As the Swiss Trade Mission departed today for a 3-days journey packed with content and business opportunities, we provide here an overview of the Swiss fintech ecosystem. The number of Swiss fintech companies continues to grow, with some categories having more representatives than others, such as cryptocurrencies and asset management. While not being exhaustive, the infographic below reflects the segmentation in the Swiss fintech landscape.
Swiss fintech landscape
The Swiss financial sector generates a substantial proportion of Swiss economic output and provides a significant number of jobs. Wealth management and reinsurance constitute major focus areas of the Swiss financial sector, in which the country is considered a global leader. However, in order to maintain its leading position, innovation across all levels of the financial value chain is paramount.
The Swiss fintech industry is mainly centered around Zürich and Zug, with other presence in other cities across the country. As can be seen in the infographic, innovation is not restricted to the dominant focus areas and their supporting services in the Swiss financial sector. Nevertheless, asset management-related companies have stronger presence in the Swiss fintech landscape. Companies that have their focus on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies show significant growth, turning Zug to a global hub for that sector. Other areas in which Swiss fintechs are substantially active are alternative finance and data & analytics.Swiss Trade Mission
Offering a unique opportunity to connect to the Swiss fintech ecosystem, the Swiss Trade Mission gathers a number of interesting participants and events. Jointly organized by the Dutch Business Round Table (DBRT), StartupDelta with Prince Constantijn van Oranje as a special envoy, and Holland FinTech, the Trade Mission comprises more than 10 companies from a number of sectors.
The kick-off event, which is part of the Money 20/20 roadshow, is the FinTech MeetUp: Zurich which will be held this evening. This event, supported by the F10 Fintech Accelerator & SIX Payment Service, will bring together key players in the Swiss fintech ecosystem.
Tomorrow morning, the delegation will head to Zug for a presentation from CryptoValley Association by a leading cryptocurrency specialist. Later on that day, the delegation will return to Zürich for an exclusive investor meeting which includes UBS, CS, SIX, Zürich Financial Services and investors like Redalpine and Creator Ventures among others. The last day includes a breakfast session with the Dutch business community in Zürich and a lunch session at Google’s European technical headquarters during which networking will be possible.
Overall, the Swiss Trade Mission will provide participants deeper understanding of the Swiss fintech landscape alongside the opportunity to find investors, partnerships, customers and gain valuable insights.