The Power of Innovation Ventures

Who we are:

Axpo’s Partnering & Investing team looks for innovative software startups that complement the diverse activities of our division spanning from Renewables to Trading to Energy Solutions. 

Using digital and energy technologies strategically, we enhance the efficiency of our existing business areas while also cultivating new and profitable ventures in sustainable energy. Through the integration of these approaches, we enable a sustainable future by providing innovative energy solutions.

What we look for:

We are in constant exchange with Axpo’s different divisions to define search fields that reflect our current priorities. These are some of the areas we are interested in right now:


  • Demand flexibility
  • Supply flexibility


  • BIM
  • IoT Data
  • Maintenance AR
  • Drone maintenance


  • Digital customer services
  • EV smart changing


  • Cybersecurity
  • Generative AI
  • Emmissions accounting

Hydrogen & biomass

  • Logistics optimization
  • SLA
  • Alternative fuels


  • Algorithmic trading
  • Planning optimization

What we offer:

  • Strategic long-term partnerships and capital

  • Broad range of expertise from more than 6’500 employees

  • Market access in more than 30 countries

  • Joint development with our manifold business areas 

  • Access to a vast client and infrastructure foundation

Investment criteria

  • B2B Software in fields around PV, wind, storage, biomass, hydrogen, trading, services

  • Proven product market fit and evident traction

  • Series A/B up to CHF 5 mn entry ticket

  • Reputable lead investor on board 

  • Strategic importance for Axpo business

Our investments

Our involvement

We are engaged as sponsors for select events and aim to contribute with our involvement in juries, workshops and panels.

Select startup cooperations

Our Team

Axpo's Partnering & Investing team consists of a small group of dedicated startup and investment professionals. 


Andreas Schlenker

Head Partnering & Investing

Mario Jankovic

Analyst Partnering & Investing

Georg Schumacher

Senior Manager Partnering & Investing


Our sweet spot is digital, scalable and asset-light companies seeking Series A+ funding that have shown evidence of a product-market-fit.

We are flexible with regards to the amount of our investments. For an average series A investment, we look at an amount between CHF 1-4 million. For later stages, the investment amount depends on the specific case.

No. While we are headquartered in Switzerland, we operate across Europe and therefore look for ventures in the European market.

It depends on the stage of the company, but we typically aim for a 10-20% participation.

With every investment we undertake, we reserve a certain amount of capital to ensure we can participate in future financing rounds.

In general, we target a board seat to be able to support companies to make the best strategic decisions.

We prefer to be a follower, and it would be a plus if the round is lead by a reputable lead investor.

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