Kickstart announces the results of its 2019 program: 40 innovations in Cybersecurity, EdTech & Learning, FinTech, Food & Retail Tech, HealthTech and Smart City are gaining strong momentum from cooperation with leading corporations and organizations.
ZURICH, November 8, 2019 – The Swiss ecosystem innovation platform Kickstart announces the initiation of numerous Proofs of Concepts (PoCs) and partnerships between startups and established organizations: This year's Kickstart program results in a total of 40 innovation partnerships.
After four months of intense preparations and collaborations, the projects with AXA, Coop, Migros, Swisscom, Mercator Foundation Switzerland, Swiss Mobiliar, City of Zurich, Coca-Cola Switzerland, Credit Suisse, Empa, Panter, PostFinance, PwC Switzerland and more partner organizations will be announced tonight during a Closing Ceremony at the innovation space Kraftwerk in Zurich. «Kickstart was again very inspiring in 2019,», says Reto Conrad, Member of the Executive Committee of Coop. «There were many exciting discussions between Coop representatives and startups. We evaluated new product and process ideas and will again be able to implement several PoCs».
Kickstart continues to expand in 2020: The program will support technological innovations in circular economy together with MAVA Foundation and Impact Hub Switzerland, as part of the Circular Economy Transition initiative. Also, Kickstart will establish a stronger presence in Romandie.
Kickstart is a spin-off of Impact Hub Zurich and was launched in 2015 by digitalswitzerland. The ecosystem innovation platform brings together fast-growing startups, corporations, cities, universities, and foundations to jointly drive technological innovation with a positive impact. A total of 48 startups and 9 intrapreneurship teams from AXA, Migros, Swisscom, ETH Zürich, Axpo and Swiss Mobiliar participated in this year’s fourth edition.
The partnerships 2019 at a glance:
(Details on the Kickstart website)
Partnerships in the Cybersecurity Vertical:
Partnerships in the EdTech & Learning Vertical:
Swisscom and Area9 Lyceum are joining forces in Learning & Development: In a pilot project, they will create an adaptive learning offering for managers, that allows reviewing expertise in various categories such as IT portfolio, sales, and digital literacy.
Mercator Foundation Switzerland and Education Alliance Finland in collaboration with the Swiss EdTech Collider and profilQ, are conducting a pilot project with Swiss teachers about evaluating digital learning solutions.
Mercator Foundation Switzerland and Taskbase, in cooperation with LerNetz and the "MakerSpace: Space for Creativity" are testing a prototype that, with the help of artificial intelligence, will enable personalized student feedback in open learning processes.
Partnerships in the FinTech & Digital Assets Vertical:
AXA and Annanow are in the process of evaluating a PrePoC together with iKlinik. The aim is to offer customers in property insurance (consumer electronics, especially mobile phones) a free pick-up and drop-off service in the claims process.
Swisscom and Assetyze are working together on a PoC in order to convert tangible assets such as fine art, watches, jewellery, vintage cars and other precious collectibles to creditworthy bankable assets by tokenization. The goal is to set the tokenization „gold standard“ for the, so far, non-bankable assets, starting with the tokenization of fine art.
Partnerships in the Food & Retail Tech Vertical:
Partnerships in the HealthTech Vertical:
Klubschule Migros and Braive are partnering to explore the demand of the Swiss market for online mental health solutions that will provide users with the opportunity to access online programs to improve wellbeing.
Klubschule Migros and the Migros health initiative iMpuls have partnered with Selfapy in order to explore the demand and level of acceptance by the Swiss market for online therapy courses in the field of mental health.
Medbase is performing individual PoCs with Selfapy, Medicus AI and Nahtlos to continue its effort bringing innovation into healthcare. Furthermore, Medbase will integrate Onedoc’s online booking platform into their service.
Partnerships in the Smart City & Technology Vertical:
Partnerships and projects in the Intrapreneurship Vertical:
After the successful pilots of UPTO car subscription for private individuals and fleet management for corporate customers, the AXA management has given the go-ahead for the rollout throughout Switzerland! The next step: growing and scaling through an AXA owned spin-off.
For more information, please contact:
Zsofia Molnar, Program Manager Kickstart
+41 77 529 63 26
Kickstart is an ecosystem innovation platform to bridge the gap between startups, corporations, cities, foundations, and universities to accelerate deep tech innovation. Science- and engineering-driven technologies have the potential to transform humanity’s biggest problems into solvable challenges. These challenges require unprecedented collaboration between established organizations and audacious entrepreneurs. Each year, Kickstart brings up to 50 later-stage startups to Switzerland to collaborate with key players for proofs-of-concept, pilot projects, and other innovation partnerships. The program is free of charge (no fees, no equity) for selected growth ventures and provides exceptional access to the executives and decision-makers of Kickstart's partners. Additionally, the program supports different intrapreneurship teams from corporations and organizations every year.
Kickstart is a spin-off of Impact Hub Zurich and was launched 2015 by digitalswitzerland. In 2019, Kickstart runs six verticals (EdTech & Learning, FinTech & Digital Assets, Food & Retail Tech, Smart City & Technology, HealthTech, and Cybersecurity) together with partner organizations across industries and the private and public domains: AXA, Coop, Migros, Swisscom, Arcas Foundation, ETH Zürich, City of Zurich, Gebert Rüf Stiftung, Mercator Foundation Switzerland, Swiss Mobiliar, Swiss Federal Office for Energy, Axpo, City of St. Gallen, Coca-Cola Switzerland, Cognizant, Credit Suisse, CSEM, Dai-ichi Life, Empa NEST, eZürich, Givaudan, Office for Economy and Labour of Canton Zurich, Panter, PostFinance, PwC Switzerland, Ricolab, SATW, South Pole, Stäubli, Swiss Healthcare Startups SHS, Swiss Post, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, evitive, Frontier Network, Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd., Wenger & Vieli AG and more.