Innovative and rapidly growing Swiss start-ups have collected 909 million Swiss Francs last year – 35 percent more than in the previous year. Approximately half of the money was given to companies in the Lausanne area. Particularly positive was the development of the ICT sector. These are the most important results of the current Swiss Venture Capital Report, launched by in collaboration with SECA investor association.

Investments in young businesses have almost tripled in the last five years. In 2016, domestic and foreign investors provided an amount of 909 million Swiss Francs of risk capital – 35 percent more than in the previous year.

Large increase in the ICT sector
Percentage of growth in information and communication technology (ICT) including Fintech was the strongest. The reported 271 million more than doubled the amount of the previous year.

Focus Lausanne
Remarkable is the geographical distribution of investments. More than half of the total invested amount went into the innovation cluster around the ETH and the University of Lausanne.

Seven exchanges
Whether startup commitment pays out to the donors is decided with the so-called exit. At this point, the company is either taken over by a strategic investor or it remains independent and launches an IPO. In numbers, 2016 seven venture capital-backed companies dared to enter the stock market.

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