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.
In summer 2018, the Danish startup WriteReader joined Kickstart as one of the selected EdTech companies. WriteReader’s learning solution supports children in reading and writing by making kids authors of their own digital books. One year later, WriteReader has established three successful partnerships in Switzerland with the education ministry, a premier football club, and a software education company. Here is Babar Baig, CEO and Co-Founder of WriteReader, sharing his Kickstart story:
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Having been part of several startup accelerator programs previously, we at WriteReader weren’t sure if joining another program would be the right priority for us. We already had a globally working proof-of-concept. Yet, we were convinced by the fact that the Kickstart program is truly partnership-based – the partners, comprising universities, foundations, corporations and other leading Swiss institutions, had a big say when it came to the selection of startups for the program. As a startup, it is a dream scenario to come to a place where several potential partners are present and have already shown interest in your company.
365 days, 3 Partnerships closed across three sectors
It’s been a year since we joined Kickstart. Today, we have three running partnerships in Switzerland. We kept our pipeline broad, yet initially focused on getting a pilot running to validate our learning solution in the Swiss school system.
During the Kickstart program, we were able to launch a pilot project with Swiss primary schools, greatly supported by two leading Swiss foundations, Mercator Foundation Switzerland and Jacobs Foundation, as well as Dybuster, a Swiss EdTech Company. As a foreign company, for WriteReader it would have been impossible to bring such diverse local partners together.
Our initial pilot partner, Dybuster was key to understanding the school landscape in Switzerland. Eventually, WriteReader became a good fit to expand Dybuster’s product portfolio from helping children with dyslexia to general and creative literacy support for children. We are very happy to see that Swiss schools are now able to use our German version “Schreiblabor”.
Through the “Kickstart Partner Safari” which was part of the Kickstart selection process, we met with the Canton of Zurich, that showed interest in exploring how our learning tool built for children would be applicable for basic competency education for adults. Through multiple interactions, we succeeded in agreeing on a 3-year digital flagship agreement for the Government’s e-Lounge, a new basic competency initiative “Lernstuben”.
Our Kickstart advisor, a seasoned Swiss entrepreneur, was a crucial part as well. He introduced WriteReader to the Swiss football club Young Boys Bern. We saw an opportunity emerging to enable sports clubs to use WriteReader as a “Fan Engagement” solution. Today, WriteReader is thrilled to see Young Boys fans create and share their own digital fan books while learning to read and write at the same time!
Useful tips for future Kickstart startups
Tip No. 1:
Keep your focus throughout the program. We had a razor-sharp focus ion the initial pilot. We realized that the basis of potential future partnerships would be dependent on a successful pilot with Swiss schools. Even though we had plenty of proof before, the pilot played out to be an important local signal of the quality of our solution. Time is limited and there is so much to do. So prioritization is key.
Tip No. 2:
Don’t expect things will happen in a few months (it might happen and that would be great) but keep in mind that it’s the long-term commitment of your time that eventually pays off. I have come back to Switzerland 4-6 times after the program and steadily followed up with the contacts initiated through the program. We had a broad pipeline and received several refusals, but the key was to keep pushing gently and to leverage the great network provided by the Kickstart program over time.
About the author:
Babar has over 10 years of experience in operational and strategic marketing. He has previously worked with Danish telecom, TDC and The Society of Danish Engineers. In 2012, Babar co-founded WriteReader enabling children to learn through creation. WriteReader is a scientifically based learning platform that accelerates children’s learning through their own interests.
We’re delighted to announce the collaborations between the #kickstarters18 startups and established organizations. More than 35 PoCs and partnership projects have resulted from the program.
Kickstart, a program of Impact Hub Zurich, launched in 2015 by digitalswitzerland, bridges the gap between later-stage startups, corporations, cities, universities, and institutions to accelerate deep tech innovations with positive impact. For the third edition, 30 Swiss and international tech startups had moved into the collaboration space Kraftwerk in Zurich, where they met with leading corporations and organizations aiming at launching joint projects. More than 70 such partnership projects have emerged from the programme since its inception.
Here is the overview of the 2018 pilot projects and partnerships:
ETH Zurich and Differ (Norway) collaborate to build digital learning communities for (ETH) students by testing Differ’s software in a pilot project with one ETH bachelor course engaging more than 500 students.
ETH Zurich and Potential.ly (UK) explore a collaboration to support (ETH) students’ professional development paths and career-readiness in the scope of a pilot with selected students doing company internships.
Migros Club School will start a PoC with Labster(Denmark) aiming at evaluating a new method for creating digital language learning content in 3D Virtual Reality environments and the impact of such content on client engagement.
Swisscom and TEACHY (CH) are collaborating in a PoC to explore opportunities in the field of 1on1 personal learning between Swisscom experts and Swisscom employees.
The University of Zurich will cooperate with Labster(Denmark) to explore laboratory simulations and virtual reality in university science instruction.
The Career Services of the University of Zurich is developing application opportunities with Potential.ly (UK) to use the platform to increase career readiness of students at UZH.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the University of Zurich will work with Differ (Norway) to increase collaboration amongst students and teaching assistants by using the platform.
The Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the University of Zurich will collaborate with Potential.ly (UK) in a pilot project to promote digital skills training of its employees.
ZHAW is planning a PoC with the Bernese educational startup TEACHY (CH) in the field of student tutoring to promote the educational careers of its students.
In the Fintech & Crypto Vertical, 10 collaborations with Kickstart partners were agreed on:
Credit Suisse and the Switzerland-based company Altoo AG, offering solutions for wealthy individuals, stated their intention to work together in the area of future private banking platform solutions.
Credit Suisse and Asteria (Sweden) intend to test opportunities in cash flow advisory for small & medium-sized corporate clients.
Credit Suisse and Reportix (Germany) are exploring the potential for digitization and automated processing of documents and forms using non-proprietary Ricardian Contracts (human and machine-readable contracts).
Credit Suisse and YUKKA Lab AG (Germany) intend to collaborate with regards to Yukka’s value proposition to use augmented language and machine learning to analyze global financial news from trusted sources.
Swisscom is exploring the opportunities of “Open Banking” for the Swiss financial industry with the Fintech companies Altoo AG (CH) and YUKKA Lab AG (Germany).
Swisscom is launching a PoC with the Norwegian startup Fintechdb (Norway) to better map the Swiss FinTech ecosystem.
AXA is collaborating with Reportix to explore opportunities for new insurance products providing trust, transparency and automation created by blockchain-based platforms.
PwC Switzerland and YUKKA Lab AG(Germany) signed a Letter of Intent to progress the development of joint business cases in the field of Augmented Language Intelligence for the financial industry.
C4DR and Trakti (Italy) have agreed to test the Trakti Smart Contract platform with C4DR’s Blockchain-powered Supply Chain Finance Business and Security Token Factory.
The Food & Retail Tech Vertical saw 9 collaborative projects resulting from the programme:
Coop and Alver (CH) are looking into integrating Alver branded products into the Coop assortment as well as into using their innovative vegan protein for product development.
Coop and LuckaBox (CH) are running two Proofs of Concepts to explore potential benefits of a new ultra-local urban distribution model as well as using LuckaBox’ cloud-based technology for effective last mile deliveries.
Coop and microPow (CH) are collaborating with the goal to bring enhanced, shelf-stable, natural microPow aromas into a variety of food products.
Migros will start two PoCs with LuckaBox (CH). The Migros Cooperative Zurich launches a pilot project with the startup and thereby expands its range of services. From November 2019, customers of Migros City will be able to have their purchases delivered directly to their home.
M-Industry will start a PoC with Besso (Germany) aiming at testing Besso tea pads in the Swiss market.
Mondelēz International and Alver (CH) are exploring the application of a new sustainable plant-based protein source in different snack forms.
Mondelēz International and microPow (CH) are looking at opportunities to better preserve high-value ingredients in snacks to make their benefits fully available to consumers.
Empa is collaborating with BlockDox (UK) to implement their IoT and AI-driven sensor analytics solution at the NEST research and innovation building.
Empa and Fleco Power (CH) collaborate to assess the potential and technical implementation for using the electricity consumption flexibility of Empa NEST demonstrator to help stabilize the local electricity grid in Dübendorf.
ewz is collaborating with BlockDox (UK) to implement their patented IoT and AI-driven sensor analytics solution at the collaboration space Kraftwerk in Zurich Selnau.
ewz and Fleco Power (CH) are performing a pilot project to test a control unit in a charging station for electric vehicles operated by ewz.
ewz is collaborating with Hivemind (CH) to set up different IoT/LoRaWAN use cases and implement and visualize them on the Hivemind-IoT platform.
The City of Zurich and Pedius are in final discussions to agree on a collaboration to make calls for selected services accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing. During the process of establishing the project, Impact Hub Zürich will continue to support Pedius.
“It is exciting to see such a great number of collaborations between the startups and the partners that are growing the Kickstart Community,” said Kickstart Co-Lead, Katka Letzing. “This shows that Kickstart has the potential to truly connect technology startups from all over the world with the Swiss innovation ecosystem.”
Next to the cooperation between the startups and the large partners, some of the startups have also initiated partnerships with each other:For example, Sharing Academy (Spain) and TEACHY (CH) agreed on a PoC to combine their forces of business and software development with the purpose of improving education in Switzerland. In the FinTech Vertical, ResonanceX and Altoo AG are teaming up for a joint exploration in providing next-generation post-trade information for structured product investments to wealthy individuals. Kickstart alumni PriceHubble and Altoo explore possibilities on real estate valuation based on machine learning for comprehensive digital wealth management.And YUKKA Lab AG has entered into a partnership with the Kickstart alumni AAAccell.
In addition, Mondays has partnered with Diversify to offer corporates and startups the opportunity to tangibly deliver on their top level diversity goals, by providing women’s essential products in the workplace. In the meantime, Kickstart supported the startup AVUXI from UK in closing a partnership deal with 3 Swiss online travel companies, including Nezasa and Bedfinder. Swiss startup vlot. got support to work on closing two partnership deals in the field of InsurTech.
Furthermore, during the few weeks of Kickstart 2018, the startups have raised 6.5 million CHF funding from international and Swiss investors.
New Cybersecurity Vertical in 2019 in cooperation with SATW
In the coming year, Kickstart aims at tapping into new technology areas: Together with the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences SATW, the program will launch a Cybersecurity Vertical in order to foster innovation in the fields of IT-, information- and data security. Additionally, Kickstart is in advanced conversations for a vertical on health technologies in Zurich.
Over 30 Proof of Concepts (PoCs) and partnerships have been secured at Kickstart Accelerator, one of Europe’s largest no equity, multi-corporate accelerator programmes that culminates today – most of them with leading corporations. Coop, Credit Suisse, Empa, EY, Helsana, Migros, PwC Switzerland, Raiffeisen, Swisscom as well as UBS have entered into partnerships with the entrepreneurs participating in this year’s acceleration programme. At tonight’s grand Closing Ceremony the established PoCs and other partnerships will be announced in addition to the winners in each vertical, who will receive a 25`000 CHF grant. The accelerator – an initiative of digitalswitzerland and operated by Impact Hub Zurich – saw 29 startups as well as an intrapreneur team from AXA Winterthur and Swisscom working in collaboration for 11 weeks in the specially designed co-working space Kraftwerk. Their goal was to develop, scale and promote their business in the Swiss innovation ecosystem with the guide of industry experts and unparalleled access to internationally recognized corporations. The programme also supported by C4DR and evitive, focused on the fields of FinTech, Food, Smart Cities as well as Robotics & Intelligent Systems, which is reflective of Switzerland’s heritage innovation sub sectors.
– EY is collaborating with US-startup Adjoint to develop a PoC in the field of blockchain for a global insurance client.
– Helsana insurance and Fjuul are joining forces to further improve functionality and user experience of the new Helsana+ App.
– PwC Switzerland has signed a Letter of Intent with Zurich-based Apiax to intensify the discussion about joining forces to work on digitising compliance processes in the financial industry.
– PwC Switzerland and Finnish startup Fjuul have signed a Letter of Intent to further evaluate the option of jointly bringing exciting digital solutions to insurance companies.
– Swisscom is planning a PoC to integrate services that PriceHubble offers into their existing banking service.
– UBS and AAAccell, a University of Zurich spin-off working in the field of risk- and asset management, will start a PoC project to build a smart risk-based engine.
– UBS and PriceHubble, a startup offering innovative real estate software-as-a-service solutions, agreed on a common PoC to further develop UBS`s offering in the mortgage business.
– UBS and CityFALCON have worked closely together to explore different opportunities on how to leverage a potential partnership. Nothing has been agreed yet, however, it can be confirmed, that UBS sees value in exploring CityFALCON`s offering in a potential PoC.
– Coop has announced a collaboration with Swiss company KITRO. The two firms plan to test KITRO’s solution to prevent food waste at several Coop restaurants within a PoC next year.
– Raiffeisen Bank has acquired a Living Farming tree by the Italian Food startup Hexagro Urban Farming as the first step of a PoC and will validate a potential use in Raiffeisen offices.
– Coop and Migros have both agreed on individual PoCs with FlavorWiki. Their technology allows food producers, retailers and others to collect detailed data about consumer taste preferences. Coop and Migros will both test this technology internally.
– Swisscom Broadcast will work together with Zurich-based startup Antavi on a PoC to develop a smart tracking solution for public safety.
– Swisscom has signed a PoC with uHoo. The ICT-provider will integrate the indoor air quality device by the Singapore-based company in the Swisscom TestLab in Biel.
– Swisscom and Hawa Dawa have signed a PoC to develop a real-time data model of air quality in Zurich. The German startup is leveraging open data from the city of Zurich and is using big data analytics and machine learning algorithms to model the air quality in the whole city.
– The city of Bern provides Hawa Dawa in a PoC with data to establish a profound data model and to calibrate their instruments.
– Swisscom starts a partnership with BikeLook: The Irish startup will use Swisscom’s Low Power Network to have an improved battery lifetime.
– Empa will be launching a PoC with Zurich-startup Parquery that is working in the field of smart parking management.
– The cities of Zurich, Bern and St. Gallen, are discussing further collaboration and sharing of knowledge with different startups, e.g. with BikeLook from Dublin.
– Coop has defined a PoC with Indian startup iFuture Robotics to test the startup’s autonomous robots to automate certain processes within Coop’s retail warehouses.
In addition to the cooperation between the startups and corporate partners, some of the startups have also started to cooperate with each other. For example, the intrapreneur team Rent’n’Share has partnered with the UK/Switzerland based startup Spark Horizon to offer a sustainable mobility solution. The FinTech startups AAAccell,Blocko and Coincube confirmed partnerships to work on two individual blockchain pilots. Zurich-based Apiax is going to work with South African startup Libryo in the field of legal and insurance solutions. Meanwhile, CoinCube and CityFALCON will be working together on AI/blockchain solutions and London-based startup Nivaura, that took part in the 2016 programme, is starting a joint project with Adjoint from this year’s batch focusing on blockchain solutions.
“It is great to see the number of partnerships between the startups and the corporates has increased significantly compared to last year,” said Patricia Schlenter, Programme Manager at Kickstart Accelerator. “This shows that Kickstart Accelerator has the potential to truly support international startups to gain access to the Swiss innovation ecosystem.”
International tech companies anchor in Switzerland
Several of the participating startups have already or are planning to bring units of their businesses to Switzerland. For example, the Ghana-based food tech startup Farmerline is planning to base their third office in Zurich and US-startup RADiCAL is opening the first office outside New York in Zurich to attract talent in the areas of AI and autonomous systems, with the Zurich office expected to serve as the company’s research and development lab. In addition, US-startup COINCUBE is incorporating in Switzerland to implement projects in the digital asset space. More incorporations are being planned.
Furthermore, since the start of the programme in July this year, the Kickstart Accelerator startups all together have raised more than 8 million CHF funding from international and Swiss investors.
“At the beginning of the programme, we set ambitious goals – and we are overwhelmed to even have exceeded them. Besides the promising cooperation agreements, several of the startups are also hiring Swiss employees or even plan to open a new office here,” Programme Manager Patricia Schlenter said. “In addition, the quality of this year’s startups was exceptionally high – as for example shown by the investor funds raised since the programme started. We are convinced that Kickstart Accelerator 2017 has once again contributed to strengthening the Swiss innovation ecosystem.”
Kickstart Accelerator 2017 ends tonight with the official Closing Ceremony. It will be live streamed on Kickstart Accelerator’s Facebook page today from 4:15 PM to 7:15 PM CET.