Venture capital funding in Switzerland broke 1 billion Swiss francs (€895 million) for the first time last year, with startups from the country raising more than €937 million across 131 deals, per PitchBook data. A quarter into 2019, 22 Switzerland-based companies have already secured nearly €465 million. Swiss VC investors participated in venture rounds worth more than €4.5 billion combined on 202 deals in 2018, a sharp rise from the year before, which registered €2.4 billion spread across 190 transactions.
While perhaps less known than some of their counterparts in neighboring countries, VC firms from Switzerland appear to have a knack for picking European unicorns, with companies such as Airbnb, N26 and Spotify gracing their portfolios. And it's not just traditional VCs who are establishing themselves; Three of the 10 most active Swiss VCs since 2015 are corporate venture firms.
Using data from the PitchBook Platform, we've identified the 10 most active Switzerland-based VC investors since the beginning of 2015, along with their deal counts:
1. Investiere (68)
2. Novartis Venture Fund (56)
3. HBM Partners (54)
T-4. HBM Healthcare Investments (49)
T-4. Mountain Partners (49)
6. Lakestar (47)
7. Polytech Ecosystem Ventures (43)
8. Roche Venture Fund (40)
9. Swisscom Ventures (39)
10. Redalpine Venture Partners (37)