David Sidler
David Sidler
Head of Communications @investiere

Swiss Post invests in start-ups

Swiss Post is systematically tapping sources of innovation by increasingly investing directly in start-ups relevant to its operations. To this end, it recently entered into a cooperation with investiere.ch.

Its goal is to invest in start-ups which fit well with Swiss Post’s strategic business development areas and offer potential for Swiss Post’s core competencies to make a key contribution to their success. Through targeted investments, Swiss Post also wants to participate in technological development in an effort to counter the displacement of logistics companies by technology companies. Swiss Post is particularly interested in start-ups in the following sectors: e-commerce, mobility, digital financial services, digital trust (e-post), cross-channel communication, business process outsourcing, and sales and solutions for major business customers.

In return, Swiss Post requires only a minority interest. This allows the start-ups to continue to develop with agility in the market, while helping Switzerland to remain an attractive location for business and research.

This corporate venture capital initiative is long-term in nature and enjoys the full support of Executive Management: “Swiss Post wants to actively exploit new technologies or business models that are emerging as a result of digitization. To do so, we invest early in start-ups, among other things,” says Claudia Pletscher, Head of Development & Innovation at Swiss Post.

Partnership with highly qualified specialists

When selecting and assessing the start-ups, Swiss Post works with investiere.ch, a leading venture capital specialist and itself one of the most active start-up investors in Switzerland. This external expertise ideally complements Swiss Post’s existing internal specialist competencies. As part of the collaboration, Swiss Post has made an initial investment in a robotics start-up.

Swiss Post has long relied on the innovation of more than 61,000 employees in-house and conducted innovative projects with start-ups. In light of the challenges posed by digital transformation, Swiss Post is now additionally strengthening its capacity for innovation with targeted investments in start-ups. Swiss Post has a long tradition of innovation. For more than 160 years, the Group has successfully developed in line with social and technological changes.

Swiss Post

As a diversified company, Swiss Post operates in the communication, logistics, retail financial and passenger transport markets. Within the communication market, its services include delivery of letters and newspapers, direct marketing, and information and document solutions. In logistics, it operates in Switzerland and internationally as a parcels, courier and express service provider, and provides tailored and comprehensive logistics solutions. In retail finance its subsidiary PostFinance Ltd offers extensive services for payment transactions, savings, investments, retirement planning and financing solutions, and has had a banking licence since 2013. In the public passenger transport market its subsidiary PostBus Switzerland Ltd operates regional, municipal and urban bus services, and also develops value-added system and mobility management services. Swiss Post operates in approximately 25 countries. The company employs more than 61,000 members of staff worldwide and generated turnover of over CHF 8.18 billion in 2016.

About investiere.ch
investiere.ch is one of the leading online start-up investment platforms in Europe. The investiere.ch community, which currently has 10,000 members, independently identifies the most promising start-ups, which are then carefully vetted and selected by industry experts and the investiere team. investiere.ch thereby offers accredited private and institutional investors direct and professional access to start-up investments and taps the venture capital asset class for a wider audience. To date, investiere.ch has successfully concluded more than 50 rounds of financing. This portfolio is representative of the Swiss innovation landscape by sector. investiere.ch was launched in 2010 and has offices in Baar, Zurich and Geneva. Along with its minority shareholder Zürcher Kantonalbank, investiere.ch is the leading start-up investor in Switzerland and is one of the best known Swiss fintech companies internationally.


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