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Go Beyond Investing is a FinTech company transforming angel investing into a new scalable asset class for small and large, novice to experienced investors. It offers a unique deal platform, portfolio tools, syndication/pooling, due diligence, investment monitoring services, training and certified deal leaders.

Its clients are individuals, family offices, professional groups and corporations. It is active in the EU, Switzerland and the US.

Go Beyond invests in 5 industry categories:

  • Technology
  • Industrial
  • Consumer
  • Internet & Mobile
  • Impact

The management team

Go Beyond was founded by Brigitte Baumann, who received the European Angel Investor of the Year award from EBAN in May 2014.

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Brigitte Baumann

Founder & Chairwoman, European Angel Investor of the Year
Brigitte Baumann
Founder & Chairwoman, European Angel Investor of the Year

Brigitte Baumann has 20+ years of experience in bringing new technologies to market in the US and Europe. She was the CEO and Director of iWORLD Group, a VC backed, global developer of mobile content. She was Senior Vice President and General Manager Internet at American Express (Amex) Corporate Services. There she launched a variety of internet businesses including online travel (strategic partner of Expedia.com and subject of HBS case study) and e-Procurement. Prior to that, Brigitte spent three years as President for US and Canada of Gemalto, the world’s leader in smart card technology and applications to introduce smart cards in the North America. Before, she spent six years in different Vice-Presidential/General Manager positions in the UK, France and Switzerland at Amex.  She also spent five years with McKinsey & Company Inc. as Senior Engagement Manager,  in New York, Paris and Tokyo.  She began her career in manufacturing and sales with Rohm & Haas, a leading specialty chemicals company.

Brigitte holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, Boston and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Born and raised in France, Brigitte and her family now live in Zurich.

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Christopher Rolfe

CEO
Christopher Rolfe
CEO

Christopher Rolfe is CEO of Go Beyond Investing, a FinTech company transforming angel investing into a new scalable asset class for small and large, novice to experienced investors. Go Beyond offers a unique deal platform, portfolio tools, syndication/pooling, due diligence, investment monitoring services, training and certified deal leaders. Previously Chris was CEO of Mobilitrix, an early stage technology company and prior to that was CEO of Virgin Active South Africa.  Chris has a bachelors degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Columbia University, and has been a long serving member of the Young Presidents Organization.

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Bethann Kassman

CEO, Go Beyond Network
Bethann Kassman
CEO, Go Beyond Network

Until recently, Bethann lived in Switzerland where she ran a successful consulting company, was a professor of Entrepreneurship and Marketing at Webster University’s Geneva campus and of Strategy at the Open University’s Executive MBA program. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of eBella Magazine and the Collier Senior Resources Center, the AngelPool Advisory Board, Investors’ Circle Consumer Products Selection Committee and the Global Health Advisory Board. Bethann has a B.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University, a Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Doctorate in Business from Business School Lausanne.

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Jean Paul Barthet

Head of Operations
Jean Paul Barthet
Head of Operations

Jean Paul is a partner and member of the Management Team at Go Beyond Investing, heading the Operations function. Jean Paul has 20+ years experience in Technology, Strategy, Sales, Operations & People Management in Technology, iGaming, Payment Solutions, Oil&Gas and Startup Investing.

Prior to joining Go Beyond, Jean Paul provided Strategic Consulting, Business Plan & Sales Strategy Development and Back-office Optimization, to York Oil & Gas, a company providing Participation Programs in Oil & Natural Gas Working Interest developments. He also served as a Key Official and Executive Director for the online gaming specialist, Virgin Games.

Jean Paul holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Malta and has completed a number of sales and ICT training courses throughout his career.  His experience working with both Maltese and international companies and organizations, has enabled him to successfully bring ideas, businesses and individuals together; bridging the gap between the local and international aspects of businesses and teams.  Jean Paul enjoys reading, gaming, music, movies, traveling and football.

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Maria Carolina Romero

Head of Investor Relations
Maria Carolina Romero
Head of Investor Relations

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Adrian Galea

Head of Finance & Deals
Adrian Galea
Head of Finance & Deals

Adrian Galea joined Go Beyond Investing (GBI) in  March 2014 as part of the operations team in the deals management and finance department. Working closely with GBI’s team of expert deal leaders and angel investors, he has developed knowledge and tools about early-stage investing. Adrian has experience in the corporate and finance environment as part of the financial services offering of Malta-based legal, accountancy and tax firms. He has a Masters in Financial Services and is a Certified Public Accountant in Malta. He is a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants as well as the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners (IFSP) in Malta. Adrian enjoys reading articles and books authored by high-profile individuals from the startup and investing world. He is a huge football and sports fan, and seeks to travel with friends and family during his down time.

Go Beyond updates

A Cross-border Exit Leads to Success for Go Beyond Investors

A Cross-border Exit Leads to Success for Go Beyond Investors

24 May 2018

Go Beyond is pleased to announce that OtoSense, an artificial intelligence company that uses sound recognition software to turn sounds into actionable meaning, has been acquired by Analog Devices. OtoSense, based in Palo Alto, California, provided significant returns to Go Beyond investors from both Europe and the US, especially since the initial investment was made only 3 years ago.

OtoSense started by building a sound recognition library for the hard of hearing, then pivoted into homeland security using their software to distinguish sounds in cities where gun shots or riots could threaten large populations. The company began its accelerated growth when it focused on manufacturing using its machine learning software and artificial intelligence to identify when machines needed repairs based on sound recognition. The enterprise software company’s unique technology is an example of the range of new solutions emerging in the marketplace.

This investment is an example of how cross-border investing can benefit angel investors. Go Beyond brought together investors from Switzerland, Belgium, England, France and the United States to invest in OtoSense. As one of the few angel investing companies which offer cross-border investing, Go Beyond is poised to take advantage of the many cross-border opportunities which are emerging globally.

 

For more information please contact

Dr. Bethann Kassman, bethann.kassman@go-beyond.biz

Go Beyond is pleased to announce that OtoSense, an artificial intelligence company that uses sound recognition software to...

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A Cross-border Exit Leads to Success for Go Beyond Investors

24 May 2018

Go Beyond is pleased to announce that OtoSense, an artificial intelligence company that uses sound recognition software to turn sounds into actionable meaning, has been acquired by Analog Devices. OtoSense, based in Palo Alto, California, provided significant returns to Go Beyond investors from both Europe and the US, especially since the initial investment was made only 3 years ago.

OtoSense started by building a sound recognition library for the hard of hearing, then pivoted into homeland security using their software to distinguish sounds in cities where gun shots or riots could threaten large populations. The company began its accelerated growth when it focused on manufacturing using its machine learning software and artificial intelligence to identify when machines needed repairs based on sound recognition. The enterprise software company’s unique technology is an example of the range of new solutions emerging in the marketplace.

This investment is an example of how cross-border investing can benefit angel investors. Go Beyond brought together investors from Switzerland, Belgium, England, France and the United States to invest in OtoSense. As one of the few angel investing companies which offer cross-border investing, Go Beyond is poised to take advantage of the many cross-border opportunities which are emerging globally.

 

For more information please contact

Dr. Bethann Kassman, bethann.kassman@go-beyond.biz

Go Beyond Investing names Dr. Aino Hacklin as General Manager Switzerland

Go Beyond Investing names Dr. Aino Hacklin as General Manager Switzerland

27 April 2018

Go Beyond Investing, a leading Swiss FinTech company that enables individuals to access angel investing as an asset class through its unique deal platform, portfolio tools, training and certified lead angels, is pleased to announce that Dr. Aino Hacklin has been named to fill the new position of General Manager Switzerland. This position was created to provide management and support to the investor groups and events in Zurich, Basel and Suisse Romande as well as to manage local deal sourcing, business development and strategic partnerships.

Dr. Hacklin brings 10+ years experience in the wealth and asset management industry, most recently as Director, Wealth Management, Strategy and Business Development in Europe and Emerging Markets for UBS. Her familiarity with private equity and emerging trends in addition to her experience as a business angel will help Go Beyond strengthen and expand their Swiss market positioning. Dr. Hacklin holds a Masters degree in Economics and Business Administration from Turku School of Economics in Finland and a PhD in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship from ETH Zurich.

“We are delighted to be welcoming Aino on board as a key member of our management team. She brings an enormous amount of experience in the wealth management and broader financial services sectors. In addition, her broad European market knowledge will be important for us as we grow our company beyond the core Swiss market.” commented Go Beyond CEO Christopher Rolfe.  


About Go Beyond

Go Beyond Investing is a leading European FinTech company transforming angel investing into a new scalable asset class for small and large, novice to experienced investors. The company offers a unique deal platform, portfolio tools, syndication/pooling, due diligence, investment monitoring services, training and certified deal leaders across technology, industrial, consumer, internet & mobile and impact sectors. Go Beyond is headquarted in Zurich and has a presence in Basel, Brussels, Florida, Lausanne, Madrid, Malta, Munich, and Paris.

Go Beyond Investing, a leading Swiss FinTech company that enables individuals to access angel investing as an asset class through...

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Go Beyond Investing names Dr. Aino Hacklin as General Manager Switzerland

27 April 2018

Go Beyond Investing, a leading Swiss FinTech company that enables individuals to access angel investing as an asset class through its unique deal platform, portfolio tools, training and certified lead angels, is pleased to announce that Dr. Aino Hacklin has been named to fill the new position of General Manager Switzerland. This position was created to provide management and support to the investor groups and events in Zurich, Basel and Suisse Romande as well as to manage local deal sourcing, business development and strategic partnerships.

Dr. Hacklin brings 10+ years experience in the wealth and asset management industry, most recently as Director, Wealth Management, Strategy and Business Development in Europe and Emerging Markets for UBS. Her familiarity with private equity and emerging trends in addition to her experience as a business angel will help Go Beyond strengthen and expand their Swiss market positioning. Dr. Hacklin holds a Masters degree in Economics and Business Administration from Turku School of Economics in Finland and a PhD in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship from ETH Zurich.

“We are delighted to be welcoming Aino on board as a key member of our management team. She brings an enormous amount of experience in the wealth management and broader financial services sectors. In addition, her broad European market knowledge will be important for us as we grow our company beyond the core Swiss market.” commented Go Beyond CEO Christopher Rolfe.  


About Go Beyond

Go Beyond Investing is a leading European FinTech company transforming angel investing into a new scalable asset class for small and large, novice to experienced investors. The company offers a unique deal platform, portfolio tools, syndication/pooling, due diligence, investment monitoring services, training and certified deal leaders across technology, industrial, consumer, internet & mobile and impact sectors. Go Beyond is headquarted in Zurich and has a presence in Basel, Brussels, Florida, Lausanne, Madrid, Malta, Munich, and Paris.

Building for Further International Expansion, Go Beyond Investing Announces New Strategic Investor

Building for Further International Expansion, Go Beyond Investing Announces New Strategic Investor

21 November 2017

20 November 2017, Switzerland 

Go Beyond Investing, the leading pan-European angel investing company, has announced that they have received CHF3m (€2.6m) from a strategic investor.  The investment will be used to continue to grow the business into new markets, to further develop the fintech platform and to raise funds for investing into European and US startups.

The investor, Ritesh Punjabi, has a wide portfolio of investments in numerous businesses.  He is based in Dubai with a strong business network in both the Middle East and Asia. Mr. Punjabi was educated at the New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business in the United Sates and has been a long-time advocate of impact investing and entrepreneurship.

“I am a firm believer that we all have the capacity to be an agent of change in our society.  Investment is a medium for me to bring about positive outcomes for people and communities by helping entrepreneurs fund their companies. This is what I find so compelling about Go Beyond“ commented Mr. Punjabi.

CEO Christopher Rolfe added “We are delighted to have a new strategic investor onboard as we grow the current business into new markets and new sectors. Angel investing is a growing source of capital for entrepreneurs and an attractive asset class for investors seeking returns in the challenging world of investing.”

Furthermore, Go Beyond is pleased to announce that Christopher Rose, Partner & Head of the Europe Venture Technology Group at the global law firm Dentons, has joined the Board as a non-executive director. Christopher Rolfe, appointed as CEO of Go Beyond earlier this year, has also been appointed to the Board.

Recently celebrating its 5th exit for the year, Go Beyond members continue to show that angel investing can be a valuable asset class for all types of investors.  

 

About Go Beyond:

Go Beyond Investing is a FinTech company transforming angel investing into a new scalable asset class for small and large, novice to experienced investors. It offers a unique deal platform, portfolio tools, syndication/pooling, due diligence, investment monitoring services, training and certified deal leaders. Its clients are individuals, family offices, professional groups and corporations. It is active in the EU, Switzerland, the Middle East and the US.

Website: https://go-beyond.biz/

Go Beyond Investor Report 2017: https://go-beyond.biz/report


For more information please contact:


Christopher Rolfe
CEO Go Beyond Investing
christopher.rolfe@go-beyond.biz 

20 November 2017, Switzerland  Go Beyond Investing, the leading pan-European angel investing company, has announced...

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Building for Further International Expansion, Go Beyond Investing Announces New Strategic Investor

21 November 2017

20 November 2017, Switzerland 

Go Beyond Investing, the leading pan-European angel investing company, has announced that they have received CHF3m (€2.6m) from a strategic investor.  The investment will be used to continue to grow the business into new markets, to further develop the fintech platform and to raise funds for investing into European and US startups.

The investor, Ritesh Punjabi, has a wide portfolio of investments in numerous businesses.  He is based in Dubai with a strong business network in both the Middle East and Asia. Mr. Punjabi was educated at the New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business in the United Sates and has been a long-time advocate of impact investing and entrepreneurship.

“I am a firm believer that we all have the capacity to be an agent of change in our society.  Investment is a medium for me to bring about positive outcomes for people and communities by helping entrepreneurs fund their companies. This is what I find so compelling about Go Beyond“ commented Mr. Punjabi.

CEO Christopher Rolfe added “We are delighted to have a new strategic investor onboard as we grow the current business into new markets and new sectors. Angel investing is a growing source of capital for entrepreneurs and an attractive asset class for investors seeking returns in the challenging world of investing.”

Furthermore, Go Beyond is pleased to announce that Christopher Rose, Partner & Head of the Europe Venture Technology Group at the global law firm Dentons, has joined the Board as a non-executive director. Christopher Rolfe, appointed as CEO of Go Beyond earlier this year, has also been appointed to the Board.

Recently celebrating its 5th exit for the year, Go Beyond members continue to show that angel investing can be a valuable asset class for all types of investors.  

 

About Go Beyond:

Go Beyond Investing is a FinTech company transforming angel investing into a new scalable asset class for small and large, novice to experienced investors. It offers a unique deal platform, portfolio tools, syndication/pooling, due diligence, investment monitoring services, training and certified deal leaders. Its clients are individuals, family offices, professional groups and corporations. It is active in the EU, Switzerland, the Middle East and the US.

Website: https://go-beyond.biz/

Go Beyond Investor Report 2017: https://go-beyond.biz/report


For more information please contact:


Christopher Rolfe
CEO Go Beyond Investing
christopher.rolfe@go-beyond.biz 

Brigitte Baumann, Founder and CIO of Go Beyond, has been selected to be part of the EY Winning Women Europe Class of 2017

Brigitte Baumann, Founder and CIO of Go Beyond, has been selected to be part of the EY Winning Women Europe Class of 2017

19 October 2017

The Entrepreneurial Women Winning Program is an international competition and executive educational program that is designed for high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses are ready to scale and become global market leaders.  The program is in its 10th year and has over 400 women alumni.

Brigitte Baumann is one of 20 women from 11 European countries and 17 companies who has been selected for the 2017 class. The companies of these selected women represent more than Euro 20M in annual revenue and employ more than 300 employees with an average company age of 5 years.  This prestigious, customized executive leadership program offers mentoring, year-round activities, executive dialogues about business strategies and practices, access to strategic partners and potential sources of capital. 

We congratulate Brigitte on joining this elite network of outstanding women entrepreneurs.

More information about the program here

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Brigitte Baumann, Founder and CIO of Go Beyond, has been selected to be part of the EY Winning Women Europe Class of 2017

19 October 2017

The Entrepreneurial Women Winning Program is an international competition and executive educational program that is designed for high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses are ready to scale and become global market leaders.  The program is in its 10th year and has over 400 women alumni.

Brigitte Baumann is one of 20 women from 11 European countries and 17 companies who has been selected for the 2017 class. The companies of these selected women represent more than Euro 20M in annual revenue and employ more than 300 employees with an average company age of 5 years.  This prestigious, customized executive leadership program offers mentoring, year-round activities, executive dialogues about business strategies and practices, access to strategic partners and potential sources of capital. 

We congratulate Brigitte on joining this elite network of outstanding women entrepreneurs.

More information about the program here

Emerald and Go Beyond offering Open Innovation and Venture Management training for Corporations

Emerald and Go Beyond offering Open Innovation and Venture Management training for Corporations

24 July 2017

 

Zurich-Toronto, July 24, 2017. Emerald Technology Ventures and Go Beyond Investing are pleased to announce a collaboration in the area of Open Innovation and Venture Management training for corporations. The two companies will jointly organize workshops and training courses to support established industrial corporations in scouting for relevant opportunities in-house or externally, establishing strategic partnerships with young technology companies or creating awareness for open innovation themes within their organizations.

 

The goal of the collaboration is to draw from both Emerald’s and Go Beyond’s combined 27 years of experience and expertise in seed to late stage venture investment, open innovation management and strategic partnership structuring. The open innovation and venture management training workshops offered by the two firms are tailored around the specific needs of corporations to gain insight into relevant technology trends and to establish strong partnerships with promising technology companies. 

Hans Dellenbach, CFO of Emerald, stated, “Emerald has been a trusted partner for corporate venture units around the world for 17 years. The partnership with Go Beyond further broadens our service offering to customers.” 

“Combining the insights of our early stage investor experience with the venture fund (later stage) experience of the Emerald Technology Ventures team is a great combination and brings a unique service offering to corporates.” commented Klaus Kummermehr, Partner Go Beyond Investing.

 


About Emerald Technology Ventures

Emerald is a globally recognized investment firm in the areas of energy, water, advanced materials and industrial IT. Founded in 2000, the company has raised four Venture Capital Funds, completed almost 60 venture investments, been a trusted partner for numerous multi-national corporations in their open innovation activities and managed three technology investment programs for third parties. From offices in Zurich, Switzerland and Toronto, Canada, Emerald has managed assets of over USD 400 million to date.


www.emerald-ventures.com    


About Go Beyond Investing

Go Beyond Investing is a FinTech company transforming angel investing into a new scalable asset class for small and large, novice to experienced investors. It offers a unique deal platform, portfolio tools, syndication/pooling, due diligence, investment monitoring services, training and certified deal leaders.  Its clients are individuals, family offices, professional groups and corporations. It is active in the EU, Switzerland and the US.

www.go-beyond.biz/innovate 
 



For more information please contact:


Emerald Technology Ventures

Hans Dellenbach, CFO
Seefeldstrasse 215
8008 Zurich, Switzerland

Tel +41 44 269 61 23

hans.dellenbach@emerald-ventures.com


Go Beyond Investing

Klaus Kummermehr,
Partner Innovation and Venture Management

Technopark
8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Tel. +41 44 586 00 98

klaus.kummermehr@go-beyond.biz 

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Emerald and Go Beyond offering Open Innovation and Venture Management training for Corporations

24 July 2017

 

Zurich-Toronto, July 24, 2017. Emerald Technology Ventures and Go Beyond Investing are pleased to announce a collaboration in the area of Open Innovation and Venture Management training for corporations. The two companies will jointly organize workshops and training courses to support established industrial corporations in scouting for relevant opportunities in-house or externally, establishing strategic partnerships with young technology companies or creating awareness for open innovation themes within their organizations.

 

The goal of the collaboration is to draw from both Emerald’s and Go Beyond’s combined 27 years of experience and expertise in seed to late stage venture investment, open innovation management and strategic partnership structuring. The open innovation and venture management training workshops offered by the two firms are tailored around the specific needs of corporations to gain insight into relevant technology trends and to establish strong partnerships with promising technology companies. 

Hans Dellenbach, CFO of Emerald, stated, “Emerald has been a trusted partner for corporate venture units around the world for 17 years. The partnership with Go Beyond further broadens our service offering to customers.” 

“Combining the insights of our early stage investor experience with the venture fund (later stage) experience of the Emerald Technology Ventures team is a great combination and brings a unique service offering to corporates.” commented Klaus Kummermehr, Partner Go Beyond Investing.

 


About Emerald Technology Ventures

Emerald is a globally recognized investment firm in the areas of energy, water, advanced materials and industrial IT. Founded in 2000, the company has raised four Venture Capital Funds, completed almost 60 venture investments, been a trusted partner for numerous multi-national corporations in their open innovation activities and managed three technology investment programs for third parties. From offices in Zurich, Switzerland and Toronto, Canada, Emerald has managed assets of over USD 400 million to date.


www.emerald-ventures.com    


About Go Beyond Investing

Go Beyond Investing is a FinTech company transforming angel investing into a new scalable asset class for small and large, novice to experienced investors. It offers a unique deal platform, portfolio tools, syndication/pooling, due diligence, investment monitoring services, training and certified deal leaders.  Its clients are individuals, family offices, professional groups and corporations. It is active in the EU, Switzerland and the US.

www.go-beyond.biz/innovate 
 



For more information please contact:


Emerald Technology Ventures

Hans Dellenbach, CFO
Seefeldstrasse 215
8008 Zurich, Switzerland

Tel +41 44 269 61 23

hans.dellenbach@emerald-ventures.com


Go Beyond Investing

Klaus Kummermehr,
Partner Innovation and Venture Management

Technopark
8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Tel. +41 44 586 00 98

klaus.kummermehr@go-beyond.biz 

Partnership with Go Beyond Investing starts to bear fruit

Partnership with Go Beyond Investing starts to bear fruit

10 July 2017

Basel, July 7, 2017. Baloise and Go Beyond Investing have been working together now for around 18 months. The work involves identifying young start-ups with potential for the insurance industry and bringing their innovative products and services to market as rapidly as possible. The partnership is part of a broader digital strategy at Baloise, and the first signs of success are already visible.

 

Go Beyond researches the market to identify start-ups that could be of interest to Baloise and its digital strategy. An internal scouting team at Baloise then decides which new companies to invite to hold a presentation. The purpose of the presentations is to evaluate how well the idea has been implemented. "If a new company is able to demonstrate that it has a good idea or good product, we will discuss potential innovative ways of using it with our business units," says Adrian Honegger, Head of Group Strategy & Digital Transformation.

The start-ups Kasko and Snapsure came to Baloise's attention through the new scouting process, in which Go Beyond plays an important part. The services offered by these two new companies were combined into a single watch insurance product and then brought to market as part of an 'open innovation' process lasting three weeks. Single-item insurance products, for example for bicycles, TVs and smartphones, and cyber-insurance are also the result of this partnership. "Our digital strategy is built on a number of pillars with a variety of attributes and depths. In the long term, we are either investing in insurance technology companies, or we are attempting to quickly bring individual technologies to market. Go Beyond supports us through its networks and its closeness to the start-up scene. This enables us to gain the necessary experience for a successful and agile implementation of our digital strategy," Honegger adds.

Go Beyond was also involved in Baloise's recent acquisition of home moving platform MOVU by establishing the initial contact.
 


The Baloise Group is more than just a traditional insurance company. The changing security, safety and service needs of society in the digital age lie at the heart of its business activities. The 7,300 or so employees of Baloise therefore focus on the wishes of their customers. The best possible customer service, combined with innovative products and services, makes Baloise the first choice for people who want to feel 'simply safe'. Located at the heart of Europe, with its head office in Basel, the Baloise Group is a provider of prevention, pension, assistance and insurance solutions. Its core markets are Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. In Switzerland, with Baloise Bank SoBa, the Group also operates as a specialised financial services provider, offering a combination of insurance and banking services. The Group offers innovative pension products to retail customers throughout Europe from its competence centre in Luxembourg. Baloise Holding Ltd shares are listed in the main segment of the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Basel, July 7, 2017. Baloise and Go Beyond Investing have been working together now for around 18 months. The work...

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Partnership with Go Beyond Investing starts to bear fruit

10 July 2017

Basel, July 7, 2017. Baloise and Go Beyond Investing have been working together now for around 18 months. The work involves identifying young start-ups with potential for the insurance industry and bringing their innovative products and services to market as rapidly as possible. The partnership is part of a broader digital strategy at Baloise, and the first signs of success are already visible.

 

Go Beyond researches the market to identify start-ups that could be of interest to Baloise and its digital strategy. An internal scouting team at Baloise then decides which new companies to invite to hold a presentation. The purpose of the presentations is to evaluate how well the idea has been implemented. "If a new company is able to demonstrate that it has a good idea or good product, we will discuss potential innovative ways of using it with our business units," says Adrian Honegger, Head of Group Strategy & Digital Transformation.

The start-ups Kasko and Snapsure came to Baloise's attention through the new scouting process, in which Go Beyond plays an important part. The services offered by these two new companies were combined into a single watch insurance product and then brought to market as part of an 'open innovation' process lasting three weeks. Single-item insurance products, for example for bicycles, TVs and smartphones, and cyber-insurance are also the result of this partnership. "Our digital strategy is built on a number of pillars with a variety of attributes and depths. In the long term, we are either investing in insurance technology companies, or we are attempting to quickly bring individual technologies to market. Go Beyond supports us through its networks and its closeness to the start-up scene. This enables us to gain the necessary experience for a successful and agile implementation of our digital strategy," Honegger adds.

Go Beyond was also involved in Baloise's recent acquisition of home moving platform MOVU by establishing the initial contact.
 


The Baloise Group is more than just a traditional insurance company. The changing security, safety and service needs of society in the digital age lie at the heart of its business activities. The 7,300 or so employees of Baloise therefore focus on the wishes of their customers. The best possible customer service, combined with innovative products and services, makes Baloise the first choice for people who want to feel 'simply safe'. Located at the heart of Europe, with its head office in Basel, the Baloise Group is a provider of prevention, pension, assistance and insurance solutions. Its core markets are Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. In Switzerland, with Baloise Bank SoBa, the Group also operates as a specialised financial services provider, offering a combination of insurance and banking services. The Group offers innovative pension products to retail customers throughout Europe from its competence centre in Luxembourg. Baloise Holding Ltd shares are listed in the main segment of the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Go Beyond Investing Members have a 5th Exit in 3 years

Go Beyond Investing Members have a 5th Exit in 3 years

28 June 2017

With the June, 2017 sale of MOVU AG to Swiss Insurer Baloise, Go Beyond Investing (GBI) members received up to 4x for the earliest investors. MOVU started in 2014 and has since become Switzerland’s biggest digital platform for home-moving services. Since 2015, the GBI community of investors has provided the start-up with two rounds of financing after recognizing the potential of the team and the technology. "Working with the MOVU founders Nicolas, Laurent and Nenad and the MOVU Board of Directors was inspirational“, says Go Beyond Deal Leader, Matthias Frieden. "We are very happy about a deal that is not only favorable for us as investors but also for the MOVU team that will continue to drive the business together with Baloise.“

To read the press release:

German: https://goo.gl/ZN6RfQ

English: https://goo.gl/FK3EFe

With the June, 2017 sale of MOVU AG to Swiss Insurer Baloise, Go Beyond Investing (GBI) members received up to 4x for the...

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Go Beyond Investing Members have a 5th Exit in 3 years

28 June 2017

With the June, 2017 sale of MOVU AG to Swiss Insurer Baloise, Go Beyond Investing (GBI) members received up to 4x for the earliest investors. MOVU started in 2014 and has since become Switzerland’s biggest digital platform for home-moving services. Since 2015, the GBI community of investors has provided the start-up with two rounds of financing after recognizing the potential of the team and the technology. "Working with the MOVU founders Nicolas, Laurent and Nenad and the MOVU Board of Directors was inspirational“, says Go Beyond Deal Leader, Matthias Frieden. "We are very happy about a deal that is not only favorable for us as investors but also for the MOVU team that will continue to drive the business together with Baloise.“

To read the press release:

German: https://goo.gl/ZN6RfQ

English: https://goo.gl/FK3EFe

What do Art and Healthcare Big Data Have in Common?

What do Art and Healthcare Big Data Have in Common?

23 June 2017

Investors, of course. And, as it happens, Basel. 

Two wonderful events were combined on June 15, together with 3 strong pitches at a great location. The group was very fortunate to have a professional art consultant from BNP Paribas accompany us for a brief tour of contemporary and modern art at ArtBasel. Many similarities were found to start-up investing - as well as trade-sale sized figures.

The afternoon brought us together to discuss the Value of Big Data in Healthcare, with a highly insightful talk from IBM Watson Health. Two ventures shared with us how they are applying big data to drive client value. One takeaway was that doctors in oncology are now being challenged to defend decisions if they are counter to the suggestions generated by AI systems (!)

The three pitches in the evening saw a very early stage medtech which aims to generate quick results for certain diseases, a follow-on round with a biotech team which is working on medication to create a barrier to cancer from within healthy cells, and a B2B fintech which greatly reduces customer time and client cost in identifying appropriate finance solutions.

The great feedback we received has motivated us to discuss the format of next year's event!

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What do Art and Healthcare Big Data Have in Common?

23 June 2017

Investors, of course. And, as it happens, Basel. 

Two wonderful events were combined on June 15, together with 3 strong pitches at a great location. The group was very fortunate to have a professional art consultant from BNP Paribas accompany us for a brief tour of contemporary and modern art at ArtBasel. Many similarities were found to start-up investing - as well as trade-sale sized figures.

The afternoon brought us together to discuss the Value of Big Data in Healthcare, with a highly insightful talk from IBM Watson Health. Two ventures shared with us how they are applying big data to drive client value. One takeaway was that doctors in oncology are now being challenged to defend decisions if they are counter to the suggestions generated by AI systems (!)

The three pitches in the evening saw a very early stage medtech which aims to generate quick results for certain diseases, a follow-on round with a biotech team which is working on medication to create a barrier to cancer from within healthy cells, and a B2B fintech which greatly reduces customer time and client cost in identifying appropriate finance solutions.

The great feedback we received has motivated us to discuss the format of next year's event!

Kickstart & GBI sign investor partnership

Kickstart & GBI sign investor partnership

06 June 2017

GBI has signed an investor partnership with Kickstart Accelerator (KSAcc) the flagship initiative of digitalswitzerland and one of Europe’s largest multi-corporate and equity-free accelerator programs. KSAcc invites promising startups from different fields to Switzerland for 11 weeks to receive world-class access to the ecosystem. GBI will provide coaching/mentoring and training to the companies. If you know early stage startup that could fit into  FinTech, Food, Robotics & Smart Systems, Smart Cities and Healthcare, send an e-mail to maria-carolina.romero@go-beyond.biz  More information about the program in https://kickstart-accelerator.com/program/

GBI has signed an investor partnership with Kickstart Accelerator (KSAcc) the flagship initiative of digitalswitzerland and...

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Kickstart & GBI sign investor partnership

06 June 2017

GBI has signed an investor partnership with Kickstart Accelerator (KSAcc) the flagship initiative of digitalswitzerland and one of Europe’s largest multi-corporate and equity-free accelerator programs. KSAcc invites promising startups from different fields to Switzerland for 11 weeks to receive world-class access to the ecosystem. GBI will provide coaching/mentoring and training to the companies. If you know early stage startup that could fit into  FinTech, Food, Robotics & Smart Systems, Smart Cities and Healthcare, send an e-mail to maria-carolina.romero@go-beyond.biz  More information about the program in https://kickstart-accelerator.com/program/

Go Beyond Investing initiates the NextGen 1 Program

Go Beyond Investing initiates the NextGen 1 Program

06 June 2017

GBI is excited to launch the NextGen 1 Program that is designed for young adults and their parents to learn alongside one another to invest with experienced business angels and deal leaders who will guide the angel investing journey.  The program will combine training, networking and investing. The participants will invest in 6-10 start-ups over a 12-18 month period committing a minimum of €10 000 to €100 000 in the program. The program expects to gather 50 to 100 participants.  The program is targeted to members of YPO (Young Presidents Organization) and GBI investors. First deal leaders confirmed are Brigitte Baumann and Christopher Rolfe. If you are interested, register for  the info session next Monday 29th of May at 20h CEST (https://go-beyond.biz/events/161191-nextgen1-info-session) For additional information: info@beyondinvesting.eu

GBI is excited to launch the NextGen 1 Program that is designed for young adults and their parents to learn alongside one...

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Go Beyond Investing initiates the NextGen 1 Program

06 June 2017

GBI is excited to launch the NextGen 1 Program that is designed for young adults and their parents to learn alongside one another to invest with experienced business angels and deal leaders who will guide the angel investing journey.  The program will combine training, networking and investing. The participants will invest in 6-10 start-ups over a 12-18 month period committing a minimum of €10 000 to €100 000 in the program. The program expects to gather 50 to 100 participants.  The program is targeted to members of YPO (Young Presidents Organization) and GBI investors. First deal leaders confirmed are Brigitte Baumann and Christopher Rolfe. If you are interested, register for  the info session next Monday 29th of May at 20h CEST (https://go-beyond.biz/events/161191-nextgen1-info-session) For additional information: info@beyondinvesting.eu

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