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Truly global

09.10.2015 15:27

Swiss start-ups are conquering emerging markets – and at an impressive pace. This growth will attract investors.

Dear reader

Switzerland Global Enterprise is again looking for the best export projects, and this week we reported on several appropriate candidates. Fintech start-up Monetas launched its transaction platform, based on blockchain technology, with well-known partners in Tunisia. TimeRepublik, a peer-to-peer platform for exchanging talents and skills, has more than 100,000 users and has now launched in the US. Veeting Rooms has a foothold in Latin America with its comprehensive web conferencing solution and joiz Global announces new partnerships around the globe.

Swiss start-ups tapping into international markets quickly is not new: what is new are the pace and the global approach. Traditionally, Swiss start-ups stretch their tentacles gently into neighbouring countries or even the US. That a young Swiss company founded in 2012, as Monetas was, uses its innovative technology first in a North African country shows the global mindset of today’s founder.

Global growth can attract investors, just like Hulbee, which has completed a financing round of more than $9 million; its secure search engine is available in 60 countries. And this week Qipp and Kizy Tracking also reported completion of financing rounds. More good news: Geneva-based BlueOcean Ventures announced a first closing of its private equity fund.

In addition to start-ups, supporters also look outside the box. In our interview, Pascale Vonmont, deputy director of the Gebert Rüf Foundation and president of the Startupticker Foundation, explains what we can learn from New York’s start-up initiatives. The Social Entrepreneurship and Initiative Foundation (seif) has again this year awarded start-ups from home and abroad, and DAC Systems and Oviva received the CTI Start-up Label this week.

The Swiss ICT Awards are presented on 11 November. The occasion with hundreds of visitors has become a meeting place for the Swiss IT scene. The event is by invitation only, but start-ups can apply to us for an entry ticket.

We also have free tickets for a very interesting event from the Swiss Mobile Association. On 26 October, in Zurich, it will present a talk on the topic ‘The move to the US: customers, branch offices and investors’. Three entrepreneurs and a business lawyer will talk about their experiences first-hand.

Swiss Startup Day takes place on 21 October and the 40 finalists for the Pitch Battle are now known. You have until 18 October to sign up for the event.

Have a relaxing weekend.
Stefan Kyora

Managing Editor, startupticker.ch

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