Without a doubt, Switzerland is one of the world’s leading and most competitive financial centers. It manages around one-quarter of the world’s cross-border assets.

At the same time, its open-minded approach to innovation and friendly regulation has made the country a magnet for blockchain-related companies, forming the ecosystem known as the Crypto Valley. It is the only jurisdiction in the world where it is possible to incorporate a company, pay taxes and hire consultants exclusively using crypto. 

The latest “Crypto Valley VC Top 50 Report” accounts over 900 firms with 11 unicorns, led by protocols such as Ethereum ($157.2B), Polkadot ($29.3B), Cosmos ($3.8B) and Near ($1.1B). 

These layer-one protocols are unicorns providing the infrastructure to support a parallel financial system called decentralized finance. In Switzerland, the centralized and decentralized finance ecosystems smoothly co-exist and look for synergies.

The current downsides of DeFi — slow confirmation times and exorbitant transaction fees — are a high priority to tackle. Protocols prioritizing scalability and interoperability are at the heart of solving these problems, fast-tracking DeFi and thinking about long-term success.

Join this flagship panel discussion to hear first-hand from founders: 

How the Crypto Valley unicorns are building a parallel financial system on DeFi leveraging the latest developments on scalability and interoperability. 


Welcome by CV VC & CV Labs — Olaf Hannemann, co-founder of CV VC 

Welcome by Member of the Swiss Parliament, Council of States — Matthias Michel 

Crypto Valley Top 50 Report Ecosystem — Ralf Kubli, Director at CV VC 

DeFi latest developments by Santiment — Maksim Balashevich 

Panel discussion and Q&A: 

Dankrad Feist, researcher at the Ethereum Foundation 

Joe Petrowski, technical integrations lead at the Web3 Foundation 

Peter DePaulo, head of developer relations at Near Protocol 

Zaki Manian, director of Tendermint Labs 

Moderator: Anton Golub, co-founder and CEO of Flov technologies