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
Nordic Umami Co. announced the first nationwide retailer of their products, S-ryhmä/S Group (a Finnish network of companies operating in the retail and service sectors with more than 1,800 outlets in Finland) starting from 1st November.
SUPASO won 1st place in the YOUSTART Awards 2022.
Kickstart 2018 alumnus Organic Mondays partnered with Aldi Suisse to promote healthier & more sustainable periodcare through a special limited offer of Mondays to Aldi customers across all of Switzerland.
New Work & Learning
SkyHive announced their partnership with RAII to contribute to its development of tangible governance tools for trustworthy, safe, and fair Artificial Intelligence.
Eevie is one of the finalists in the ABB Energy Efficiency Startup Challenge 2022 leading the way to a clean energy future.
Kickstart 2021 alumnus Scribe just reached the milestone of 200,000+ installs on Google Chrome.
Health & Wellbeing
Kickstart 2020 alumnus HelloBetter was awarded 1st prize in the category "Digital Providers for Mental Health" for the first "German Health Award" presented by the German Institute for Service Quality and ntv.
TOM Medications were announced as 1 of 5 winners at the Innovation Booster Digital Health Nation 2022.
CTHINGS.CO was included in the first edition of Central Europe DeepTech Startup Map by Aper Ventures.
GRIN AS launched its new smart collection system during Oslo Innovation Week in collaboration with AION, Oslo kommune, Oslo Business Region, and Bymiljøetaten, providing guests with food in reusable food bowls rather than single use packaging.
Main Events 🗓
Vertical Journeys & more on our website here.
Kickstart CEO Dinner - 25 October 2022 @ Lausanne (invite only)
Climathon Zürich - 28 October 2022 @ Kraftwerk
Kickstart Investor Summit - 15 November 2022 @ Virtual Event (invite only)
Kickstart Closing Ceremony & Party - 17 November 2022 @ Kraftwerk
#Kickstarter22 Spotlight: Purcell interview here
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more to come!
Alanna Murphy | Senior Program Manager