We aim to address gender bias in venture capital decisions and promote more diversity in the Swiss start-up scene. We do this by developing solutions & cooperations between (corporate) investors, entrepreneurship experts & facilitators and female founders.
Women are great entrepreneurs, who bring in even better investment returns than their male peers. So why is only 2.7% of the global VC capital going into exceptional female talent? We suggest closing the investment gap with the following four steps:
We work and invest in innovative ideas and startups, see below our portfolio
We got guidance and support on our pricing strategy and on our legal setup of our investment round through Sandborn – They organized some helpful events with their network partners.
Sandborn helped us not only get fundraising ready, they also connected us to valuable network of investors
I have been coached by Isabelle and she helped me work through my first business steps and I know welcomed her as a valuable board member and angel investor in my startup.
Isabelle has been helping to build up companies across Switzerland since 2014, first for 2 years at Startups.ch as CIO and then with her own company builder Sandborn. She supports entrepreneurs and corporates from various industries in scaling (from idea validation, product/service development, market entry to growth financing), builds companies of her own, and invests in Startups. She was recognized as one of the TOP 100 Businesswomen in Switzerland 2018, 2019, and 2020 and is a Forbes 30 under 30 Alumna (2019), studied Business Innovation at HSG, and majored in Social Entrepreneurship at ESCP Europe. She is a coach at Innosuisse and regularly teaches at various colleges and universities on entrepreneurship topics.
Marco is an experienced VC – currently Investment Director at Redstone Switzerland , previously at Mountain Partners – who not only is our investment committee member but also supports our female founder community through their investment rounds. Marco has invested in more than 50 digital & tech businesses and was responsible for the international expansion of Mountain Partners investment portfolio as well as the transfer of business models to innovative ecosystems like Asia. Having been active in various positions including board and supervisory board mandates, investment committee memberships as well as executive investment positions, he contributes his significant experience to the team.
Laura is working on insights and solutions on how to improve female founders getting funded. She is especially interested in the topic of how investment committees can ameliorate their decision-making process. She previously worked at Raiffeisen Bank and is a Certified KV with a professional baccalaureate. Today she is studying business psychology at the Hochschule Luzern.