Top VC Companies in Crypto Valley, Zug

When startups come to Crypto Valley they are looking for many things - but one thing most of all: money. And that means finding investors. While the rapid rise of ICOs has (seemingly) put venture capital firms on the back foot, it would be a mistake to think that VCs don’t still play a role in the process.

With that said, it is a well-known fact that Europe and Switzerland as well does not have the same venture capital culture as Silicon Valley. Successful Swiss entrepreneurs and top-level management form a strong network of angel investors (some of whom are connected through SICTIC) - but this is only for early stages.

And for this reason, the list below (in no particular order) may serve as a valuable resource for international startups looking to connect with VCs - the few that there are.

Blockchain Valley Ventures

A spinoff of Swiss-baed exchanged Lykke, Blockchain Valley Ventures has been quietly growing since its launch in May 2018. BVV is directed by General Partner Heinrich Zetlmayar.

INVESTMENTS: Securosys, Smart Containers



One of Europe’s leading venture capital firms with big-name investments to its name, Lakestar arrived in Crypto Valley in mid 2018 as a Strategic Partner of the Crypto Valley Association.

INVESTMENTS: Facebook, Skype, Klarna, Blockchain (wallet), Shapeshift



Based in Zurich, Investiere has a background that is broader than blockchain and crypto, but their position in the Swiss scene makes them a force to be reckoned with.

INVESTMENTS: Beekeeper, Pregnolia, Astrocast



Another more traditional investment company with a reach beyond Switzerland itself, Redalpine is nonetheless a name to remember - especially as public ICOs cool off and startups look to “old-fashioned” VCs for support.

INVESTMENTS: LemonOne, N26, Bexio (Exited)



Formerly Lakeside Partners, CV VC aims to be a blockchain incubator as well as investor, offering a 3-month programme for new teams and projects coming to Switzerland. CV VC operates the CV Labs co-working space in Zug which houses around 100 startups.


Ian Simpson