and sector focus provides our clients with highly relevant innovation, growth and talent.. .
InnMind is a deal-origination platform for startups and investors, the largest tech startups & VC community in Europe. In 2020 InnMind had an overall community of 50 000 startups and VC professionals.
We provide acceleration, fundraising, education and networking platform services to help startups’ and investors’ business grow faster and with less risk. .
GAM Investments is an independent global asset management firm delivering excellent investment performance for clients. It provides active investment solutions and products for institutions, financial intermediaries and private investors.
The firm investment management business is complemented by a private labelling unit that provides outsourcing for third-party asset managers. GAM Investments sells to a wide range of client segments such as institutions, wholesale intermediaries, financial advisers, and private investors.
By focusing on superior investment returns, a differentiated product offering, global distribution strength and operating efficiency they seek to deliver sustainable growth for all stakeholders. They excel by focusing on truly active management of differentiated investment strategies..
Ringier AG is the largest internationally operating Swiss media company, producing over 120 newspapers and magazines. It also runs printing plants, several radio and TV stations and well over 80 web and mobile platforms with a worldwide staff of approximately 8,000 employees.
With its 180-year history, Ringier stands for a pioneering spirit and individuality as well as independence, freedom of expression and diversity of information. The company’s hallmarks are excellence in products, journalistic quality and exceptional entertainment.
Founded in Switzerland in 1833, Ringier has been family run for five generations. Located in the heart of Zurich, the Pressehaus on Dufourstrasse has served as Ringier AG headquarters since 1978.
More than 1,000 employees visit this location every day. In 1833 Johann Rudolf Ringier purchased a printing works facility in the Swiss town of Zofingen and began by printing regional gazettes and school curriculums.
The small workshop soon evolved into a national newspaper-publishing house. Schweizer Illustrierte was first published in 1911 using letterpress.
It was Switzerland’s most successful people magazine and remains so to this day. In 1959 Ringier took the Swiss public by surprise launching the country’s first tabloid, Blick.
Nestlé Venture Capital Fund
Nestlé Venture Capital fund provides Nestlé with a better access to new science, technology, and know-how opportunities through acquisitions, minority stakes, licensing, and joint-ventures. The fund specifically looks at life sciences (food and nutrition in general, health-enhancing food, agricultural biotechnology), as well as commercial applications, such as consumer relation management, food processes and packaging technologies.
The fund is geared towards investing worldwide, and its objective is to also provide long-term capital growth and to have relevant R&D projects developed in form of start-ups, especially those that are of a high-risk nature or do not fit the group’s strategic priorities.. .
Privilège Management SA
Privilège advises individuals and families in their financial needs. Supervises and consolidates their wealth in addition to advise in specific asset classes.
Venture Capital investments are offered since 2013 and since 2016 investments are offered via a diversified fund. Privilège partners with the companies it finance and help them scale and grow..
Together with successful founders, key academic and industry partners, Venturelab designs and operates programs to bring Switzerland’s best startup talents to the next level. Our mission is to support entrepreneurs towards successful fundraising and business growth throughout the evolution of their company.
Venturelab has 15 years of experience bringing Switzerland’s best entrepreneurs to the heart of technology hotspots: Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, Barcelona, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong. Companies founded by the 360 Venture Leaders alumni have created more than 3,500 jobs and raised more than 1.7 billion Swiss francs in capital.
We are also particularly proud of the success of our mandate to run the operations of the Venture Kick Foundation since its launch in 2007. So far, the program of financial support, training and network, has led to the creation of 519 companies and +7,000 jobs.
Venture Kick alumni companies have attracted a total of 3.5 billion francs, and represent 54 companies ranked at the TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award 2019.. .
yes.com is the trust network for banks and their customers. Without having to create a new account, users can use yes® to log in to third-party providers or pay for contracts based on their online banking login.
yes® works out-of-the-box with every bank. An integration is not necessary, but more fun.
In the active bank model , yes® helps participating banks to consolidate rather than lose the customer interface and also establishes a new market for value-added products.. .
EWM Global specializes in the administration of executive compensation and investment plans, serving financial services firms globally. Through its flexible platform and dedicated end-to-end support, EWM works with clients to design sophisticated share plans, deferred cash, carried interest and co-investment vehicles without the imposition of pre-defined products or services.
Their plan administration package, comprising their proprietary IT platform and global administration team, is highly flexible and versatile. With participants in over 70 countries, EWM Global provides administration services to many of the world’s largest banks, asset managers, and private equity firms..
fronttrail Equity Partners
fronttrail is a specialized growth capital investor for equity financings in expansion (Venture Capital) and late stage (Private Equity) situations, focusing exclusively on European software technology companies. We partner with extraordinary founders, entrepreneurs, management teams and owners to rapidly transform their businesses into sustainable leaders and winners in their field.
fronttrail’s investment targets are typically bootstrapped and profitable, have been in business for 5-20 years, already achieve revenues of €5-30m and have one or more own software technology products that are in operation with several large enterprises. frontrail’s main geographic investment area is Western Europe, i.e.
Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH), France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg (Benelux), the United Kingdom and Ireland, Italy, Spain and Portugal (Iberia), as well as Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland (Scandinavia). Growth capital transactions include primary and/or secondary equity investments, ranging between €5-20m and beyond.
Investors behind fronttrail are institutionals, family offices and high net worth individuals. fronttrail has a particular focus on financial technologies (FinTech), governance, risk & compliance (GRC), content management, marketing automation, digital commerce, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), as well as infrastructure and security software solutions, including enabling software technologies.
Business models may contain selling traditional software perpetual and/or term licenses, as well as offering modern internet, cloud, Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and subscription models. Our software industry focus allows us to provide substantial value add beyond financial expertise and funding.
We actively support the growth, expansion, acquisitions and transformation plans of our investments by leveraging our deep domain expertise and industry network.. .
Tech Tour is an online platform for that is engaged in the development of emerging technology companies from Europe. It connects investors, tech entrepreneurs, corporates, and government influencers to work together towards its area of focus.
Its contribution to the high tech industry is through the development of regional tech tours and industry summits that bring together the entire technology ecosystem of local and global technology companies. It also rewards entrepreneurship in Europe through their annual ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ and ‘Innovation’ awards.
The Tech Tour was founded by Venture Capitalist Sven Lingjaerde in 1998. It is based in Geneva, Switzerland..
Business users can describe their forms and rules, but have trouble creating a process flow chart. With atfinity, we turn forms and rules into executable processes including an intuitive GUI for process users like clients.
For example banking clients use our software to onboard their clients and government agencies for parents to sign up their child for middle school.. .
Moonchain Capital is a Geneva-based investment firm focused exclusively on blockchain related technologies and crypto assets. Because the blockchain is a nascent technology, we centre our investments on companies improving its scalability, interoperability, and governance.
Our mission is to support the development and the wide-scale adoption of distributed ledger technologies across multiple sectors. Within the next several years, we envision that blockchains and digital currencies will revolutionize and disintermediate multiple industries whilst being fully regulated and responsibly managed.
What may have started as a thought experiment amongst the cypherpunk community, has become the most promising technology since the creation of the internet.. .
New Value invests directly in private, upwardly mobile companies located in Switzerland and the German-speaking region whose market and growth potential exceeds the average. As an investment company, New Value provides the venture capital to promote innovative business models, and it supports them until they achieve success on the market.
Its portfolio includes companies at varying stages of their corporate development, from the start-up phase up to the time they become established SMEs with stable profits. A broad approach is intentionally pursued.
New Value’s portfolio includes companies from the sectors of renewable energies, medical technology, IT and new materials. When selecting its portfolio targets, New Value places great emphasis on ethical business plans and good corporate governance.
New Value regards criteria such as commitment to meaning, social compatibility and environmental sustainability as decisive competitive advantages that have a quality-promoting impact on a company’s products and services and thus permit it to attain above-average potential in terms of share value appreciation.. .
Eckenstein-Geigy-Stiftung is a Swiss investment firm owned by the Eckenstein family. It invests money in companies such as technological startups across Switzerland.
Eckenstein-Geigy-Stiftung has a headquarters in Basel in Switzerland.. .
PREIPO ( www.preipo.com) is a sophisticated portal that seeks to link investors with company executives and founders. It also provides access to a powerful due diligence engine that standardizes, evaluates and “scores” the opportunity to supplement and minimize the time and expense of conventional evaluations and due diligence through a peek into the qualitative aspects of a company.
Furthermore, this blockchain technology shall seek to facilitate superior trading by increasing efficiency, reducing trading and settlement times, minimizing transaction fees, providing automation of compliance, enhancing cross-jurisdictional trading, increasing the liquidity of traditionally illiquid investments, and optimizing security and reliability through the trading of tokenized shares which are far superior to traditional shares. This decentralized ecosystem brings all private markets parties together, unites them with immutable distributed ledger technology, empowers them with unparalleled data and guides them with artificial intelligence.
Highlights: Best regards, Pre IPO Team AI and Deep Learning “Diligence-as-a-Service” streamlines and verifies the Exchange of Data AI and DaaS identify Vulnerabilities, Strengthens Control Processes and Mitigates Risk Provides Greater Access to Global Investor (Syndicates) Immediate Transfer of Tokens and Immediate Settlements – Monitored in Real-Time Blockchain Technology facilitates Superior Trading Our PREIPO team would welcome the opportunity to schedule an introductory call to walk you through the details of becoming a member of this novel ecosystem. We look forward to your reply..
We identify and partner with entrepreneurs and inventors who have early stage businesses or ideas with high growth potential no matter the industry. In exchange for equity, our financial investment comes with our commercial and operational commitment too.
Our time and financial support. Working together we help to fast-track your growth.
Geography: Swiss based, ideally with international growth potential. Investment Stage: From seed capital through series A and beyond.
Sector Focus: We consider opportunities in most sectors. Investment Level: We invest as little as EU 50k or as much as EU 5m over the life of an investment, but always seek to take a meaningful share in our partner companies.
This enables us to commit to active participation and align our interests with the founders.. .
On their weekly video series “The StartupShow”, they feature CEOs & Founders of the most promising startups.They have produced video series with the leading brands from around the world. For any questions, comments or inquiries you are welcome to contact me directly: [email protected] .They are currently setting up their own investment vehicle to support startups.
If you want to hear more, please contact me.. .
Genève’s unique legacy is driven by its ability to acquire, create and assemble high performing businesses and category leaders. Philip Odegard, Chairman and Senior Executive, was appointed as CEO of Genève in 2003, creating a control-oriented private equity firm specializing in acquiring and partnering with businesses that can benefit from our operational expertise and flexible capital base.
We combine the operational and due diligence capabilities of a strategic buyer with the seasoned M&A team of a traditional financial buyer. Since 1985, we have successfully acquired and operated 120 companies while employing a consistent, operationally-oriented approach to create value in our businesses alongside management.
Our portfolio has included companies across diverse industries in which our partners have considerable experience, including technology, telecommunications, business services, industrial, healthcare, media & entertainment, and consumer products. Genèves’ offices in Switzerland and North America serve our active investment programs in those regions.
Headquartered in Geneva, the firm currently has approximately $11.0 billion in assets under management (as of February 13, 2017) and is presently investing from Norway Financial, S.A. and Sutro Capital Partners, L.P., which have approximately $2.1 billion and $400 million in capital commitments, respectively..
The first startup studio from Switzerland based in Zurich & Lisbon focused on building digital products and startups with a lean innovation process. They are not your typical startup.
They created many digital products for corporate clients in the past. They have the team, the skills and the process to build new ventures and startups within less time and with less money.
They provide their startup as a service for ventures, startups and corporations.. .
Hommels Holding GmbH is a venture capital firm specializing in investments in all stages with a focus on seed, Series A and early stage investments. The firm seeks to invest in the B2C and fintech sector.
It typically invests in Europe, but it also considers investments in other countries.. .
Ensures Capital SA
Ensures Capital SA advises startups, entrepreneurs and investors. Theye create value for the companies they support and all their stakeholders.
The Company is a young venture capital advisory boutique established in 2007 in Switzerland. The founders are entrepreneurs and investors themselves.
Their vision is to create a firm that match entrepreneurs’ dreams and investors’ reality in order to create long-term value for all stakeholders. Ensures Capital SA advises startups on their strategies, business models, financing options, etc.
They advise entrepreneurs on the challenges they face as pioneers and visionaries. They advise private investors and fund managers on early-stage and startup investments in Switzerland..
Headquartered in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, V8 Ventures, Inc. is a tech-driven consumer start-up founded in April 2013 by experienced people with the goal to build up an 1 billion USD international company.
Our mission is to solve with passion one of the biggest problem that face adult male consumers, no matter what nationality they are. V8 Ventures’s business model has been developed to grow and expand globally, and attract a loyal base of Sport Cars fans across countries..
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