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Kickstart Weekly Digest #5

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!

Since 2021, Kickstart has partnered with HITS and F10 on an initiative to connect InsurTech in the DACH region. This quarter, InsurTech Map is happy to announce the addition of 5 startups, joining over 200 InsurTech companies innovating across the insurance value chain. Find out who these new additions are, as well as new and improved Map functionalities on our blog here!

This Tuesday we headed to Nyon for the La Mobilière Open Innovation Day, co-organized by Kickstart and La Mobilière, which included inspiring talks from Thomas Bossart, Head of Pensions and member of the Executive Board, Aline Brügger, Head of Innovation, Process & Transformation), and Ralph Rimet, Senior Management Consultant in Open Innovation. Pitches from our 2022 scaleups Health Yourself, Pro Aidants, Deep Longevity and Surfly followed, as well as a presentation from Kickstart partner Sanitas working together with TOM Medications, another brilliant 2022 Kickstarter.

Finally, applications for The Circular Economy Transition (CET) Incubator 2022-23 are open until 30th October! This 12-week incubator enables teams and startups to prototype and develop solutions contributing to accelerate the transition towards Circular Economy in Switzerland. Each edition of the program incubates 25+ startups Swiss-wide split among cohorts in Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Ticino and Zürich. Check it out and apply here.

Thank you for being part of this adventure!


Vertical Vision 👀

Finance & Insurance

  • Surfly came 2nd out of 1,500 startups at the Huawei Spark Ignite 2022 competition last week.

  • Aidonic are finalists for the upcoming AidEx Innovation Challenge in Brussels and Europas Tech for Good Award in Lisbon.

  • Kickstart 2021 alumnus CYSEC announced their partnership with Avassa last month, who have allied to bring a scalable and automated end-to-end security solution that protects both on-premises and cloud-based environments.

  • Helvengo, Kickstart 2021 alumnus, are among the top 10 InsurTech seed deals in H1 2022 according to FinTech Global following their $4.5m funding round earlier this year.

Food & Retail

New Work & Learning

Health & Wellbeing

Smart Cities


Main Events 🗓

Vertical Journeys & more on our website here.

Kickstart CEO Dinner - 25 October 2022 @ Lausanne (invite only)

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


#Kickstarter22 Spotlight: Purcell interview here


Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more to come!

Best wishes,

Alanna Murphy | Senior Program Manager


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