Foxstone veut démocratiser l’investissement dans l’immobilier

Proptech. La start-up genevoise lance une plateforme de crowdfunding en ligne pour des investissements immobiliers résidentiels en Suisse romande.

27 Jun 2018 Read More

Head of Swiss Department of Economic Affairs Conveys Optimistic Vision on Blockchain Technology

The Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research took part in the Crypto Valley Conference in Zug on June 21, where he affirmed his support to blockchain technology and his belief that it will “penetrate the entire economy” of Switzerland.

21 Jun 2018 Read More

Can research tame the excesses of the blockchain revolution?

The cryptocurrency craze has attracted hundreds of millions of francs in crowdfunding cash to Switzerland, often based on the flimsiest of concepts. The Crypto Valley Association (CVA) is banking on research to lay a more solid foundation for the industry in Switzerland.

19 Jun 2018 Read More
Le Temps

Ne dites plus «IPO», mais «ICO»

Les «initial coin offerings» permettent à des start-up de lever des fonds rapidement grâce à des monnaies virtuelles. Elles sont à mi-chemin entre l’entrée en bourse et le crowdfunding. Toujours plus populaires, elles sont néanmoins très risquées

11 Jun 2018 Read More

Crowdfunding sous la loupe d’une experte

Le financement participatif connaît un boom en Suisse. En matière de crédits, la hausse s’avère constante. Mais pour que l’investisseur retrouve ses billes, plusieurs éléments sont à examiner, selon Marie Debombourg, directrice des opérations (COO) auprès de la plateforme genevoise de financement des entreprises WeCan.Fund. Il convient ainsi de vérifier les données produites par la firme à l’origine d’une telle démarche. Quant à la blockchain, elle permet de réaliser des transactions sécurisées. «Il y aura toujours une personne pour valider toutes les étapes du dispositif», poursuit la jeune-femme. L’absence d’intermédiaire fait toutefois gagner du temps et de l’argent aux entreprises.

06 Jun 2018 Read More
Global Banking and finance review

Crowdfunding in Switzerland at Record High: CHF 375 Million – Study by Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

The Swiss crowdfunding market has reached a record high volume of CHF 374.5 million in 2017, almost three times more than in the previous year. This has been revealed by the latest Crowdfunding Monitoring report issued by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The financing of SMEs and investments in real estate are key drivers of the strong growth. The authors of the report are expecting a further marked increase to about CHF 1 billion this year. Compared to the more advanced markets in the United Kingdom and the United States, Switzerland is two to three years behind, but catching up rapidly.

30 May 2018 Read More
Nieman Foundation at Harvard

After crowdfunding success, Swiss magazine Republik charts a course to “reclaim journalism as a profession”

In its first seven hours of existence, the Swiss online news magazine Republik — a startup with the allure of in-depth journalism and membership transparency — gained 3,000 subscribers and 750,000 Swiss francs. But that whirlwind of support created a new pressure: delivering on its promise.

Thirteen months (and thousands more members) later, Republik is living up to the hype, reporting substantive investigations and finding new ways to engage and collaborate with readers — like virtual “dinner parties” to discuss the impact of its work.

“If you don’t have democracy, if you don’t have really good information that you can cite, there’s a problem,” Susanne Sugimoto, Republik’s CEO, told me. She calls 20 Minutes, the free Tamedia tabloid read by about half the country each week, “a business success story, but it’s not a success story in terms of journalism with a deep quality.”

22 May 2018 Read More