Lakeside Partners is made up of a group of experienced entrepreneurs. Our investments are shaped by a hands-on mentality, the core idea of this being identical to that of the founders: passionate entrepreneurship. Successful relations in the long term are based on trust. Consequently, our investment horizon does not aim for the earliest possible success but rather for reaching the peak within a sector or a market.
With an entrepreneurial background, we invest in early stage companies that have the potential to change the rules of the game in their sector or market. Our unique investment approach enables the founders to focus on their core skills, allowing them to to react faster at the same time as developing their potential. As a result, we employ a combined investment approach, specifically composed for each company.
We are maintaining a global network of experts and investors, which allows us to extensively support and complement the founding team. In order to bring their ideas to life, or to give them the push they need into the development phase, our portfolio entrepreneurs benefit from a network with extensive expertise, the members of which are excellently motivated and integrated by the investment-based nature of their commitment.
Mathias RuchManaging Partner
As a serial entrepreneur and angel investor Mathias Ruch has been involved in the digital startup scene for 20 years. Founder and Managing Partner at Crypto Valley’s leading early-stage investment company Lakeside Partners, Co-Initiator of Europe’s largest Blockchain Competition and Initiator of Crypto Valley Labs. Before turning his focus to blockchain, he built and exited several successful online and media companies such as FaroTV and Europe’s crowdsourcing pioneer Atizo. Today, Mathias is a driving force behind the development of the global blockchain startup ecosystem.
Entrepreneur and executive with broad expertise in software engineering and building up companies in various industries. Expert in managing large-scale IT and real estate management projects. Developed Lakeside Business Center and Lakeside Crypto Lab, laying the foundation of the Crypto Valley Labs. Founder of inacta, a leading Swiss digital transformation consulting company with a focus on the insurance and finance industry. inacta’s Swiss-based software engineering team has a strong experience in developing smart contracts and providing Blockchain CTO services.
Entrepreneurs. Invested. Involved. This is the core mindset that Ralf embodies as Co-founder of Lakeside Partners. With more than 20 years of experience as a business and IT consultant, Ralf possesses extensive expertise in transforming the finance and insurance industry, as well as a diverse entrepreneurial background stemming from multiple ventures and advisory board positions. As initiator of Europe’s largest Blockchain Competition and Co-founder of the Crypto Valley Association, he is committed to developing the blockchain ecosystem both in Switzerland and worldwide.