On a record hunt

01.02.2019 14:53

The new Swiss Venture Capital Report shows strong growth in terms of investment. The success is not just a happy accident and the record hunt will go on.

Dear reader

This week we presented the Swiss Venture Capital Report together with SECA in Zurich and Lausanne. The numbers are very encouraging. My co-author Thomas Heimann and I identified 230 financing rounds, and in total Swiss start-ups received CHF 1.23 billion. This is an increase of more than 30% both in the number of financing rounds and the total amount invested compared with 2017. The 76-page report can be downloaded free of charge at startupticker.ch.

The development of investment in ICT and fintech start-ups was particularly encouraging, a trend that seems set to continue in 2019. Loanboox, for example, concluded a financing round of CHF 22 million this week.

And an investor has pleasing news. Swisscom’s Digital Transformation Fund was named Fund of the Year at the Global Corporate Venturing & Innovation Summit in Monterey, California. Pension funds are significantly involved in the Digital Transformation Fund – you can read more about this, as well as about a dozen other new fund projects in the Swiss Venture Capital Report.

Innosuisse has been part of the start-up ecosystem for more than 20 years. In 2019, the innovation agency will support start-ups in the coaching process at, among other things, trade fair appearances. Start-ups can still apply for a place in the Swiss Pavilion of Research and Technology at the Hanover Fair, but interested parties must register immediately.

Venture Kick has also supported start-ups for more than a decade. This week, the initiative presented its impressive figures and announced the latest three start-ups that will each receive CHF 130,000.

Now the Tezos Foundation has joined the sponsors, with a grant for the crypto security project AirGap. And this week EPFL Innovation Park in collaboration with Startup Campus launched a matching platform for start-up boards. The database of suitable candidates with a matching algorithm helps to find members for boards of directors and advisory boards.

This week, I was asked if there are now more willing investors than start-ups, but this is certainly not the case; for example, our articles on the growth of VSHN and the fast start of hystrix medical show just how strong Swiss start-ups are.

Given the strength of start-ups, investors and supporters, the financing successes are not just a happy accident. And the chances are that 2019 will again be a record year for venture capital investment.

Have a good weekend.
Stefan Kyora

Editor in Chief, Startupticker.ch

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