Forbes and Financial Times put Swiss start-ups in the spotlight

Forbes has published its newest 30 under 30 Europe list. The Financial Times has ranked the fastest-growing companies in Europe. A total of nine Swiss start-ups and scale-ups made it onto the lists.  

300 founders, leaders and entrepreneurs were again selected for the eighth Forbes 30 under 30 Europe list. To compile the list, Forbes writers and editors combed through thousands of online submissions, and tapped industry experts and list alumni for recommendations. Candidates were evaluated by Forbes staff and a panel of independent expert judges on a variety of factors, including (but not limited to) funding, revenue, social impact, scale, inventiveness and potential. Founders of five Swiss start-ups have asserted themselves in the competition.

Patrik Bertschi, SmartBreed - SmartBreed is transforming food waste into sustainable protein via insects. The company produces large-scale insect-rearing facilities

Alexandre Bonvin, Audacia Holding – Valais-based Audacia Group has acquired 12 ecommerce businesses since 2018 and manages the portfolio with a plug-and-play system for logistics, marketing, graphic design and more.

Philipp Bosshard, Yasai - Established three years ago, the Zurich-based startup has become Switzerland’s leading vertical farming player best known for its herbs such as basilic and peppermint.

Sylvan Martin, Norman Wooding, Scrypt Asset Management - The company offers traditional brokerage services for the crypto world, like market making and prime brokerage.

Greta Preatoni, MyLeg - MyLeg is developing a non-invasive wearable that provides sensory feedback for prosthesis integration. The aim is to enable people with lower leg amputations to improve their ability to walk with a prosthesis.

Dagsmejan fastest growing apparel & fashion company in Europe

The Financial Times ranking lists those European companies that achieved the highest compound annual growth rate in revenue between 2018 and 2021. To be included in the list a company must have had a revenue of at least EUR 100k in 2018 and of at least EUR 1.5 million in 2021. This seventh annual FT 1000 ranking, compiled with data provider Statista, identifies those groups that have flourished and expanded, many of them benefiting as corporate and consumer demands shifted with the ebb and flow of the pandemic. The Swiss companies on the list:

Dagsmejan (ranked 48th, Revenue 2021: EUR 9,5 m): The company combines the finest natural fibres with the most modern sleep and innovative textile technology to develop temperature-tailored sleep, an approach that has long existed in the sportswear field. Dagsmejan made it to the Top 50 overall and is the fastest growing company in Apparel & Fashion category in Europe.

Visium (72, EUR 3,8 m) 2018 Visium is an AI & Data consulting business focused on unlocking growth along the value chain of companies in the Healthcare, Chemical, and CPG sectors. The team of engineers combines AI, data engineering, and software engineering to deliver tailor-made solutions for key business challenges. 

Unit8 (413, EUR 11,5 m) 2017 Unit8 is a leading Swiss data services company with a mission to help non-digital native companies transform data into value with a mix of data science, analytics and AI. Publicly know clients include Firmenich, Daimler, Merck, Palantir, Tecan, CHUV. 

Beliani (505, EUR 120,2 m) The furniture manufacturer and online retailer founded in 2009 has grown rapidly in the last years. Today more than 600 people from 20 different countries are working for over 17 markets across the world.

Seven Sundays (787) The subsidiary of an SME founded in 2010 produces high-quality customisable mattress systems.