Sustainable investments

Giving ideas the space to grow

Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital Ltd. invests in SMEs with growth potential, helping to ensure Switzerland remains one of the world's leading industrial nations.

Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital Ltd. provides small and medium-sized enterprises as well as young entrepreneurs with venture capital totaling roughly CHF 200 million – with CHF 30 million of that being earmarked for the financial technology (fintech) industry. The beneficiaries thereof are innovative companies in different stages of their life cycle from around the country. The focus is on strengthening Switzerland's position as a center for business and employment, and as a pillar of Swiss prosperity.

HOW WE INVEST 

The Investment Committee, is a guarantor for the success of Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital Ltd., and has comprehensive entrepreneurial expertise, helping it to gauge the sustainable market opportunities of the applicant's products and services.

The investment guidelines of Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital Ltd. are deliberately kept broad. They allow for investment across all sectors and regions of Switzerland, as long as they serve the defined objective. The level of investment ranges from CHF 250,000 to CHF 8 million.

Majority interests are precluded. Ultimately, all SMEs with close ties to Switzerland can benefit, although the focus is primarily on three groups:

  1. Established companies receive venture capital for investments in growth or expansion. Particular emphasis is placed on assisting with medium-term financing for machinery and equipment, expanding the range of products and services, or expansion into new markets. Support can also be provided for acquisitions, equity holdings, or joint ventures, as well as on issues relating to corporate succession (management buy-outs, management buy-ins, sale to investors).
  2. Small businesses of significant regional importance benefit in order to secure their locally based jobs.
  3. Once they have reached market acceptance, young entrepreneurs/start-ups in the robotics and automation, medical technology (medtech), and fintech sectors with innovative ideas receive support in the form of specialist expertise and venture capital for the implementation of their business plans.

Venture capital financing generally comes in two forms:

Equity

  1. Investment for four to seven years
  2. Maximum equity stake of 49 percent
  3. No controlling interest through board membership (Board of Directors or Executive Board) 

Loans with profit participation 

  1. Unsecured loans/advances with equity characteristics to strengthen the SME's funding structure
  2. Loans at favorable terms with profit participation on a partnership basis 
  3. Flexible financing solutions that contribute to successful project implementation 
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