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How to Support the Swiss Startup Ecosystem?

A virtual matchmaking platform is the newest shot of Startup INVEST to support the startup ecosystem in Switzerland.

Where Startups meet Investors and Corporates, this is the slogan of Startup INVEST, the organizers of leading events in Switzerland for Deep Tech Startups. On their agenda is the professionalization of the swiss investment ecosystem, presenting early and later stage Startups, such as inviting industrial partners to participate.

They pursue this goal by the means of three flagship events, all supported by b2match.

Startup DAYs, Venture DAYs and IPO DAYs.

Here, startups, investors, corporates and supporters can meet and enjoy the efficient & goal-oriented matchmaking, which b2match brings to typical networking events.

But due to a pandemic crisis (COVID-19), an alternative to the typical means of events was needed.

Determined to take the lead and keep the funding alive in these challenging times, Startup INVEST decided to find a solution.

“The pandemic crisis is putting pressure on almost all businesses. Especially Startups need funding to continue their operations now in order to survive and thrive.” -  Startup MATCHER website

The challenge the organizers were facing, was to find an alternative way to their typical events, so the startup ecosystem could continue to connect & collaborate in a structured way.

But differently, to detach the benefits of goal-oriented & efficient networking from fixed event dates & locations. Bring it into a virtual platform, and make it permanently available.

A Permanent (Matchmaking) Alternative

The solution - a fully virtual matchmaking platform - called Startup MATCHER.

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It provides a platform to connect all the relevant stakeholders involved in the funding process of swiss startups. From the startup itself, to investors, corporates and supporters.

Startups can select into which of 5 pre-defined deeptech verticals they belong to, such as how much money they need, and their preferred investor type.

Investors can indicate for which type of startup they are looking, the state of their investments, such as specify their applying investment conditions.

Corporates can indicate what they are looking for (research partners, products, ...) and what they have to offer the startups (pilot project, buying their products, ...)

Supporters of the swiss startup-ecosystem can specify which kind of service they have to offer.

The platforms matchmaking connect the right people & listings - according to who benefits from each other.

Registered participants find suitable partners and contact them directly, such as meet them online via the platforms integrated video conferencing.

Further special features to highlight are:

  • A customized registration process ensuring that group-relevant information are collected
  • The organizers control profile activation to monitor who enters and benefits from the platform
  • Startups can upload pitch decks and other docs including videos
  • Built-in messaging functionality to interact with each other
  • Embedded virtual 1: 1 meetings capabilities including approval system, free scheduling based on peer availability and built-in video-conferencing system with screen sharing

The virtual matchmaking platform offers an ongoing value for everyone involved in the support & funding of the startup ecosystem in Switzerland, with the possibility to benefit from efficient matchmaking, and to connect smarter.

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Successful Portfolio Expansion

With Startup MATCHER, the organizers expand their portfolio of three most known startup events in Switzerland with a full-stack, virtual matchmaking platform.

“We were already prepared to go full 'virtual', COVID-19 was just the tipping point.” -  Daniel Bermejo-Carrasco (organizer @ Startup INVEST)

Within just two days after the official announcement and Startup MATCHER going online, the platform already counted 1240 registered participants. Out of them were 120 startups, 300 corporates, 370 investors and 450 support organizations.

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Virtual Matchmaking Platform

A virtual matchmaking platform is a profound alternative to typical networking- & b2b events. This sort of platform brings efficient matchmaking to an ecosystem, ongoing project or group of people, in which a continuous demand to network and connect exists.

We at b2match advise you on the possibilities which a virtual matchmaking platform offer, such as if and how you can benefit from it.

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