Swisspreneur Syndicate

Pre-seed investments for Switzerland’s most promising entrepreneurs

What is the Swisspreneur Syndicate?

The Swisspreneur Syndicate connects investors with exceptional founder talents from our community for pre-seed investments.

Why invest with Swisspreneur?
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Small ticket sizes
Invest as little as CHF 5’000 because we care about smart money, not big money.
Transparent fee structure
We only take a closing fee and a performance fee (15% carried interest) and no management fee.
Vetted deals
We’ve followed the founders in our community for a long time and can give you access to exceptional talent without you having to do the scouting yourself.
Testimonials

"The Swisspreneur Syndicate has helped me to get access to deals I would have never known about. I’ve been an avid listener of the Swisspreneur podcast but I am not well connected in the startup scene. The syndicate bridges that gap."

Besfort Biljali, Syndicate Investor

"I came across the Swisspreneur Syndicate when looking for ways to diversify my investments. I love to know that my money helps some of Switzerland’s smartest founders kick off their venture. The syndicate has been really accessible and easy to understand, even for a small investor like me."

Linda Schaechtele, Syndicate Investor

"I am really active in the startup ecosystem but don’t have the time to source and vet deals myself. The Swisspreneur Syndicate has been a great way to get in on promising deals early without needing to worry about the admin part of it."

Stefan Lieberherr, Syndicate Investor
FAQ
How can I join the syndicate?

Sign up to our email list to receive the deals we are evaluating. If you see a deal that’s interesting to you, just get in touch via email and we’ll take it from there.

What is the benefit of a syndicate?

The syndicate provides you with a steady deal flow without you having to invest time in scouting companies. We also take care of negotiating term deals, performing due diligence, etc.

How does the investment process work?

Click on "sign up for deals" and complete the form to receive deals straight to your inbox. Whenever we have a new deal ready for investment, we will send you a one-pager investment memo with all relevant information and additional links. If you’re interested to join the round, you can let us know through a specific URL at the end of the memo. You make your own investment decisions on a deal by deal basis, usually within two weeks after receiving the investment memo.

What are the costs?

If you decide to invest in a deal, there is a 100 CHF closing fee to cover for the administrative costs of closing a deal. There are no management fees but 15% carried interest.

What is carried interest?

Carried interest is a share of the profit. It is paid to the lead for negotiating deal terms, performing due diligence, writing a deal memo, etc. The carried interest of the Swisspreneur Syndicate is 15%.

What is the minimum amount I can invest?

The minimum investment amount per deal is 5’000 CHF.

If I choose to invest, will my name be on the company’s Cap Table?

No, as a syndicate backer, you are investing in membership units of the special purpose vehicle, the SPV invests in the company on behalf of its members. So there is only one cap table entry for our syndicate. However your name will be mentioned within the syndicate naming convention (e.g. Swisspreneur Syndicate 2 consisting of Investor 1, Investor 2, etc. represented by Swisspreneur).

What is the legal structure of the syndicate?

For every deal we invest in, we form a simple partnership through a legal contract amongst the syndicate investors.

What happens after the investment round is closed? 

After all legal documents have been signed and the money has been transferred, you will receive regular updates from the startup about their development.

Do I have to invest additional money?

No, you don’t but you are obviously free to join a follow up round of the same deal.

Why get investment from Swisspreneur?
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No fuss
We’re founders ourselves and we know what a time suck raising money can be. We want to make the process for closing your pre-seed round easy and fast for you. On average, our investments take 2-3 weeks to close.
Smart money
To get your idea off the ground, access to the right people is what counts. Through the syndicate, you can engage a larger group of experts without over expanding your cap table.
Follow up rounds
Through our larger network and our established social channels, we can give you exposure to create momentum for your follow up rounds.
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Testimonials

"Through the Swisspreneur Syndicate, we were able to close our pre-seed round really efficiently. We’ve been part of the community for a long time so we knew that they are all about making it easy for founders - and we weren’t disappointed."

Luca Fabian , Co-founder Jurata

"We’ve been an active part of the Swisspreneur community for some time and their network has really helped us take our business to the next level."

Igor Susmelj
Igor Susmelj, Co-founder Lightly
FAQ
What is the benefit of a Syndicate?

One item on your cap table for a potentially large number of investors. That's multiplied brainpower and network to get your idea off the ground.

How big are the ticket sizes?

We usually sign tickets between CHF 50k and 500k per deal.

In which stages & verticals do you invest?

We invest in pre-seed and seed Swiss-based companies without a specific vertical focus. 

How can I apply for investment?

Click Apply to Pitch and fill out the form.

How does the investment process work?

Click Apply to Pitch and fill in the form. If we’re interested in your case, we will prepare a one-pager investment memo, share it with you for feedback and reach out to our investor base right after. Usually we have our final commitment ready within two weeks and can sign your term sheet.

Are there any costs involved?

There are no costs involved for the startup. 

Can I get a list of names of the investors in the syndicate?

Due to privacy reasons, we cannot release the names of the investors in our syndicate.

Will each investor in the syndicate show up on my cap table?

No, only the syndicate as a whole will be shown on your cap table.

What happens after the round is closed?

After the round is closed, we expect you to keep us up to date as you do with all of your investors. We’re also here to support you with advice, intros and access to our network (e.g. to investors for your next round) and events.

Couldn’t find the answer to your question? Contact us at syndicate@swisspreneur.org