Method

We walk the walk when it comes to building our ventures Alpine style. Here’s our method.

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Our work is based on sprints. These are short and intense chunks of exploration, where we systematically test precise assumptions and learn fast what works and what doesn’t.

We tap into our extensive networks of proven entrepreneurs and digital talents to come up with bold unexplored ideas, and turn them into new growth engines. A key success factor is that each team is strongly incentivised within the business that is created, creating truly entrepreneurial conditions, even for ventures launched in partnership with incumbents.


Inception

Objective

Formulate the vision for an innovative business idea


Outcome

Vision statement

Typical timeframe

1 day

What we do concretely
  • We uncover promising ideas, ideally unexplored and with the potential to become new growth engines for an industry.
  • We apply our unique vision for the industry’s future, and draw inspiration from unrelated sectors.
  • We express the idea in clear and simple terms - no jargon.
  • We identify the target customers, the technologies that make the vision possible, and a possible business model.

Validation

Objective

Crash test and iterate on the vision to derive a bold yet pragmatic ambition


Outcome

Validated vision

Typical timeframe

1 week

What we do concretely
  • We prototype an illustration of the vision, typically a website, to facilitate brainstorming with our network of experts and visionaries.
  • Our network challenges the vision until we find the right balance between ambition, potential under one of our investment thesis, common sense, and legal and technical possibilities…
  • We come up with a bold and ambitious business case, leveraging the long-term innovation trends and our partners’ strategies.

Incubation

Objective

Experiment, learn and iterate, in order to converge towards a viable business model


Outcome

Product/market fit

Typical timeframe

1-3 months

What we do concretely
  • We design minimum viable products (MVPs), build and run experiments, following the lean startup approach.
  • We “go out of the building” and test the product with real users.
  • We iterate rapidly until we reach product/market fit.
  • We gradually form the venture’s founding team and recruit the best possible advisory board.

Acceleration

Objective

Transform the MVP into a commercial product, launch a standalone venture and scale it up


Outcome

Spin-off, break even

Typical timeframe

3 months+

What we do concretely
  • We create the legal structure to support the launch of the product.
  • We recruit the team and set the entrepreneurial incentives to drive success.
  • We reengineer the MVP to launch the product commercially and provide impeccable customer success.
  • We design and implement the growth strategy and manage the scale-up of the venture.

Exit

Objective

Manage the venture’s exit


Outcome

Acquisition, integration, handover

What we do concretely
  • We prepare the venture for an exit scenario.
  • We assist the buying party in the integration and handover.

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