20.07.2022 | Reading-time: 2 min

Swiss start-ups bank 2.6 billion francs in venture capital

Lucerne/Rotkreuz - In the first six months of 2022, Swiss start-ups raised roughly 2.6 billion Swiss francs in venture capital, equating to a rise of nearly 50 percent on the previous year. This data comes from half-year update to the Swiss Venture Capital Report. Declining investment volumes are, however, now expected in the future.

In the first half of 2022, nearly 2.6 billion Swiss francs in venture capital was invested in Swiss start-ups. This data comes from the recent half-year update to the Swiss Venture Capital Report, published by the Lucerne-based online portal startupticker.ch and the Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association (SECA), an investor group based in Rotkreuz in the canton of Zug, in cooperation with startup.ch, further details of which can be found in a press release. According to the report, a total of 163 financing rounds were closed in this period.

The Swiss Venture Capital Report is published in January of each year, with an interim half-year report following in the respective July. According to the half-year update for 2022, Swiss start-ups have raised an exact figure of 2.585 billion Swiss francs in venture capital over the course of the first six months of the year. This reflects a rise of nearly 50 percent compared with the first half of 2021, which was a strong period for start-up venture capital in its own right. Growth in the number of financing rounds stands at over 30 percent. According to the information in the report, the particularly high number of large-volume financing rounds in the first half of 2022 is responsible for this sharp increase. A total of 13 investments worth in excess of 50 million Swiss francs were completed between January and June 2022.

Nevertheless, a SECA survey also reveals that investors are now expecting a decline in investment volumes in the future. A total of 80 venture capital investors in Switzerland were interviewed for this survey, with the majority expressing the view that a decline of up to 25 percent in the total volume of invested capital can be expected.

At present, Swiss investors still have sufficient funds at their disposal to make additional investments. That is why the slump is not greater, according to the report. Two-thirds of the investors surveyed intend to invest at least 20 million Swiss francs in Swiss start-ups over the next three years, while a third are even planning to invest more than 50 million Swiss francs across this period.