#FundingFemaleFounders

Let's invest in women

We want to close the diversity and inclusion gap so that more VC capital goes towards female talent.

Let's invest in women

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. 

Why are we doing this?

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:

  • Getting more women lead ventures investment ready
  • Hiring more women into founder teams
  • Connecting them with interested investors
  • Improving investors outreach and processes

Portfolio

We work and invest in innovative ideas and startups, see below our portfolio

Endorsements

  • 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.

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    Tanja Koch
    Co-Founder @ Amplo
  • Sandborn helped us not only get fundraising ready, they also connected us to valuable network of investors

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    Nadia Fischer
    Founder, CEO of Witty.works
  • 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.

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    Laura Matter
    Co-founder @ Noii

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Our Team

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Isabelle Siegrist

CEO & Founder

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.

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Marco Stutz

Investment Expert & Investment Committee Member

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.

Solveig Helland

Solveig Helland

Data Scientist

Solveig is a full-stack software engineer and data scientist. She has a degree in Informatics and economics and is working on her master’s in data science and artificial intelligence. Her focus is on bias in AI systems and utilizing AI for fair decision-making and inclusivity.

Contact Us

We are here for it all. Collaborations, job opportunities, workshops, services, media or it all bundled up in one. We look forward to hearing from you and grabbing a coffee ☕ at one of our offices:

Zurich
Rotwandstrasse 63

Zug
Baarerstrasse 2

Luzern
Denkmalstrasse 21

Email Us
team@sand-born.com