Founded in 2019 by Martin Altorfer and Philippe Bubb, Spark Invest is a Swiss based early stage investor that backs bold enterpreneurs in the Software and Consumer space.
We seek exceptional founders with a unique insight attacking large, global markets.
Previously Martin and Philippe spent almost two decades investing and building companies together. They are fortunate to have been the first investors in companies like Bexio and On Running, where they assumed active roles as Chairmen for many years.
“We like to partner early. As active investors, we can only partner with very few companies. When we do, we roll up our sleeves and get to work, providing entrepreneurs with access to expertise and insights across the entire spectrum of company building”
Martin has 30 years experience in information technology.
He was the founder and CEO/CTO of a number of companies including Active-Net AG, a leading Swiss ISP sold to UUNET 1999; BCAP AG, a Venture capital fund; Celeris AG, an internet security company sold to Swissscom 2005; replica, an online music company.
He also served as CIO (Chief Information Officer) in one of Australias largest companys, CSR Ltd between 2007 and 2009. Since 2010 he has helped a number of companies with seed funding and close mentorship in all aspects of building a successful business. Among them Bexio AG, a SaaS company serving the SME market in Switzerland where he was seed investor and Executive Chairman between 2013 and 2018 prior to selling to Mobiliar insurance in 2018. Currently serves as a board member of Baggenstos AG, guuru Ltd and Bexio AG.
Philippe focuses on consumer investments. He works closely with operating teams across all aspects of business building with a focus on business strategy, controlling, financial reporting and company financing. Prior to founding Spark Invest, Philippe served as an angel investor and board member for several European startups.
In 2010 he was the first investor in On Running and its Chairman from 2013 to 2018. During his tenure sales and valuation of the company grew by over 10x. In 2013 Philippe, together with Martin, was the first investor in Swiss SaaS company Bexio. He helped develop and execute the first business plan, which was the foundation for a successful Series A financing. From 2015 to 2018 Philippe was a board member and subsequently the Chairman of marketplace company Swiss Commerce.
Philippe has a background in finance with an MBA from the University of St. Gallen.