If you are working on a high-potential project, a prototype or a proof of concept and have already spoken to potential customers, BAS is the right partner for you. Simply fill in the required information after having read the frequently asked questions below.

What we do

Business Angels Switzerland (BAS) is an association giving young entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their projects and start-ups to seasoned investors and successful entrepreneurs. The aim of the presentation is to obtain financing for the project, coaching, or both.

The 100 members of BAS are almost equally split into the sections Zurich and Suisse Romande.

BAS is a non for profit organisation, neither an investment fund nor a holding company and is thus not involved at all in its members’ investments’ decisions.

For much more info please listen to our new podcast with Adrienne Perramond, our board member and former president. The following time stamps help to jump to specific sections:
8:13 – Crucial business angel skills  
11:32 – Average ticket size
25:44 – Covid trends
34:08 – Picking 3 markets

BAS for innovators

After the startup registers on the BAS website, a committee chooses the projects
to be invited to present to a monthly (dinner-)meeting, either in Lausanne/Geneva or Zurich. Pitches can be made in English but spoken language during our gatherings are German (in Zurich) and French (in Lausanne/Geneva). If sufficient interest is raised for the project, some members will form a due diligence team. This DD team will evaluate the investment opportunity in more details and possibly make an investment proposal to the start-up and all the members of BAS. The investment itself is personal, not in BAS’s name.

There is no typical investment amount although historically consolidated investments amount to around 200K. BAS does not charge any fee if an investment takes place. Entrepreneurs presenting at a Dinner-Meeting have to participate to the cost of their own meal, presently CHF 100.- per startup (max 3 people).

BAS for investors

The BAS Dinner-Meetings offer members the opportunity to evaluate different types of startups across many industries in convivial surroundings. BAS members bring experience and/or expertise and their background is very diverse:

Seasoned entrepreneurs who have successfully sold their company.

Former General Managers of small and large companies with a particular know-how, a strong and diversified network and some financial means.

Decision-makers in organizations that either manage their or their clients’ funds.

Potential and risks

Investments in startups are very high-risk investments. Members must be able to lose all their investments. It is intended that members make at least one investment a year for some CHF 20K. There is no upper limit.

Time investment

The average time invested by a BAS member can be broken down as follows:

10 evenings per year for the dinner meetings

2 to 5 days per project that has caught a member’s interest for the due diligence

New members are strongly encouraged to lead due diligences as Deal Leader in order to broaden their knowledge, experience and network in the association.

Cost

There is a non-refundable entrance fee of CHF 1600.-. The yearly fee is CHF 1800.- and includes the dinners. Potential members can attend up to 2 Dinner-Meetings (CHF 120.-) before applying for membership.

Our partners

genisuisse

Coaching für Startups - Genisuisse supports startups from successful market entry to economic independence. The focus is not only on "digital talents", but also startups from all industries and sectors, from tourism to sports and culture. Our entrepreneurs act as generalists, coaches and mentors, but not as management consultants or interim managers.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week

A global and annual initiative each November, dedicated to entrepreneurship, ecosystems, networking and matchmaking

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Board Owl

BoardOwl provides a matching service between companies (start-ups, SMEs, and non-profits) and vetted professionals for corporate and advisory board positions. In addition, leveraging partnerships, offers education for all relevant market participants on board-related topics.

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Microcity

Microcity’s mission is to stimulate, support, drive and promote innovation projects brought by startups, SMEs and large companies that are either established or planning to establish themselves in the Canton of Neuchâtel.

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Bluelion

is a Zürich based incubator that helps startups grow sustainably. It offers workspace, mentoring and much more. BAS gives startups coming from Bluelion a prefered consideration.

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Meet our team

Johann Schlieper

President
Dr. rer. pol., University of Fribourg

Davide Verda

President BAS Suisse romande
M.A. Economics University of Fribourg - TRIUM Global Executive MBA, jointly issued by NYU Stern, LSE, and HEC Paris

Caroline Gueissaz

General Manager
dipl. Ing. ETHZ

Rene Trauffer

International Relations
Dr.rer.pol., Universität Basel

Stephane Rousset

Board Member Suisse romande + IT
Ing. Dipl. EPFL, M.Sc. University of California

Adrienne Perramond

Board Member
BSc, Honors in Business Studies

Aron Braun

Board Member and Jury Member ZH
Dipl El. Ing. ETHZ / Entrepreneur

Meet our team

Johann Schlieper

President
Dr. rer. pol., University of Fribourg

Davide Verda

President BAS Suisse romande
M.A. Economics University of Fribourg - TRIUM Global Executive MBA, jointly issued by NYU Stern, LSE, and HEC Paris

Stephane Rousset

Board Member Suisse romande + IT
Ing. Dipl. EPFL, M.Sc. University of California

Adrienne Perramond

Board Member
BSc, Honors in Business Studies

Aron Braun

Board Member and Jury Member ZH
Dipl El. Ing. ETHZ / Entrepreneur

Frédéric Lauchenauer

Jury Suisse romande
MSc Chemistry EPFL, MBA IMD

Pierre Strubin

Jury Suisse romande
M.Sc Electronics EPFL, MBA Webster

Thomas Kerscher

Jury Zürich
Dr of Pharmacy, Ludwig-Maximilans Universität, München

Meet our team

Adrienne Perramond

Board Member
BSc, Honors in Business Studies

Frank Gerritzen

Public relations
MA of International Affairs

Luzius von Bidder

Economics, HSG

Rene Trauffer

International Relations
Dr.rer.pol., Universität Basel

Stephane Rousset

Board Member Suisse romande + IT
Ing. Dipl. EPFL, M.Sc. University of California

Johann Schlieper

President
Dr. rer. pol., University of Fribourg

Nijazi Halimaji

Ambassador
CEO

Eva Castagnetti

Ambassador
Dr Chemistry

Davide Verda

President BAS Suisse romande
M.A. Economics University of Fribourg - TRIUM Global Executive MBA, jointly issued by NYU Stern, LSE, and HEC Paris