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Kickstart Weekly Digest #6

Weekly Digests are shared during the 10-week Kickstart program to keep our community up to date on exciting news, announcements, and updates from Kickstart, our partners, and our startups and alumni. View in browser here.

Happy Friday, Kickstart Family!

Last Saturday, #Kickstarter22 New Roots hosted the team on a VIP tour as part of an open house day at their headquarters in Oberdiessbach. Read more about the delicious & insightful experience on our blog here.

Kickstart Global Partner AXA hosted a virtual Kickstart Pitch Day on Monday for their international offices to learn more about our successful and innovative partnership. The event included a panel discussion on Best-Practice Innovation with Søren Nielsen, entrepreneur and author of “Death by Innovation Theater”, Tatjana Bender, Head of Corporate Development & Innovation at AXA, Katka Letzing, CEO & Co-Founder at Kickstart & Claudia Bienentreu, Head of Open Innovation at AXA Switzerland. This was followed by 6 pitches from our 2022 scaleups CyberSmart, Surfly, Keleya, Unique, Share.P & medicalmotion.

Tuesday marked our second exclusive CEO Dinner of 2022, where we welcomed over 80 local and international executives to Beaulieu Circulaire Lausanne - the new venue dedicated to circularity and inclusion in Switzerland. Huge thanks to all of our speakers, including Raphaël Conz, Head of Business Unit at Canton de Vaud, Christoph Hunziker from La Mobilière, Nathalie Cadot from MAVA Foundation, Julia Binder from IMD, Alice Fauconnet from #Kickstarter22 New Roots and our 10 pitchers Virtuosis, Workwolf, Aidonic, Doconomy, Ampliphi, SolarGaps, Urbanistic, Happy Bob, Deep Longevity & Gridsteer.

To wrap up the week, Kickstart hosted the City of Zurich Demo Day at the Smart City Lab, where 4 of our 2022 scaleups - Surfly, Nudgd, SolarGaps & Share.P - pitched to various City of Zurich departments, showcasing their innovative solutions and how they could be implemented within the organization.

Thank you for being part of this adventure!


Vertical Vision 👀

Finance & Insurance

  • Aidonic finalized another successful pilot project with Pan American Development Foundation testing their award-winning digital platform in Trinidad, proving that humanitarian aid distributions can be traceable, transparent, and monitored remotely and in real-time.

  • bsurance partnered with leading Slovakian financial institution Tatra Banka on a PoC to create and test a new embedded insurance product: transaction-based short-term travel insurance.

  • Doconomy was selected by the United Nations to present leading perspectives on Climate Action at COP27.

  • Katka Letzing, CEO & Co-Founder of Kickstart was a guest speaker on the London FinTech Podcast. Listen here.

Smart Cities

New Work & Learning

Health & Wellbeing

Food & Retail

  • #Kickstarter21 Aqua Cultured Foods announced their partnership with SV Group to bring alternative seafood sushi cuts to their smart fridges across Switzerland.

  • PlasticFri are finalists for the Green Award by The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York.

  • Check out Ampliphi’s New Venture Video, live now.


Main Events 🗓

Vertical Journeys & more on our website here.

Kickstart Investor Summit - 15 November 2022 @ Virtual Event (invite only)


#Kickstarter22 Spotlight: Urbanistic interview here.


Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more to come!

Best wishes,

Alanna Murphy | Senior Program Manager


13 Feb 2024


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