The Investor Summit in Liechtenstein is the annual highlight for the country’s startup scene. This year, it attracted startups from the DACH region, as well as numerous investors, including Thomas Dübendorfer, president of the Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC). More than 200 people attended the summit, where workshops facilitated discussions and networking, and eight startups presented their ideas for evaluation.
Taking to the stage were the crowdlending company Lend of Zurich and the shipping startup LukkaBox from Winterthur. The fintech company Pintail represented Liechtenstein with its business model to simplify money transfer via an app. “Today’s startups are tomorrow’s employers,” highlighted Business Angel of the Year 2016 Philip Bodmer in his speech. In the investor round, he appealed for more action, saying Switzerland has a huge innovation potential that is too little exploited.
The podium discussion demonstrated how rapidly infrastructure in Liechtenstein is growing. Priska Rösli, who launched a startup fund in Liechtenstein with Red Leafs Venture and Equitypitcher, encouraged founders. Meanwhile, former ski racer Harti Weirather, who is now involved in startups, presented Liechtenstein’s Kokon Corporate Campus – one of now numerous sites in the country where founders can settle. The University of Liechtenstein also supports founders in different ways, while access to Business Angels has been made easier with the Business Angels Club Liechtenstein (BACL).