Swiss biotech company DBS System has just closed a round of €2.3 million in Series A financing. The investment was led by investiere.ch. Existing shareholders and private business angels of DBS System also participated in the round.
Zurich-based employee communication platform Beekeeper announced it has raised $8 million in Series A financing. The round was led by Keen Venture Partners, with participation from Fyrfly Venture Partners, Polytech Ecosystem Ventures, and b-to-v Partners. Several business angels also joined the round including Niklas Zennström, Skype co-founder and founding partner at Atomico; Ariel Lüdi, former CEO of hybris and founder at Hammer Team; and Niklas Ostberg, co-founder and CEO Delivery Hero. Robert Verwaayen, a general partner at Keen Venture Partners, has joined the Beekeeper Board of Directors.
Swiss data science company KNIME, which offers open-source solutions, announced it has received €20 million from the equity investor INVUS.
The German startup Bexio, a provider of cloud-based software for SMEs, has raised €7 million. The funding comes from Swisscom Ventures and existing investors Redalpine Venture Partners AG and Armada Investment AG.
Luzerner Zeitung AG is expanding its portfolio by purchasing beiUns.ch, an online platform launched in 2011 targeted at German-speaking Switzerland. The platform provides local and regional content, thus complementing the range of regional media offered by the NZZ media group.
Swiss SonarSource, a code quality management company, has announced the closing of a $45 million minority investment by Insight Venture Partners.
The Swiss startup ecoRobotix has successfully raised €2.8 million for its new robot weeder, which systematically eradicates weeds in row crops.