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Investiere.ch raises US$600,000 to scale-up untraditional start-up financing platform


May 31, 2011 - Zürich, Switzerland - Investiere.ch gives private investors direct access to the most promising Swiss start-up companies. Instead of building a typical VC fund, investiere.ch’s team listened to the market and offers clients the freedom to choose from an online portfolio of carefully selected start-up businesses looking for additional funding. Small investment minimums, often averaging
USD $10k attract a growing investor base. Since its launch in February 2010, the platform has
gained 700 investors of which have invested a total of over USD $1 million into five companies.

investiere.ch’s pioneering launch over a year ago marked the start of a larger trend of newly
emerging venture financing platforms in the German-speaking DACH region. The clear strategic
focus on high quality deals and equity-type start-up financing proved to be another key success
factor for investiere.ch. Underlining its paramount quality standards, investiere.ch accepts half of
its fees as stocks of the investee and thus ties its own success to the success of the selected
companies.

As additional proof of concept, April 13 marked the end of another angel round, which raised over USD $600k for investiere.ch itself - half of which was raised through a listing on their own platform
for only two weeks. The capital raised will allow the team to improve the usability and investment
process management capabilities of its platform and to implement basic post-deal services. Cofounder
of investiere.ch Steffen Wagner announces 'Investiere.ch connects a new breed of
business angels, a valuable pipeline of deals and a strong community of experts that we can
leverage for due diligence. All of which are critical to the venture capital equation'. Investiere.ch
has realized that another big success factor lies post-deal, which is why we will now work on
services tailored to maximize the entrepreneur-investor relationship over the entire early-stage lifecycle.

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About Verve Capital Partners Ltd. & investiere.ch

Verve Capital Partners Ltd. operates investiere.ch, a disruptive early-stage and equity gap financier. Based in Zug, Switzerland, Verve Capital Partners was launched in December 2007, with the aim to develop and implement innovative financing concepts for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) while connecting private investors directly to SME investments. Since
February 2010, Verve Capital Partners operates investiere.ch: a new, agile form of financing,
combining best practices of traditional venture capital with e-finance and social media.
Verve Capital Partners delivers its services together with its strong network of entrepreneurs,
investors, experts and partners.


Publisher Contact Information:

Verve Capital Partners
+41 44 380 29 35
alexandra.grant@verve-capital.com

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