Crypto Valley and the entire Swiss Blockchain scene is facing an existential threat due to the restrictions caused by the Corona pandemic. The Swiss Blockchain Federation recently conducted a broad survey among companies in the Valley.
Startups from Crypto Valley are particularly hard hit
Due to the uncertainties of the Corona crisis, numerous exponents had already contacted the umbrella organisation and asked for urgent support. Crypto Valley, which today stretches far beyond the canton of Zug, had established itself in recent years as a global showcase cluster in the field of blockchain technology.
Survey of 203 companies
The Swiss Blockchain Federation has consulted the most important exponents on the current situation in a survey. 203 companies took part in the survey in the Swiss Blockchain Ecosystem on the corona crisis.
The key findings:
- A large proportion (79.8%) of the companies state that they will most likely go bankrupt in the next six months.
- A similarly high percentage (88.2%) will not survive the corona crisis without government assistance.
- More than half (56.9%) of those surveyed have already had to lay off employees.
- Almost all (90.7%) will probably have to do so in the future.
- More than two thirds (68.3%) of those start-ups that applied for a “Covid loan” did not receive it.
Quotes from entrepreneurs in Crypto Valley
“Loans are discussion on the basis of turnover and/or wage totals. Both factors are low for startups, meaning loans will be very low, if at all spoken.
“In a normal world, the ones who didn’t make progress, and not the ones who are making progress right now, will become extinct. Hopefully politicians will check this out and not just help the garages and farmers.”
“As a start-up company we are unfortunately excluded from Covid loans – so we will probably have to file for bankruptcy soon.”
In further quotes, the situation of lack of investment is pointed out. They also hope for more help from politicians. Fears about the future are strongly dominating among entrepreneurs at the moment. Without financial support the prospering Crypto Valley could even soon mutate into Death Valley, is mentioned among other things.
It is to be hoped that the politicians will take care of the most pressing questions from Crypto Valley.
Swiss Blockchain Federation
The Swiss Blockchain Federation is committed to maintaining and expanding the attractiveness and competitiveness of Switzerland as a blockchain location. The most important challenges in this regard are the creation of legal security, favourable framework conditions and a broad-based ecosystem.
*Originally published in German at CVJ.ch