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In order to finance sustainable ideas, we intensively cooperate with our outstanding network of Swiss partners.

Through our three investment vehicles, we are able to offer tailor-made financing solutions to companies in diverse maturity stages and industry sectors.

Entrepreneur Investor Platform

The Entrepreneur Investor Platform (EIP) brings together successful entrepreneurs with attractive SMEs and thereby strengthens Swiss entrepreneurship.

The EIP stands for entrepreneurial capital: Together with numerous experienced and successful entrepreneurial families, as well as Swiss insurance company die Mobiliar, Helvetica Capital invests in attractive SMEs and actively contributes to their independent long-term development. Our comprehensive industry network supports our team on a case-by-case basis during the investment phase as well as in the context of value creation through advisory, board or other mandates. The EIP is not constrained by set maximum holding periods and follows a best ownership approach.

Our focus is on investments in established, medium-sized companies in Switzerland and neighboring regions. We offer sellers profound expertise in solving succession situations, growth opportunities, management buy-ins/buy-outs and special situations.

Our investment criteria in the context of the EIP are the following:

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises in Switzerland and neighboring countries
  • Business models characterized by clear unique selling propositions
  • Minimum revenues of c. CHF 20 m. combined with solid margins
  • Clear potential for scalability and market leadership
  • Experienced management team with long-standing sector expertise or unresolved succession situations
  • Preferably recurring revenues and long-term customer relationships
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Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund

The Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund provides venture capital and growth financing for innovative growth companies with a clear link to Switzerland. The fund’s investment focus is on Switzerland’s core innovation sectors: Healthcare, Digital and Engineering.

Acting as a catalyst for Swiss growth companies, the Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund is a private initiative with the patronage of the Swiss government featuring an unprecedented collaboration between leading Swiss financial institutions. The Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund will be launched during the course of this year, with the aim of strengthening the Swiss technology innovation ecosystem, enhancing Switzerland’s competitiveness on a global scale and offering an attractive investment opportunity to institutional and qualified private investors.

An investment management function with a high-profile investment committee set-up, complemented by seasoned industry experts, will orchestrate the investment decision process and the sustainable development of portfolio companies. In the context of this multi-stakeholder undertaking, Helvetica Capital is mandated to advise the direct investments initiative.

The investment criteria in the context of the Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund are the following:

  • Direct equity investments in Swiss companies with high-growth potential
  • Industry focus on Healthcare, Digital and Engineering in a wider context
  • Minority investments as an active shareholder with strong involvement at board level
  • Equity contributions of CHF 5 - 20 m. per transaction
  • Investment holding period of three to seven years
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Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital Ltd.

Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital Ltd. (formerly SVC – Ltd. for Risk Capital for SMEs) was originally founded by the Helvetica Team in May 2010 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd., in cooperation with the Swiss Venture Club.

Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital Ltd. provides venture capital and mezzanine loans to SMEs and start-up companies. Returning capital is continuously reinvested, thereby ensuring the long-term support of Swiss entrepreneurship.

Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital Ltd. finances and invests in Swiss companies with convincing management, growth potential and clear unique selling propositions for their products and services. In general, a non-controlling shareholding is sought through a capital increase or a participation in the existing capital base. Such investments are also possible in the context of succession situations and/or in addition to classic bank financing. Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital Ltd. focuses on established SMEs and, in the case of young enterprises, on the areas of Fintech, Medtech and Robotics & Automation in particular.

Helvetica Capital is the exclusive investment advisor of Credit Suisse Entrepreneuer Capital Ltd.

The investment criteria of Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital Ltd. are the following:

  • Swiss companies with innovative business models and clear USPs, from young enterprises through high-growth companies to established SMEs
  • Generally industry-agnostic; for young enterprises we focus on the areas of Fintech, Medtech and Robotics & Automation
  • Investments of up to CHF 8 m. in the form of non-controlling shareholdings or subordinated, equity-like loan financings
  • Investment horizon of four to seven years
  • Active corporate development, if appropriate through board engagement