Dublin, August 2014. Three students meet at Google and share a vision: to revolutionise the world of financing and provide liquidity for businesses to help them grow. That’s the summary of Advanon’s founding.
During countless lunch breaks and night shifts, Phil Lojacono, Stijn Pieper and Philip Kornmann (who left the company in the meantime) planned their project. The idea: an online marketplace connecting SME in need of liquidity and investors. Shortly later, they innovated the traditional factoring business dominated by banks, which means SME sell their open invoices to the bank in return for a credit. Advanon set up a platform to provide a flexible, transparent and fast solution - Crowd-Factoring was born. In May 2018 we financed more than a million in just one day for the first time and we have become one of the biggest finance platforms in Switzerland.
In Switzerland, Advanon is a FINMA directly subordinated financial intermediary (DUFI). In Germany, Advanon works with Wirecard Bank AG, which is regulated by the KWG and supervised directly by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin).
We are a team of driven and passionate international experts sharing the vision to revolutionize the world of finance.
Head of Working Capital Advisory
Digital Product Designer
Head of HR / Admin
PR & Communications Manager
Lead BI Analyst/Engineer
Business Operations Associate
Lead Credit Analytics
CEO & Co-Founder
Head of Investor Relations
Head of Business Operations
Credit Risk Analyst
CTO & Co-Founder
Junior Software Engineer
Head of Product
Customer Support Intern
Head of Customer Development
Business Operations Associate
Head of Technology
The innovative people in technology and finance that help us make our vision a reality.
William Dougherty, CIO of family office QdN Partners, is involved with a number of Swiss startups both through his QdN Partners affiliation and as a business angel investor. Prior to joining QdN, he worked for a New York-based private equity firm facilitating deal flow in the healthcare and information business services sectors. He also has experience working for a multinational IT company and a strategic business consulting firm.
Dr. Stefan A. Heitmann is the founder and CEO of the financial services company MoneyPark AG. He also chairs the board of Sindeo.com, MoneyPark’s US sister company in the U.S. and is involved in a number of other fintech start-ups. Previously, he was a partner at McKinsey where he was engaged in strategic consulting projects for leading banks across various geographies. In addition, he was the operational leader of the Swiss banking practice.
Daniel Gutenberg started his career as CEO of Gutenberg Communication Systems AG, which he founded in 1991. After selling the company to the Telindus Group in 2000, he became an active Business Angel investing globally in start-ups. He has received numerous Awards and was elected Business Angel of the Year in 2011. He is member in several boards in public as well as private companies and is the President of the Swiss Technion Society. Furthermore he is a General Partner at VI Partners since 2003.
Until 2014 Eric Sarasin was deputy CEO of the private bank J. Safra Sarasin. Previously he had built the Geneva branch of Bank Sarasin from scratch and in a few years scaled it up to a size of 100 employees. Additionally, Eric Sarasin is a former president of the Chamber of Commerce Germany - Switzerland.
Swisscom Ventures is the venture capital arm of Swisscom AG, the leading telecommunications and IT provider in Switzerland. Since our inception in 2007, we have invested in over 35 IT, digital media and telecommunication companies from our offices in Switzerland (Zurich and Lausanne) and the USA (Silicon Valley). As a strategic investor, we offer entrepreneurs access to our technical infrastructure and market channels in addition to financial support.
b-to-v and it‘s investors invest in companies from seed stage up to little buy-outs. BrainsToVentures AG (b-to-v) invests funds in entrepreneurial teams from investors, who entrust b-to-v with their capital. Further on b-to-v is a firm dedicated to serve private investors who invest their capital, network and knowhow in fast growing companies. Redefining the art of direct investments, it is b-to-v’s aim to create value within companies and attractive returns for investors. b-to-v has a strong global network reaching out to entrepreneurs and investors around the globe. More than 10 investment professionals and 50 highly engaged private investors actively support the portfolio companies with know-how, contacts and solutions to all kind of problems in addition to the capital invested. b-to-v is honoured to work with outstanding entrepreneurs with strong visions and high level of energy in order to execute their plans.
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