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Swiss Early Stage Fund

  • Swiss Early Stage
    Fund

Supporting the Swiss start-up community

More than 40,000 new companies are set up in Switzerland every year. They are fundamental contributors to the economic growth and innovation of the country. Swisscom Ventures and Swisscom’s SME division have joined forces to create an Early Stage Fund that supports the Swiss start-up community. In addition to investing, Swisscom supports various initiatives for entrepreneurs, such as venture incubators in Basel, Zurich & Bern, as well as the annual Swisscom StartUp Challenge.






Investment strategy

Focus on Switzerland, early stage

Our Early Stage Fund provides funding for Swiss start-ups in the seed or series A stage. We prefer to start with small entry tickets below CHF 1 million and follow with additional investments up to CHF 5 million in line with the company’s progress.

This fund covers a wide range of areas, from digital media to cleantech, with the exception of biotech. The purpose is to encourage the emergence of Swiss technology leaders leveraging the country’s innovation centres. The fund is only available to Swiss companies.





How we help

   

Expertise

We offer access to our experts in operations, technical development, finance, production, administration and marketing.

 
 

Infrastructure

We offer technical support, a comprehensive range of ICT services and access to our telecommunications infrastructure and testing labs.

 
 
   

Market access

We offer access to our sales channels in Switzerland, partner companies, investors and our outpost office in the Silicon Valley. We promote coordination between the Swisscom business units and the start-ups.

 
 

Network

We offer access to other telecommunication service providers who work with Swisscom around the globe. To nurture this network, we organise the Swisscom Corporate Venturing Summit every second year, bringing together the most important players in the industry.

 



Case study

LiberoVision 3D sports enhancements

Swisscom provided the initial funding for LiberoVision in 2007 and exited in 2011, when LiberoVision was sold to Vizrt, a global technology leader for the TV/digital media industry.

LiberoVision was founded by 3 young PhD engineers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ), who were passionate about sports and 3D image technology. In addition to funding, Swisscom provided the team with vital access to the TV studios of its subsidiary Cinetrade, so that LiberoVision could demonstrate its technology for the first time on a live TV football game.

LiberoVision rapidly expanded internationally to become the global leader for 3D virtual sports enhancements. The software generates the best perspectives for analyzing interesting or controversial scenes. LiberoVision’s Emmy Award nominated technology is available for football, American football, basketball, ice hockey, baseball, and rugby. Broadcasters around the world such as ESPN, ZDF and the BBC enhance their sport analysis with products designed by the Swiss-based company. After its sale to the Norwegian company Vizrt, the LiberoVision CEO became responsible for Vizrt’s entire sports software division and developed this business out of the Zurich office.

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Portfolio



Founded: 2011
Sector: Smart Technologies
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

ActLight

Dynamic photodiodes (DPD) for smart light sensors

ActLight has developed a new generation of photodetectors in the field of CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductors) that can be used for various applications. For example, they are installed in heart rate monitors, 3D cameras for mobile applications or LIDAR (Light detection & ranging). Digital technology combines high performance, low production costs and digital output at low power. ActLight also specializes in intellectual property (IP) services and provides consulting services in design and technology.







Founded: 2008
Sector: Media & Advertising
Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Adello

Programmatic Mobile Advertising

Adello's platform delivers exceptional accuracy in audience targeting through deep learning and automated campaign optimization algorithms. The platform comprises data management, SDKs, machine learning algorithms, the bidder and the advertising delivery. The platform is fueled from information of more than 1.6 billion devices worldwide. Adello's Mobile AI solution manages to reach people in the right place at the right time, enabling mobile campaigns at every KPI level in the marketing funnel.

Adello operates from offices in Europe, North America and Asia and has already supported well-known brands, including L'Oreal, Sony Music, BMW and UBS in their advertising performance.
Adello has already received several awards for their technology.







Founded: 2015
Sector: FinTech
Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Advanon

Invoice financing platform

Advanon is the leading invoice financing software-platform in Switzerland offering SMEs the option to pre-finance their open invoices. As compared to traditional factoring services, Advanon does not charge any hidden fees, nor does it require any minimum amounts to be financed. Companies can get financing fully flexible without any obligations and with a transparent pricing.







Founded: 2008
Sector: IoT
Location: Baar, Switzerland

Arviem AG

Real time supply chain tracking

arviem is an independent global cargo monitoring service provider. arviem offers its monitoring services as a ‘pay-as-you-use' one-stop service. Managing logistics operations for a global supply chain is challenging. The ability to track, trace, monitor and respond to events makes managing the global supply chain much easier.







Founded: 2014
Sector: eHealth
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
& San Francisco, California, USA

Ava

Women eHealth platform

Ava has developed a wearable that determines important findings about the fertility cycle of women along with a deep understanding of human physiology, reproductive health and advanced sensor technology and big data analytics. The bracelet is worn at night and measures precise parameters that allow a safe determination of ovulation. In addition, the gathered health insights will help further e-health services to enhance overall well-being or holistic patient care.







Founded: 2012
Sector: Enterprise Solutions
Location: Zurich, Schweiz

Beekeeper

App for employee communication

Beekeeper is providing a mobile application that enables the exchange of information between employers and employees without a stationary workplace especially in industries such as hospitality, retail, manufacturing and public transport. Beekeeper connects and reaches all employees in real time either via mobile or via the web version. The application is individually customizable allowing messages to be scheduled and channeled to as desired. It creates innumerable possibilities to make work processes simpler, more efficient and more digital.







Founded: 2015
Sector: Media & Advertising
Location: Zurich, Schweiz

Bring!

Mobile App for highly efficient and collaborative grocery shopping

Bring!’s mobile app helps people around the world to more efficiently plan and manage their grocery shopping. Bring! enables productivity and collaboration for shopping on smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and smart assistants (Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant). The app has been awarded the prestigious Google Play "BEST OF 2016" award and gets regularly featured in different media. Millions of users are already using the app for managing their grocery shopping.







Founded: 2014
Sector: Other Smart Technologies
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Flyability

The Future of indoor autonomous inspection

Flyability is a Swiss company building safe drones for the inspection and exploration of indoor environments. The company’s focus is in industrial inspection where it avoids sending people in dangerous and confined spaces, decreasing inspection costs and downtime, and reducing risks for workers and for the environment. It is active in Power Generation, Oil & Gas, Mining, Chemical, and Maritime infrastructures, as well as in Public Safety and Search & Rescue to assess emergency situations without putting humans at risk.







Founded: 2011
Sector: IoT
Location: Le Noirmont, Switzerland

Geosatis

Electronic offender monitoring

Geosatis offers an innovative all-in-one solution for modern out-of-prison sentences. It consists of a sturdy electronic ankle bracelet, charger, base station for indoor monitoring and the web-based alarm and monitoring platform. The Geosatis solution offers substantial cost benefits compared to conventional detention.







Founded: 2011
Sector: Smart Technologies
Location: Villaz St. Pierre, Switzerland

H.Glass

Transparent solar modules for sustainable energy production

H.Glass has acquired a DSC licence for a new type of photovoltaic cell, based on advances made by Professor Grätzel of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). H.Glass panels are coloured and work using artificial photosynthesis, which makes them efficient even indoors or under artificial light. Compared to ordinary PV panels, H.Glass panels are transparent and work bifacially.







Founded: 2014
Sector: Smart Technologies
Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Insightness

Sight for your device

Insightness is a Zurich-based fabless semiconductor company that has developed a visual position system, based on a novel custom-designed vision chip (the “Silicon Eye” sensor) and proprietary software. The Silicon Eye technology is fully working and several generations of working sensor chips have been realized.







Founded: 2009
Sector: IoT
Location: Granges-Paccot (Fribourg), Switzerland

Morphean

Hosted video monitoring solutions

Morphean, Europe’s leading supplier of hosted video monitoring solutions, is a pioneer in the field of VSaaS (Video Surveillance as a Service), and is offering a platform that will prove indispensable to the transformation of the security market. Morphean enables direct access to the world of VSaaS and generates new sources of revenue, which offer a great deal of added value. Its platform is the hosted video management solution of choice for the key players on the European security market. Axis Communications, inventor of IP cameras and a world leader in the industry, relies on Morphean to address the VSaaS market.







Founded: 2016
Sector: Infrastructure & Cloud
Location: St. Gallen, Switzerland

MycoSolutions AG

Preservation of old telephone poles

MycoSolutions AG is a spin-off from Empa, St. Gallen’s, Applied Wood Research Laboratory, and leases premises in the Startfeld Innovation Centre. MycoSolutions develops products based on indigenous organisms that can be used to strengthen plants and control wood-destroying fungi, for example, on wooden telephone poles or can be used in organic farming.







Founded: 2013
Sector: eHealth
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Nanolive

Hardware and software solution for cell research

Nanolive has developed a new technology that enables living cells to be explored in three dimensions without damaging them. In comparison with other industry solutions, the process is simple and economical and is carried out using a microscope. The "3D Cell Explorer" will enable progress in medical research, as the effects of drugs on living cells can be tested in real time.







Founded: 2007
Sector: Security
Location: Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland

NetGuardians

Big data based risk assurance for banks

NetGuardians takes a unique approach to fraud and risk assurance solutions by leveraging Big Data to correlate and analyze behaviors across the entire bank system – not just at the transaction level. NetGuardians enjoys a solid international presence with a steadily growing clientele in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.







Founded: 2014
Sector: IoT
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

PIQ

Multisport Sensor and smart wearables

PIQ develops a platform dedicated to sports and sensors to make sport more exciting. Introducing gamification and challenge to play more and better, the multisport sensor PIQ precisely record the performance and measures up to 11 million data during a sports session of one hour. Unlike different activity trackers that provide biometric data related to the health or well-being, PIQ sensor reveals the relevant metrics for sports performance. PIQ is starting with Golf and will introduce specific applications for other sports like Football, tennis, ski, boxing​.







Founded: 2016
Sector: FinTech
Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Price Hubble

The smarter way to discover real estate markets.

PriceHubble is a pure play Property Tech venture, addressing a national and globally sizeable market, covering real estate search, buy & sell, financing and portfolio management. PriceHubble intends to revolutionize Real Estate markets by providing B2C and B2B customers ultra-convenient access to individual house price valuations, both current and predictive.







Founded: 2011
Sector: eHealth
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Sophia Genetics

Big Data based genetics software

Sophia Genetics supports doctors in their diagnosis and treatment of genetic diseases with a revolutionary Big Data-based software solution. It permits innovative personalised treatment while ensuring maximum privacy for sensitive patient data. More than 55 leading hospitals and laboratories in Europe already use Sophia DDM, a Sophia Genetics Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution.







Founded: 2012
Sector: Enterprise Solutions
Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Uepaa

Alpine Safety app

Uepaa! is the peer-to-peer (p2p) communication pioneer for mobile devices, having developed p2p discovery technology for more than a decade. Uepaa is passionate about utilizing its p2p knowhow to connect people’s devices directly even when cellular, internet or GPS connection is not available. Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device. The Uepaa! p2p safety app turns smartphones into tracking, alerting and rescue devices.





Exits



Founded: 2009
Sector: Enterprise Solutions
Location: Fribourg, Switzerland

beqom

Cloud-based compensation solution

beqom is a cloud-based compensation solution that improves employee performance, loyalty and satisfaction. It addresses all the key factors of fair compensation. HR, sales and financial departments use the software to set personal goals and check their achievement in addition to controlling salaries and performance-based components and incentives. beqom is already successfully deployed worldwide by more than 100 large concerns including Microsoft, Mercedes Benz, Novartis, Vodafone or Swisscom.







Founded: 2013
Sector: FinTech
Location: Rapperswil, Schweiz

Bexio

SaaS platform provider

Bexio is a fast-growing Swiss provider of a SaaS platform and catalyst for the digitization of back office processes of small businesses. The company was first founded in 2013 with an accounting SaaS and has since developed into a comprehensive platform that combines different back office services for small businesses.







Founded: 2013
Sector: Media & Advertising
Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Crowd

App for organizing leisure activities

The Crowd App was developed by Gimalon and helps people organize their leisure time. The App easily assists people to meet friends or to organize a party. Furthermore it enables its users to easily exchange as well as to align regarding activities, meeting point and time. The app can also be used as events calendar and personal agenda.







Founded: 2011
Sector: Infrastructure & Cloud
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Exoscale

Cloud hosting for SaaS companies and web applications

Exoscale is the leading Swiss cloud hosting platform, providing virtual machines with unparalleled
performance, a state-of-the-art object storage platform and additional infrastructure services.
Integrating the latest findings in resource optimization and high-availability, fault-tolerance, distributed systems, Exoscale provides robust cloud services at an affordable cost.







Founded: 2008
Sector: Security
Location: Martigny, Switzerland

KeyLemon

Access technology via biometric facial recognition

KeyLemon provides a new way to access your computer. Instead of typing your password, you just need to smile to the webcam and KeyLemon will recognize you. It is fast, simple and convenient. Start now and create your own and unique face model! KeyLemon is a software company that offers simple, fast and convenient computer access solutions, based on face and speech recognition, for all Internet users with a webcam.







Founded: 2011
Sector: Smart Technologies
Location: Ittigen, Switzerland

myStrom AG

Digital home management

Thanks to myStrom, customers can measure the energy consumption in their homes and control it more effectively, with energy use becoming easier to see and understand. The objective is to gradually extend the control possibilities by developing useful, relevant services.







Founded: 2008
Sector: Smart Technologies
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Lemoptix

Laser microprojection solutions
Sold to Intel

Lemoptix provides microprojection solutions based on micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) for embedded applications in consumer mobile and automotive markets. Embedded projection displays allow the projection of content and information directly from the device onto any nearby surface, enabling users to conveniently view and share information and content without the typical limitations of physical displays.







Founded: 2017
Sector: FinTech
Location: Zug, Switzerland

LenditApp

Making SME lending more efficient and less risky

lenditapp is a fintech company serving customers in Switzerland and the USA. Its technology dramatically reduces the time, effort and level of human engagement in small and medium sized enterprise (SME) lending processes. Lenditapp makes funding SMEs more efficient and less risky. By automating and standardizing the SME lending process, lenditapp is changing the way financial institutions create loan packages, and acquire, onboard and retain customers. Its technology significantly reduces the time to provide a loan to an SME down from days to a few hours and machine learning reduces risk in lending. Lenditapp’s customers include banks, alternative lenders, and financial service companies.







Founded: 2006
Sector: Enterprise Solutions
Location: Bergen, Norway

LiberoVision

TV image simulation (3D)
Sold to Vizrt

LiberoVision was acquired by Vizrt and integrated into its business. Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics, studio automation, sports analysis and asset management tools for the broadcasting industry – interactive and virtual solutions, animations, maps, weather, video editing and compositing tools.







Founded: 2007
Sector: Enterprise Solutions
Location: Redwood, CA, USA/Lausanne, Switzerland

Poken

Near Field Communication (NFC) object tagging

Poken is a cloud-based service designed for the event industry, enabling “touch marketing” or the integration of online and offline marketing campaigns. Equipped with Poken’s mobile apps and NFC+ products, participants can collect digital information in the real world from smart tags and QR codes, and digitally exchange their contact details at a touch.







Founded: 2014
Sector: Security
Location: Zurich, Switzerland

SEC Consult

Cybersecurity for holistic business protection

SEC Consult is a leading information and application security provider. Companies, public authorities and software manufacturers worldwide rely on SEC Consult expertise for Incident Management (APT), penetration tests and system-based security checks. Aside from advice, SEC Consult offers high-end services like Security Quality Gates, Secure Software as a Service (SSaaS) or Managed Vulnerability Information Services (MVIS).