For the second edition of Venture Leaders Fintech in Hong Kong, swissnex China is supporting a delegation of top Swiss fintech startups for a pitching and fundraising roadshow with business workshops, startup exhibition and investor meetings.
All the pitches, from the ten chosen startups, will be delivered in a virtual format through Virtual Demo Day on 27th October and Hong Kong Fintech Week 2020.
Venture Leaders Fintech 2020 is co-organized by Venturelab and swissnex China.
The aim is to offer startups exposure and insight into the busy local fintech ecosystem of Hong Kong as part of the Greater Bay Area, along with learning about business opportunities, how corporate affairs work, pitching to investors and getting insights from experts.
The Venture Leaders programme has introduced the Swiss National Startup Teams to leading investors and potential customers in technology hubs in Silicon Valley, Boston, New York, China and Barcelona for 16 years. Swiss fintech startups raised more than CHF 133 million last year, and the sector’s leaders plan to keep growing and going global.
“Switzerland hosts over 370 fintech startups operating in diverse areas including investment management, banking infrastructure, deposit & lending, and payment. We are proud to support ten leading fintech startups among them to interact with the local fintech ecosystem and exchange with investors, experts and potential partners,” said Dr Felix Moesner, Science Consul & CEO of swissnex China, the Science Consulate of Switzerland.
Venture Leaders Fintech alumni comprise high-flying startups such as Qumram (acquired by Dynatrace), Knip (acquired by Digital Insurance), Carbon Delta (acquired by MSCI), Algotrader, CreditGate24, Crypto Finance, Lend, Sonect and Tradeplus24.
“The 10 Venture Leaders Fintech 2020 illustrate that Switzerland is a strong contender for transforming the banking and insurance industry. Four of last year’s participants each closed a substantial financing round after the roadshow, and I’m looking forward to laying the foundation for this year’s team by introducing them to international investors,” said Stefan Steiner, co-managing director of Venturelab.
Jan Brzezek, founder and CEO of Crypto Finance and Venture Leader Fintech 2019, explained: “If you think of expanding to Asia or just want to better understand the potential market there, this program is a must for you! It’s a one-week packed program with lots of pitches, meetings, and insights.”
Crypto Finance was ranked 16th at the TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award 2020, and following the Venture Leaders Fintech roadshow, the Zug-based startup completed a financing round of more than CHF 14 million from investors in Europe and Asia, which will further intensify its international expansion.
The Venture Leaders Fintech roadshow 2020 is organized by Venturelab and swissnex China and supported by EPF Lausanne, ETH Zurich, IMMOMIG, PostFinance, TX Group, Walder Wyss, Presence Switzerland and the Canton of Zurich.
The Venture Leaders Fintech winners 2020 are Curio Capital, Cybera Global, eCollect, flov technologies, SIBEX, SwissBorg Invest, Teylor, Vima Link, Wecan Tokenize and Yov.