Skip to content
Kickfund Venture

Kickfund Ventures: CHF 70 Million for Swiss deeptech startups

Share this article

The fund, backed by a diverse group of investors, including anchor investors Ernst Göhner Stiftung and Gebert Rüf Stiftung, will provide up to CHF 850,000 per company to Venture Kick alumni. Qualified investors might still be accepted to the partnership.


The unique concept of the Kickfund is based on many years of experience and successful collaboration among key supporters of the Kick Foundation initiatives being a crucial part of Switzerland’s dynamic startup and innovation landscape. It is uniquely positioned to leverage the success of the Venture Kick competition. Exclusively targeting companies that have graduated from the program, the fund aims to invest in ventures often recognized as some of the best in Switzerland.


Wanja Humanes, CEO of Kickfund, states: “The Kickfund Venture Fund effectively builds on the work of Venture Kick, providing crucial funding and long-term support to startups. Our commitment includes offering up to CHF 850,000 per company, providing a valuable community network while offering our investors access to a carefully curated portfolio of promising Swiss deep tech startups.”

Bruno Dallo, Chairman of Kickfund, comments: “This fund represents our collective belief in the power of investing in groundbreaking technology and brilliant minds, not only as a driver of innovation but also as a profitable venture for our investors.”

Roger Schmid, Managing Director of Ernst Göhner Stiftung, is convinced: “Our role as one of the anchor investors in Kickfund Ventures Fund I epitomizes our commitment to fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Switzerland. We are proud to support visionary entrepreneurs and contribute to Switzerland’s evolving economic landscape.”


Venture Kick alumni notably comprised 64 of the TOP100 Swiss startups in 2023 and cumulatively they have created more than 13’000 jobs since the beginning of the programme which will celebrate its 17th anniversary in 2024. So far, 1,000 companies, and many life sciences companies among them, completed the programme.


Source: Venture Kick

📸 Bruno Dallo, Thomas Möller, Wanja Humanes, and Goran Radin