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Arcton raises 350k CHF in the pre-seed round


Arcton, a UZH startup and Zurich-based fintech startup founded in 2022, disrupts the Swiss crowdfunding scene with its innovative investing platform. Crowd investing in Switzerland has experienced a significant surge in popularity, with platforms primarily focused on capital raising.

What sets Arcton apart is its commitment to democratizing startup investing, offering retail investors the opportunity to support funding campaigns with investments as modest as CHF 100. Unlike traditional crowdfunding platforms that focus solely on raising capital, Arcton empowers both startups and investors by providing a 24/7 trading platform for tokenized shares.

The recently concluded pre-seed round was a success, amassing a total of CHF 350,000 in investments. Notably, three distinguished investors participated in this round, showing their confidence in Arcton's vision. One of these investors is Professor Aleks Berentsen from the University of Basel, a recognized expert in Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), Blockchain, and Crypto assets. Another investor brings strategic affiliations with Camelot, fortifying the existing collaboration between Arcton and the decentralized exchange. Also joining this investor group is Francesco Illy, former co-owner of Gruppo Illy and the president of the board of Amici Caffè.

Merens Derungs, the CEO of Arcton and Alumni UZH Entrepreneur Fellow, expressed his excitement, saying, “With this fresh capital, we are accelerating our mission to democratize startup investing. Our goal is to make startup investments as straightforward as investing in publicly traded companies.”

Arcton's innovative approach to crowd investing and tokenized shares is poised to reshape the Swiss startup funding landscape, making it more accessible and dynamic for investors and entrepreneurs alike.


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