Launched in 2018 bestsmile is a Swiss dental start-up specializing in clear aligner therapy. Due to modern 3D print technology and direct contact with customers bestsmile is able to provide cost-efficient therapies for tooth correction. The team of dentists consults patients in a comfortable setting at the Smile-Shops directly to develop a personalized treatment plan, allowing them to reach a beautiful smile within a few months' time. bestsmile is currently rolling out more shops in different regions of Switzerland, bringing the service to even more people throughout the country.
Finly lets small to medium-sized companies access cash tied up in their yet-to-be-paid invoices but rather than operating a peer-to-peer lending marketplace, Finly is doing the factoring. We started Finly because we realized that traditional methods of finance are completely out of sync with what today’s SMEs need. We saw the opportunity to help SMEs get access to the cash they need to fuel their business. We want to be seen as a new kind of cash flow utility – Finly is simply there in the background for businesses to access the money in their unpaid invoices when they need it.
FROZEDOSE° was a venture project, where we tested the delivery of portioned, frozen smoothies directly to customers for mixing them freshly at home via a subscription model. After a three-months pilot phase, the e-commerce model with mail delivery in Germany was stopped. One of the reasons for this was that the demand for the subscription model was below our expectations. Thus, Frozedose lost its justification as a Venture in our portfolio because the business model showed too little potential in terms of acquiring loyal, recurring customers during the pilot phase. Yet, the product itself, the frozen smoothies, was very well received by the end customers in terms of taste. True product innovation and therefore we are currently looking for the best owner for this product.
Many working parents face the challenge to find time within their busy day-to-day life to cook healthy meals for their kids. At the same time there is a lack of convenient, yet healthy kids’ meal options out there that combine important nutrients for a balanced diet but also taste good. With Kindish we want to help parents to prepare healthy food for their children and offer them a convenient way to do so. By working together with experts, we have created healthy and easily prepared meal options, that are tested and loved by kids. Kindish stands for a high-quality and convenient frozen deliverable meal subscription, that is flexible. This venture is currently in the pilot phase, where it is tested and developed further with customers in Germany to see if we can validate our hypothesis for this venture project.
MIACAR is Switzerland's new online supermarket and last-mile delivery service. We deliver groceries free of charge for a minimum order value of only 25 francs and within a dedicated time slot of 20 minutes. The range of the assortment includes a wide selection of the most popular products, which customers can order for the same prices as in the stores via the MIACAR app. The purchases are delivered personally and with MIACAR's own electric vans and drivers. Currently, the e-vans are rolling through several postal codes in the region of Bern, where the team is expanding the service continuously, ensuring that even more people can do their daily shopping and save time to spend more time on the beautiful things in life. MIACAR will position itself over the next few years as the national category leader in last-mile delivery and online grocery sphere. More than 60 people are already working in the offices in Zurich, Bern and Kiev. It is the first venture which was built and carved-out by Sparrow Ventures.
The quality of the dog’s food can have a huge impact on the canine’s health. Governed by only a few regulations, some ingredients that go into making commercial dog food are not only unhealthy but can even impact the health. Driven by the vision to make a positive impact on the quality of a dog’s life, we started MyBuddyBox, delivering fresh, nutritious and healthy dog meals straight to the doorstep. The meals consist of food-grade ingredients that are gently cooked based on nutritionist-crafted recipes and tailored to the dog’s individual nutritional needs. All our dog meals contain a high amount of meat and fresh vegetables, ensuring that the dog can live a healthy and happy life.
Every pet owner knows the problem. It’s weekend and suddenly your pet is sick. Should you go to the emergency clinic immediately or is a visit to the vet even necessary? With the mission to make veterinary care more accessible, Petcare developed a portal where pet owners can get access to experienced veterinarians remotely and get clarity over the next appropriate steps immediately. By using modern technology Petcare enables pet owners to book online video appointments at any time. This not only allows for consultations outside of regular office hours, but also reduces the stress for both owner and pet that is often associated with a visit to a veterinary practice.
Snäx is the smart fridge that offers employees a diverse and affordable range of meals right at their office - and that for every kind of foodie and their dietary preferences. Customers can purchase and rate the freshly prepared hot and cold dishes, snacks and beverages directly within the Snäx app. Snäx currently caters to offices in the Zurich area and is on a mission to roll-out its service throughout Switzerland. Over the coming years, Snäx will position itself as a leading office food supplier. Snäx is the second venture that was carved-out as an independent start-up from Sparrow Ventures.
Feb’20 - Yes they PET: Since February 10th customers of the online supermarket are able to return their empty PET and plastic bottles free of charge with every delivery. As owner of the last-mile, MIACAR is able to offer this additional service that benefits both the environment and the customers, making correct recycling even easier.
Nov’19 - Snäx, the smart fridge that offers employees an affordable and wide range of meals right at their office, has successfully completed the pilot phase. The start-up that has been developed and tested by Sparrow Ventures over the past few months, is now carved-out as individual entity and secures additional funding to scale the service offering in the market.
Oct’19 - MIACAR is on a roll: more vans recently joined the electric fleet of the young online grocery player and new routes are opening every month in the region of Bern, ensuring that even more people can do their daily shopping and save time to spend it instead on the beautiful things in life.