Advanon was founded by three entrepreneurs who met while working at Google, with the mission to make short-term financing fast and easy, so businesses can grow at their full potential. Since our founding we have added additional experts to the team, either as employees or in our board, within the field of technology and finance.
On our platform we give SMEs the option to pre-finance their open invoices, so that they do not need to wait for 30-120 days for their customers to pay.
As compared to traditional factoring services we do not charge any hidden fees, nor do we require any minimum amounts to be financed or apply any lock-in periods. Companies can get financing fully flexible without any obligations and with a transparent pricing.
Advanon is an authorized financial intermediary that is directly subordinated to FINMA (Directly Subordinated Financial Intermediary, DSFI) according to the Anti Money Laundering Act (AMLA).
We are a driven team that is pushing its limits to disrupt the factoring market with our passion for technology.
CMO - B.A. in Business Administration at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Experience in Online Marketing (Consultant at Webrepublic), Startup Scouting (Open Innovation Management at Swisscom) and 3 years experience in Banking (Private Banking at Credit Suisse).
Head of Working Capital Advisory - BSc in Entrepreneurship and Management at FHNW. Banking experience with international corporate clients (Credit Suisse) as well as Swiss retail clients (Raiffeisen).
Online Marketing Manager - Studies in Media & Communication Science, University of Zurich, journalistic experience (Liechtensteiner Vaterland)
Head of HR/Admin - M.A. in Sociology, Masaryk University, B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Experienced in business English skills training and recruiting/hiring international teams.
Junior Business Operations Associate - BsC in Economics and Informatics, University of Bern. Specialised in Finance and Data Science. Previous experiences at Credit Suisse and Accenture.
Credit Risk Intern - Msc in Management (Double Degree), ESSEC Business School & University of Mannheim. Previous internship experience in Banking (BNP Paribas Paris, Hang Seng Bank) and Consulting (Mercer).
Lead Credit Analytics Engineer - MSc in Computer Science at ETH, specialized in Machine Learning.
Front-end Developer - Bachelor of IT, Northern Cross University (Sydney), developed multiple applications for an E-Health company (Santech), headed the IT division for Near-Infrared Scanning start-up (GreenTropism), built the online setup for a Data Analytics start-up (Sierrabolics) in California.
Lead Credit Analytics - MSc Management, Technology and Economics at ETH Zurich. Experience in Machine Learning (Bosch Research and Technology Center) and Consulting (Contrast Management Consulting).
Head of UX and Design - Graduate Art & Advertising program, Art Center Design College, Tucson. 20+ years leading UX/Design at Zattoo, UBS FX Bank, Netflix, eMusic/MP3.com, and more.
UX / UI Designer - Studies in Graphic Design at University of Zagreb. Experience for over 15 years mostly in the Design and Advertising industry with 10 years experience as a freelance web specialist and consultant.
Founder and CFO
MSc Strategic Management, HEC Paris
Project Management experience in Consulting (TNS) and Sales (Google and Multipartner S.L.)
Front-end Development Intern - MSc in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering, Fudan University, China. Experience in Software Engineer (Huawei R&D Center) and Startup company.
Senior QA Engineer - Specialist level (Level 5A in ISCED classification of UNESCO) in Mathematical Modeling and Control Processes (academic degree of Mathematician, System Programmer). Experience in Software Testing in different areas (desktop, web, mobile).
Founder and CEO
MSc Finance & Banking, HSLU
Sales experience (EET Europarts und Google) and New Business Development experience (New branch of EET Europarts)
Front-End Software Engineer - BSc in Business Informatics at University of Paris. Experience in Web development at AXA Group Solutions and AccorHotels
Business Development Intern - Matura (Focus: Economy&Law with Immersion) at Kantonsschule Limmattal. Previously worked at ABB Dättwil.
Head of Operations - B.A. in Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen. Experience in Venture Capital (Analyst at Cavalry Ventures & Aravis SA)
Software Development - MSc in Software Engineering & Cybernetics, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
Credit Risk Analyst - MSc in International Business at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. Experience in consulting (Kasoku Consulting).
Founder and CTO
MSc System Engineering & Management, TU Delft & ETH Zürich
Experience in Web-Development & IT Engineering (ING bank, The Dutch Central Bank, Google)
Software Developer - AGH University of Science and Technology. Experience in startups and e-commerce, both tech and product side.
Head of Strategic Development - BSc in Banking & Finance. Senior Consultant at EY, working in M&A, Financial Due Diligence and Business Modelling projects. Senior Consultant at Parthenon-EY in Strategy Consulting. 20+ projects with national and international clients.
Strategic Product Manager - BSc in Business Administration at University St. Gallen, MSc in Intl. Management at ESADE Business School. Product and partnership development experience in the emerging technology space (Mobile Money, Blockchain).
Senior Data Scientist - PhD in Finance at the University of St. Gallen. Previous experience with a credit rating provider for Swiss cantonal and regional banks.
Head of Customer Development
BSc International Hospitality Management, École hôtelière de Lausanne
Project Coordination experience, as well as sales (PHHHOTO)
Head of Operations and Legal - BSc Quantitative Finance, National University of Singapore. LL.M. (Finance), Goethe University. Ph.D. Candidate Intellectual Property Law, Free University. 10 years leading Investment Banking, Venture Capital & Startups at JP Morgan, RBS, Georgieff Capital and others.
Lead Developer - Diplom Technische Informatik (Computer Engineering), Universität Mannheim. Previously employed in technical leading positions (XING, SAP) and management positions (Sharoo, Centralway)
Working Capital Advisor - Bachelor of Business Administration, Saxion University, Enschede / University of Seoul. Previously Head of Operations at Pagido
Customer Care Specialist - BSc International Hospitality Management, École hôtelière de Lausanne. Experience in Sales and Customer Support (Carhartt WIP and Marley Spoon GmbH)
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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