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TOP 100 Swiss Startups: Meet the Who’s Who of this thriving startup ecosystem (Sponsored)

Renowned for its stunning landscapes, world-class education, and innovation-driven economy, Switzerland stands as a global hub for finance, technology, and quality living. In this environment of innovation, Venturelab has been organizing the annual TOP 100 Swiss Startup Award. Since its debut in 2011, TOP100 has grown from a leading startup ranking into a reference platform open to investors comprising the annual rankings, Investor Day, an Awards Ceremony, and a series of exclusive events across Switzerland.

The award assembles a panel of 100 distinguished investors and startup experts to identify the most promising and innovative startups in Switzerland. Over its 13-year history, the 553 startups featured have raised over €13.2 billion, marked 79 exits along with nine IPOs, and created nearly 18,000 jobs. Additionally, the platform serves as a meeting place where Swiss executives, investors, and journalists can gain cutting-edge insights, strengthen their networks, and forge new business partnerships.

The podium at the awards ceremony for the TOP 100 Swiss Startup Ranking 2023, held on September 6th, featured startups from three diverse sectors: biotech, food tech, and fintech. According to the program’s leadership, the rankings highlight the robust and diverse deeptech expertise within the Swiss startup community. You can download the full list for free here, but for now, let’s take a closer look at these top three sectors.

HAYA-Therapeutics-logoHAYA Therapeutics: Based in Vaud, the biotech startup HAYA Therapeutics develops precision drugs. The lead candidate for cardiac fibrosis is currently in the preclinical phase. The Vaud-based startup was founded in 2019 by Samir Ounzain and  Daniel Blessing and ranked 8th in 2022. 

Planted-logoPlanted Foods: Headquartered in the canton of Zurich, Planted Foods revolutionizes the food industry by creating plant-based protein made of 100% animal product-free ingredients. The vegan meat alternatives do not include any additives. Planted Foods was founded in 2019 by Christoph Jenny, Eric Stirnemann, Lukas Böni, and Pascal Bieri and ranked 2nd in  2022.

Yokoy-logoYokoy Group: Founded in Zurich, the fintech company Yokoy Group uses artificial intelligence to automate the entire corporate spending and corporate credit card process. The Zurich-based startup was founded in 2019 by Melanie Gabriel, Devis  Lussi, Thomas Inhelder, Philippe Sahli, and Lars Mangelsdorf and was ranked 1st in 2022. 

Moreover, this year cleantech has made a significant impact, claiming 17 spots on the list, including three in the coveted TOP 10, highlighting a positive trend that has only strengthened with time. Artificial intelligence is also leaving its imprint, extending its influence from everyday life to various business sectors. This year’s list introduces 41 newcomers and provides a comprehensive glimpse into one of the world’s leading startup ecosystems… Want to learn more? 


Discover this and more information about these trailblazers and innovators in the Swiss startup scene with the TOP 100 Swiss Startup Magazine. Featuring the exclusive list of the most promising Swiss startups, the magazine goes beyond rankings to provide comprehensive analyses and spotlights on key industry players. 

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Recognizing that startups cannot be part of the TOP 100 list for more than five years post-incorporation, a special growth jury was formed to select the TOP 25 Swiss Scale-ups. These are companies that are aged between five and ten years and show high potential for becoming future Swiss unicorns.

Get to know the Swiss AI scene, meet the people who judge the startups, and take a closer look at startup and scale-up rankings. Download your free copy available in English, German, French, Chinese, or Japanese!

Antonio L. Escárzaga
Antonio L. Escárzaga
Antonio López Escárzaga is the Head of Content at EU-Startups, with a background in Digital Marketing, Antonio drives his passion for effective communication and entrepreneurship. He firmly believes in communication’s transformative power and strives to harness it to foster growth and innovation.

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