As Switzerland’s pioneering crowd-investing platform, c-crowd brings together innovative entrepreneurs and investors.
We give you the opportunity, already with modest investment amounts, to become shareholder of a startup and begin building your own portfolio of participations. c-crowd opens up the exclusive circle of people who have access to professionally prepared projects while facilitating alternative investments.
Therefore, c-crowd represents a new way of financing entrepreneurs while democratising the concept of business angels.
In 2017 we have teamed up with Raizers.com, a pan-European platform with which we will open doors for entrepreneurs and investors in Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Belgium.
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Philipp Steinberger is an independent consultant focusing on the areas of venture capital, corporate finance and startup financing. As managing director of AquilaDirekt AG and co-founder of Fintec360 AG Philipp offers a strong network to innovative entrepreneurs and investors. After his MBA at Business School Lausanne he worked in the respective investment banking divisions of UBS, Bank Julius Bär and Bank Vontobel before starting his own consultancy business in 2003.
Christoph Laib has dedicated his time, after a successful career as CIO of a publicly quoted Swiss company, to founding and coaching various startups and projects. He focusses on the areas of strategy, startup & business (re)vitalising, IT, opensource hard- and software and project management. Christoph has joined the c-crowd Board of Directors in July 2012.
Manuel P. Nappo studied International Management at the University St. Gallen HSG. After his corporate career (Red Bull amongst others), he created Creative Assets, his own marketing management consulting agency. Since 2010 Manuel acts as Director of the Department of Social Media Management at the HWZ Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zurich and holds various speaking engagements on Social Media. He joined the Board of Directors in January 2013.
Dominic Lüthi studied computer science in Winterthur as well as business administration in Zurich and had co-founded several companies since 2002. He is the founder and Managing Director of the first match making platform for board members in Switzerland. Since 2011, he has been the Managing Director of Composit Management & Training GmbH and since 2013 President of the UFZ Unternehmer Forum Zürichsee. Dominic in an advocate of the startup scene and is on the board of various organizations. He is a father of two children and lives in Zurich and St. Gallen.
Marc P. Bernegger, Master of Law UZH, is a serial entrepreneur from Zurich. He founded the party platform usgang.ch (trade sale to the media company Axel Springer in 2008) and is the co-founder of the Internet company amiando, which was awarded the title of “Global Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The company was acquired by the business platform Xing in December 2010. Marc is partner of the listed holding company Next Generation Finance Invest (www.nextgfi.com) and is also member of the board at Pioneers’ Club PCU and an angel investor for many different startups. In 2010, Marc was voted “Newcomer of the Year” by the Swiss ICT association. He has, together with Philipp Steinberger and Oliver Rappold, co-founded c-crowd AG.
Oliver Rappold is a solicitor and partner in the law firm Rappold Köhli where he focuses on the areas of mergers & acquisitions, private equity and real estate law. After studying at the University of Zurich (lic. jur.) and the London School of Economics (LL.M.), he spent two years as legal counsel and co-owner of a venture capital firm in Singapore and Vietnam, before becoming partner in two two commercial law firms in Zurich between 2003 and 2013. Oliver has, together with Philipp Steinberger and Marc P. Bernegger, co-founded c-crowd AG.
Corin Ballhaus, MAS Communication Management, is an independant communications consultant for financial services companies since 2005. She has a wealth of experience in corporate communications and economic journalism. Prior to becoming independant, Corin was working in the fields of financial analysis and asset management for a large Swiss bank. She has previously supported startups with her know-how and experience on a strategic and operational levels (swissinvest.com, basisnote).
Roderich Hess has studied high precision engineering and economics. Formerly he was the CEO of Montblanc Switzerland, MD of GUCCI timepieces Switzerland and Head of Marketing & Sales of Metalor Technologies SA.
Today he is active as an advisor, coach- and consultant for brands and companies mainly in the consumer, finance, luxury goods industry and in the start-up sector and has full time mandates for turnkey, turnaround- and interim managements. Roderich is also active as a Startup Coach, Expert, Jury Member and guest lecturer at Swiss Universities and High Schools.
Roland Jud, CFO of the Swiss listed company u-blox, is a financial expert with extensive experience built up through many years of service with publicly listed industrial companies. He has served at CFO, Group Controller, Consultant and Auditor at prominent companies such as Nexgen, Ascom Holding, Gurit-Heberlein Holding, and KPMG. He holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, and is a licensed CPA and IFRS/IAS Accountant.
Dr. Benoit Leleux is the Stephan Schmidheiny Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland), where he was director of the MBA program and director of Research and Development. He was previously Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD (France) and Associate Professor and Zubillaga Chair in Finance and Entrepreneurship at Babson College (MA, USA). He obtained his Ph.D. at INSEAD, specializing in Corporate Finance and Venture Capital. He is recognized as a leading specialist in entrepreneurship, venture capital, private equity and corporate venturing, in particular in emerging markets. He also has a strong interest in family businesses and has been the director of the IMD-Lombard Odier Global Family Business Award since 2008, the most prestigious global family business award. His latest books include “Investing Private Capital in Emerging and Frontier Market SMEs” (IFC, 2009) and “Nurturing Science-Based Startups: An International Case Perspective” (Springer Verlag, 2008). Dr Leleux earned a M.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering and a M.Ed. in Natural Sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and an MBA from Virginia Tech (USA). His teaching cases have earned a dozen European case writing awards and he has been running executive educations programs and consulting assignments for more than 50 leading global corporations and investment vehicles. He is also involved with a number of private equity and venture capital funds as well as startup companies in various capacities.
Beat D. Speck, attorney and partner at Wenger & Vieli, is focussing on the areas of mergers & acquisitions, establishment of companies at new locations, succession planning, joint ventures and corporate governance. In this regard, he handles, in particular, the entire life cycle of venture capital and private equity financings: He advises national and international investors on the structuring of funds, he accompanies the investment process in the holding companies, he is available to them in the holding phase and helps all participants achieve a successful exit (IPO, M&A). As an attorney-at-law, notary public of Canton Zug and issuer’s representative recognised by the SIX Swiss Exchange, he can efficiently offer the individual processes from one source. Beat Speck regularly publishes articles the these areas. Further he is a member of SECA, the Swiss Private Equity and Corporate Finance Association, as well as the Private Equity Chapter of Meritas, an international network of business law firms, with over 6’500 attorneys in more than 60 countries.