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23 November 2021
Check your inboxes! 📩Our latest newsletter is out, featuring our newest team member @thuyl_nh, @Emitwise CEO…

The Product-Led Growth Playbook: Europe Edition (Pt. 1)

If you are a founder in the B2B SaaS space, chances are high that you have heard of Product-Led Growth (PLG) as one of the most promising ways to grow. Notion, Canva, Airtable, Figma, Atlassian, Twilio, Zoom, and Slack are at the forefront of this new paradigm in[...]
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3 November 2021
We’re excited to be participating in the 6th edition of Europe-wide Female Founder Office Hours, hosted by…
20 October 2021
Our team is growing🥳Welcome to our new Associate @thuyl_nh. Thuy-Linh previously worked as a strategy consultant f…
29 September 2021
Are you an early-stage #PropTech / #ConTech #startup seeking funding? Join us on October 25th at 3pm CET / 2pm UK t…
20 September 2021
We are now an official supporter of the @ec_zurich’s RocketHub! Looking forward to supporting founders from the…
3 September 2021
Wow! Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Switzerland! Congrats to our @Carvolution_AG co-founder Léa Miggiano!

Erectile dysfunction (ED) and Intimate Men’s Health is still stigmatized — let’s change this!

Erectile dysfunction (ED) and Intimate Men’s Health is still stigmatized — let’s change this! This week, the German-American digital health startup Regimen announced its USD 2.25 million seed round with Ringier Digital Ventures, advised by Marcau Partners, as lead investor. We want to share some background on this investment and explain[...]
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25 August 2021
It is time to fight the stigma and help the patients. A warm welcome to @joinregimen to the Ringier Digital Venture…
23 August 2021
Happy birthday @yamobio 🎉🙌
16 August 2021
Recently, the @IPCC_CH published its alarming Sixth Assessment Report, finding that Earth is on the doorstep of the…
3 August 2021
The move provides Chairish with a more competitive global shipping network, among other marketplace perks Despite the uncertainty of the pandemic’s early days, what at first may have seemed like a dire moment for the design industry, ended up ushering in quite the boom for vintage marketplaces—a trend accelerated[...]
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3 August 2021
💪💪Happy to announce our big news of today! Our portfolio company @_pamono was acquired by @chairishco . Congrats t…

Thoughts on the Swiss startup & tech ecosystem flywheel

From a macro perspective, Switzerland has great prerequisites for a flourishing startup and tech ecosystem: It has been the most innovative country many years in a row according to the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2020 of the World Intellectual Property Organization, scores third in the World Happiness Report[...]
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3 June 2021
Welcome to the Lightbird family @Emitwise🌱! As companies face increasing pressure to accurately measure and minimiz…

Why we invested in Emitwise

In 2020, global disasters intensified by climate change produced USD 210 billion of losses, 26.5% more compared to 2019. This dramatically shows that the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is critical both to our planet and the human civilization. The path to net zero however[...]
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30 April 2021
Do you have a passion for #tech and #innovation? Are you entrepreneurially minded and like to work with a variety o…

Lightbird — Backing founders aiming to rise above the crowd

Lightbird — Backing founders aiming to rise above the crowd We are excited to announce the launch of Lightbird Ventures, a new early-stage VC firm backing Swiss & European tech entrepreneurs. The tech scene in Europe is thriving. Over the last decade, it has seen unprecedented growth in capital inflow and[...]
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21 April 2021
Swiss insurance company la Mobilière is strengthening its position as a startup investor and has founded Lightbird Ventures AG. La Mobilière assigns Marcau Partners with the mandate as exclusive investment manager of Lightbird Ventures. Marcau Partners supports companies in establishing and operating their own venture capital units (“VC[...]
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20 April 2021
Wie füttert man sein Baby am besten? Um diese Frage tobt ein Rechtsstreit zwischen Marktführer Hipp und dem Start-up Yamo. Er gibt einen Einblick in einen Markt, in dem vor allem Vertrauen zählt. Start-ups werden vor allem für ihre Fähigkeit zur Disruption geschätzt. Das bedeutet: Sie stellen infrage,[...]
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7 April 2021
Die Mobiliar erwirbt am 7. April 2021 das Immobilienportal Flatfox. Flatfox bietet neben einem kostenlosen Marktplatz für Immobilien intelligente Tools für den digitalen Vermietungsprozess an. Mit der Akquisition erweitert die Mobiliar ihre Angebotswelt im Thema Wohnen und baut ihre Marktposition damit weiter aus. Flatfox gehört zu den führenden[...]
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Your next car: a subscription? Reasons why Ringier Digital Ventures invested in Carvolution

Your next car may be a subscription and other reasons why Ringier Digital Ventures invested in Carvolution On February 25, 2021, Carvolution announced its Series C of CHF 15M led by Avaloq founder Francisco Fernandez. Ringier Digital Ventures, advised by Marcau Partners, took part in this round. Read[...]
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25 February 2021
Bannwil, February 2021 – The Bernese start-up Carvolution has secured 15 million Swiss francs in a new fund-raising round, thereby strengthening its leading role in the car subscription market. As lead investor, Francisco Fernandez is the newcomer to support the car subscription company together with Ringier Digital Ventures.[...]
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25 February 2021
Luca Michas hat das Schweizer Startup Yamo mitgegründet, das ursprünglich mit dem Online-Direktverkauf gekühlter Babynahrung gestartet ist. Inzwischen haben es Michas und sein Team in die Regale stationärer Händler wie Coop geschafft. Herr Michas, toleriert der klassische Handel es bei Startups eher als bei den großen Konsumgüterherstellern, wenn[...]
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3 February 2021
(Boston, MA / Green Bay, WI) Nature’s Way, the leading manufacturer of high-quality supplements, today announced it has acquired full ownership of Baze, the pioneer in personalized nutrition. Baze improves consumer wellness with an evidence-based approach to personalized nutrition. The Baze Starter kit contains an at-home blood test that provides[...]
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Riding the FemTech wave(s): Status Quo and Outlook

FemTech seems to be on everyone’s lip at the moment and startups operating in this space have raised more than USD 498 million in 2019 according to PitchBook data. Yet it is still at an early stage. According to a recent report by RockHealth, only 3% of the[...]
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Media4Equity as a viable option to grow and scale your startup

This article is based on a guest post in Fundraising, Marketing & Sales by Sébastien Flury (June 30, 2016), re-written in co-authorship with Jasmin Heimann and edited by Jacqueline Wirz. It is widely acknowledged that the S-curve is one of the most important concepts for a startup founder[...]
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16 July 2020
The global digital transformation brought a wave of disrupting innovations and business models. It opened the borders and grew the opportunities for co-creation in every industry. Today, continuous and focused investments are an essential ingredient for corporate success and startups’ growth. For many companies, it is the next[...]
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Why we invested in Yamo in 2018 and what we have learned along the road

yamo, the Swiss foodtech startup creating and offering healthier food for babies and young children, just announced a EUR 10.1M Series A investment round. The round was led by Five Season Ventures, one of the leading food VC’s in Europe. They were joined by industry experts like Müller[...]
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9 July 2020
Yamo, a self-described “foodtech” startup that produces and sells healthier food for babies and young children, has raised €10.1 million in Series A funding. Backing comes from European food and agriculture tech investor Five Seasons Ventures, Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund, Ringier Digital Ventures, Müller Ventures, btov Partners, Polytech Ventures, BackBone[...]
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Why I’m excited about FemTech: The FemTech Forum 2020

The FemTech industry is booming: startups making products that are built for women have raised more than USD 498 million in 2019 alone, according to PitchBook data. To celebrate the innovation in women’s health, the first global virtual conference about FemTech took place on the 25th of June[...]
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CVC-Serie Kapitel 3: Ringier Digital Ventures — Teil der digitalen Transformation eines Medienunternehmens

Entstehung Das international tätige Medienunternehmen Ringier startete mitten in der Finanzkrise 2007/2008 eine fulminante Aufholjagd zur Digitalisierung und Diversifikation des unter Druck geratenen Mediengeschäfts. So wurde in kurzem Abstand weit über CHF 1 Milliarde in strategische Beteiligungen an etablierten Marktplatz-, Entertainment- und Medienunternehmen investiert. Scout24 Schweiz, JobCloud, Ticketcorner[...]
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28 May 2020
erento, Europe’s largest rental portal, has acquired Campanda. “Motorhomes are an important part of the erento marketplace and Campanda is a perfect addition to our portfolio.” LUKA DREMELJ, MANAGING DIRECTOR ERENTO Chris Möller, who is also the original founder of erento, has founded Campanda in 2013. ” erento and[...]
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Useful resources for (present and future) investment analysts — Part 2

In Part 1 of this investment analyst resources series, I introduced you to a list of newsletters, books etc. I rely on when doing market research and trend scouting. The goal of Part 2 is to support you in your daily tasks as investment analyst like screening pitch[...]
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8 May 2020
Our portfolio company fabfab & Makerist has started a campaign to provide masks for everyone through the hashtag #masktounlock on Instagram. You can find all the relevant information on the landing page here. Please spread the word – we can make it together!    
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22 April 2020
Schaut man sich den Erfolg des Heimwerkers Fynn Kliemann an, kommt man zu dem Schluss: Kaufen war gestern, heute ist cool, wer selber macht. In Zeiten der Selbstisolation ist der Bedarf nach erfüllenden Hobbys und kreativen Aktivitäten wahrscheinlich so hoch wie nie. Mit einem Onlineshop für Stoffe, Schnittmuster und Bastelanleitungen[...]
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