Finance & Insurance
Based in one of the world’s leading financial cities, Kickstart is at the forefront of cutting-edge innovation in the finance and insurance sector.
Disruptive solutions tackling challenges in the Food and Retail sector to create positive impact on the current climate and health crises.
Health & Wellbeing
Innovative solutions that feed Switzerland's dynamic and rapidly developing startup landscape in the digital health sector.
We encourage, select and coach intrapreneurship teams of our partner companies to grow from prototype to a scaled solution.
New Work & Learning
Tackling the shifts that are influencing organizational work and the new cultures of learning by enabling innovative solutions and industry leaders for sustainable development.
Our goal is to maintain high quality of living and competitive advantage compared to international locations, while at the same time advancing smart technology solutions that increase the sustainability and resilience of local and global businesses and cities. Through their technologies and products, our startups solve specific Innovation Challenges defined by corporations and cities in different collaboration opportunities in Switzerland and beyond.
IoT connectivity for Smart City Zurich
In 2018, City of Zurich, ewz, and Microsoft initated a collaboration with IoT connectivity platform, akenza. The collaboration implemented LoRaWAN-based smart city use cases with akenza for data acquisition and visualisation.
This resulted in long-term relationships between akenza and the collaborators, with SaaS and Caa agreements. There were approximately 500 devices on akenza's platform in 2021.