17 Fintech and Proptech Startups That Bagged the TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award

17 Fintech and Proptech Startups That Bagged the TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award

by September 9, 2021
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The 11th edition of the TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award which looks to celebrate Switzerland’s best startups has announced its list of winners this year.

The award was organised by Venturelab and facilitated by its presenting partners Credit Suisse and Swiss Venture Club.

Within a decade, the TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award has become a benchmark in Switzerland’s startup ecosystem.


The award show connects the most promising Swiss startup CEOs with Swiss and international investors, executives, and journalists.

Jordi Montserrat, managing partner at Venturelab.

Jordi Montserrat

“The last year has not been easy, but the Swiss startup ecosystem has shown that it is resilient and thrives under pressure. Celebrating the TOP 100 is celebrating all entrepreneurs in these turbulent times.

 

We are starting the second decade of the TOP 100 Swiss Startups not only with a new location but also with a wide range of innovations that will positively impact our lives and strengthen Switzerland’s position as a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship.”

said Jordi Montserrat, Managing Partner at Venturelab.

Here are the fintechs and proptechs that made the Top 100 Swiss Startups 2021 list:

#20 – Yokoy Group (Fintech)

The Swiss fintech company Yokoy formerly known as Expense Robot uses artificial intelligence to automate the entire corporate spend and corporate credit card process.

Founded in 2019 by five founders to simplify expense management, Yokoy already has over 500 customers, including companies such as Stadler Rail, On Running, Bobst, Zühlke and BDO.

In October 2020, the acquisition of the competitor product FlowExpense was added, which gave additional momentum to the growth. At the end of November of the same year, Yokoy started its expansion into the DACH market with the opening of an office in Vienna.

In June 2021, Yokoy expanded its software offering, making the step from an expense tool to a comprehensive automation of the entire spend management and expanded further with an office in Munich.

#23 – neon Switzerland (Fintech)

Neon is an app-based mobile banking solution, in which users can open a bank account and get a free Mastercard.

In September 2019, Neon had closed its Series A funding round with by raising 5 million CHF where lead investor Tamedia, also Zurich-based Backbone Ventures and several existing investors increased their engagement in the firm.

Additionally, the Helvetia Venture Fund invested and holds a stake in neon, its first fintech investment, following a past partnership between the two entities.

Earlier this year in June 2021, neon received a funding of CHF 7 million and offered equity crowdfunding to customers.

#24 – Skribble

Skribble allows companies to sign any document online with just a few clicks and this is legally binding according to Swiss and EU law.

#25 – Inyova – formerly known as Yova (Fintech)

Inyova is a digital platform for investing with a sustainability impact. Inyova customers invest directly into companies that help to solve global problems, eg by fighting climate change or by promoting human rights.

All investments are professionally diversified portfolios that are designed for an attractive financial return.

The firm had rebranded itself from Yova ahead of its expansion into Germany.

#27 – Sygnum Bank (Fintech)

Sygnum is a digital asset bank with a banking license from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA). The firm also received regulatory approval for its digital asset trading facility (OTF) last year.

The company operates an independently controlled, scalable and future-proof regulated banking platform. Its interdisciplinary team of banking, investment and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) experts is shaping the development of a trusted digital asset ecosystem.

Additionally, Sygnum Pte Ltd also secured a capital markets services (CMS) license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

In February 2021, Sygnum raised an undisclosed eight-figure US$ investment from SBI Digital Asset Holdings, the digital asset umbrella company of SBI Group.

#30 – Mobbot (Proptech)

Mobbot is a 3D concrete printing technology provider for construction companies and manufacturers of precast products where customers can boost their productivity and reduce the amount of people needed to manufacture concrete elements.

The firm has received funding from Berner Kantonalbank (BEKB) and venture capital firm Swiss Immo Lab.

Leveraging a patented technology to tackle global construction challenges, Mobbot is setting a new fabrication method that enables highly customised products and can save up to 30% CO2.

Mobbot currently focuses on underground utility products as this is a global need. The market acceptance has been proven with direct sales of concrete products in 2019 already.

#32 – PriceHubble (Proptech)pricehubble swiss fintech startup

PriceHubble is a Swiss B2B proptech company that builds innovative digital solutions for the real estate industry based on property valuations and market insights.

The firm completed its fourth acquisition and has bought Czech proptech startup Realtify and has begun operating as PriceHubble Czechia.

PriceHubble successfully completed its oversubscribed Series B funding round and raised US$ 34 million in July this year.

The company is active in 9 countries (Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria, Japan, Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic and Slovakia) and employs more than 100 people.

#42 – PXL Vision (Security)

PXL VisionPXL Vision provides a technology platform for secure identity verification and the creation & management of trustable digital identities. In the $20b identity verification market, PXL offers highest security, full automation and a customizable, yet highly scalable SaaS solution, based on machine learning and computer vision.

#48 – Taurus (Fintech)

Taurus is building the next generation platform to buy and sell digital assets. It is offering, at the time of writing, a brokerage platform to individuals and legal entities.

The firm was granted a securities firm license from FINMA to operate a regulated marketplace for digital assets in April this year.

Taurus was one of the two Swiss fintechs that joined Mastercard’s global startup engagement program Start Path.

#75 Anapaya Systems AG (Security)

Anapaya systemsThe SCION Internet architecture developed at ETH Zurich is a disruptive technology that provides secure inter-domain routing, QoS, DDoS defense mechanisms, resilient public-key infrastructures, and an unprecedented level of availability. We leverage the SCION architecture to offer next-generation Internet services and address the flaws and limitations of today’s Internet.

#88 – Archilyse (Proptech)

archilyse AGArchilyse makes architecture and real estate quality measurable, comparable and understandable for everybody. Its software-as-a-service solution processes real estate data into a variety of analytical results.

The company provides holistic, qualitative insights and support real estate decision-makers in digitising, evaluating and optimising properties and in simplifying processes in the planning and management of real estate.

Archilyse was one of the four proptech startups that received investments from Berner Kantonalbank (BEKB) and venture capital firm Swiss Immo Lab.

Additionally, the firm has raised a total of CHF 4 million to date.

#93 – ImmoZins (Proptech)

ImmoZinsImmoZins offers property investors three different real estate investment models. Common to all of them is the high level of transparency, for which the company developed its own software, and the assumption of risk.

#95 – Urbio (Proptech)

UrbioUrbio is a SaaS platform that accelerates the transition of utilities to clean energy. The company automates the design of new energy assets like solar or district heating with 90% time savings to better inform investment decisions.

With a focus on improving the efficiency of buildings – one of the leading sources of carbon emissions – Urbio is committed to fight climate change.

#96 – Oxara (Proptech)

oxaraOxara‘s goal is to provide sustainable and affordable housing all over the world.

Bringing the actors of the construction ecosystem together to collectively create an innovative and sustainable industry is a key ingredient to make Oxara’s business scalable and to achieve its vision of providing safe and decent housing to all.

#97 – Imburse (Fintech)

IMBURSEImburse is a Swiss cloud-based, payments-as-a-service enterprise platform that simplifies the way businesses around the world access the global payments ecosystem.

The firm had raised US$1.7 million during a bridge funding round which was joined by PostFinance, the financial services unit of Swiss Post.

Imburse also received a strategic investment of US$12 million from Accenture and joined the Accenture Ventures’ Project Spotlight.

#99 – Workspace2go (Proptech)

Workspace2go

Workspace2go is the leading Swiss marketplace for meeting rooms, desks and workshop locations.

Through its platform, space providers list their spaces, which guests can book for their meetings – Workspace2go works like ‘Airbnb’, just for business rooms.

# 100 – Sonect (Fintech)

Sonect, a Zurich-based fintech startup that allows customers to withdraw cash directly in the store using only their smartphone. It was founded in 2016 and employs 28 people in Zurich, Vilnius, and Mexico City.

The firm entered into a partnership agreement with Lana, a personal finance platform aiming to provide transactional accounts and financial services to gig economy workers throughout Latin America.

 

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