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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.

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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

Smart Solar Cell

ActLight focuses in the field of CMOS photonics by developing new type of photodetectors and improving photovoltaic energy harvesting technology. Being a fabless company, ActLight specializes in the Intellectual Property (IP) of these areas and provides supporting services like design and technology advice for its customers.







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

Adello

Programmatic Mobile Advertising

Adello runs one of the leading platforms for marketing mobile advertising space. Adello optimises targeting with 'AdCTRL', a patented technology based on Big Data. It consists of analysing more than 50,000 data impulses 10,000 times per second in real time to display the appropriate advertising. Adello optimises campaign reach and ROI this way. The company has won many international awards for its innovation and operates in the USA, Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Austria and Hungary.







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 suplychain monitoring

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 Plattform

Ava is the ideal companion for women who are trying to get pregnant and want to make the most out of their chances to conceive and women who want to get to know their body and cycle better. Ava is a sensor bracelet that is worn during the night. It measures nine physiological parameters and thus predicts a woman’s next fertile window and ovulation precisely and conveniently. The information is displayed on the accompanying phone App.







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

Beekeeper

App for employee communication

Beekeeper is a provider of an employee communication and engagement SaaS platform for enterprise customers with a large number of non-desktop workers (Hospitality, Retail, Manufacturing, Transportation). The company was first founded in 2012 as a mobile social network, but has since developed into a comprehensive SaaS platform that caters and digitally enables exchange of information between both employers (e.g. data-driven campaigns, tracking employee engagement, monitoring) and employees (e.g. messaging, information feeds) in "deskless" environments.







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 recreational 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: 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 and improves offenders' social re-integration.







Founded: 2015
Sector: Anti-Cybercrime Service Provider
Location: Pfäffikon, Switzerland

Global IP Action AG

Anti-cybercrime and online risk management solution for strong brands

global IP action AG provides an integrated service and consulting approach to manage, plan and execute the evolving of brands in international companies with strong online brands. We support companies in the cyber-crime and anti-counterfeit prevention (Deep/Darknet monitoring). A centralized IP portfolio (intellectual property) and a pro-active deep monitoring of the Internet helps companies to operate in their competencies safe be safe. We provide pro-active anti-counterfeit action and legal enforcement globally.







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

H.Glass

Solar-powered transparent glass panels

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.







Sector: Smart Technologies
Founded: 2014
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.







Sector: Security
Founded: 2008
Location: Martigny, Switzerland

KeyLemon

Face recognition provider

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.







Sector: FinTech
Founded: 2017
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: 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

Wood protection and preservation

MycoSolutions AG is a spin-off from Empa, St. Gallen’s, Applied Wood Research Laboratory, and leases premises in the Startfeld Innovation Centre. The young enterprise develops niche products based on indigenous organisms which are used to combat wood destroying fungi in a biological and environmentally responsible manner. These products are used for applications such as protecting wooden masts, urban tree populations or in ecologically-based agricultural activities.







Founded: 2013
Sector: eHealth
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Nanolive

Looking inside life

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

Beat fraud. Meet compliance.

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: 2014
Sector: Security
Location: Zurich, Switzerland

SEC Consult

Protection against toxic software

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).







Founded: 2011
Sector: eHealth
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Sophia Genetics

Data-driven clinical genetics

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: 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: 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: 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.