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!
This week, Kickstart headed to Bern to attend CSEM's 7th edition of their Business Day 2022, as part of our Smart Cities & Health & Wellbeing vertical journeys. The event showcased digital technologies in the fields of digital health, IoT, Industry 4.0, and sustainable energy, and their importance for the evolution of CSEM's industrial partners.
We were also delighted to attend Startup Nights in Winterthur with our cohort, one of the biggest events of the year in the startup ecosystem. Over 8,000 attendees heard from a number of inspiring speakers, including Christoph Brand, CEO of Axpo and Kickstart Fellow partner, on the role of startups as technology and innovation drivers providing solutions for current challenges. Pascal Bieri, Co-Founder of Planted and #Kickstarter19, also took the stage to share how they became the fastest-growing alternative protein company in Europe… #makeithappen!
Next week, we are excited to host our annual Advisor-Expert Networking Event, celebrating Kickstart's community of experts who have supported our startups and scaleups throughout the 10-week Kickstart Program. Looking forward to a great night of networking!
Thank you for being part of this adventure!
Vertical Vision 👀
Finance & Insurance
#Kickstarter21 Decentriq announced their $5m venture debt funding from Silicon Valley Bank, going towards building the Switzerland of Data.
Typewise has extended its partnership to serve more clients internationally with hosttech GmbH.
Surfly, bsurance and #Kickstarter21 Riskwolf have all been selected for the Insurtech100 list of the world’s most innovative InsurTech companies in 2022.
bsurance recently launched its new partnership with German startup - anybill - bringing digital receipts and embedded insurance to the same place.
The Climate Choice has just hit 10k followers, and is expanding its team, looking for a Content Marketing & Events Manager.
#Kickstarter19 Sympower raised their €22 million investment round from a group of five venture capital (VC) funds, which will go towards expanding their flexibility services across Europe.
#Kickstarter21 Univrses is collaborating with Norwegian Public Roads Administration and Mesta to capture data for the development of intelligent driver support systems.
#Kickstarter19 Breeze Technologies’ air quality management solutions have now been included in the new Digital X Solution Catalogue of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
New Work & Learning
#Kickstarter19 Taskbase won 2nd place in the semi-final at the Global EdTech Startup Award Competition 2022.
#Kickstarter20 Sharpist partnered with The Work Innovation Lab by Asana to study executive leaders who often have an outsized impact on their organizations and how they set goals.
Health & Wellbeing
#Kickstarter21 Huma celebrated 1 year since winning pharma’s Nobel Prize - the Prix Galien USA Award for Best Digital Health Product. Since then, they have continued expanding their impact by partnering with AstraZeneca, acquiring iPlato Healthcare / myGP, working with NHS Wales, TAMER Healthcare, and more, to support a network of +27 million patients around the world.
Last week, medicalmotion GmbH trained ARAG case managers on the use of their platform in case management. They can now use medicalmotion for over 100 ICD-10 codes and symptoms ranging from migraine, osteoarthritis, and back pain to shoulder impingement syndrome.
Food & Retail
#Kickstarter19 Planted is now available on the UK’s leading online 100% #plantbased supermarket The Vegan Kind.
Kern Tec, #Kickstarter21, has been awarded one of the Top Retail Startups 2022 at the European Retail Night in Vienna. Right now their innovative milk alternative - based on rescued apricot kernels - is available nationwide at Billa Plus.
After 3 years of development, #Kickstarter19 Kaffe Bueno launched their new version of KAFFOIL™, KAFFOIL-R™, a truly sustainable and higher-performing alternative to Argan Oil.
Main Events 🗓
Vertical Journeys & more on our website here.
Swiss Food Week: Can plant proteins secure our supply? - 15 November 2022 @ Kraftwerk
Kickstart Investor Summit - 15 November 2022 @ Virtual Event (invite only)
Kickstart Closing Ceremony & Party - 17 November 2022 @ Kraftwerk
#Kickstarter22 Spotlight: eevie interview here.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more to come!
Alanna Murphy | Senior Program Manager