40 innovations in FinTech, EdTech, HealthTech, Food & Retail Tech, Smart City and Cybersecurity are gaining strong momentum from cooperation with leading corporations and organizations.
After four months of intense preparations and collaboration, Kickstart has the great honour to announce the innovation partnerships closed between the participating startups and intrapreneurship teams and Kickstart’s partner corporations and organizations.
Partnerships in the field of Cybersecurity:
Swiss Mobiliar has developed churn models for insurance customers. These models rely on personal identifying information of customers. The technology developed by Statice (Germany) enables the on-the-fly generation of statistically similar synthetic data containing no personal data – thus it protects the original data and enables more people to work with the data without conflicting privacy issues. This technology might be more widely used in the future within Swiss Mobiliar, enabling further data sharing and speeding up development and testing processes.
Swiss Mobiliar considers using XM Cyber’s (Israel) platform to strengthen the security posture of its own infrastructure in the context of “red teaming” in case a PoC is successful. At the same time, Swiss Mobiliar will test the platform’s features in the area of products for cyber insurance.
Panter from Zurich, a software agency supporting digital transformation at leading Swiss corporates, and Statice (Germany), a Berlin-based company offering ML-based data anonymization solutions today announced a business collaboration to enable privacy-preserving data innovation within the Swiss business ecosystem.
PostFinance and Statice (Germany) intend to collaborate together in a joint PoC in the area of data anonymization.
Partnerships in the field of EdTech & Learning:
Klubschule Migros is testing in cooperation with Taskbase (CH) a prototype that provides personalized feedback – based on artificial intelligence – on exercises the students have completed. The aim is to use these automated and yet differentiated feedbacks on the current learning platform of Klubschule Migros in order to increase the student’s learning success. Both parties are looking forward to the collaboration.
Swisscom and Area9 Lyceum (Denmark) are joining forces in Learning & Development. In the cooperative project, an adaptive learning offering will be created for approx. 300 managers that allows reviewing expertise in various categories such as IT portfolio, sales and digital literacy. Area9 Technology & Analytics also create opportunities for employees to self-reflect and develop a growth-oriented mindset. In addition, Area9 will also support the development of critical skills of the L&D function through hands-on training sessions in Learning Engineering.
Education Alliance Finland (Finland) offers a pedagogy-based evaluation process for digital learning solutions which shall be provided to the Swiss educational ecosystem. In cooperation with Mercator Foundation Switzerland, Swiss EdTech Collider and profilQ, Swiss teachers are evaluating some educational learning products. The pilot project facilitates experience about the quality of the learning solutions and the evaluation process.
Taskbase (CH) enables personalized feedback using artificial intelligence. This results in new learning approaches. Taskbase is developing a prototype for automated feedback in complex learning situations of project work with the support of the Mercator Foundation Switzerland, LerNetz and the project team of the “MakerSpace: Space for Creativity” cooperation project between the Teacher University of Thurgau and the St. Gallen University of Applied Sciences. The pilot project should make new didactic possibilities visible and serve the further development of the product.
Kickstart has partnered with Stroofy (Ireland) to support the wellbeing and productivity of its employees, starting with a pilot at its Zurich location. Kickstart will assess the suitability of Stroofy’s analytics and employee coaching solution in supporting entrepreneurial community organizations, specifically by helping team members mitigate workplace distractions and work in a more focused and sustainable manner.
Partnerships in the area of FinTech & Digital Assets:
AXA and Annanow (CH) are intensively evaluating a PrePoC together with iKlinik. The aim is to offer customers in property insurance (consumer electronics, especially mobile phones) a free pick-up and drop-off service in the claims process. The customer will have his mobile phone picked up at a location of his choice within a few minutes and taken to the repair shop. The mobile phone is then returned to the location selected by the customer. Furthermore, we are examining whether property-specific insurance can be offered on the Annanow platform.
Coop (Bau+Hobby and Interdiscount) and Annanow (CH) are conducting a pilot project to evaluate the delivery of purchases within 60 minutes from the store directly to customers’ homes (last mile). Customers will have the option to get their Click&Collect order delivered within 60 minutes, or at any other desired time. The solution will include payment and insurance options.
Swisscom, a leading provider of infrastructure and operation services for more than 170 banks in Switzerland, is teaming up with the Fintech companies atpar (CH) and swisspeers to explore the opportunities of a debt token and new financing and distribution models for the Swiss financial industry. The Kickstart 2019 participant atpar uses smart contract technology to tokenize and service the entire lifecycle of financial assets. Building on the universal standard ACTUS, atpar thereby supports a wide variety of debt instruments. swisspeers develops and operates a direct lending platform enabling companies to raise capital directly from private and institutional investors. swisspeers’ highly automated marketplace manages loan contracts as smart contracts on a blockchain.
Swisscom and Assetyze (CH) are working together on a PoC in order to convert tangible assets such as fine art, watches, jewellery, vintage cars and other precious collectibles to creditworthy bankable assets by tokenization. The goal of the project is to set the tokenization „gold standard“ for the, so far, non-bankable assets, starting with the tokenization of fine art. The tokenization will provide tangible assets with a unique digital identity, captured in a decentralized electronic register based on blockchain technology. This will allow the owners to prove the ownership of their tokenized assets at any time, incontestably, to lend against collateral and trade them as bankable assets.
Swisscom used Contract Vault’s (CH) DocIQ platform to complete both a pilot project to process legal documents as well as a PoC aimed at facilitating dynamic and digital estate administration.
PwC Switzerland and Annanow (CH) have signed a Letter of Intent to evaluate joint business cases based on Annanows’s unique FinTech platform and PwC’s market position and access. Both companies are committed to continue the initiated talks, to refine their ideas and to enter a joint business relationship.
PwC Switzerland, Tax and Legal Services, and Helios Data (USA) have signed a Letter of Intent to evaluate a joint going to market cooperation for the innovative clean data platform of Helios Data Inc. in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Both companies are committed to continue the initiated talks to refine their cooperation and to enter a joint business relationship.
Partnerships in the Food & Retail Tech sector:
Coop (Eisberg) and NiceFiller (Italy) are working on a PoC testing the shelf life extension of packaged, freshly cut fruits. NiceFiller incorporates new materials in the food packaging for shelf life extension.
Coop (Bell) and Posidonia (Belgium) are working on a PoC exploring the opportunity of lowering the salt content of meat produce. Posidonia’s salt alternative helps people to reduce their sodium consumption without sacrificing on taste.
Coop and Rebel Meat (Austria) work together on a pilot project to test consumer acceptance of more sustainable meat products consisting of organic beef blended with mushrooms. The products help consumers reduce meat consumption while at the same time offering a new and exciting taste experience.
Coop (Eisberg) and SwissDeCode (CH) are working on a Proof of Concept around rapid testing of pathogens in salads. SwissDeCode provides rapid and portable DNA detection solutions that detect contaminants and adulterants harming product quality.
M-Industry is working together with Posidonia (Belgium) to provide tasty products with lower salt content. As the Swiss population consumes twice as much salt as recommended by the WHO and with 1,5 million Swiss suffering from hypertension, Switzerland aims to reduce salt consumption by 30% by 2025. By working with Posidonia, M-Industry aims to take a further step in committing to consumer’s health. Posidonia’s ingredient is a naturally low sodium sea salt that helps to reduce the salt level while keeping the taste and quality of food products.
M-Industry will test Kaffe Bueno’s (Denmark) ingredients in a variety of products within personal care and food. Kaffe Bueno upcycles spent coffee grounds, through an innovative process, into oil, aromas, flour and other ingredients for cosmetics, functional foods and nutraceuticals. This process helps reduce food waste, while at the same time providing natural ingredients.
M-Industry and NiceFiller (Italy) will be exploring the use of shelf-life prolonging packaging together. NiceFiller’s solution has protective and anti-microbial properties, which are tailor-made to lower product-specific spoilage. Both parties aim to reduce food waste caused by spoilage of fresh products.
Coca-Cola Switzerland and Kickstart have co-developed a cultural transformation program to further drive entrepreneurial behaviour at Coke. Through the program the employees are adapting the entrepreneurial way of working including personal ownership, agility, courage, using the external network and yet keeping the strengths lying within a large corporate.
Partnerships in HealthTech:
AXA and OneDoc (CH) have agreed on a pilot project to enable online booking of therapists. Finding the right therapist and fixing an appointment outside opening hours is a nightmare today. With the solution of OneDoc the booking becomes convenient – and the cost coverage by the AXA health insurance will be guaranteed.
AXA and Selfapy (Germany) run a pilot project for a news service for SMEs. The aim is to prevent and detect absences from work because of psychological problems early. Thanks to Selfapy and AXA, SMEs provide their employees with free anonymous access to a 12-week online program with therapy modules tackling topics such as stress, depression, anxiety and eating disorders.
Klubschule Migros and Braive (Sweden) will work together to investigate the demand on the Swiss market for online Mental Health programs and more especially for psychosocial education. Klubschule Migros wants to expand its wide range of fitness, dance and relaxation through an online offer. Braive wants to test the demand for online programs for prevention, therapy and follow-up of mental health in the Swiss market through Klubschule Migros. Both partners are looking forward to the cooperation.
Klubschule Migros and the Migros health initiative iMpuls have partnered with Selfapy (Germany) with the aim of exploring the demand and acceptance by the Swiss market for mental health online therapy courses. Klubschule Migros wants to add an online product to its rich existing offering in fitness, dance, relaxation and nutrition. iMpuls is also interested in launching an online mental health service. Selfapy wants to be more active in the Swiss (self-payer) market thanks to Klubschule Migros, and later through iMpuls. All partners are looking forward to the cooperation.
Medbase is performing PoCs with several startups from Kickstart Innovation to continue its effort bringing innovation into healthcare. With the company Medicus AI (Austria) for example, Medbase is testing their AI-based platform that interprets and convert health data and reports into personalized and easy-to-understand explanations. Furthermore, Medbase is evaluating smart textile solutions to measure HRV and ECG together with the Swiss-based startup Nahtlos (CH). Additionally, Medbase works with Selfapy (Germany) to evaluate online therapy for mental health. Also, Medbase will integrate Onedoc’s (CH) online booking platform into their service.
Partnerships from the Smart City area:
Swisscom and BeON Energy (Portugal) examine together the possibilities to make Swisscom’s mobile network more sustainable and energy-efficient. The project will explore the potential of using solutions from BeON in a number of locations in the Swisscom network.
Oxygen at Work (CH) and the City of Zurich work together to improve the indoor air quality of the city’s office spaces, identify optimization potential and reduce the energy consumption of its office buildings. The overall goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of the city’s employees and help to achieve the city’s sustainability goals.
The City of Zurich and Totemi (CH) jointly implement a new type of guidance system for museums and public institutions. In order to add more value to the actual exhibition and gather interest from a wider public, Totemi will deploy its solution within the NONAM museum in Zurich. By combining a physical and connected signage, augmented reality and a conversational user interface Totemi will provide a complete solution that will extend the experience outside of the Museum for visitors and schools. The tools provided by Totemi will ensure autonomy and flexibility to address new uses cases within the public institution.
Indoor plants help to reduce pollutants indoors and to increase humidity. In order to leverage those effects for the automation of smart buildings Oxygen at Work (CH) and Empa will research together at NEST and conduct various tests and experiments. The goal is to minimize the energy consumption of the building and reduce its carbon footprint.
Kraftwerk Zurich will deploy Breeze Technologies‘ (Germany) solution in order to show the public how indoor air conditions look like and how the digital measurement of air in a building works. By combining a miniature IoT Indoor Air Quality sensor and a Cloud analytics platform Breeze will measure the amounts of pollutants in the big event hall of Kraftwerk and showcase the results for every visitor during the final Kickstart Events in real-time transmission. By this, Kraftwerk and Breeze want to pinpoint on the importance of air quality for our health and well-being and promote the interest in IoT products for all interested parties.
Panter, a software agency specialized in innovation projects, and Totemi (CH) offering unique urban customer experiences through creative tours, announced today a business collaboration aiming at introducing innovative technologies like augmented reality (AR) and machine learning (ML) to enrich Totemi urban tour experiences as well as conducting joint sales and joint development activities.
Partnerships and projects in the Intrapreneurship Vertical:
Swiss Mobiliar plans to use advaisor‘s Client Centricity Module to improve customer friendliness in individual and mass correspondence. The tool works like a spell-checker for client-centricity to improve quality of templates used in outbound communication.
After the successful pilots of UPTO car subscription for private individuals and fleet management for corporate customers, the AXA management has given the go-ahead for the rollout throughout Switzerland! The next step: growing and scaling through an AXA owned spin-off.
Photos by Thomas Lüthi, Ringier.
The Kickstart Accelerator 2018 startups are selected! 30 promising tech companies from 12 countries will come to Zurich this fall to work together with Swiss corporations, universities, cities and foundations in order to drive deep technologies. Next to them, also 5 intrapreneur teams will participate in this year’s program – more than ever before.
Kickstart Accelerator has chosen 30 technology startups for its 2018 program. The companies will come to Zurich for seven weeks this autumn, where they will meet with Swiss corporations, cities, universities and foundations aiming at initiating successful innovation partnerships and joint pilot projects. No other program in Switzerland is bringing together as many established organizations with technology startups as Kickstart Accelerator.
The following startups participate in Kickstart Accelerator 2018:
EdTech & Learning
CodeAll (Poland) is a coding-platform that addresses people that want to get the first steps in programming in general and master the basics of programming and algorithmic, connecting software with sensory hardware in a similar way to Lego Robots.
Differ (Norway) brings your classes, study groups and professional networks closer together, so you can learn more, teach better and get things done with a little more fun – based on AI.
Gnowbe (Singapore) is a mobile micro-learning platform that enables enterprises to onboard and train employees more efficiently and effectively with over 60 clients in 17 countries.
Labster (Denmark) has developed revolutionary life-sciences (VR+ Desktop) simulations, customizing learning programs with the world’s leading universities and licensing globally, potential applications as well in leadership training.
Potential.ly (UK) is a skills-driven continuous-professional-development platform with smart career readiness features.
Sharing Academy (Spain) is a peer-to-peer tutoring marketplace that allows students to offer and to find peer tutoring classes from any course within his degree and university.
TEACHY (Switzerland) helps apprentices & pupils to increase their grades at school significantly by providing a completely new kind of personal or online 1-1 tutoring.
WriteReader (Denmark) is a global literacy platform that enables children (3-10 years) to become creators and authors by using 21st-century skills.
FinTech & Crypto
Altoo (Switzerland) empowers wealthy individuals and their families to consolidate and interact with their total wealth in a simple and intuitive way, including crypto.
Asteria (Sweden) automates cash flow forecasting and give feedback to understand clients’ business cash flow and help make more data driven business decisions.
Fintechdb (Norway) is a service that helps FinTech buyers to understand the FinTech market, so that they can make the right choices when it comes to finding partners, analyzing competition and trends, or just getting a broad overview.
Gauss Algorithmic (Czech Republic) combines internal and external data to understand the motivation behind users purchasing financial products like loans and using advanced analytics methods like machine learning to find new “similar” customer.
Reportix (Germany) helps businesses to bring real contracts into Blockchain technology – legally sound, for humans, machine processable.
ResonanceX Ltd. (UK) is a digital platform enabling the end-to-end automation of the price discovery, issuance and administration of Structured Products.
Trakti (UK) is the first contract negotiation and management platform enabling the possibility to run deals/contracts negotiations using different protocols and interaction models on a self service base and automate the obligation management of the contract via smart contract and blockchain.
vlot (Switzerland) is a B2B2C platform opening up an agile and integrated world of risk analysis, coverage and life planning.
YUKKA Lab AG (Germany) is a technology leader in the field of Augmented Language Intelligence and context-based text analysis for the financial industry.
Food & Retail Tech
Alver Golden Chlorella (Switzerland) aims to improve consumers’ health as well as our environment by offering foods that are healthy, tasty and sustainable containing plant protein and the micro-algae Golden Chiarella®.
Besso (Germany) is an unconventional socially-minded brand, created by a barista to give to tea the attention it deserves.
Mondays (Switzerland) is a monthly subscription service delivering 100% plastic free period products to your door.
LuckaBox (Switzerland) is a cloud-based platform for on-demand deliveries and warehousing to provide retailers with what their customers increasingly demand: on-demand deliveries.
microPow (Switzerland) is an all-natural delivery system for aromas and flavors which drastically improves the storability and enhances the release of contained aroma and flavor compounds.
Yarok Microbio (Israel) provides a new fast testing technology for the food industry. Detect & count bacteria (E.coli, Listeria, Salmonella, etc.) in 45 minutes instead of days.
Smart Cities & Infrastructure
AVUXI (UK) is working on the conversion of geo big data for indexing the popularity of every place on earth.
Block Dox (UK) is working on occupancy and indoor environmental tracking sensors and data analytics.
Fleco Power AG (Switzerland) is a technology platform for decentralized energy systems consisting of control system and IoT-based hardware.
Hivemind (Switzerland) is an IoT platform including a collection of web services to connect, manage, and maintain IoT devices.
Kido Dynamics (Switzerland) is a data analytics platform with reconstruction and forecast techniques for smart cities focussing on mobility patterns.
Pedius (Italy) has developed a text-to-speech/ speech-to-text solution for deaf and hard of hearing people using voice recognition and speech synthesis.
The Energy Audit (Italy) is an AI-based energy management software with real-time data acquisition and predictive models for energy consumption.
Next to the 30 startups, also 5 intrapreneur teams will participate in the program – more than ever before. Intrapreneurs are “entrepreneurs within a company”; although being integrated in a corporation, they act as autonomous teams on innovative projects – very similar to a startup. Credit Suisse, Migros and Swisscom are bringing intrapreneur teams into the program:
Credit Suisse:Open banking project to enable efficient and secure payment processing for e- and m-commerce.
Menu Casa (Migros): Home delivery service of healthy, varied and delicious food for people in the prime of life who are not able or willing to cook for themselves.
OLIQ (Migros): Innovative and liquid supplements combining vitamins, minerals and natural plant extracts, e.g. for strengthening the immune system or boosting the energy level.
Migros Klubschule:Online coaching platform for personal and professional development with more than 7`000 teachers and experts of Migros Klubschule.
Robo VC (Swisscom): Software as a Service based on Artificial Intelligence to support investors in the venture capital industry in planning and making their investments.
Kickstart Accelerator is operated by Impact Hub Zurich, which is the largest local community within the global Impact Hub network worldwide. The program, which was launched 2015 by digitalswitzerland, takes place from July to October, including a one-week Planning Sprint in September and a six-weeks Collaboration Sprint from October 1st to November 9th, during which the international teams will be on site in Zurich.