Announcement of 48 Proofs of Concepts at the official Closing Ceremony
COVID-19 drives companies to accelerate the transition to digital
Zurich, 9 November, 2020 - Kickstart Innovation, one of Europe's leading innovation platforms, announced the initiation of 48 Proofs of Concepts (PoCs) and other partnerships between start-ups, scale-ups and established companies and institutions. Since 2015, a total of over 170 such collaborations have been initiated in the fields of Circular Economy, EdTech & New Work, FinTech & InsurTech, Food & RetailTech, HealthTech, Smart City & Technology and others, with great success. "This year many companies were challenged to change their operating processes and digitalize applications in a very short time. The partnerships established this year indicate that transforming processes early on using digital and other innovative solutions is a competitive advantage. For this purpose, large companies are increasingly interested in collaborating with high-growth start-ups," explains Katka Letzing, Co-Founder and CEO of Kickstart Innovation. These collaborations have gained even more importance if Switzerland is to maintain its innovation engagement on local and global levels.
Over the past ten weeks, well-known Swiss companies and institutions such as AXA, Coop, Migros, Swisscom, die Mobiliar, Stiftung Mercator Schweiz, the City of Zurich, PostFinance, Holcim Switzerland, Energie 360°, Credit Suisse and other partner organizations have formed valuable partnerships with scaleups from more than 11 countries. The partnerships were announced during the Online Ceremony yesterday.
A new Kickstart partnership is confirmed with Sanitas, one of the largest health insurance companies in Switzerland. "We are excited to collaborate with Kickstart in 2021! Based on the two test POCs performed earlier this year, I am confident that we are able to develop new and innovative offers for our clients in collaboration with start-ups in the Kickstart environment. Furthermore, our corporate values to make things simple, drive innovation and act in an open collaborative way build a strong foundation for successful POCs," says Andreas Schönenberger, CEO of Sanitas.
The Partnerships 2020 at a glance:
(Details on the Kickstart Website)
Partnerships in the EdTech & New Work Vertical:
Swisscom and alumni Area9 Lyceum scaled their pilot engaging 250 sales representatives with focus on their skills. The collaboration with Area9 Lyceum out of the Kickstart program led to a pre-learning self-assessment and algorithm-driven adaptive learning that created self-awareness and maximized every minute spent learning in a blended learning approach with impact on all ends. The project also has boosted the upskilling of Swisscom’s L&D function and has won multiple prestigious and international Learning Awards.
Partnerships in the FinTech & InsurTech Vertical:
MotionsCloud and LAMIE Direkt are in partnership to implement an AI computer vision driven automated pre-inspection of used smartphone insurance in the online purchasing process to evaluate the pre-existing conditions and improve the quality of the policies as well as else dispute at the point of claims.
Swisscom and alumni Fintechdb entered a commercial partnership, following participation in the Kickstart innovation program in 2018. The goal has been to bring Swisscom's "Swiss FinTech Startup Map", that was launched six years ago, to the next level, using Fintechdb's unique expertise in data digitization and visualization. The fruit of the collaboration can be seen on www.fintechmap.ch. The Swiss Fintech Startup Map is published on a monthly basis and is recognized today as a valued tool in the Swiss Fintech community. This technology can now be used by other industries to build and publish maps of their ecosystems. A Female Founders Map is one example that will be published in the near future by Impact Hub Zurich and ZHAW that have joined forces for an Innosuisse mandate. Fintechdb and Swisscom are proud to support this initiative, along with new maps that will be published in the near- to mid-future.
Alumni Veezoo, a Zurich-based ETH spin-off, developed an artificial intelligence based conversational solution, which can analyze large amounts of data, by using the myAnalytics platform, in seconds. In 2016 Veezoo entered a partnership with AXA to develop a sales intelligence solution. This year AXA rolled out Veezoo over 1800 agents all over Switzerland. By September 2020 Veezoo had over 15'000 queries from AXA employees.
Partnerships in the Food & Retail Tech Vertical:
Migros-Industry, the farmer’s organization IP Suisse and Boost Biomes are testing a new and innovative biological active ingredient - as a replacement for chemical-synthetic fungicides - in potato cultivation.
livealytics and the Genossenschaft Migros Zürich are partnering to learn more about shopper behaviour by testing how display set up influences shopping behaviour and experience in a non-food application.
Partnerships in the HealthTech Vertical:
By combining iMpuls’ comprehensive expertise in preventive health offerings and Uplyfe.io’s AI-platform for clinical-quality health programs, together they will provide highly specific nutrition strategies and digital health coaching.
consent and personal data lifecycle management software which helps organizations to manage
customer data from creation to use, sharing and disposal.
Three Panter customers plan to integrate Pryv into their services to enable clients in the healthcare, insurance and banking sectors to integrate leading "must-have consent" and auditing tools into their digital services to comply with existing and future privacy regulations.
A project has been initiated by growpal, in which Roche, Domo Safety and SMA Schweiz (patient association) will collaborate in order to develop and test an e-health service for people with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), combining wearable devices and ambient sensors.
Uplyfe.io and HelloBetter partner to offer integrated direct digital diagnosis and therapy solutions for people at risk of burnout in collaboration with a major Swiss health insurance company to significantly improve access to care.
AXA started a first pilot project with Selfapy in the end of 2019 for B2B customers, offering online therapy for employees of SMEs. The successful trial phase convinced AXA of the programs’ positive effects on mental health. The current situation with COVID-19 reinforced our decision to set up a new pilot offering together with Selfapy, which will be launched soon – this time also addressing B2C customers and AXA employees.
It is important to have mental health programs that offer straightforward and anonymous help, and that is what alumi Sanitas will provide its customers through a partnership with alumni Braive – a provider of online psychological therapies.
Partnerships in the Smart City Vertical:
In cooperation with Faaren, AXA is piloting the establishment of Swiss car dealers as car subscription providers; that will enable car dealers to offer their own fleet of vehicles as a car subscription.
Holcim Switzerland and Neustark share the vision of carbon neutral and circular concrete production - the companies move one step closer towards this goal by engaging in a joint material test program.
Energie 360° and HeatNeutral are evaluating a collaboration to test the start-up's innovative burner and fuel technology that replaces fuel oil heaters, delivers CO2-neutral heat and can potentially offer customers another option for CO2-neutral peak load coverage in district heating networks during winter months.
In addition, Kickstart’s technology partner, CSEM, is proud to support participating startups with the Deep Tech Journey Award, this year the prize goes to Mobbot focusing on a unique approach to 3D concrete printing.
Cognizant and alumni Oxygen at Work further expanded their partnership following the successful projects in Switzerland and Germany. Using Oxygen at Work's holistic indoor air quality solution they are planning the further roll out across various European locations, supporting the provision of healthy and sustainable work environments, also in regards to COVID-19.
Partnerships and projects in the Intrapreneurship Vertical:
AXA Mobility Services AG (AMS) started as an internal start-up project of AXA Switzerland with a digital mobility platform and the two products "UPTO – the fleet management" and "UPTO – the car subscription" at Kickstart. With UPTO's fleet management and car subscription, AMS offers entrepreneurs and private individuals new mobility services that help to reduce costs in the long term and save valuable time. Since then, AMS has successfully scaled and positioned both products on the B2B and B2C market. It currently manages hundreds of cars, effectively and sustainably reducing the mobility costs of its customers. The company, which started as a project with ten employees, has 25 employees now, who successfully pursue their goals and actively shape the future of mobility.
For more information, please contact:
Alexandra (Sasha) Steinmann
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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 of Impact Hub Zurich and was launched in 2015 by digitalswitzerland. In 2020, Kickstart runs five verticals: EdTech & New Work, FinTech & InsurTech, Food & Retail Tech, HealthTech, Smart City & Technology; an Intrapreneurship program and the Circular Economy Initiative together with partner organizations across industries: AXA, Coop, Migros, Swisscom, die Mobiliar, ETH Zürich, City of Zurich, Amt für Wirtschaft und Arbeit, Gebert Rüf Stiftung, Holcim Switzerland, MAVA Foundation, Mercator Foundation Switzerland, PostFinance, Mövenpick, New Work SE, Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE, Credit Suisse, CSEM, Energie 360°, Empa NEST, Sanitas, University Hospital Zurich, Panter, SATW, Swiss Edtech Collider,
Impact Hub Switzerland, Santenext, Swiss Healthcare Startups, Roche, EPFL, Growpal, Ringier, Wenger & Vieli AG, Google for Startups, Nespresso, Canton de Vaud, Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd., South Pole, Jacobs Foundation, evitive, WECOCO, Panter, Magnolia, and more.