The news surfaced yesterday that Abu Dhabi Financial Group had made a sizable investment in 500 Startups- the Silicon Valley-based micro-VC that spearheaded the 'invest small, invest in plenty' thesis that shaped our outlook on pre-seed investments. Hit by scandal last year, 500 Startups manages over $400M in capital, and has invested in over 2000 … Continue reading Meet the government-backed VC funds that are hedging on Silicon Valley
2017 may mark the year where Swiss corporate venturing became the most prominent source of early-stage capital for Swiss startups, and is well set to continue this trend into 2018. With CHF 156.9 million disclosed funding over 30 deals, corporate venturing funds are actively filling the void caused by insufficient venture capital deals in Series … Continue reading 2017: A year in Swiss corporate venturing (and what it means for 2018)
Over the last couple of years, corporates have increasingly started launching specialized startup investment funds, accelerators and other financial vehicles- competing directly with VCs to invest in the hottest startups and tech. In 2016 alone, corporate investors (CVCs) invested $32.2 billion across 1,203 startup deals, nearly one third of the total $71.6 billion venture capital … Continue reading Here’s why corporate venturing is to blame for the startup valuation bubble
Between them, they’ve raised over $1.4 billion since 2015. They’re growing at an average rate of 21% and employ over 1,900 people. These are Switzerland’s best funded startups. From Geneva, through to Zurich, I’ve mapped out the 50 of the best funded tech startups across major Swiss cities since 2015. The analysis shows not only … Continue reading The 50 best-funded startups in Switzerland in one map (and what it means for the startup ecosystem)
Over the weekend, when the world was focused on Trump's inaugural visit to the Kingdom, Saudi Arabia announced with little fanfare it had secured $93 billion of the $100 billion target, for the Vision Fund- officially making it the world's largest tech investment fund, as well as the world's largest private equity fund.
For Switzerland- known for it's cows, cheese, chocolate, mountains and (sometimes dubious) banking system- you wouldn't be wrong in thinking that the world's most innovative economy also has a killer venture capital industry to fund all this technology.