In terms of financing volume, the Greater Zurich Area was also the strongest performer, albeit at a lower level than in the first half of 2022, securing CHF 680 million in financing in the first six months of 2023 compared to CHF 1.1 billion in the same period of 2022. By contrast, start-ups in Romandie, Northwest and Central Switzerland achieved higher total financing volumes than in the same period in 2022.
The analysis also revealed striking differences in financing volumes and rounds between different industries. Five sectors each recorded inflows of more than CHF 100 million in the first half of 2023: Health (CHF 721 million), FinTech/InsurTech (CHF 486 million), Software & Analytics (CHF 305 million), Hardware (CHF 128 million) and Mobility (CHF 111 million).
The Health sector was also the leading industry in terms of financing rounds: a total of 96 deals were recorded in the first half of the year, equivalent to 28% of all deals in the first half of 2023. Software & Analytics accounted for a total of 83 deals and 24% of all financing rounds, respectively. With SaaS, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, blockchain, cloud, cyber security and data analytics, this sector includes startups focused on new technologies. The top five in terms of deal number mainly reflects the list for volume, but includes ClimateTech/GreenTech/CleanTech (26 deals), pushing mobility into sixth place.