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 on highly innovative software and data-driven businesses
Favour revenue-generating companies
Team-up with exceptional and visionary entrepreneurs
Our footprint covers the main hubs in Europe, Israel & US
Nexthink® is a Swiss company providing unique End-user IT Analytics. Its technology provides IT departments with real-time visibility of their end-user infrastructure, thereby addressing a pressing and growing need all over the world.
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.
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.
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.
Mobeewave is a fintech company developing a unique technology that turns widely deployed smartphones into payment acceptance terminals. As consumers more and more use their contactless cards for real-life transactions, growing acceptance capabilities is highly strategic for merchants across all verticals in every geography.
icometrix is a leading medical software company which transforms diagnostic and care for patients with neurological disorders through the analysis of brain MRI and CT images using Artificial Intelligence.
vCita is an Israeli-based company offering an all-in-one business management app specifically tailored for SMEs. The solution allows business owners to digitalize their day-to-day operations by addressing their main business workflows and by delivering personalized experiences to their customers.
Kandou is the innovative leader in high-speed, energy efficient chip-to-chip link solutions fundamental to the electronics industry.
Zenjob is a digital staffing service whose disruptive tech matches student manpower with one-off or regular employers at large and SME businesses, real-time and on-demand.
K2View is a software company that provides a data-as-service platform that enables enterprises to access the data they want in real time, in a simplified format, to fit any purpose and shift transformation into the fast lane.
Based in Zurich, Scandit uses computer vision, augmented reality, and machine learning technologies to enable enterprises and consumers to interact with everyday objects. They augment the physical world with real-time data captured by scanning barcodes or any other visual identifier. Scandit technology can be used on any type of device types be it a smartphone, tablet, wearable, drone or robot.
Prior to forming Forestay, Fred spent 25 years in the digital tech 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.
As managing partner of Forestay Capital SA, Fred is also responsible for advising Ernesto Bertarelli's Waypoint Capital group – of which Forestay is a part – on all tech ventures globally. Before establishing Forestay, Fred was Waypoint’s Chief Digital Officer. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Prior to joining Forestay, Jonas worked 7 years in Tech Investment Banking, recently in Mergers & Acquisitions at GCA Altium in Zurich and in Tel Aviv and previously in Equity Capital Markets at Lilja & Co in Zurich and in Frankfurt. During this time, Jonas advised globally c. 20 Tech companies in fundraising, M&A and IPO.
Jonas graduated with a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of St. Gallen and a Bachelor’s degree in Management from HEC Lausanne and the University of Mannheim. Jonas is a CFA Charterholder.
In his spare time, Jonas can be found ski touring or mountaineering in the Alps.
Prior to joining Forestay, Labinot spent five years in the Mergers & Acquisitions team at PwC in Geneva. He was involved in the execution of middle market M&A transactions (sell-side, buy-side and fundraising), delivering deals across a wide range of industries including industrials, retail, life sciences/pharmaceutical, and TMT.
Labinot holds a Bachelor in Business Administration (HEC) from the University of Geneva, a Master in Finance from Northeastern University in Boston, and is a CFA charterholder.
In his spare time, Labinot enjoys traveling, playing soccer and spending time with his friends and family.
Prior to joining Forestay, Nicolas worked as a portfolio analyst at Blenheim Chalcot, the UK’s leading venture builder and on the Product and Strategy team at Modulr, a London based Fintech.
Nicolas holds an Honours B.A from the University of Toronto, where he was also a member of the varsity fencing team and served on the board of the university’s varsity athletics association.
In his spare time, Nicolas enjoys travelling, skiing, tennis and discovering London’s best Japanese restaurants.
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.