18. January 2020 by kmoeller 0 Comments

Welcome Viselio

The latest newcomer in our 2nd portfolio is called Viselio and is the first fully automated visa service provider worldwide. Viselio is integrated with travel booking systems and TMCs worldwide and is the first option for companies, travel agencies and individuals when it comes to booking a visa. With the successful completion of the Series A financing round in the amount of CHF 3M, the company plans to expand its sales activities significantly. The round is intended to build up traction to promote Viselio, especially in the B2B2C and B2B(2B) area, and to achieve a "multiplier effect" through integrations. Additional countries are to be added.

Viselio has already been able to show in the B2C and B2B2C (travel) sectors that the solution convinces customers. However, the greatest potential of Viselio lies in the integration of and partnerships with travel booking software, TMCs and profile management software. These enable Viselio to achieve a large scaling potential. First partnerships in this area have already been established, such as with Umbrella Faces, which manages more than 2 million travel profiles of 270 companies and actively recommends Viselio to its customers. Currently, 77% of all customers already purchase additional services together with their visa. This is particularly exciting in view of the fact that the margins for additional services are very high at 50-80% (insurance: 40-70%, passport photos: 45- 80% and letters of invitation: 55-88%). Viselio is planning to add additional services to its offering, which should encourage more customers to purchase additional services. We are very excited to see how Viselio develops and look forward to the new addition to the portfolio.

 

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18. January 2020 by kmoeller 0 Comments

Welcome Opinary

With Opinary we have made another investment in a Berlin start-up, together with prominent co-investors such as Project A, monkfish equity or Rocket Internet. Opinary, with offices in New York and Berlin, will use the capital to strengthen its presence in the US and deepen its relationships with publishers, brands and agencies. The funding will also contribute to the further development of tools and technologies. 

 

Opinary has optimized a way for users to share their opinions in online content. The startup was founded in 2016 by siblings Pia and Cornelius Frey and their co-founder Max Meran to help millions of monthly users share their opinions at the touch of a finger and understand opinion developments at a glance. 

 

 Opinary visualizes debates by creating highly interesting content for users. With their algorithm and semantic orientation they guarantee a scalable integration of the required topics in all thematically relevant articles in large publishing networks in Germany, Great Britain and the USA. The platform offers users the opportunity to engage with interactive content that gives users a voice and helps publishers and brands reach, understand and convert their most valuable audiences. Publishing partners - including world-leading companies such as The Times, HuffPost, NBC, etc. - use Opinary to reach and monetize their target audiences, while global brands such as Toyota or Mastercard increase attention, generate conversions and generate insights.

 

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Jahresrückblick 2019 auf Zeitung als Titelseite
15. January 2020 by kmoeller 0 Comments

Looking back on 2019

Review of the year 2019

Today we look back on an exciting, labour-intensive and above all successful year 2019. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, dear founders, investors, advisors and partners, for the trust you have placed in us and for the valuable cooperation. Your support has made a significant contribution to our further development as a venture capital company. In the following you will find an overview of the highlights that have shaped our year 2019. This certainly includes our annual "EquityPitcher Come Together", which was again a great event in 2019 with over 100 participants. One of the most important highlights was certainly the launch of our second fund, through which the first investments were already made. In the course of the year we also established and promoted further valuable relationships with important institutions and co-investors, with whom we were able to further enhance our standing in the market.

Highlights Portfolio Startups

RightNow, was able to celebrate the establishment of new verticals, the acquisition of a start-up company and the conclusion of another successful financing round. The new shareholders now include the founders of the travel platform Trivago. Futurae benefits from the new PSD2 regulation and was able to convince several well-known customers of its products. In addition, Sandra Tobler was voted one of the most successful female entrepreneurs in Switzerland by the Handelszeitung. ROOMZ closed another financing round and is now expanding as the Swiss market leader throughout Europe. Xatena was able to multiply its transaction volume from approximately CHF 8 million to over CHF 60 million in 2019 alone. Cormo has ventured into the USA through a joint venture. At the same time, the state of Indiana has promised subsidies of 30 million USD for Cormo USA. vestr hat mit Julius Bär einen grossen Ankerkunden gewinnen können. YukkaLab hat es geschafft, der erste Partner der neuen avaloq Plattform zu werden. Nach anfänglichen Sales Schwierigkeiten im Jahr 2019 konnten iLocator and Navus both successfully adapted their business model in order to further accelerate their growth.

We are very proud of the fact that ALL our portfolio companies - which contradicts all existing statistics - have developed positively! A further statement is that these 10 portfolio companies have received a total of more than CHF 27 million in fresh capital since the beginning of 2018, which gives an additional boost to the growth of each individual company.

 

First successes with new portfolio companies

OnlineDoctor
The leading Swiss teledermatology provider from St. Gallen was able to raise CHF 2 million in fresh capital in 2019. The greatest success is certainly the subsequent successful expansion into Germany. Thanks to an exclusive partnership agreement with the Professional Association of German Dermatologists, more than 150 new dermatologists were attracted to the OnlineDoctor platform just a few weeks after market entry!

AirConsole
The first gaming start-up in our portfolio successfully completed a CHF 3 million financing round. Co-investors include Ringier Digital Ventures, Alpana Ventures, Swiss Founders Fund and Wingman Ventures. AirConsole is making great progress in the B2B area and focuses on the implementation in TV boxes (e.g. partnership with Swisscom).

Guuru
Customer service by customers is the motto at Guuru, which received CHF 2.7 million in fresh capital in 2019. EquityPitcher is a joint venture between investee, Swiss Post, MS Direct Group, and Wayra UK. Guuru was able to convince many new customers in 2019 and thus increase its revenues by over 150% from Q2 to Q3 alone.

 

Outlook 2020

In 2019 we have tested a total of over 1000 start-ups. Thanks to the good preparation, our deal pipeline is full to bursting with potential deals for 2020.

We are currently focusing on the closing of the EquityPitcher Venture Fund and are in the process of closing several investments simultaneously.

We look forward to another successful year 2020 and wish you all the best for the new decade!

With kind regards,

Hermann & Sascha