The Tech fund of Waypoint Capital, Swiss entrepreneur Ernesto Bertarelli’s investment Group
Invest in revenue-generating technology companies
Aim to establish long-term relationships
Dedicated to growth acceleration
Our
IDENTITY

Forestay invests in revenue-generating technology companies in Europe, Israel and in the US. We favor software and data-driven businesses that challenge established models. Forestay is part of Waypoint Capital, owned by Ernesto Bertarelli, which supports a broad portfolio of leading investment businesses.

Focus
INNOVATIVE

Focus on highly innovative software and data-driven businesses

PROVEN

Favour revenue-generating companies

SCALABLE

Team-up with exceptional and visionary entrepreneurs

PROXIMITY

Our footprint covers the main hubs in Europe, Israel & US

Our
Companies

 

Nexthink® is a Swiss company providing unique End-user IT Analytics. Its technology provides IT departments with real-time visibility of their end-user infrastrucuture, thereby addressing a pressing and growing need all over the world.

www.nexthink.com

 

Founded in 2008, Fornova is a business intelligence company in the hospitality industry that allows hotels and online agents to optimize their rooms distribution and increase their yields. Fornova uses a suite of highly advanced technologies to scan billions of data points worldwide.

www.fornova.com

 

Co-founded by Cloud Storage pioneers David Friend and Jeff Flowers, Wasabi delivers fast, cheap, reliable and durable cloud storage. On a mission to commoditize the storage industry, Wasabi’s solution is 80% less expensive and six times the speed of Amazon S3.

https://wasabi.com

 

BlueBotics SA spun off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in 2001. The Swiss company, based in St-Sulpice, is a technology leader in autonomous navigation solutions for industrial vehicles.

http://www.bluebotics.com

Our
Team
Annick Laube
Executive Assistant
Office Administration

Annick ensures the Forestay office runs like a well-oiled machine. Prior to joining the team, she spent nine years as a personal and executive assistant in Single Family Offices in Switzerland, including at Waypoint. Annick began her career as a purchasing assistant with Procter & Gamble in Geneva after having graduated with an HES Diplomas of Economist of Enterprises and a Bachelor Degree in Hospitality from the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne.

Annick enjoys spending her spare time with her kids, skiing and going for walks.

Deborah Mot
Associate

Prior to joining Forestay, Deborah spent four years in the private equity team at Pictet in Geneva where she focused on Funds selection and direct investments across Europe. She worked on sourcing and due diligence of buyout and growth investment opportunities in various sectors such as Technology, Consumer & Leisure and Manufacturing.

Deborah graduated with a Master of Laws and a certificate of advanced studies in legal professions from University of Geneva after a degree in Management from HEC Lausanne and Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

Passionate about art and photography, she loves to travel, listen to good music, or perform in a play in her spare time.

Frederic Wohlwend
Managing Partner

Prior to forming Forestay, Fred spent 25 years in the digital space within the Bio-pharmaceutical industry running IT globally as Chief Information Officer for Serono in Geneva and then Merck KGaA in Boston and Frankfurt.

Beside his Partner duties at Forestay, Fred is also the Chief Digital Officer of Waypoint Capital Services, the business enterprise for the managers and advisers associated with the Bertarelli family. Fred holds a degree in Finance and Economics from the Geneva University.

Born in Afghanistan, raised in Thailand, Italy and Switzerland, Fred enjoys travelling the world with his family to discover new landscapes and especially fine cuisine.

Ndiawar Sar
Principal

Since he joined Forestay, Ndiawar spearheaded three tech investments and oversaw more than 400 opportunities. He helped develop the investment advisory framework under which Forestay is operating. Prior to that Ndiawar had various global finance and IT responsibilities in large firms in Switzerland, Germany and the US. He started his career with Deloitte in the Geneva area.

Ndiawar holds a Master degree in Finance from Geneva University and attended various executive programs notably, Babson.

On weekends Ndiawar can be seen on his bike heading to a jazz concert or playing football with his young son.

Stanislas Chanavat
Associate

Prior to joining Forestay, Stan was at Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), based in London, covering growth equity investments in technology companies across Europe. Prior to TCV, he worked for three years in Mergers & Acquisitions at Torch Partners Investment Bank, advising businesses on equity fundraisings and majority sell-side transactions in the broader technology sector.

Stan graduated with a Master degree in Finance from Imperial College Business School, and a Bachelor degree in Management from HEC Lausanne.

Stan plays tennis and golf, enjoys traveling, and is a keen supporter of his hometown football club, Olympic Lyonnais.

Steven Neftel
Principal

Prior to joining Forestay, Steven held operational roles in several fast-growing high-tech companies, most recently at Cochlear, where he was in charge of new product launches and product marketing for Europe, Middle-East and Africa. He also worked in Mergers & Acquisitions at the private bank Edmond de Rothschild in Paris, covering various sectors such as Healthcare, Business Services and Technology.

Steven holds both a Master from ESCP Europe in Management / Finance, as well as a Master from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Biotechnology & Bioengineering.

In his spare time, Steven enjoys long-distance running, skiing, squash and golf.

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