Two Swiss fintech companies join forces for better startup support and a stronger Blockchain community. F10 FinTech Incubator & Accelerator and Crypto Valley Labs have announced a partnership around bringing more crypto and blockchain knowledge to Zurich and supporting Fintech startups working with cryptocurrencies or blockchain technology.

“We are pleased to partner with Crypto Valley Labs and are convinced that this cooperation creates highly valuable synergies. While our focus lies on driving innovation towards the fintech of tomorrow by supporting and guiding fintech startups from their ideas to successful companies, Crypto Valley Labs has been an important factor in Zug becoming an internationally renowned crypto and blockchain hub”, says Andreas Iten, co-founder and board member at F10 FinTech Incubator and Accelerator.

Crypto Valley Labs, its initiators Lakeside Partners and the sister company inacta have established a core service offering to the blockchain ecosystem consisting of early-stage investments, startup, and corporate advisory, events (Blockchain Competition and Blockchain Summit – Crypto Valley), business coaching and technological delivery in topics of blockchain and cryptographic technologies.

“Game-changing potential” was recognized at an early stage

According to Iten, F10 FinTech Incubator & Accelerator has been monitoring cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology from the beginning and recognized the game-changing potential at an early stage. “With Crypto Valley Labs we have found the right partner to bring crypto and blockchain expertise to our startup programs and establish a stronger community in Zurich”.

A long-term goal of the partnership is to combine Crypto Valley Labs’ knowledge on crypto- and blockchain-specific startup acceleration and advisory with F10 FinTech Incubator & Accelerator’s know-how on coaching and connecting fintech startups with corporates. The partnership further enables F10’s reach into the heart of the Crypto Valley ecosystem. “At the end of the day, most startups in the fintech industry face the same challenges. We are looking forward to enhancing our network of corporates, startup mentors and investors and business or technology specialists by crypto and blockchain experts to provide better support and guidance for startups working in this field”, states Iten.

“The Crypto Valley has long grown beyond the city of Zug and spans to Zurich and across all of Switzerland and Lichtenstein. This partnership with F10 is proof of this scaling effect. The CV Labs’ crypto- and blockchain focused incubation program and the corporate venturing business of inacta and Lakeside Partners will fuse nicely with the offering of F10, enabling Switzerland’s leading position in the Fintech and Crypto innovation efforts to stabilize and extrapolate”, says Mathias Ruch, co-founder at Crypto Valley Labs and founder and managing partner at Lakeside Partners.

Zug-based Crypto Valley Labs has access to a co-working space at F10 in Zurich and vice versa. This workplace sharing facilitates the exchange of knowledge and know-how between the new partners. And because Blockchain is all about being connected, F10 FinTech Incubator & Accelerator’s co-founder and board member Andreas Iten is participating in the ecosystem panel at today’s Blockchain Summit organized by Crypto Valley Labs in Zug.

About F10 FinTech Incubator & Accelerator

F10 FinTech Incubator & Accelerator is a non-profit organization that supports and guides startups together with SIX, PwC Switzerland, Julius Bär, Baloise Group, Generali Group Switzerland and eny Finance to success in FinTech, RegTech, and InsurTech. The incubator also offers worldwide collaboration with international financial institutions and works in cooperation with Swiss companies in the finance, insurance, and consulting sectors.


About Crypto Valley Labs

The worldwide home for blockchain – Crypto Valley Labs is a unique network of co-working hubs offering startups access to incubation, coaching and guidance and investors the opportunity to tap into the rapidly-growing blockchain/crypto startup space. It additionally provides support and fosters growth of the blockchain ecosystem by connecting blockchain pioneers, service providers and innovators of all kinds.

About Lakeside Partners

Lakeside Partners, headquartered in Zug, is the leading startup investor, company builder and advisor in the Crypto Valley with a focus on blockchain technologies and related applications. As a driving force in the development of a global Blockchain-Start-up ecosystem, Lakeside Partners is the initiator of the worldwide incubator network Crypto Valley Labs. Lakeside Partners leads the broad-based Blockchain Task Force, which aims to maintain Switzerland’s leading position in geopolitical competition as a location for the crypto and blockchain industry. Lakeside Partners is a founding member of the Crypto Valley Association.

About inacta

inacta is an independent Swiss IT consulting firm based in Zug. Almost 50 experienced digitisation experts support organizations from the insurance, banking, real estate and healthcare sectors. For almost two years now, the experts of inacta have been supporting start-ups and established companies with consulting, training and software development services. As an early adopter, inacta understands not only the technology but also how and where Blockchain is usefully used. inacta is a founding member of the Crypto Valley Association and makes a social contribution to Switzerland as a business location.

About Blockchain Competition

Teams and startups from around the world can register for the Blockchain Competition with the biggest prize ($100 000) anywhere in the world. In each edition, we are on the lookout for ideas within a specific industry: in 2018 they are Finance and Real Estate, each with a prize money of $100’000. The best ideas will be selected by a renowned jury comprised of members from the startup sector as well as representatives from the worlds of the respective industries. The winning team will take home a cash prize and have the opportunity to settle in free office space at the Crypto Valley Labs in Zug.

Lakeside Partners and inacta are the initiators of the Blockchain Competition in Switzerland.

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