Media Release: Kickstart Program Meets Milestone of Over 200 Innovation Deals

Suki Dusanj-Lenz
November 10 2021
ZÜRICH, 10. November 2021 - Kickstart Innovation, one of Europe's leading innovation platforms, has achieved over 200 innovation deals since its inception with the announcement of this year's 50 Proofs of Concepts (PoCs) and other partnerships between start-ups, scale-ups and established companies and organizations. "We naturally hope that among the new partnerships there will be just as successful ones as we have seen, for example, with Planted, Coop and Migros, Axa and Veezoo or PostFinance and decentriq in the past years," explains Katka Letzing, co-founder and CEO of Kickstart Innovation. Since 2015, over 200 such collaborations have been launched in the application areas of Circular Economy, EdTech & New Work, FinTech & InsurTech, Food & RetailTech, HealthTech, Smart City & Technology, with great success. "On the one hand, digitalization and sustainability are drivers in innovation; on the other hand, it shows that the early transformation of processes through digital and other innovative solutions provides a competitive advantage for this. Large companies are increasingly interested in cooperating with high-growth start-ups and developing together here," Katka Letzing continues. This year, 13 Proofs of Concept come from Switzerland, 37 from abroad.

ZÜRICH, 10. November 2021 - Kickstart Innovation, one of Europe's leading innovation platforms, has achieved over 200 innovation deals since its inception with the announcement of this year's 50 Proofs of Concepts (PoCs) and other partnerships between start-ups, scale-ups and established companies and organizations. "We naturally hope that among the new partnerships there will be just as successful ones as we have seen, for example, with Planted, Coop and Migros, Axa and Veezoo or PostFinance and decentriq in the past years," explains Katka Letzing, co-founder and CEO of Kickstart Innovation. Since 2015, over 200 such collaborations have been launched in the application areas of Circular Economy, EdTech & New Work, FinTech & InsurTech, Food & RetailTech, HealthTech, Smart City & Technology, with great success. "On the one hand, digitalization and sustainability are drivers in innovation; on the other hand, it shows that the early transformation of processes through digital and other innovative solutions provides a competitive advantage for this. Large companies are increasingly interested in cooperating with high-growth start-ups and developing together here," Katka Letzing continues. This year, 13 Proofs of Concept come from Switzerland, 37 from abroad. 

Among the renowned Swiss companies and institutions that have entered into a cooperation are AXA, Coop, Migros, Swisscom, la Mobilière, Stadt Zürich, PostFinance, Credit Suisse, ETH Zurich, Sanitas, Canton de Vaud, Mava Foundation and other organizations.

A new Kickstart partnership is confirmed with ​CSS,​ one of the largest health insurance companies in Switzerland. "W​e are excited to collaborate with Kickstart in 2022!" says ​​Michael Rieger, Head of Strategy & Corporate Services at CSS. “We want to help shape the future of healthcare and are therefore constantly working on innovative ideas on how we can accompany our customers even better. The cooperation with Kickstart is intended to help us move forward in this process.”

The Partnerships 2021 at a glance:

(Details on the Kickstart Website. Download the press release here)               

Partnerships in the EdTech & New Work Focus Area: (6)

 

Partnerships in the FinTech & InsurTech Focus Area: (13)

     Partnerships in the Food & Retail Tech Focus Area: (9)

 

Partnerships in the HealthTech Focus Area: (8)

 

Partnerships in the Smart City Focus Area: (14)

 

For more information, please contact:

Suki Dusanj - Lenz

Global Senior Communications Manager

+41 77 529 63 26

press@kickstart-innovation.com

About Kickstart 

Kickstart is one of Europe's largest zero equity, multi-corporate ecosystem innovation platforms that runs a scale-up program for high-growth startups with the goal to accelerate deep tech innovation in Switzerland. Science and engineering-driven technologies have the potential to solve humanity’s biggest challenges. They require unprecedented collaboration between established organizations and the most audacious entrepreneurs out there. Kickstart is committed to build bridges and bring various organizations such as startups, corporates, cities, foundations and universities together. Each year, Kickstart brings up to 100 entrepreneurs to Switzerland to collaborate with key players for proofs of concept, pilot projects and other innovation partnerships. Additionally, through the intrapreneurship program Kickstart helps established organisations accelerate internal innovation.

Kickstart is a spin-off from Impact Hub Zurich and was launched in 2015 by digitalswitzerland. Kickstart's locations and program this year are the innovation space  Kraftwerk in Zurich and Impact Hub Lausanne together with Impact Hub Geneva hosting hybrid events. Kickstart runs five focus areas, EdTech & New Work, FinTech & InsurTech, Food & Retail Tech, HealthTech, Smart City & Technology, plus Intrapreneurship and Circular Economy being multi focused together with partner organizations across industries: AXA, Coop, Migros, Swisscom, la Mobilière, PostFinance, ETH Zürich, City of Zürich, Amt für Wirtschaft und Arbeit, MAVA Foundation, Credit Suisse, CSEM, Diabetes Center Bern, Empa NEST, Sanitas, Universitätsspital Zürich, Axpo, Panter, SATW, Impact Hub Switzerland, Canton de Vaud, Santenext, Swiss Healthcare Startups, Growpal, Ringier, Wenger & Vieli AG, Google for Startups, Nespresso, MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep AG, South Pole, evitive, WECOCO, Magnolia, Day8, HealthTech Cluster Switzerland, CSS Insurance, GFM, Switzerland Global Enterprise and more.